Family Friendly Festivals in Europe - Al Fresco Holidays
Thank You For the Music: Family Friendly Festivals in Europe
Rewind a couple of decades, and holidays abroad were mostly about one thing and one thing only. Hitting the beach (and most importantly, of course, a sunny beach) was the sole priority of families heading to Europe for their holidays, and a week or two spent lying horizontal on a sandy cove was the ultimate ambition for most holiday-makers.
However, in the 21st century, tastes have changed. The coastline is still a dominant factor in most people’s travel itineraries, but now, there is an added emphasis on adventure, with many families searching for alternative experiences, something that is out of the ordinary, or unforgettable. Quite often, it’s a trip in search of culture, or historical interest, but once again, times are changing, and fresh activities are now on the rise for those staying in Europe.
An increasingly popular activity for families is heading to a music festival whilst enjoying a fortnight away in the sun. These days, music festivals are exceptionally family friendly, and adults and kids alike can kick back, enjoy some great music, whilst lapping up the sunshine.
Here are just a few of the finest European music festivals on offer.
Family Friendly Festivals in Europe: Where to Go
There are, of course, hundreds of music festivals happening across the continent, especially in the warmer months. These are our selection of the very best that Europe has to offer.
Unknown, Croatia (8th – 12th September, 2014)
Unknown Festival is a five day event, set amidst the idyllic scenery of the historic town of Rovinj, and located right beside the twinkling Adriatic Sea. Alongside the live music, which this year includes indie favourites Wild Beasts and ethereal Chvrches, younger visitors can explore the interesting art installations that are dotted around the site, as well as enjoying the startling impromptu acts by roaming performers.
Croatia lends itself very well to creating a diverse, interesting holiday itinerary. Spend five days soaking up the sounds at Unknown Festival, before taking some time to explore the remarkable coastline. A great place to stay, after you’ve enjoyed the festival, is Camping Bi Village, located in Istria, on the northern coast. With historic Pula only a few miles away, and a sandy beach within a few minutes walk, it’s the perfect place to unwind and reflect upon your experiences at the festival.
Primavera Sound (28th – 31st May, 2014)
If you’re looking for a festival that simply oozes a hip, laid-back atmosphere, then Primavera Sound is the place to be. Held each year in Barcelona, it traditionally offers a really eclectic mix of artists; this year including Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age and iconic music legends, Pixies. Once you’ve enjoyed soaking up the wonderful performances, you are perfectly positioned to enjoy one of Spain’s most vibrant cities, not to mention the wonderfully sandy beaches of the surrounding coast.
If you’re looking to stay somewhere that offers great proximity to Primavera Sound, then head to Camping Villanova Park. It has a children’s club to keep the younger members of the family happy, and a relaxing indoor spa, for those who might feel a little bit ‘festivaled out’ after their time spent at Primavera! It’s also still conveniently close to Barcelona, making it a great spot for those who want to explore the city in more depth.
Main Square, France (3rd – 6th July, 2014)
If you like your festivals to come with an awe-inspiring backdrop, then France’s popular Main Square Festival might be just right for you. Set in the imposing grounds of a UNESCO world heritage citadel, and amongst 40 hectares of lush park land, it’s an atmospheric place for the family to relax and enjoy some excellent music. This year, rock legends Iron Maiden are headlining, and festival-goers can also enjoy The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand and David Guetta.
Whilst in the area, it’s well worth incorporating your festival experience with a trip along the northern French coast, which is well known for its dramatic, windswept sand dunes and quaint little villages. As you make your way back along the coast, book a stay at Yelloh! Village Cȏte de Nacre Campsite, which provides the perfect location to enjoy the final week of your time away, with its wonderfully relaxing, scenic surroundings.
Worldwide Festival, France (30th June – 6th July)
Established back in 2006 by Giles Peterson, Worldwide Festival, located in Sète in the South of France, is now in it’s 8th year, and is continually growing in popularity. It’s a relatively chilled out affair, and with its coastal location, its perfect for familes who want to listen to music whilst soaking up the sun. As ever, the line-up is an eclectic mix of acoustic and dance, with acts such as Four Tet, Little Dragon and of course, Giles Peterson himself in performance.
For a great location that is really close to the festival itself, Les Méditerranées Beach Garden, part of Les Méditerranées Resort, is an excellent option. It has close proximity to the beach, and a swimming pool to keep the kids happy after the festival is over.
Enjoying a Music Festival in Style
Don’t be fooled into thinking that music festivals are the sole preserve of young 20 something’s, and those who are young, single and fancy free. The truth of the matter is that more and more families are booking tickets to music festivals, with the children, rather than without. Indeed, many festivals offer facilities that specifically cater for younger guests, such as fun performances, child friendly food and plenty to see and do, even for restless young people.
Alfresco Holidays have a wide range of campsites across Europe, and offer a great place to stay, either before you head on to your music festival, or afterwards, when you’re in need of a place to relax, unwind and enjoy some time on the beach, or exploring some of the local sights. To find out more about their campsites and holiday parks, and to discover which locations are perfectly suited for your next music festival break, just visit their site and begin exploring.