The Kids Area is excited to welcome you and your family to Latitude. With a a sensational programme of music, crafts, comedy, theatre, bushcraft and so much more running non-stop from 10am until 6pm, get ready for an action-packed festival within a festival!
You can find out more about how to enjoy the festival with the whole family here.
Most activities run all day from 10am until 6pm so you’ll always find something to do, somewhere to relax or a new activity to try. And best of all, everything except the funfair is free – there’s no charge for any workshops, materials or activities so get stuck in and try everything!
For our festival newbies, the Loft Baby & Toddler Tent has a soft play, baby changing and feeding – even baby bath time. We also have a baby sling library in the Enchanted Garden this year, giving you the support needed to ditch the buggy for a few hours and take your baby exploring while kept close to you.
The Kids Area Info Caravan is at the entrance to the Kids Area: Kids Welfare are here too so stop by for a phone number wristband and meet the team. You can also collect free wristbands for the Enchanted Garden here (not needed if you already have a Family Campsite wristband).
Our local Greenpeace supporters group return with their fantastic café offering hot and cold food, home-made cakes, soft & hot drinks from breakfast through till dinner, with all profits going to Greenpeace. Find them at the far end of the Kids Area.
Puppetry, Comedy, Music & Theatre!
The Kids Theatre Tent has a full programme of live music, song and dance classes, comedy, drama and more…
The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a multi-award-winning, family friendly, improvised storytelling show. There will be pirates and princesses, unicorns and dragons, spacemen and swordfights, and all of it completely and irrefutably true.
Children can perfect songs and choreography from their favourite West End musicals with festival favourites and professional West End performers from Shine on Stage, while children’s author Gareth P. Jones is back with a new show featuring comedy, music and adventures from his fantastic books.
Kelfx & Francis host a fun interactive Breakdancing Workshop for all ages and abilities, showing the basics of this exciting artform as well as demonstrating skills. Kids can show off their new moves at the end of the session in a breakdance battle!
Ensonglopedia brings phunky physics, chartbusting chemistry and big beat biology. Multi-award-winning science-singer-songwriter John Hinton has written songs on all topics under (and above) the sun. Join him for a fast-paced ‘best-of’ compilation of science songs – it’s interactive, interstellar, and inter…esting.
Don’t miss a singalong with the wonderful Mrs H and the Singalong Band; they combine elements of folk, soul, afro, Latin and dub to create music that unites the whole family.
Or for something a bit different, see what you can learn from Lee Gibling, vocal percussionist and master of the art of beatboxing…you won’t believe your ears!
Relax in the garden, stop by The Hive, our beautiful new geodome featuring a lovely garden and haybale seating, ideal for small shows and workshops based around books, art, poetry and puppetry including…
Sam Barnes will be encouraging us all to get creative, and start drawing. An established artist of nearly 30 years, Sam returns with her pink pram of creativity!
Miraiker’s World of Puppets brings shows, workshops and puppet play to Latitude. Watch a show, perform your own or play with the lovely puppets and props.
Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward (author, footie fan AND winner of the Reading For Pleasure Award 2020!) workshops his book Freddie’s Impossible Dream with his son Robbie who illustrated the book at just 8 years old. With its theme of chasing your dream and never giving up, this is one to inspire the whole family!
Join author Lindsay Galvin for this lively event around her children’s book, Call of the Titanic. Be introduced to the real-life heroes, try decoding the Morse code of a Titanic telegram, explore the inspiration behind the book and join an interactive quiz for all ages.
Joe Haddow, author of Art is Everywhere, makes his debut appearance at Latitude with an interactive arts event, with percussion and drawing. You won’t want to miss this!
…there’s more to come in The Hive so check back for updates!
Wild Science, Wildlife and Adventure
Discover more about the incredible earthworms that live in the wild corners of Latitude on our daily Wild Earthworm Walk. On this fun and family-friendly walk, Dr. David Jones from the Natural History Museum (and a genuine earthworm expert!) will show you how to find and identify these fascinating creatures, and explain why they’re essential for human survival! He’ll also be hosting some wild games in the Enchanted Garden canopy tent.
Greenpeace are calling kids young and old to come learn, play, and let your creativity run free. At the entrance to the kids field you’ll find our newest feature – a wooden sculptural structure, where, as a community, and with hammers, saws, nails and wood, plus with supervision from our helpful Greenpeace team, we can build something magical together.
Surrounding our new community build, find the new Green Crafts area with lots of workshops including thatching, leatherwork, carving, whittling, model making and more!
Dr Jenni Rant and her team present Nature Detectives. Our planet is home to an incredible number of different creatures. But how many are there? And does it matter? Join scientists from the University of East Anglia in the Wild Science tent, for a mini workshop to explore the tricks they use to count creatures of the land, sea and air. Then discover how these numbers help in the fight against extinction!
Our Wild Science Tent is perfect for curious minds. Join Dr. Jenni Rant and her team from the Norwich Research Park and get involved in this year’s new, super smart science activity!
Suffolk Wildlife Trust help us all get close to nature, with a packed programme of activities including their ever-popular pond-dipping from our lake pontoon, and nature-based crafts such as whittling and willow weaving.
The Woodcraft Folk woodland base includes a mud kitchen with ‘cake’ decorating, blind trails, knot skills, rope bridges, fire lighting and cooking, tin can lanterns, natural leaf/flower print flags, Elderwood beads, mask making using foraged natural materials, campfire song sessions in the woods and basic ukulele.
Make a different nature-based craft every day with The Fairyland Trust, from their colourful medieval tent.
Creative Crafters & Busy Bookworms
Children’s author Anne Stairmand is back with Build Your Own Dragon, a fun activity based on one of her books ‘Desmond’s Dragon’. Making your own dragon gets the whole family involved – parents too! Along with her other popular children’s books there will be writing competitions for children from 5 to 11yrs.
Festival Sticker Art will help you craft whatever you can imagine from miles of colourful but unwanted sticky labels…use misspelt soup labels to make a rabbit…or a magicians hat!
Crafting kids will be busy all day with dozens of workshops in the Woodcraft Folk tent, including wet felting, lino printing, wind chimes, Pom Pom sheep, paper beads jewellery, seed bombs, boat making, scarecrow building and bug hotels!
OKIDO art and science kids’ magazine will present different daily activities in their geodome…you might even meet Messy himself!
The team from Suffolk Recycling will be sharing all-new projects and using everyday items to make beautiful original crafts from sock monsters to suncatchers…remember to take your photo by their giant recycled art octopus!
We’ll have visiting authors and illustrators helping kids explore the wonderful world of reading, at the Waterstones tent, while bookworms of all ages can celebrate the wide world of creativity and literature with all day activities hosted by Suffolk Libraries, including the Art Bike, storyteller in residence, new roving events and a chill out space. Bookworms assemble!