Now in its sixth year, this super-cool one-day festival for 13-17 year olds only is all about the music. With five stages to choose from, your teens will be spoilt for choice with 22-year-old soul and folk sensation Lianne La Havas (whose influences include Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill) London’s lively grime and dance-punk act Hadouken! and Outfit, a guitar-pop quintet from Merseyside who’ve been compared to New Order and Franz Ferdinand.
Venue: Shoreditch Park, London N1 (underagefestivals.com)
When: 31 August
Last year Sunrise won the Green Parent Magazine Best Festival Award and they’ve just found out that they’ve won for this year too! The festivalwill have an larger kids area this year, focused around a giant helter skelter, with a fairground ride, a safe toddlers’ area and a teen space with a skate ramp. There will also be a wide range of workshops for kids from basket weaving to learning about home-grown food.
Venue: Gilcombe Farm, Bruton (sunrisecelebration.com)
When: 21-24 June
Tickets: adult £115, age 16-17 £70, age 5-15 £25, family £255
This imaginative festival is particularly child-friendly with its special area set aside for children, which features an art and crafts area for painting, drawing, playdough, mural making, beatboxing classes and more. The organisers recently reported that as many kids tickets were issued for 2012 as in the previous two years combined. Not surprising, as under 13s go free.
Venue: Standon Lordship, Herts (standon-calling.com)
When: 3-5 August
Tickets: adult three-day £99, two-day £78, one-day £25-£39, under 13s free
Cornbury is well-known for its magical children’s zone, featuring storytelling, yoga, parachute games, a ventriloquist show, Punch & Judy, face painting, mask making, arts and crafts, clay modelling, the Orange Hat Puppet Show and circus skills African dance workshops.
Venue: Great Tew Park, Great Tew (cornburyfestival.com)
When: 29 June-1 July
Tickets: adult £150-£275, age 13-16 £75-£150, age 3-12 £10-£25
Larmer Tree Festival
This intimate festival, held at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, is packed with activities for children including the Emmy-award winning Farmer Jason and his infectious music show. Look out too for Vasalisa and the Peacock from Hinged Theatre, who host an origami puppet, workshop for kids, as well as kids’ drumming with Inta Africa, and a YouthZone for 11-17 year olds.
Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury (larmertreefestival.co.uk)
When: 11-15 July
Tickets: adult five-day £190, age 11-17 £155, age 5-10 £130, four-day £105-£165, three-day £90-£140, one-day £24-£60
Children are superbly catered for at this quirky festival, with the Upper Kids’ Garden on the Castle’s back lawn providing a big top, theatre workshop and bouncy castle, plus a separate toddlers’ area and the pioneering Breastival Mother and Baby Temple. The Lower Kids’ Garden caters for slightly older children, and features the English National Ballet tent, the Insect Circus and Museum and the Little Big Top. Look out too for CBeebies Mr Tumble and antics from Dick and Dom.
Venue: Lulworth Castle, Dorset (campbestival.net)
When: 26-29 July
Tickets: adult £175-£185, student £170, age 15-17 £110, age 11-14 £95, under 10s free