17 July 2023
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of people descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset for one of the world's most iconic music festivals. With such a massive crowd and a reputation for being one of the wildest parties around, you might wonder if Glastonbury is a suitable event for young children. Here are 5 reasons why Glastonbury is a great place for kids.
There's more to Glastonbury than just the music. While the music is undoubtedly the main attraction for most people, there's so much more to see and do at Glastonbury. From circuses and acrobats to theatre performances and art installations, there's something to keep everyone entertained. You can also find a funfair, many food stalls, and a kids' play area. Glastonbury is a truly unique event, with something special for everyone to enjoy.
Glastonbury has a dedicated kids’ area called Kidzfield, packed with activities and entertainment for children. There's a Circus Tent, a Theatre Tent, a Disco Tent, an Arts & Crafts Tent, and even a Baby Chill-Out Zone. There's also a separate area for teens to enjoy their own space away from the little ones. If you go to Glastonbury with the kids, you'll likely spend most of your time in Kidzfield!
Glastonbury is a very family-friendly event, and the festival has a real sense of community. Many families attend with young children, so you'll feel like you're not alone. Tickets are free for under 12s, and there are two dedicated family camping areas, so you can be sure that your kids will be safe. Much of the entertainment is suitable for all ages, so you can enjoy it as a family. There are lots of stewards and staffed information points who will make sure any lost children are returned to their families.
While this may not be high on the list of your children's priorities, It's good to know that Glastonbury has clean and well-maintained toilets and showers. This is important when camping with kids, as you want to ensure they're not exposed to any unnecessary risks. There are child-sized toilet facilities and sinks. The festival also has a comprehensive medical service, with lots of qualified staff on site to deal with any health problems, injuries or emergencies, should they occur.
The food at Glastonbury is out of this world. Gone are the days of soggy chips and overcooked burgers. These days, you can find everything from Thai curries to wood-fired pizzas at the festival, meaning there's something to suit every taste. Kids will love the selection of sweet treats on offer, and plenty of healthy options are available too. With so much on offer, you'll be spoilt for choice. And, of course, let's not forget the all-important ice cream vans!
The festival takes place in late June, which for many people is in the school term, so take this into account if your children are school age. You will have to supervise your little ones at all times as there isn’t a creche, so we recommend going with friends so you can take turns. It’s also worth investing in some ear defenders as the music can be loud. The site is huge, so you could have a long walk from the car park to your campsite. The information points hand out wristbands you can write your contact details on, in case your kids do wander off.