Survive the Festival Season With Help from Luxury Family Hotels
Most of us love a good family-friendly festival, but there’s no denying that camping, late nights and all that hedonism can take it out on you. Happily, with several Luxury Family Hotels within easy reach of some of the UK's biggest festivals this summer, you can check yourselves in for a day or two of luxury – think a steaming hot bath, crisp cotton sheets, fluffy towels, freshly prepared food and a well-deserved, very comfortable bed!
The Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Handy for: Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 13-16 July
Set in 1,800 acres of National Trust parkland, the Ickworth offers up a tennis court, swimming pool, complimentary bikes to explore the surrounding countryside and the chance to come back to life in the spa. Meanwhile, for junior festival-goers there’s a games and cinema room plus an OFSTED-registered crèche.
Woolley Grange, Bradford upon Avon, Wiltshire
Handy for: The Big Feastival, Kingham,, 25-27 Aug
The ideal place to relax and freshen up after camping in the Cotswolds, Woolley is the perfect combination of luxury with a home-from-home feel. While parents relax with a spa treatment, kids can enjoy the drop-in OFSTED-registered Den or the Hen House playroom with its air hockey, table football and pool table. The whole family can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools and gardens.
Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth, Dorset
Handy for: Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, 27-30 July
Spacious lounges in a contemporary colonial style and extensive gardens with two tennis courts, a skittle alley and a play area make this the perfect spot for some R&R. Kids aged 1–5 can even join the 'Toddle Waddle' trail, an interactive half-hour walk with animals to see and collect.
New Park Manor, New Forest, Hampshire
Handy for: Boom Town, Winchester, 10-13 August
With 25 bedrooms, an award-winning spa, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and a fantastic restaurant, this is a superb, intimate retreat in the heart of Britain's most popular national park with its many footpaths and cycle routes. The acres of grounds include a fairy garden and a croquet lawn, while New Forest ponies and deer graze just beyond them.
Fowey Hall Hotel and Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Handy for: Beautiful Days, near Exeter, 18-20 August
After this event packed with theatre, crafts, storytelling and circus skills, extend the fun at one of our Cornwall hotels with their outdoor play zones with giant games, private beaches and luxurious facilities.
Fowey Hall has a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere, making it feel more like a friend's country retreat where kids can roam freely and parents can unwind. Fowey itself is the perfect location for a relaxing break by the sea, with delightful boutiques and cafés.
Polurrian Bay also offers a relaxed 'house party' feel, with indoor and outdoor pools, pretty gardens, a tennis court, a spa and an outdoor play area, as well as a complimentary OFSTED-registered Den for younger guests and the Blue Room for older children. A little path snakes through the gardens down to the pristine sands of Polurrian Cove below – fab for surfing.
Luxury Family Hotels' Tips for Festivals with Kids
• Take a backpack carrier – buggies can be difficult on uneven, muddy ground.
• Pack earplugs or ear defenders to protect little ears from loud music.
• Write your mobile number (not the child's name) on a wristband in case they get lost.
• Take some food staples such as dried fruit, nuts and cartons of juice to avoid having to queue every time the kids are peckish.
• Pack both waterproofs and sunblock!
• Have a good supply of wet wipes.
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