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There are loads of festivals on all through the summer. Here’s our pick of the best for families.

Glastonbury

Kicking off the festival season, the original and, according to many, still the best. This is a vast festival so for first-timers may be overwhelming and family camping can be extremely busy. There’s a big children’s field with loads to do. 

Headliners: Madness, Adele, Coldplay
Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset
When: 22-26 June 2016
More info: womad.co.uk 

Cornbury

A mix of music, plus a great children’s area, and a programme of daily workshops and events, including a farmer’s market. Wider appeal than some of the festivals.

Headliners: Jamie Cullum, Bryan Ferry, All Saints
Where: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
When: 8-10 July 2016
More info: www.cornburyfestival.com

Camp Bestival

Originally dreamed up by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank. This is the biggest of all the family festivals and kids’ activities are a major part of events. 
Headliners: Fat Boy Slim, Tears for Fears, KT Tunstall
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
When: 28 – 31 July 2016
More info: www.campbestival.net 

Womad

A great family festival with something to please all ages. It has less of a ‘cool’ vibe than other festivals with musicians from all over the world. Children are brilliantly looked after, with special children’s areas for under 5s and teens.

Headliners: John Grant, Asian Dub Foundation, St Germain
Where: Charlton Park, Malmesbury Wiltshire
When: 28 - 31 July 2016
More info: womad.co.uk

Wilderness

Not just music but a celebration of the arts, Wilderness offers plenty of different activities for the family, from traditional festival events to fly-fishing, foraging and wild swimming.

Headliners: Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 4 - 7 August 2016
More info: www.wildernessfestival.com

Tartan Heart Festival

This is a popular choice for families looking for an easy, friendly festival experience deep in the countryside. There is family and quiet camping on site.

Where: Beauly, Inverness
When: 4 - 6 August 2016
Headliners: Madness, Two Door Cinema Club, The Darkness
More info: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk 

The Green Man

Music and arts festival now in its 14th year but still retaining a ‘villagey’ and strictly non-corporate atmosphere. Large ‘Little Folk’ area for children.

Headliners: Belle and Sebastian, Laura Marling, Lush
Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
When: 18 - 21 August 2016
More info: www.greenman.net

Festival No 6

Only in its fifth year but already firmly established, this is billed as “a festival unlike any other in a place like no other”. Very family-friendly event, with family camping area and the Mischief Meadow for younger festival-goers.

Headliners: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Bastille, Super Furry Animals
Where: Portmeirion, North Wales
When: 1 - 4 September 2016

More info: www.festivalnumber6.com

End of the Road

This small, friendly festival in Dorset unofficially marks the end of the festival season, hence the name. As well as music there’s art, cinema, a games area, an enchanted forest and a healing field. For families there’s family-only camping and activities for children.

Headliners: Bat for Lashes, Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wiltshire 
When: 2 - 4 September 2016
More info: www.endoftheroadfestival.com

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