Kid-Friendly Festival Guide
The endless expanse of greenery and primary coloured tents; the ever-present hum of distant music; the inviting aromas of street food stalls invading at every turn - peak summertime bliss, right? Factor in your little terrors or should that be angels, and we might be painting a slightly more hectic picture - so we've created this survival guide to ensure that everything's plain sailing if you decide to hit the festival circuit with little ones in tow.
Introducing your kids to festivals is a great way to whet their thirst for adventure, help them adapt to new social situations and ultimately, develop an appreciation for different music and cultures from a young age. Once only synonymous with hippies and then punk rockers letting loose in the sunshine, family-friendly festivals are coming out of the woodwork to mass acclaim - most offering kiddie-based art and craft activities, drama workshops and nature-appreciation sessions - perfect for getting them away from the glare of technology screens for some weekend-long respite.
Floral headband £2.50, leopard print sunglasses £1, pink contrast satchel £5, black knotted sandals £2.50, PU biker jacket £16, crochet summer dress £10
Floral headband £2.50, pearlescent sunglasses £2, floral sandals £6, heart pattern parka £6, lace kimono £6, chambray denim dress £8
For the older girls (ages 7 - 13 years), we've styled up this floaty crochet number with an effortlessly cool PU biker jacket that'll keep her warm on the balmy eves. No festival look is complete without a beautiful floral headband, which will look positively angelic when teamed with post-plait wavy locks. Keep the sun's rays out of her eyes with the leopard print sunglasses, while ensuring she's constantly topped up with suncream - even when the sun isn't as consistent as we may like! Finally, the little satchel is perfect for keeping her essentials to hand - think hand sanitiser, spare hair bobbles and a pocket-sized suncream - and an emergency contact number!
For the little ladies (2 - 8 years), the white lace kimono will look adorable layered over this light-wash chambray denim dress. If the weather turns, the heart-print parka will keep raindrops at bay until you can find shelter back at camp. On the accessories front, she can keep her spends safe in the rabbit face coin purse, while showing off her early style credentials in one of our floral headbands. Continuing the floral theme are the cream sandals, great for stomping around in dry weather - probably a good idea to have a pair of wellies to hand too, though! Finishing off the look, we opted for the pearl-rimmed sunglasses to keep the sun's glare out of her eyes.
Denim look jacket £9, aztec print t-shirt £5, Light wash denim £6, leather-look brown tie-up shoes £8
Palm tree print denim shirt £5, beige chinos £5, navy lace-up shoes £9
For the older boys, we've focused on a laid-back, grungier version of quintessential aztec festival styling, opting instead for comfortable jeans and slip-on shoes. The denim-look windbreaker jacket will ensure that he's prepared for all climates - they'll experience the joys of getting caught in a festival monsoon sooner rather than later, we're sure!
With the younger boys, we've quirked up the chino with a patterned denim shirt and matchy-matchy high tops. If the heat is getting a little too much, you may also want to pick up one of our many bucket hats - sunstroke is no joke!
Boys' 3 pack boxers £3.50, boys' white-rimmed sunglasses £1, boys' green wayfarer sunglasses £2, coconut chips £1, Batman toothbrush £2, Colgate toothpaste £1, Elastoplast Disney plasters £1.80, Vaseline £0.90, Pete the Panda shower gel £0.90, p20 suncream £9.90, Hello Kitty toothbrush £2, Colgate mouthwash £1, toiletries/make-up case £, toddler wipes £1, girls' two pack bralets £2.50, girls' two pack briefs £2, girls' floral cat sunglasses £1.50
Finally and yet, arguably most importantly, we have the essentials - the bits and bobs you shouldn't even consider getting within a 30 mile radius of a tent without. We recommend making a list of every last thing that comes to your head in the coming weeks prior to the festival, to ensure that you have time to tick off each item at a leisurely pace. There's nothing like being in a rush with a rabble of excitable tearaways champing at the bit, to distract you until you find yourself with a mud-splattered toddler and no baby wipes. In a field. In the middle of nowhere. Miles from a Primark...