Finding a festival that suits the whole family can be tricky, so we’ve been having a look at what’s on offer for 2014. We have found three top alternate fun family festivals for you to enjoy late this summer.
The Cake and Bake Show
We think this festival looks good enough to eat. From 3rd - 5th October, the Cake and Bake show will be residing at Earls Court, London and features a variety of cake-related activities. Tickets are free, but you will need to book a place – you can buy other tickets to gain fast track access to VIP seats and Cake and Bake classes.
The Cake and Bake show not only offers exclusive 30 minute classes where you can learn the experts tips and tricks, but it has an entire marketplace of scrumptious treats to satisfy your taste buds, and display tables of fantastic hand made cakes. There is also an exhibition of the latest gadgets in kitchenware, where you can catch up on the latest baking trends and watch the demonstrations to get the hang of your new equipment.
There will be guest speakers every day on stage performing cake making and baking demonstrations, and we haven’t even told you the most exciting part yet: there will be a Cooking Competition featuring your favourite ‘Great British Bake Off’ Stars! If you have a sweet tooth, this is the show for you.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a month long festival (1st – 25th August) and without a doubt will have something for every member of the family. It is spread across in venues all over the city centre – including White Stuff’s Edinburgh Emporium, venue 205! – And features just about any kind of entertainment you can think of. From comedy and drama to dance and exhibitions, there are plenty of shows to see.
A lot of these shows are free, and you can either visit the Box Office at Cowgate or take a relaxed stroll up the Royal Mile, where you will see a variety of street artists. By the end of your stroll you will most likely have accumulated a handful of event leaflets, so you can take your pick from there!
Outdoor bars with quirky seating areas surrounded by outdoor space heaters (it is Scotland after all!) and fabulous decorations go without saying, the atmosphere at this festival is not to be missed.
Set in the picturesque landscape of Portmeirion, Wales, Festival Number 6 is renowned for being ‘a bespoke banquet of music and arts’. Taking place over the 5th, 6th and 7th of September, the festival takes over the entire village, with entrance only permitted to ticketholders. It is reasonably priced at £160 for an adult weekend ticket, with a young person’s ticket coming in at £85 and under 10’s completely free (so long as all youngsters are accompanied by an adult).
With big names like the Pet Shop Boys headlining the music venue and DJ’s on hand throughout the event, it’s sure to attract attention. However, Festival Number 6 doesn’t only offer music. Portmeirion plays hosts to the Festivals ‘Arts and Culture’ section, where you can find the comedy tent and literature talks.
The whole family is catered for at this Festival; the children can be dropped off at the ‘Secret Outlaws Camp’ whilst the parents sneak off for a dance. A variety of food is on offer throughout the Festival, from pulled pork burgers to the pop up champagne and oyster bar - local restaurants and cafes are on offer too. There certainly is something for everyone at Festival Number 6.