The Kidz Field at Glastonbury Festival is celebrating it's 22nd anniversary this year with a Big Top line-up this year which includes the return of magician Dynamo. Also returning are CBeebies favourites Andy, Alex and Katy are also back for another year with their Andy and the Odd Socks show, Channel 5's Milkshake Live! crew, and each morning Seikou Susso will bring forth the sun with the wondrous sound of the West African Kora.
With all 12s and under getting in free to Glastonbury, The Kidz Field is Britain's largest free children's festival and offers a feast of treats to delight and entertain them. This year the Field offers lots of great new acts and some familiar favourites. And, as ever, all activities, shows and workshops in the field are FREE.
Located at the top of the site, north of William’s Green and the Meeting Point, west of The Acoustic Stage children will find the field of castles and aliens, bubbles and clowns, swingboats and roundabouts, explosions, magicians, stuntmen, with Panic Circus, Mr Yipadee, Captain Kipper & Friends, The Flying Seagull Project, Rainbow Theatre Present Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Rhubarb Theatre present 'Explorer's Galorer's', DnA present 'Tom Thumb', Circus Fudge's Foolish Theatre present 'Blunderfudge'
All this plus Prof. Panic’s Puppet Arena, Traditional Punch & Judy Show, Zu Aerial Dance, Professor Eek!, Elsie Fanackerpants, Mainbrace Theatre, No Strings Theatre Company, Gayton Boyer’s Dinosaurs the Universe and Everything – A Love Story, Krazy Koala, Kabare Pupala, John Row, Pag’s Instant Theatre, Clive ‘The Storyfella’ Pig, Donald ‘Story Don’ Nelson, Christine Willison, Mark ‘Walk The Lines’ Hill, Makendoo, Buzz Stop, WoW Create with Mrs Recycle, JF Hero Arts, Sticky Fingers Crew, Kajamagoo Arts, Mad Hatters, Crowning Glories, Noona’s Puppet Stew, Scrap Happy, Cre8ivity 4 All, Wicked Wings, Sian’s Workshops, East Anglian Arts Collective, Evering Arty, Nicada Puppets, Helen Brown Print Making, Pixie Jools Copper Jewellery Workshop, Bill Chambers’ Print Workshop, Arts Ahoy, A Tropical Adventure, Magic Garden , The A.P.E Project presents The Hammers & Nails Carpentry Corner. The Legendary Kidz Field Face Painters, Facepak, Richard Langford’s Facepaint Artists, Nam Nam's, Cheshire Cats, Starfish, Paul Wadsworth’s Artist Masterclass, Experimakers, The Magic Garden Present ‘Over The Rainbow’, Triban, Magical Menagerie, and Maynell Games.
Plus a host of walkabout acts including Brain Sheep, Velvet Marbles, Stilt Affliction, Pedro The Clown and his Travelling Cart, Frantic Antics, Be More Smiley’s People, Jamma Da Samba, Mr Wolf Collective, Gorilla Hugs, The Moaner Lisa, Balloon Magician’s, Bouncy Space Hoppers, Professor Noodlestein & His Robot Cybor, Friction Arts’ Magnificent ‘Sisters of Percy’, A.P.E Project The Living Arts Company and Other World Artsand more creating a world of wonder and magic with things to do and see, make or join in with, bounce on, jump off, climb up and fly in. There's also the Make N Do Marquee, Helter Skelter, The Kidz Field Muzikademy, and Fairground Rides.
Children must be accompanied at all times, so the parents get to share the experience which represents the original ethos of Glastonbury keeping the Utopian spirit alive, it believes in the magic of sharing and play in an environment filled with honest values and meaningful engagement.
The Field believes in quality entertainment for kidz, it doesn’t endorse products, sell tie-ins or put on empty shows with bright colours and no nutritional value. It doesn’t do flyers or adverts or stalls or partake in “pester power”, it is happy to be different. Indeed, it celebrates difference and diversity and wholeheartedly endorses the UN Convention on the Rights Of The Child: It is a right of the child to rest, leisure and play, to enjoy recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the Arts.
All activities, shows and workshops in the Kidz Field are FREE! The Glastonbury Festival was founded on, and is committed to, progressive attitudes and inspiring new generations. Children have always been given free admission to Glastonbury and The Kidz Field team are the guardians of their domain and facilitators of the largest and finest free festival for kidz in Europe.
In the field you’ll find face painters, clowns, magicians, storytellers, acrobats and play rangers, the iconic Vintage Helter Skelter, The Kidz Field Castle, The Re:Play Muzikademy, Friction Arts, the Legendary Make ‘n’ Do Marquee, The National Childbirth Trust Little Kidz Area, The Woodcraft Folk, The Climbing Wall and Spider Mountain as well as many more Rides, Outdoor Games, Attractions and Walkabouts.
For Tiny tots Glastonbury offers the Little Kidz Area, a safe, fenced-in place at the top of the field with its own mini playground including a shaded sand pit, swingboats, chairoplanes, and a book and toy library. The National Childbirth Trust provide baby changing, bathing and feeding facilities, as well as provisions and facilities to help those with very young children and babies. They have nappies, wellies and wipes (Bio-degradable of course) and are on hand to give advice, support and a friendly face.
It's definitely worth dropping in for a cup of tea, as thousands of other parents have discovered over the last 21 years, it's a chance to relax with your little 'uns, and enjoy the Festival away from the main stages.
The Kidz Field also has a Lost Children and a First-Aid post manned by a large group of highly trained professionals.There's CCTV system to ensure safety and Strawberry Fair stewards are always on hand to ensure that you and yours have a happy childhood at Glastonbury.
See the programme on site and the notice boards in the Kidz Field for the latest details.
This year's sold out Glastonbury Festival runs for five full days from Wednesday 22nd until Sunday 26th June 2016 across over a 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside at Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset.
Tickets have sold out, however ticket re-sales of returned tickets will take place this week over two separate days, and can only be booked by those who are registered, as part of the Festival's system to beat ticket touting.
Just like the main sale in October, those wanting to travel to the Festival by coach will get the first opportunity to book tickets. The all important resale for Ticket + Coach packages will be from 6pm on Thursday, 14th April.
That will be followed by a resale of General Admission tickets, at 9am on Sunday, 17th April.
General Admission Tickets cost £228 + £5 booking fee (with postage by Royal Mail Special Delivery charged at £7.75 per order).
For general admission it is expected that once again there will be a maximum of 4 tickets per transaction, and for coaches a maximum of 2 tickets per transaction.
Please note that all tickets purchased in the resale must be paid for in full at the point of booking (there is no deposit scheme offered for resale). These tickets can be refunded up until 8th May, and cancellation protection is available at the point of purchase.
Registration does not reserve or guarantee you a ticket in the resale. Registration must be done before 5pm on Wednesday, 13th April 2016.
Online registration can be carried out by clicking here.
The Friday headliners are Muse, Adele tops the bill on Saturday and Coldplay on Sunday, plus PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, Art Garfunkel, Cyndi Lauper, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sigur Ros, Ronnie Spector, Ellie Goulding, Explosions In The Sky, Foals, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, ZZ Top, Disclosure, New Order, Skepta, The 1975, Grimes, Annie Mac, Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Underworld, James Blake, Chvrches, Savages, Floating Points, Laura Mvula, Stormzy, Daughter, Little Simz, Vince Staples, John Grant, Band of Horses, Jess Glynne, Carl Cox, Nao, Fatboy Slim, Bring Me The Horizon, Richard Hawley, The Lumineers, Lady Leshurr, Rokia Traore, Guy Garvey, Kamasi Washington, Jack Garratt, AlunaGeorge, Hinds, Ezra Furman, M83, Kurt Vile (solo), Mercury Rev, Gregory Porter, Madness, Wolf Alice, Baaba Maal, Ernest Ranglin, Bastille, Roisin Murphy, Santigold, Years And Years, Dua Lipa, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bat For Lashes, Protoje, Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, Mac DeMarco, St Etienne, Blossoms, Of Monsters and Men, Lapsley, Bossy Love, Early Ghost, Gillbanks, Hattie Whitehead, Henry Green, Lady Sanity, Marcus McCoan, and She Drew The Gun.
The full complete line-up will not be announced until later this month. Expect something like 2,000 performances at over 100 venues including music, cabaret, theatre, circus, a fantastic Kidz area, poetry, green crafts and information, site art, decor, and loads, loads more ... much more than just the music, so make sure you check it all out!
This year organisers particularly want to highlight the Festival's environmental policies which all ticket purchasers are required to subscribe to. The pledge must be agreed to buy those paying off their balances. It is not possible to attend the Festival without agreeing to Love the Farm, Leave no Trace.
Ticket holders for this summer's Glastonbury Festival are reminded to take part in their future by making sure they apply for an EU Referendum postal or proxy vote. You will find links to the form to postal vote here and proxy voting here. For more information (see the news page here).
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