The three best eco-friendly festivals for families in 2017.
Festival season is already upon us and already I am looking forward to the sun, the music, the outdoors and most importantly, the inspiration. These three festivals have a strong eco-friendly ethos while staying inclusive to all ages. If you want to take your children to a festival this year, make it one of these. These are the eco-friendly festivals to watch this year.
1. Green Gathering, Chepstow, Wales, 3rd-6th August
Last year was my first Green Gathering and I absolutely loved it. This festival is the definition of eco-friendly and easily the most transparent, telling the public exactly what it does to help our planet and what it could improve on in its How Green? page. There is a dedicated kids area and loads to do in all areas of the site. I can’t wait to go again this year – last years highlights included Hoopy Frood, Seize the Day, loads of green traders, willow weaving, reiki, several politicians including Natalie Bennett and Molly Scott Cato. I came away refreshed, revitalized and ready to change the world. See what’s on this year here.
2. Shambala, Northamptonshire, England, 24th-27th August
Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a secret location in Northamptonshire. They have over 200 musical acts, cabaret, workshops, stand-up, inspirational talks and debates, circus and acrobatics and interactive theatre. The green section on their website is quite extensive and there is loads on for families – pre-teens can go Bush Camping for a night, there is a woodland adventure area and an amazing kids field.
3. Sunrise Celebration, near Bristol, England 18th-20th August
The Sunrise Celebration takes place at a secret location within a 1hr drive of Bristol. There is a wide selection of workshops, talks and musical acts – see whats on. It has won awards for its kids area! The about us section has information on their sustainable ethos.
Which is your favourite?
I wholeheartedly recommend taking your family to a festival that promotes sustainable living. It is a sure-fire way to educate your children about living in harmony with the environment without them crying “boooooring!” (pre-teens!). No child could use that word at any of these festivals, and nor would you.
I wish I had time to go to them all – unless a miracle happens, I’ll just be going to Green Gathering this year. Next year I’ll definitely be attending at least one more of these! Are you going to any of these festivals? Let me know.