14 highlights for youngsters at Latitude Festival

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

There is lots for young people to enjoy at this year's Latitude Festival, with all the fun split across the Kids' Area, Inbetweeners' Area and the Enchanted Garden. Arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at 14 highlights.

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

For more Latitude stories click here• BECOME A FAIRYLAND GARDENER - The Fairyland Trust will be encouraging youngsters to become fairy gardeners, grow wildflowers and make their own bees, bugs and wildflowers from natural materials, pipe cleaners and a sprinkling of glitter.

• CREATE COSTUMES AND TAKE PART IN A PARADE - The Angel Gardens will be a place full of crafts and fun where people can get involved in making costumes, lanterns and more in preparation for a special Saturday evening parade and other festivities.

A circus team will also be there to join in the fun and play games, and in the evenings in the theatre tent there will be bedtime stories, a kids only disco, and dance and singing classes.


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• MAKE YOUR OWN WOODLAND CREATURE - Youngsters are invited to explore the Brilliant Builds wildlife sanctuary. They can make their own woodland animal out of junk cardboard to join the growing collection of characters among the trees that aim to show how much fun recycling can be.

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• FORM YOUR OWN BAND - Would-be young musicians aged 10 and over have the chance to pick up some instruments and form their own band with help from Access To Music tutors - the next stop could be Latitude's Obelisk Stage!

• CREATE A MASTERPIECE - Families can join artist Samantha Barnes in making unique family portraits with a difference that they can keep forever. No art skills necessary.

• ENJOY SOME ROALD DAHL-INSPIRED EVENTS - Suffolk Libraries will be setting up camp in two medieval tents and keeping bookworms busy all weekend. There will be a mix of activities and crafts inspired by Roald Dahl, books to borrow and share, song and rhyme sessions, and more.

• HAVE FUN WITH NATURE - From pond-dipping in the lake to bug hunting in the woods to wildlife-inspired crafts, Suffolk Wildlife Trust will be offering lots of activities to inspire children to enjoy getting closer to nature.

• JOIN THE SCHOOL OF NOISE - From conducting an orchestra of fruit and vegetables to creating experimental electronic music, the School of Noise invites people to explore the world of sound.

• TAKE PART IN SOME WEST END MUSICAL FUN - The Talent Studio will be running musical theatre workshops with performers from top West End shows. There will be different fun-filled workshops, with the singing and staging of songs from the West End's newest musicals.

• SEE SOME SHAKESPEARE - Pocket Oxford Theatre will be presenting original and fun interpretations of Shakespeare's plays for kids of all ages. The shows will include plenty of music, anarchy and audience participation!

• JOIN IN WITH THE BO NANAFANA SUNDAY SOCIAL - Take part in a treasure trove of family commotion in the ocean starring Herbie Treehead's Invisible Band, cabaret from the nautical but nice Abigail Collins, B-b-beatboxing with the bubbly Lee Gibling, comedy from the King Neptune of stand-up, Stuart Goldsmith and a floaty dance class for the whole fishy family by Glasshouse. Dressing up is encouraged - think bellbottoms and scuba gear, mermaids and cute crustaceans.

• WAKE UP FOR SOME DISCO DANCING - Start the day with music and join in with the daybreak family disco from 8.30am with the Dawn DJs from the Miniscule of Sound.

• GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE OF MUSIC AND MEDIA - Teenagers who love to be creative can take part in workshops with Cultureworks East and Access To Music. They have the chance to do everything from becoming a young reporter to making their own film.

• EXPERIENCE LIFE IN THE TREE TOPS - Camp Greenpeace is offering young people the chance to climb in play nets strung high up in the trees and enjoy a zipline and swings. Parents are welcome too and can enjoy coffee and cakes in the café.

Latitude Festival runs from July 13 to 16 at Henham Park, Southwold. For more information about all of these events and more, visit www.latitudefestival.comFor more Latitude stories click here

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