16. Latitude Festival, Part One: For Children

Older kids enjoying Latitude Festival 2013
Older kids enjoying Latitude Festival 2013

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...

The Imaginary Menagerie at Latitude Festival 2013
The Imaginary Menagerie at Latitude Festival 2013

Above: Outdoor performances with the Imaginary Menagerie (with the Helter Skelter in the background)

Lantern Making at Latitude Festival 2013
Lantern Making at Latitude Festival 2013

Above: Lantern Making area, one of the many areas offering free crafty activities for children

Making a flock of sheep at Latitude Festival 2013
Making a flock of sheep at Latitude Festival 2013

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.

Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013

Above: Some of the many creative activities for children at Latitude - creativity with conscience

Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013

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...

Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013

Above: Older children enjoying  t-shirt printing

Kids area Latitude Festival 2013
Kids area Latitude Festival 2013

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!

Sheep at Latitude Festival 2013
Sheep at Latitude Festival 2013

Above: Latitude wouldn't be Latitude without the (naturally and safely) multi-coloured dyed sheep. Here, enjoying some shade

Latitude Festival 2013
Latitude Festival 2013

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.