Family

Kids Area

The Kids Area is an entire festival in itself! Curated with love and imagination, and featuring a vast array of activities, it’s colourful, wild and adventurous, curious and creative.

At Latitude 2019 experienced children’s groups, including many from the local region, brought their talents and enthusiasm to give our Latitude families a magical, fabulous fun-packed weekend.

Kids Who Love to Dance and Sing

Kids Who Love to Dance and Sing

From Bollywood dance routines to smart Breakdancing moves to the Angel Gardens nightly Family Disco, there was plenty to try for kids who love to move at Latitude 2019! There were family singalongs with the wonderful Mrs H and the Singalong Band. There was live music that took in tango and classical to sea shanties with the Russian Steppe and the Gypsy Campfire with Mazaika. Children could also perfect the songs and choreography of their favourite West End musicals with the professions from Shine on Stage.

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters

Crafting kids was busy all day…there were dozens of workshops in the Woodcraft Tent with everything from Viking Braiding to Lantern Making. While, Coppice Crafts brought sustainable wood and traditional crafts to their camp. In their bowed caravan kids made mosaic, dreamcatchers and more.

Festival Sticker Art helped kids to craft whatever they imagined from unwanted sticky labels, OKIDO had masses of science and art activities in their colourful tent and Suffolk Recycling turned everyday waste into fun new things. Plus there was an entire pirate world created with Brilliant Builds.

Kids who love to read

Kids who love to read

Visiting authors included the lively and fun Emma Shevah (What Lexi Did, Dream On, Amber & many more) and Laura Trinder (The Midnight Hour) from Chicken House Children’s Books. Gareth P.Jones returned with his show based on the big question of the day, Death or Ice Cream?

Anne Stairmand was back with art and writing activities and the chance to win one of her fantastic books…bring back the dragons! And popular kids horror writer Alexander Gordon Smith brought his superb interactive writing activity.

Meanwhile, to celebrate this 2019’s Summer Reading Challenge “Space Chase” Suffolk Libraries made alien antennae and masks, recycled rocket packs and pompom planets.

Budding Artists This Way

Budding Artists This Way

We joined artists, designers and illustrators behind CBeebies “’Messy goes to OKIDO’ animation series and magazine at the OKIDO Artists Studio. Their talented team used styles from comic animation and bubble writing to animal characters and monster creations.

Local artist Samantha Barnes createed original artwork using a variety of methods and materials including charcoal, pencils, ink, feathers and fabric.

Wild Science

Wild Science

Our Wild Science tent is perfect for curious minds…Guardians of the Gut involved a tour through a giant interactive gut, exploring the amazing variety of bacteria who live there.

We tested your wits and hand and eye coordination and knowledge of which bones and organs belong where, with Splat Anatomy – a life-sized game of ‘Operation’. In Nature’s Dazzling Diversity you explored where it came from, and why should we care about it with researchers from the University of East Anglia.

Making Music

Making Music

Norfolk Music Hub’s fun Samba session got everyone making music. At the Access to Creative kids joined music tutors at the Jam Hubs! They performed and jammed out ideas using electric guitars, keyboards, bass and drums…all through headphones so they could go wild. And learnt to Beatbox like a pro with master of the artform Lee Gibling.

Wildlife and Adventure

Wildlife and Adventure

Chelsea Physic Garden have been in London since 1673 so they know all about herbology and the magic and power of plants! They encouraged kids to have a go at being a botanical herbalist, creating their own medicines to take away and planting a medicinal garden.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust got us closer to nature with pond-dipping from our lake pontoon, bug hunts In their woodland base, whittling, willow weaving and more. The Woodcraft Folk woodland bush-craft sessions included traditional fire making, camp cooking and rope bridges. Whilst we made bouncing Bumble Bees and Fairy Wildflowers with The Fairyland Trust.

More Fun This Way

More Fun This Way

The talented Faceinations team transformed us into butterflies, superheros and birds of paradise. The Heartstitch ladies flower baskets full to the brim with fun-sized craft projects, such as hand-stitched hearts and weaved garlands and magic wands.

In Angel Gardens you could stop by their tiny stage, pretty garden and welcoming bell-tent camp, or watch a puppet show at the Italian Job Pizza spot! For the tiny-tots, our giant sand-pit was perfect for building a sand-castle or 3, while The Loft Baby & Toddler Tent had a soft play, baby changing and feeding, even baby bath-time.

Twilight Programme

Twilight Programme

Evenings at Latitude are full of fun for the little ones with Angel Gardens. Every evening at Latitude 2019 started with a with a Flash Mob dance class at 7pm followed by a family disco with Mr Denn at 8pm, and a fire show at 9pm to round things off!

On Friday there was story time and bedtime fun at 7.30pm. Saturday, we witnessed the annual lantern parade at 8.30pm where we took to the festival en masse and showed the adults what they were missing, before heading back to the kids are for a fire show finale!

Theatre and Outdoor Performance

Theatre and Outdoor Performance

Our live shows at Latitude 2019 had something for everyone. From the history of Absolutely Everything with Christopher Lloyd, his giant timeline and his signature coat of many pockets, to a whirlwind tour of the Bards most famous tales, with a dash of mayhem from Shakespearience!

There was also Doctor Ken’s Science Circus and some joyfully interactive clowning around with The Bean Counter. There were theatre shows with workshops, including Diaries of a Miserable Unicorn, Once Upon A City and Ice Island, a family Panto from Slow Theatre Company’s Youth Group, and Life’s A Beach a multi-sensory children’s show inspired by the famous Suffolk myth, The Wild Man of Orford…phew!