WHAT’S THERE TO DO?
Boomtown is one huge playground for all generations with Kidztown as the HQ for all mini-boomers. From treetop adventures in the Forest School to interactive play, face painting and many crafts and activities in the multiple workshops and venues that line the immersive and interactive street. Kidztown takes all the family friendly elements of the rest of the festival and bundles it up into a bite-size portion with a serene and soulful soundtrack provided by neighbouring Whistlers Green.
But the family fun doesn’t stop there, see below for a full list of all the family friendly highlights outside of the Kidztown’s gates.
Kidztown is the dedicated children’s area at Boomtown. Co-ordinated by qualified child and youth experts, our amazing crew include play-workers, early years specialists, artists and performers from all over the world to help bring alive a melting pot of fun, fused together for all the family.
Activities include hands-on, multi-sensory workshops and entertainment all weekend for children 0-5yrs and 6-12yrs. Kidztown has craft workshops, the Rusty Workshop, theatre, circus, storytelling, puppetry, music, comedy, sandpit, skate ramp, baby and toddler tents, yoga, massage, bouncy castle and its very own Boomtown street with interactive venues such as ‘Rat-a-Tattoo’, the ‘Piggy Bank’, ‘Pet Shop’ and the Post Office for all those snail-mail delivery needs!
Kidztown also hosts a vast outdoor learning in the Forest School with APE Project and Horwood Coombe Forest School, complete with a treehouse, cargo nets, tree climbing, forest skills, tool making, fire skills and outdoor cooking.
The main stage for all the mini boomer’s musical needs can be found at The Sandcastle Stage with family friendly shows, PG friendly bands from stages across the festival and some handpicked entertainment especially for the kids such as Junior Jungle and Reggaerobics!
For more details on all the areas and facilities within Kidztown head to the Kidztown district pages.
Family fun in the rest of the city…
Some ideas for unmissable things to do with the family in the rest of the city….this is aside from the 500 musical acts across our 27 main stage!
- Celebrate at the festival opening ceremony at the Lion’s Den.
- Get involved in the story - meet characters and try to find a secret mission!
- Choose your own character & be a part of the story yourself! We’re not shy of a bit of fancy dress here…
- Get creative and express yourself! Kidztown and neighbouring Whistlers green hosts a whole heap of workshops, check out some of last year’s offerings here.
- Enjoy views across the whole festival from the willow structure at Whistler Green.
- Climb the treehouses in the Hidden Woods and check out some reggae.
- Explore the treetop walkways in the Hidden Woods and soak up some sunshine reggae sounds.
- Check out the magical Tribe of Frogs light displays after sunset.
Rest tired little legs at the top of the hill in the cosy People’s Front Room in Oldtown.
- Flop about on the beds on Hippie Highway and absorb the cityscape of Downtown below
- Lose yourself in the storyline and explore all the hidden venues the festival has to offer
- Marvel at the amazing closing shows and fireworks at the main stages on Sunday night.
- Join the parade on Sunday as our colourful global carnival processes through the whole city!
BUT WHAT'S IT REALLY LIKE?
Don't take our word for it!
Many of our Mini Boomers return year after year with their families and enjoy all that Boomtown has to offer. The festival hosts 60k guests and is vast, busy and bonkers and as well as a dedicated Kids area there are also some entertainment and areas that may not be classed as 'family friendly'. See our family FAQ’s at the bottom of the page for more guidance on which areas are most suitable with children.
Here’s what some families told us:
“We went for the first time this summer and our whole family loved it. I'd always wanted to see Toots & The Maytals so that made it for me, but there was music to suit all tastes and our kids loved the Kidztown. Can't wait for next year!” - Kim
“Absolutely fantastic kids space one of the best we have been to! Me and my two boys had a fantastic time there was so much to do we didn't manage to do everything by far. All the people working in the field were really engaging with the kids and I felt went above and beyond. We pretty much spent our whole weekend in the kids field and thoroughly loved every minute of it, Brilliant job guys looking forward to next year! “ - Hannah
“Our family (2 adults, 1 teen, 4 ten to twelve year olds) had the most incredible experience of Boomtown. From the volunteers at the gate to the shuttle bus drives we couldn't have felt more catered for....and always with a smile. The children felt safe, we were all happy and relaxed from start to finish, enjoyed excellent bands, watched incredible arts and made lifelong friends...thank you Boomtown team for your hard work and dedication, magical memories were made and will not be forgotten!” - Peggy
If you'd like to read more in depth reviews from other parents visit the Festival Kidz blog here.
Runners up in Festival Kidz Best Family Friendly Large Festival 2017.
THE PRACTICAL STUFF
Child & Teen tickets
Kids under 12 come for free! But each child must still have a ticket booked - these can be added to adult tickets when booking through TheTicketSellers.
Teen tickets (13-17) can be purchased by calling TheTicketSellers on 0844 870 0000. Teen tickets can only be purchased after parents/guardians (aged 30+) purchased theirs. All teen ticket holders must be accompanied by the parent / guardian who purchased their teen ticket.
Read more about accompanying children and teens in the Age Policy section of our Terms & Conditions.
Travel, vehicle passes & shuttle busses
As we all know, it's nearly impossible for a family to travel light, to help lug bulky bits across site have a free shuttle service from the family car park to family camping to help ease the arrival and departure missions for those with little legs and lots to carry.
Make sure to select ‘Car Park - Family’ when booking your vehicle pass.
If you are arriving by public transport we also have a free shuttle that will take you around from there to the family gate. These shuttles run Thursday and Monday.
When on site we have a free festival shuttle for families around family camping and the hilltop entertainment areas.
Setting up camp...
Campsite options for families
Families are welcome to camp wherever they like, but we have two dedicated family campsites; one for campervans and one for tents. The family campsites are situated near Whistlers Green and Kidztown for easy access to those fields.
The family campsites are for people with children or teens only and are stewarded to ensure they are used by families only. You must request a family camping wristband for each adult in your booking, provided you have booked a child and/or teen ticket also - this can be done on the second page of the ticket website. You need not request a wristband for the teen or child. Please respect your fellow camping families with noise and behaviour.
Additional wristbands can be requested by contacting email@example.com. White paper wristbands for children, for parents to write telephone numbers on can be picked up from the family hub and Kidztown offices.
Though not specifically for families, our pre-pitched camping options could suit those who wish to lighten their load. Our new pre-pitched area Camp Skylark has many different tent options and is located on the same side of the site as Kidztown, as is Tangerine Fields East.
If you’ve got any queries don’t hesitate to send us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll endeavour to help you out!
TOP TIPS FOR BRINGING CHILDREN & TEENS TO BOOMTOWN...
Thinking about making Boomtown a family affair? Here are our top tips for making your weekend go smoothly...
- Be prepared! Though we have a dedicated gate for the family and accessibility car park please still be ready for potential queues.
- Pushchairs/buggies: you are welcome to bring these but please be aware we have a very hilly site so an all-terrain one is important.
- Pick up a programme! This will update you on the storyline as well as all the goings on and timings of activities and music in Kidztown and the rest of the festival.
- Ear defenders! When taking your children to any music stages these are advised. You can buy children’s ear defenders at the Kidztown office as well as Hi-Vis jackets for kids of all sizes.
- Know what to do if you get separated. Show your kids what stewards look like in their hi-vis and tell them to present themselves to the nearest one if they get lost. White paper wristbands for children, for parents to write telephone numbers on can be picked up from the Family hub and Kidztown offices.
- Bring ear plugs and anything else comfortable that might help you get a good night’s sleep. Although family camping is designed to be a bit further away from the main hustle and bustle, music does go on in some parts of the site until 4 am and festivals are inherently noisy environments so come prepared.
- Wearing battery powered fairy lights is a great idea to help not to lose little ones at night time (and looks great!)
- Be prepared for all weather eventualities! We’ve had blazing sunshine to torrential rain all the the same weekend before so make sure to pack those little wellies and waterproofs as well as sun cream and floppy hats.
- Like all large festivals, Boomtown can be overwhelming for some children. If you are bringing teenagers who will explore the festival on their own please familiarise them with the layout and what to do if they find themselves lost or in need of help. Remember, you are legally responsible for anyone who enters the festival with you aged under 18.
FAMLY CAMPING FAQ's
Which passes do I need in order to camp in the Family Campervan field?
Everyone in your party must have a festival ticket and you must have a family campervan pass as well, see the ‘live in vehicle’ section on the terms and conditions for more info.
Which passes do I need in order to camp in the Family Campsite?
Everyone in your party must have a festival ticket as well as a free family camping wristband which can be booked when buying your ticket.
Can the rest of my family camp in the family field with us?
Yep! As long as everyone in your camp respects your fellow camping families. You can book extra family camping wristbands via email@example.com.
How do I use the shuttle service?
The shuttle service is for families only and can pick people and their camping stuff up from the family car park at West Gate and drop them at the family camping or Kidztown on Thursday and also returns back again to the gate on Monday.
If you are arriving by public transport there will be a shuttle to take you from the public transport hub to the family gate so you can get your wristbands there and then take the free family shuttle to family camping.
Is there any help getting around site?
Yep! There are free buggy taxis for families from the family camping areas to Hilltop entertainment areas.
Are there any baby changing facilities?
There is a wonderful Baby Yurt open 9am-5pm for baby changing, milk warming, breastfeeding and 0-5 years activities. Next door is our Lazy Lounge chill out living room with soft play, sofas and bean bags and toys.
What should I do if I can’t find my child?
Stop and wait five minutes in one place, if after five minutes you still can’t find them contact a steward in the field or staff in the Kidztown office or at the Family Hub office in family camping.
Make sure you have told your child what stewards look like and tell them that’s who they should head towards if you are separated. Pick up a white wristband from Kidztown office which you will be able to write your number on.
What if my child is ill?
Tell staff in the Kidztown office or at the Family Hub office in family camping and they can direct you to the Welfare Tent.
Where can I go for information?
The staff in the Kidztown Office in Kidztown or Family Hub Office in Family camping field will be happy to help assist you with any queries you might have! As will either of the Information Points, any of the Campsite Hubs or Boomtown staff.
Why do I have to be over 30 to bring teenagers?
Teenagers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who have full responsibility for them over the course of the festival.
All children/teenagers are most welcome at Boomtown, however, anyone with a teen wristband found to be intoxicated, displaying antisocial behaviour, or felt to be vulnerable; their parent or guardian will be informed and requested to monitor the behaviour and activities of any teen under their supervision, or risk all associated ticket holders being removed from site.
Please rest assured that we operate a challenge 25 policy on all bars accross the site.
What is there for teenagers to do?
Teens are welcome in Kidztown and in the neighbouring Whistlers Green there are loads of workshops for all ages, from the skate ramp to circus skills and craft. Teens may enjoy getting involved in the immersive elements of the storyline accross the city in many of the street venues too..
How much are the activities in Kidztown?
All activities are FREE in Kidztown!
Is there anywhere not suitable for families?
There are four main areas at Boomtown; Downtown, Hilltop, Temple Valley and Whistlers Green. During the day families are welcome to explore our vast city at their leisure.
After 7pm Child ticket holders are not permitted entry into the Downtown Areas (which includes DSTRKT 5, Barrio Loco and Chinatown). Teenage ticket holders are welcome in Downtown until 10pm.
Downtown becomes incredibly busy with adult entertainment and is not appropriate for children or teens after this time. The Hilltop districts provide plenty of entertainment in to the night and Whistlers Green provides a quieter sanctuary at all hours.
Find more general festival FAQ’s here.