The festival season is truly upon us with The Isle Of Wight now over and ones like Latitude and Bestival ready to take over, there really is no excuse not to find one that suits you or your family this year. What we have found is that some festivals are now being inspired by TV programmes and include favourite characters from the shows and the chance to meet and interact with the main stars. Running from anything for a day out to a weekends camping, these are a new breed of festivals that are sure to catch on and maybe rival some of the main music ones. We have chosen our favourites and included ticket prices and details of who is entertaining.
First up, Harvest at Jimmy’s. This of course is based on the hugely popular many Jimmy Doherty TV programmes, highlighting his trials and tribulations with his pig farm in Suffolk. The festival is actually based on his own farm in Suffolk and features cookery classes from the man himself, plus James Martin, with musical acts from The Feeling, Eliza Doolittle, Turin Brakes and The Divine Comedy and a Gruffalo show for the kids. If you want a comfortable stay you can hire one of the spacious 15ft yurts which come with a wooden lockable door, carpeted with a king size / twin bed and a real mattress, sumptuous duvet and white 400 count Egyptian cotton linen. They also have a resident DJ and the chance to win the Ultimate Foodie Package. Tickets are available from harvestatjimmys.com and are priced at £36 for an adult day ticket to £750 for a luxury Yurt tent for the weekend.
Lollibop is based on many children’s TV programme and the line up this year includes the Zingzillas, Rasta Mouse and da Easy Crew, DJ Dick and Dom, The Roald Dahl Museum and story Telling Centre, Peppa Pig, and much more. Located at Regents Park in London it runs from 5th, 6th and 7th August and is open from 11am to 7pm. There is no camping but once you have bought a day ticket, all activities are then free. They have special rides for children who are 3ft and under, an Enchanted Forest, a Bubble Zone, Imagination Stations, a Craft Market and loads of fun activities planned throughout the weekend. To book go to lollibopfestival.co.uk, tickets are around £80 for a family of four if you book online and £19 for a single adult.
Finally, probably the most well known festival celebrating the finest in art, television, film and comedy is the Edinburgh Festival, on now with events scheduled up until December. This massive event features a Science Festival, jazz acts, many plays and films including A Better Life and Albatross, a writing forum for new authors, a sound track session for budding musicians, performances by Keira Knightly and a spectacular show by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Tons of comedy performances and shows which make this festival renowned worldwide. Tickets are based in individual shows and start from a mere £5. For more information go to edinburghfestivals.co.uk.