28 reasons why your child will love Latitude Festival

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The organisers of Latitude Festival in Suffolk (14 – 17 July 2016) have given you no excuse to leave the little ones at home.

Even the under 5s are catered for with a lavish soft play (with free water and sun cream) and pizza making workshops.

Those with older children will appreciate the evening “kid-only” entertainment in Angel Gardens, with a disco and fire show.

Here are 28 other reasons why your children will thank you for taking them to a music festival this summer…

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1. Comedian and bestselling author David O’Doherty will be discussing the work of his next door neighbour Docter Noel Zone, the world’s leading (and only) DANGEROLOGIST. Find out how to deal with toilet sharks, sandwich ghosts or what to do if your school trip is ambushed by pirates.

2. You can learn to play funky African rhythms with Kachamba Music on a range of hand-crafted and interesting instruments including wooden xylophones, drums and shakers.

3. The robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas hunting for gold. Expect an interactive show with fancy dress, crazy props, music and storytelling, plus a lot of energy and songs inspired by the books of our host Gareth P. Jones. For ages 6-11.

4. Jam Hub will allow young people to perform and jam out ideas using electric guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Join the orchestra – i-pad or instrument, the choice is yours.

5. Suffolk Libraries will be setting up camp in two medieval tents and keeping bookworms busy all weekend with giant games, themed activities, books to borrow and share, alongside a sandpit, toys, musical instruments and song and rhyme sessions throughout the weekend.

6. Children’s author Anne Stairmand will read extracts from her fantastically funny books. Join her, grab a costume, and learn how to create your own wonderful stories.

7. Woodland Workshops using sustainable, locally sourced wood. Join the ‘bodgers’ and try your hand at weaving, carving, sculpting and pole lathe. Meet Woody, our giant wood goat puppet and join in his parade. At twilight gather round for fireside tales, a charcoal burn and lantern labyrinth.

8. Make gorgeous bunting to decorate your tent with Heartstitch. Explore different shapes such as flowers and sheep using recycled decorative materials including sheet music and maps – bunting is not just about fabric triangles. We would love to see you, all ages are welcome.

9. The Fairyland Trust’s wildflower fairies, bees and bugs will encourage you all to become fairy gardeners and grow wildflowers for nature. Come and meet them and make your own bees, bugs and wildflowers from natural materials, pipe cleaners and a sprinkling of glitter.

10. Meet the Angel Gardens crew in the cosy garden with crafts and activities, a bell tent to chill out and toys to enjoy. Angel Gee Gee will lead the Angels as they play, make and perform. How about showing us your talent onstage? We have prizes for the best and will drag up the odd parent to sing too. We have circus skills, space hoppers and huge bubbles to play with – the fun never ends!

11. The Woodcraft Folk run a huge arts and crafts hub, with workshops changing every two hours. Make vegetable kazoos, sock puppets, try needle felting and get involved in their huge outdoor art activities and music workshop where you can try playing something new or make your own instrument.

12. At the Spinning Wagon you can learn how to prepare, blend and spin fleece into your own yarn. Use this thread to weave or decorate your own dream catcher and with lots of beautiful rings and decorations to choose from, yours will be unique.

13. Festival Sticker Art have been creating festival fun for ten years, finding a good home for zillions of unwanted sticky labels. Come and help use them to make the freakiest garden with pink trees, butterflies as big as ostriches, beautiful snakes, stripy wombats, a pond with lilies and perhaps a shark. If you can imagine it, you can make it.

14. Brilliant Builds is launching into space! We’re building an epic Solar System City of cardboard and we need your help. Come and build planets, rockets, stars, moon buggies, astronauts, plus space stations for the astronauts to live in and a ground control team to talk to Major Tom. See you in space!

15. Suffolk Recycling Group return with their wild ideas, helpful volunteers and masses of fabulous recycled items that are guaranteed to keep kids busy. They always pick a fun theme and come armed with masses of funky ways to reuse everyday items.

16. The new Science Lab has some very exciting activities for curious minds. Forensic Science students from Teeside University invite you into a fake crime scene to help analyse evidence types (DNA, footwear mark and fibres); an opportunity to see science come to life while problem solving like an expert.

17. Explore the world of sound with The School of Noise where science and music meet. Construct mini synthesisers, create your own experimental electronic music, watch sand create patterns as it vibrates, conduct an orchestra of fruit and veg, learn about Foley sound design and much more.

18. Science goes green with the Power of Plants team. They’ll help you make electricity with lemons, try leaf printing and make bath bombs. They’re even bringing a bio-reactor where you can watch algae growing over the three days of the festival.

19. Test your wits and hand-eye coordination on a life sized game of ‘Operation’. Wearing a mask and apron, you have to remove the organs and bones from a life sized anatomical model without touching the sensitive copper nerves. Created by sculptor Jim Bond and puppeteer Liz Walker this challenging game has hidden surprises in store… don’t alarm the patient!

20. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is running pond-dipping sessions at the lake pontoon where you can find dragonfly larvae and water beetles amongst other exciting creatures. At the woodland base will be bug hunts, with a close up on mini-beasts, along with whittling elder and natural sculptures, whilst there’ll be a chance to get creative with wildlife crafts for the younger ones at the tent.

21.At DNA Splits, kids enter a plant genetics lab where they can learn how to extract DNA from a banana and can even visualise the home of DNA (the nucleus) under the microscope. Are you ready to see what’s inside the country’s favourite fruit?

22. The Talent Studio is excited to be running musical theatre workshops with performers from top West End shows. There will be different fun-filled workshops every day with the singing and staging of popular songs from the West End’s newest musicals.

23. Explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns keep themselves safe and why uni-cyclists keep moving to stay still.

24. Award-winning folk duo Megson blend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert specially for pre-school children, featuring children’s folk songs old and new from their album ‘When I was a Lad’.

25. Oxford Pocket Theatre brings their original, highly visual and fun interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays for kids of all ages.

26. Join Bex and her talking dog Rex in a musical comedy about saving the planet, suitable for all ages, from multi-award-winning-silly-but-with-actual-proper-science-theatre superheroes Tangram Theatre Company.

27. Did we mention there’s a soft play for the under 5s?

28. Mrs H and the Sing-along Band bring their unique family music back to Latitude. Including members of Red Snapper, Beth Orton and The Leisure Society.

Ticket information for children & teenagers

  • Children 0-4 years do not need a ticket
  • Children 5 to 12 years require a ‘Child’ ticket
  • Teenagers between 13 and 15  require an Accompanied Teen ticket
  • Teenagers 16 and over must have a standard adult ticket
  • All under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 18 years old and this adult must remain on site throughout the weekend. Those wishing to stay in the ‘Family Campsite’ must have children 16 years or younger in the group

Adult Weekend tickets £197.50 face value + £8 booking fee per ticket
Accompanied Teen Weekend tickets (13-15 years) £132.50 + £8 booking fee per ticket
Child Weekend tickets £7.50 + £2.70 booking fee per ticket

Adult Day tickets £77.50 + £7 booking fee per ticket
Child Day Tickets are £4.50 + £2.70 booking fee per ticket

Adult Weekend instalment tickets – If you pay your first instalment on or before March 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be 3rd May (£65.00) and 1st June (£67.50 + postage)

More ticket information/Tickets available HERE


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