Wondering about taking the kids with you to a music festival this summer? We have picked 6 family friendly music festivals that are taking place this summer. So here’s our roundup of family friendly festivals Ireland 2014:
Westport Festival of Music and Food
The ‘Westport Festival of Music and Food’ is a two-day, family-friendly Westport Festival which is taking place this year on the 28th and 29th of June in Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and parkland estates set amidst a stunning 400 acre site in the heart of Co. Mayo.
Headlining acts at the festival include Brian Adams and David Gray with other confirmed acts including Kool & The Gang, Sinead O’Connor, Bell XI, Mundy, and many more.
As well as family camping section, the on-site family area has the award-winning Pirate Adventure Park on the festival grounds. Families will be able to enjoy the Pirate Queen swinging ship, the Pirates Plunge Water Slide, the gorgeous swan Pedaloe Boats, the Westport House Express miniature train ride, bouncy castles and many more fun festival activities!
A Family ticket including camping is €160 with kids under 12 free, and they have Teen camping tickets available for €80. Campervan and Day Tickets also available.
“We have been twice to Westport Festival with our 2 daughters and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it each time. It’s a great venue for a festival because of the facilities and the Pirates Park and also because it’s so close to town. You never felt crowded, there were tons of families there too and the fantastic food was an added bonus.” – Jill
Tickets for Westport Festival of Music & Food are on sale now via www.westportfestival.com with combined festival and camping tickets on sale through www.westporthouse.ie. Find them on facebook and Twitter.
This year’s family friendly Body&Soul Festival takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 20th – 22nd. Body&Soul invites you and your family to come down to the woods on the summer solstice weekend to dance with the fairies and follow twinkling pathways to secret corners unknown, all with new sights, sounds and stories that will thrill, excite and enchant the spirits of your Soul Kids.
This year Goldfrapp, Gary Numan and John Grant are headline acts, but alongside all the fabulous music acts and activities are daily Kiddies Yoga, Arts & Crafts, Mask Making, Den Building, Jewelry Making, Funky Feet Dancing Workshops, Circus Skills, Trapeze Shows, a Kids Disco and lots more
“We’ve been to Body and Soul for 3 years and the kids love it! There is a lovely wooded area when you can wander around and you’ll happen upon all kinds of quirky entertainment. The Soul Kids area is great for the younger ones and because it’s contained within a walled garden, it is beautifully sheltered and safe. We’re going again this year and we can’t wait – the count down is on!” – Paul
A Family ticket (entry for 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under) is available for those wishing to stay in the dedicated Family Campsite for €139.50. At time of writing there are also a limited number of Family Campervan tickets still available for €50 (for those who have left their tenting days behind!) Tickets for Body&Soul are available at www.ticketmaster.ie, Credit Card Hotline 0818 719300 and outlets nationwide. More info at www.bodyandsoul.ie, facebook and Twitter.
One of Ireland’s most popular festivals, this year’s Electric Picnic takes place at Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois Friday 29th – Sunday 31st August with Pet Shop Boys, Portishead and Paolo Nutini topping the bill this year.
The “Soul Kids” children’s area is a wonderland for children and has a reception for babies, toddlers and children up to 12. It is programmed with all sorts of creative workshops, kids yoga, chill out space for parents, and games.
Families can purchase special Family tickets for Electric Picnic which permit access into the specially designated Family Campsite (€194.50). Here there is parking within close proximity to the tents and it is exclusively for families so no need to worry about rowdiness from revellers or late night noise. Family Campervan and Family Day tickets also available.
“Electric Picnic is all about the music. Most of the big acts start late in the evening so make sure to factor that into your plans each day. The family camping is well away from the general area so it’s relatively quiet and the Soul Kids area has loads on during the day. There’s so much to see and do, there’s even a circus on site!” – Mary Kate
Classic Carrick on Shannon
If classical music floats your boat, check out the Carrick on Shannon Water Music Festival in lovely Leitrim, taking place July 15th – 20th. This year’s acts include Crash Ensemble, Pat Coldrick, Chris Meehan & His Redneck Friends, Jessie de Bellis and more.
Why not make a break of it and rent a cruiser – or seek out adventure at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park! You can stay in a log cabin at Riversdale Self Catering, in nearby Knockvicar.
Drogheda Samba Festival
Catch the beat at the Drogheda Samba Festival, Co. Louth, taking place June 27th – 29th, where over 300 drums will be setting the pace.
When your eardrums have had their fill, enjoy traditional seaside fun in nearby Bettystown.
Or why not wind down with a scenic walk and some gourmet food in the beautiful medieval village of Carlingford.
Groove Music Festival
Get your groove on for David Gray, James, Paloma Faith, and Paul Heaton (from Beautiful South) and more at the Groove Music Festival taking place July 5th and 6th in the stunning surrounds of Kilruddery Estate in Bray, Co. Wicklow, the garden county of Ireland.
Explore Bray’s victorian seafront and cool down with a dip in the sea.
Or visit splendid Enniskerry village, with its bijou shops and nearby waterfall at Powerscourt. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Do you plan to take in a music festival this summer with the kids? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.