Much like the USA, the United Kingdom is famous for its weird and wacky events. Whether it’s rolling cheese down a hill or donning full Viking attire for a fire festival, one things for sure: The Brits know how to have fun. If you’re planning a family adventure to the UK or locally based and looking for a way to get the clan together for some quality time, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top five kid friendly events to attend in 2014.
Does your child thrive on adrenaline? Do they spend most of their time catching waves at the beach or tearing up the sidewalk on their new board from be Penny Skateboards UK. If this sounds familiar, then Boardamasters is the festival for them. Head to the shorelines of Cornwall this August for five days of surfing, music, BMX riding and skateboarding. Boardmasters is hosted at two locations – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay – and brings patrons the best of beach-side lifestyle. Try your hand at balancing on a surfboard or watch the pro’s battle it out in the main competition. Whether you are camping out for the week or simply escaping the grind for the weekend, the Boardmaster festival lets you leave your troubles (and your suit) at the gate for relaxing experience along the legendary Cornish coastline.
Waving its hands and stomping its feet all the way over at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, Camp Bestival boasts a child-friendly atmosphere as an alternative of its older sister music festival Bestival. 2014’s festival is all about the circus! Head into the Big Top for every kind of spectacular attraction from moustachioed musclemen to lion tamers and high wire trapeze artists that will have you on the edge of your seat. Bestival aren’t short of crowd-pulling headliners for the little ones with Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and Horrible Histories making an appearance. Your kids can learn circus skills for themselves or release some of that extra energy on one of the fairground rides.
FA Cup Final
There’s nothing more exciting than the rumblings of a bitter showdown event. Through the incessant roaring of the crowd, the suspenseful action and sea of matching shirts, a strange bonding moment binds the crowd and brings families together in support of their team. For this kind of experience, there’s the 2014 FA Cup. This year the event will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 17 May, one week after the Premier League season has concluded.
Don’t have the time to commit to a full weekend festival? A day festival might be the solution for your family. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, LolliBop provides the little ones with their very own music festival. You won’t find the Rolling Stones or Robbie Williams at LolliBop, instead you’ll be entertained by headliners from the world of kid’s entertainment including Peppa Pig, Cloudbabies, Transformers and Justin Fletcher. Jam-packed with activities, shows and an endless stream of candyfloss, your offspring will need at least two days to recover from the excitement.
What’s your favourite UK festival? Let us know in the comments below.
Great events to keep the kids entertained! x
We’ve been to Lollibop a couple of times before, and have heard camp Bestival is supposed to be good. The others are new to me!
Bestival looks like fun! We’ve been to Lollibop before and I know the kids definitely want to go to that again, but will check out Bestival too 🙂
There is a children’s book festival near us that we haven’t made it to yet but I am planning on going this year. We are so lucky that there are so many wonderful things going on in the Uk for children.
I have heard of camp bestival before. Def one to keep in mind when the girls are bigger 🙂 x
Having never been brave enough to take my children to a festival before, I was quite jealous when I saw all the fab pictures from Camp Bestival last year. Really looks fab!
I would love to go to one of these festivals – although we tend to stick with more local ones!
I love the sound of the festival. I’ve never been to one – and how great that it’s one all the family can attend. Will contact them and see if it is wheelchair friendly – hopefully it will be as aimed more at families with buggies and such 🙂
Love lollibop and bestival but our fav ever is just so festival! We try to go every year but missed it last year unfortunately! 🙁 x
What a great selection Jen – we’d love to go to LolliBop as we’ve never been. POD’s not been to a proper festival yet 🙂
Love the photo Jen x x
We’re not really festival people but these sound great.
These events are all new to me, they sound great!
I’d love to go to Camp Bestival with my family at some point, it looks amazing and what a great experience for them too!
WE love Camp Bestival and LolliBop – cannot wait for this year
My girls would love Camp bestival or Lollibop!
I am not much of a festival person (at least not ones that involve camping) but I will have to go to a few this year as my other half is performing, reading bits from his book. So essentially I’m going to heckle. Maybe I will become a festival person after all.
Great list. I would love to make it to at least one of these with the kids this year. Hard without a car but we WILL do it! 🙂