There's no shortage of things to do for children at Glastonbury. The Kidz Field is a huge kids' festival within the Festival featuring top names from the world of children's entertainment and loads of activities – from a knee trembling helter skelter to colourful softplay – for kids of all ages. Click here for more information. The Green Kids Area – situated in the Green Fields – offers adventures on climbing walls and wooden ships as well as alternative entertainment and activities. In the Theatre and Circus Fields, there are lots of workshops welcoming children and many morning shows will tickle their fancies.
There are two Family Camping Fields: the Cockmill Meadow near the Kidz Field and a new area on the north-west of the site at Wicket Ground. Families do not need a special ticket to camp in the Family fields, but it is not possible to reserve space in advance (and they can fill up quickly).
Anyone heading for the family campsite by the Acoustic field should take the Purple Route into the Festival.
- Bring plenty of sunscreen and waterproofs - and don't forget a sunhat.
- A nice strong but snuggly rug/blanket is essential. It's great to sit on during the day and great to wrap them up in during the evening, as is plastic sheet to sit on if it gets wet.
- A wheelbarrow, off-road pushchair, bike trailer buggy or other form of push/pull impromptu transportation for young children is useful. Not only can it help you cart about all that you need to cater for every child-related eventuality, it will also relieve those inevitably tired little legs. The Festival site is massive, kids will get tired and unless you are happy to carry them for a long time, you need some transport.
- Bring plenty of carton drinks. They are cheap, easy to carry and you can leave a tray in the car for later. There is plenty of access to drinkable tap water so bringing dilutable squash is another option.
- Avoid a trek to the toilets in the dead of the night by bringing a bucket with a tight fitting lid (you may find it useful too!).
- A first aid kit (with Savlon, plasters, wipes, waspese, midge repellant, calpol, etc) is essential.
- Bring biodegradable wet wipes - they are useful for everything from your daily wash, wiping hands before eating and wiping bums.
- If you have a formula fed baby, then invest in those bottles that use disposible liner bags (the sort you use for freezing breast milk) and a load of ready mixed formula milk in cartons. If your child is a little older compromise any healthy eating morals and get prepared tins (glass is banned on site). For older kids, bring plenty of breakfast bars. It will save on washing up, save a load of cash for better things and they also come in handy for the bedtime "I'm hungry" calls.
- There are quieter, less crowded family camping areas for those with young children. See the camping pages for more information.
Big crowds can be daunting for children, to avoid separating from them, give your kids the same advice you would if you were anywhere else: don't go off with strangers or anyone without telling you first. If they get lost, have them ask for help from a policeman, a security steward, any Festival staff with a radio, another adult with children, or one of the Information Points or market gates.
It's really helpful if children have their parent's mobile number on them - write it in marker pen on your child's arm, so we can contact you, but not their name. If you don't have a phone just the name of the field you are camped in is helpful.
If you lose your children ask for advice at any Information Point, or from any Festival official. Found kids are looked after at the Kidz Field until 8pm. They are then taken to Waggonshed Welfare, by the Farmhouse.
There are no creche facilities at the Festival. You should make arrangements within your group of friends and partners for someone to be supervising your children at all times, even in the Kidz Field. The Kidz Field is one of the nicest fields on the festival site - make sure all you big kidz take a few minutes to appreciate it too.