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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

01st May 2015

In the next edition of The Green Parent magazine we bring you the best selection of summer festivals for you and your family according to your passions. If you’re into dancing, we recommend Sacred Arts Camp and the Gaiatribe Creativity Camp. Like music? Check out Wychwood and Boomtown. For outdoor activities, we love The Wilderness Gathering. Find the best event for you and your family according to what you love

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

01st May 2015

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

01st May 2015

IF YOU’RE INTO DANCING

Sacred Arts Camp

WHEN 22 - 30 May

INFO: sacredartscamp.org

A week long family camp that gives the opportunity to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky from a beautiful site in Oxfordshire. An “unplugged” week of song, dance, laughter and community and a celebration of the spiritual richness of our world. Sacred Arts Camp is also an alcohol and drug free camp - come and give it a go!

“WIN A family ticket”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

Whirl-y-Fayre

28-30 August

WHERE: Somerset

INFO: whirl-y-fayre.co.uk

Amidst ancient wood carvings, within a circle of magical symbols, you’ll find a Tipi Village with spontaneous music jams, free cups of tea and a colourful fancy dress procession. Overnight party DJ’s carry the flame forward while the children sleep, touching the heart strings with chilled and vibey dance music, ebbing into early morning with messages of freedom and unity. Energised by the latest cutting edge dance tunes played live by artists from around the world, expect a cosmic party from beginning to end.

Wildcraft and Creativity Camp

22-27 May

WHERE: Scarborough

INFO: thegaiatribe.co.uk

The camp will run over five days. It will again be a gently exuberant camp, which combines the vitality of live music and dance with relaxation, green living skills, friendship, fun and play. It is set in a beautiful sheltered meadow in North Yorkshire. In amongst the singing, dancing, drumming, green living, wildcraft and artistry, ther’s the chance to gather and find ways to build a sustainable culture.

IF YOU’RE INTO HEALING

Sun and Moon Festival

Plumpton, Sussex

WHEN 16-23 AUGUST

INFO: sunandmoonfestival.com

This year there’s a new family wellbeing festival taking place near Brighton in the South Downs. Based at Plumpton College, it benefits from having actual buildings to house hundreds of workshops and activities on offer – which also means real toilets and showers too! In fact they have 160 bedrooms as well as camping, and on top of that 3 dance studios, 2 yoga studios, 12 workshop rooms and 3 outdoor marquees.

“WIN One of 10 tickets”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

Peace in the Park

WHEN 24 - 26 July

WHERE: Oxfordshire

INFO peaceintheparkfestival.org

A unique mix of music, talks, fun and meditation pavilions – all with an enchanting atmosphere of peace and relaxation. This year there are new woodland activities for children and adults, an open air chill-out meditation lounge, sacred music in the grounds, and the hugely popular ‘Meditation & Music for the World’ event.

Summer Gathering

WHEN 5 - 9 August

WHERE Dorset

INFO gauntshouse.com

A summer celebration of music, healing and dance. Jam packed with workshops, sound and gong baths, yoga and meditation, talks, therapies and stalls, the site is surrounded by trees. Each year Gaunts House aim to gather people together to celebrate, learn and most importantly have fun, in a spiritually charged location within the peaceful Dorset countryside. Green-field camping and delicious on-site food.

IF YOU’RE INTO FOOD

Bristol Harbour Festival

17 -19 July

WHERE: Bristol

INFO: bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, nautical capers, good food and drink and general enjoyment - make sure you put that weekend in your diary.

JIMMY’S FARM

25-26 July

WHERE Suffolk

INFO jimmysfarm.com

Sausage & Beer Festival is back! Explore all the food on the farm at Jimmy’s Festival, which runs from 11am-11pm on both days. Camping is available from Friday to Monday if you’d like to stay on the farm for the weekend.


IF YOU’RE INTO MUSIC

Sunrise Celebration

21-24 May

INFO sunrisecelebration.com

On top of the welsh hills is an underground four day extravaganza of non stop trance, dance, hip hop and reggae, jungle beats and urban street, cabaret, circus, sherpas and divine healers all to delight, amaze and transfix your senses. Sunrise Celebration is a grand celebration of life – a vibrant, dynamic, foot-stompingly fantastic medley of music and delight, bringing together a diverse miscellany of diverse cultures. It is also a beacon of sustainability.

Wychwood Festival

Cheltenham, Glos

WHEN: 29-31 May

INFO: wychwoodfestival.com

Wychwood is one of the UK’s best loved family festivals, set in the Gloucestershire countryside. Across the weekend the festival will showcase timeless heritage artists including, Ali Campbell’s UB40, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Proclaimers, festival favourites Craig Charles and Andy Kershaw, plus the best in fresh-faced talent including Lucy Rose, Ghostpoet and Plastic Mermaids. On top of the music there is an innovative and packed programme of activities and events for all the family including yoga, crafts, comedy, children’s workshops, craft beer festival and Wychwood’s famous headphone disco for late night revellers!

“WIN A family ticket”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

Chagstock

WHEN 17-18 July

WHERE Devon

INFO chagstock.info

Originally this was a private event for less than a hundred people. A few friends started in 2003 by inviting a load of people down to Devon and holding a micro-festival in the garden. Now it’s held on 70 acres of farmland with glorious views over the northern edge of Dartmoor and bands booked this year include New Model Army.

“WIN A family ticket for the full weekend”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

CAMP BESTIVAL

30 July – 2 August

WHERE: Dorset

INFO: campbestival.net

Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun. Camp Bestival’s amazing music line-up is curated by renowned music specialist Rob da Bank whose penchant for eclecticism has seen the legendary likes of Chuck Berry, Basement Jaxx, Madness & Blondie on the main stage. You can hire the most gorgeous tipi accommodation to make your festival experience even more fun from Eve’s Tipis. Find her luxurious fully furnished spaces (think sheepskins, comfy mattresses and bedding) at many festivals this summer – more at eves-tipis.co.uk.

BOOMTOWN (pictured)

13 – 16 August

WHERE: Hampshire

INFO: boomtownfair.co.uk

Headliners for 22 Main Stages hosting a massive range of genres including; ska, reggae, folk, world, hip-hop, drum n bass, jungle, garage and loads more! BoomTown aims to be a playground for little and big and for the levels of amazement to be utterly breath-taking no matter what age you are! The main part of the Fair is suitable for families and hosts a plethora of folk, reggae, blue-grass and swing, along with walkabout performances, relaxing areas, dozens of yummy food stalls, craft areas and heaps more.

STANDON CALLING

31 July – 2 Aug

WHERE Herts

INFO standon-calling.com

Set in the stunning grounds of Standon Lordship, the line-up provides a memorable soundtrack to a weekend filled with sunshine, new experiences and a healthy dose of unexpected surprises, in a festival big enough to lose yourself in, but small enough to feel like a private party. By day soak up the sun in the green fields in front of the main stage, watch the chaos of our annual dog show and take a dip in our swimming pool, by night, seek out our legendary nightclub in a Cowshed and host of secret hideaways to ignite your hedonistic dreams.

“WIN A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

IF YOU’RE INTO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

THE WILDERNESS GATHERING

WHEN: 13 to 16 August

INFO: wildernessgathering.co.uk

Over the last twelve years, The Wilderness Gathering has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival. There are Bushcraft clubs for all age groups plus den building and wilderness skills classes. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

WILD TREE FAIR

29-31 May

WHERE Norfolk

INFO: wildtreefair.co.uk

Experience a weekend of bushcrafts, bonfires, magic and music. Set on a beautiful site that includes woodlands, nature walks and climbing walls, there’s heaps for the whole family. Have fun getting your hands dirty, building dens and dreamcatchters, making fires, skinning rabbits, and all manner of nature led workshops. In the Sustainable Futures Area, start to create the future we want for ourselves and our kids.

IF YOU’RE INTO CREATIVITY

THREE WISHES FAERY FEST

WHEN 19-21 June

WHERE: Cornwall

INFO faeryevents.com

For three fairytastic days and nights of faery delights, humans and faerie folk can walk (or fly!) side-by-side in perfect harmony, in celebration of the magical time of the summer solstice and midsummer’s eve. Step into the fairy ring portal and into the realms of the Fae. Glimpse into fairyland, and experience how the ‘little people’ celebrate their love of the sacred land, for they are the guardians and carers of our earth. Expect fairytale performers, fairy school, fire faeries, trapeze, workshops, a mermaids and pirates party and Eartheart café serving vegetarian and vegan food.

“WIN one of five sets of family tickets”:http://thegreenparent.co.uk/articles/read/win-festival-tickets-2015/

Latitude Festival

WHEN 16-19 July

WHERE Suffolk

INFO latitudefestival.com

It’s the tenth anniversary of latitude this year and family festivalgoers can expect everything from pond dipping and astronomy to pizza making, a night-time disco to a zip wire suspended in the trees above the site. Portishead, Manic Street Preachers and Seasick Steve are some of the acts planned so there’s plenty to inspire everyone!

Wildcraft and Creativity Camp

North Yorkshire

WHEN: 22 - 27 May

The camp will run over five days. It will again be a gently exuberant camp, which combines the vitality of live music and dance with relaxation, green living skills, friendship, fun and play. It is set in a beautiful sheltered river meadow in North Yorkshire. In amongst the singing, dancing, drumming, green living, wildcraft and artistry, there are spaces to explore deeper concerns and to find ways to build a sustainable culture. There are marquees, warm cosy spaces, sauna, wood, and camp fires, some play equipment and creative materials. The Peacecake cafe will provide wholesome vegetarian lunches and evening meals, drinks and cakes.

OAK CAMP: MAGIC OF STORIES

WHEN: 21-30 August

WHERE: Somerset

INFO: oakdragon.org

Oak Dragon Camps are for anyone between the ages of 1 and 100. The theme for 2015 is how stories can and do create magic in our lives. Enjoy listening to stories of wonder, share parts of your own stories and explore the roles that we have played so far. Over the ten days you’ll be invited to create a collective story that will free you from any limitations that you are ready to let go of.

SuperSpirit

21 – 31 August

WHERE: Forest of Dean

INFO: superspirit.co.uk

Vibrant and family-friendly, there’s plenty to do for all ages. There’s a craft area for creative adventures, a fabulous children’s area, with a host of child-centred shennanigans, a healing area with fabulous practitioners, lots of music, dance, laughter, campfires and marshmallow toasting. There’s a wood-fired sauna and showers, Café Fantastico for food, and a whole host of eclectic happenings and magical moments.

HARLEQUIN FAYRE

6-8 August

WHERE: Norfolk

INFO: harlequinfayre.co.uk

Music & Performance, Circus, Dance, Shows and Entertainments! Throughout the weekend across a host of performance areas we offer great shows! Fancy dress your thing? Best costumes win prizes every night! Bring out the Fool in you!

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