Above: Young teens enjoying Latitude Festival Well I'm back from Latitude Festival and I must say I have a wonderful time. As many people have been asking me what were my thoughts on taking children along to Latitude I thought I'd cover the weekend in two parts; Part One - For children and Part Two - For Grown Ups (coming tomorrow). As you may already know I didn't take Kitty and Ozzy along to Latitude, purely because I had to make my way to Manchester on the Sunday, however I did spend time looking around the festival for what was on for children, and as you are about to see, there was a lot...
Above: Outdoor performances with the Imaginary Menagerie (with the Helter Skelter in the background)
Above: Lantern Making area, one of the many areas offering free crafty activities for children
Above: Another free activity, the mother in this photo told me that she loved this particular activity because her daughter could just pop over and sit tying on the fabric for a long time or in little bursts.
Above: Some of the many creative activities for children at Latitude - creativity with conscience
At theGreenpeace rope play area, I thought this young chap looked deep in contemplation of how the polar bears needed his help till I realised he was picking his nose...
Above: Older children enjoying t-shirt printing
Above: A giant cardboard ice-cream van full of cardboard ice-creams stood by the lake, great inspiration for some summer time crafting right there!
Above: Latitude wouldn't be Latitude without the (naturally and safely) multi-coloured dyed sheep. Here, enjoying some shade
Above: A fun festival touch from one of the vendors, kids and grown ups alike would enjoy sending a postcard
Above: That might not be technically the best shot but I do love it. I love what it shows. On stage Bloc Party and in front of me a mum and dad have their kids on their shoulders dancing away - if that's not a cool memory being made right there - I don't know what is.
Great for families, Latitude has a lot to offer. The activities feel well thought out with an environmentally sound ethos that appeals to adults as well as children. The Kids Area at Latitude is not a place that you go into as a parent simply because your children want to go in and it's not a chore - it's a pleasure. There were children of all ages there this year, from babies wearing tiny sets of ear defenders to toddlers to school age kids to teenagers, a real mix and a great environment for families - I didn't see any staggering drunkeness or rowdiness but I did see lots of friendly people, lots of children chasing bubbles and having fun.
I'd recommend Latitude for families with kids of any ages. As a mother of teenagers I have to say that think the festival offers a really great opportunity for younger teens to experience a festival with their family, one where they can be safely given a bit of space to go off and do their own thing knowing that mum and dad are close to hand - a perfect compromise if you have a teen nagging that they want to go to a festival when you are not quite ready for that giant step of letting them go alone.