Latitude: Family preview

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 its a mini festival of its own.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 its a mini festival of its own. The the only problem for parents will be how to escape from the kids' areas to check out the main stages.

One important thing to remember is the requirement that all children have their 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 woodland skills to children's drama to the insect circus.

In keeping with the festival's green credentials, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 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.

Laughing Lizard Theatre return with Pirate Adventure 2, featuring Captain Ma'larkey and her shipmates. Undergo a nautical makeover and learn to sing and dance like a pirate.

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Cambridge Touring Theatre will perform Robin Hood, Idolrich Theatre will presents their Forest of Fables Puppet Show and Shine on Stage will be inviting participants for musical numbers.

Tiger Tales will be a chance to explore the weird and wonderful world with a forest themed walkabout performance, while the Guerrilla Geographers will be on a absurd mission to map the festival.

There will be a children's parade at 1.30pm on Sunday too.

For younger children, the Parent & Baby Chillout Tent will have enclosed indoor and outdoor play areas for babies and toddlers, free fruit, water and sunblock for under-fives. 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.