As regular readers know we are a family of festival lovers, with many yet to be visited and favourites already on the calendar. Continuing my Weekend Wanderings sojourn around the Suffolk countryside it seems only right to mention Latitude. About an hour north along the Suffolk coastline from my house, set in the beautiful grounds of Henham Park, our sleepy county hosts the festival filled with cultural treats. Alongside big acts headlining the main stage smaller tents play host to poets and other literary performances, comedy and more initmite gigs from lesser known bands and performers. For me it is these smaller tents that make any festival more magical, discovering new acts and not wading through huge crowds to get a glimpse of whomever is on stage.
Whilst Latitude plays host to the plethora of Suffolk and Norfolk teens it is also a great festival experience for families too. Infact the Kids Area could be considered a festival in itself! With a jampacked programme of creativity, arts, crafts, music and science this year promises to delight families again. Whether you want to learn to extract DNA from a banana with the DNA Splats, celebrate the bards big birthday and watch the Oxford Pocket Theatre interpret Shakespeare's plays for the younger audience or enjoy some puppetry and pizza with The Italian Job. As the sun goes down over Henham Park, families can head to the Kids Area for a family disco, circus performances and on Saturday night children can join the parade. This is just a tiny sample of the programme for children and families at Latitude this year. For more information please visit the Family page.
As our own children have got older the music line up has become an important part of festi-family holidays. This year Latitude welcomes The Maccabee's, Bears Den, Squeeze, Laura Mvula and New Order, to name a small selection. A personal favourite for me is the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, showcasing music from a multitude of different genres and hidden among the canopy of trees the Sunrise Arena welcomes new acts embarking on their first steps into the wonderful world of the music industry.
So whether you are sans family or not, Latitude promises a fabulous weekend in Suffolk this year.
More details of this years line up and tickets are available at www.latitudefestival.com .
Until next time, take care.