Greenbelt is an inter-generational festival like no other. It’s not just that we have lots of children and families onsite. We do.
But, as well as hundreds of children and their parents and carers, we often see their grandparents there too! All having a great time! Together. Yes, Greenbelt is truly inter-generational. And that rocks!
Greenbelt has always been a great festival to bring children to and, since moving to beautiful Boughton House near Kettering, this is even more the case. The site’s beauty and safety allows for a potential independence, freedom and earthed experience that children rarely encounter in their everyday lives. And that’s wonderful to see.
From traffic-free campsites to the biggest, poshest, best-mown lawn you could imagine to play on. And from ancient trees to wildlife a plenty – with geese, swans, herons and buzzards – Boughton is a paradise for children (of all ages).
The festival is also a really safe space too. People are looking out for each other. There are lots of children and families around and we’re geared up for that. We’ve got a great children’s team of volunteers on site to help and support you make the most of the festival. From buddies for children with additional needs to great workshop leaders and venue hosts, we’re here to make Greenbelt the best it can be for festivalgoers of all ages.
It’s a great space for children to make new friends, too, as they play and create together. Greenbelt friends often become friends for life. This annual gathering of the clans is something that children and families come to cherish as community.
We place an emphasis on fun and participation – and this seems to suit children well. Greenbelt isn’t a place where you’re just required to sit still and listen, it’s also a place where you can get stuck in and really hands-on. Where you learn by doing and laughing and playing.
Children and Family venues
- Make & Create – for a rolling programming of led workshops and DIY crafting activity
- Learn & Do – for music and movement workshops and all-age performance too
- The Duke’s Lawn – the best location to let off steam and have a kick-around or join in the rolling programming of organised team games and physical activities
- Play Tent – a tent just full of toys and ride-ons
- Parent’s Support Venue – a dedicated space for baby bathing and feeding, heating food or generally taking the weight off!
- The Kindred 24-Hour Cafe – open all night for those who just can’t sleep
- Early Curfew camping – a designated quiet area of the campsite for those who need to hit the sack at a sensible time.
But we also have great all-age programming over the weekend in The Playhouse theatre venue, The Glade Big Top mainstage, and also walkabout performance, too. And remember – the site itself in general is just the biggest and best playground you can imagine.
Programming highlights …
Performances for Children and Family
Morgan & West’s Magic Show, Professor Pumpernickel’s Silly Science Show, Space Rebel Princess Theatre Show, Family Songs with Nick Cope, Thomas Trilby’s Circus Show, Pop-Up Theatre, Walkabout Artists, BMX Stunt Show.
Participation, Arts & Crafts and Workshops
Run away to the circus with Circus Kaos’ dropping Circus Skills Workshop, Bollywood & Bhangra Dance workshops, Family Workship, Physical Play with Contakids, Sing for you Baby with Thula Mama, Paul Cookson’s Family Twist, World Music Workshops, Kid’s Yoga with Tatty Bumpkin, Storytelling for all ages, Outdoor Sports and Activities, Late Night Village, Forest Church, Breakdancing and Beatboxing.
Crafting in the Make & Create venue
DIY crafting in the Make & Create venue, Enamelling, Groovy Records Vinyl Art workshops, Journey Sticks, Willow Weaving with Salix Arts, Clay Modelling.
More to come – share the news!
We’ll be adding detail and more acts and activities to our children’s and family lineup over the coming weeks (in May) so keep your eyes on our website lineup pages here and also our children and families lineup poster download here.
Greenbelt is also a Gold Standard festival for accessibility. And we’re really proud of that. We go the extra mile to support all those with additional access needs to experience the festival to the max. You can read more about how we do this on our comprehensive Access webpages here.