Preview: Children's festival

Simon ParkinKids love festivals as much as grown ups, and Latitude has quickly carved out a niche as one of the most family friendly. This year there's even more stuff aimed at children, so much so that the only problem for parents will be how to escape from the kids' areas to check out the main stages.Simon Parkin

Kids love festivals as much as grown ups, and Latitude has quickly carved out a niche as one of the most family friendly.

This year there's even more stuff aimed at children, so much so that the only problem for parents will be how to escape from the kids' areas to check out the main stages.

One important change this year has been the requirement that all children have they're own ticket, though under-13s still get in free.

What's on offer for young ones is as diverse as the rest of the festival: everything from circus skills to children's drama to puppet pizza making classes.


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In keeping with the festival's green credentials, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is host daily activities for budding wildlife detectives, including pond dipping and woodland safaris. They'll also be woodland trails with the chance to make mud faces, nature sculptures, take part in tree games or build a den.

Off the Road Theatre will bring an interactive workshop, exploring the four elements, Fire, Water, Earth and Air. The popular Nutmeg Puppet Company will perform Apple Pip.

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Twisted Tea Cups by Woolly Balloon is a multi-sensory, interactive performance based on Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatters Tea Party. While Walk The Plank is a Pirate Adventure from Laughing Lizard Theatre.

For younger children, the Parent & Baby Chillout Tent will have enclosed indoor and outdoor play areas for babies and toddlers, free fruit, water and sun-block for under-5s. In addition they'll be a bedtime hour with baby bath facilities, a chill-out

soundtrack and a bedtime story.

Suffolk Libraries will run a range of activities, including a baby and toddler tent with a range of toys plus baby bounce and tot rock sessions.

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