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Latitude in the Woods & Children's area

The enchanted woods of Henham Park also have something to offer as art decorates the trees and fairy lights hang from the branches.

In The Woods

The enchanted woods of Henham Park also have something to offer as art decorates the trees and fairy lights hang from the branches. Exploring the lush foliage and following where curiosity takes you, you will chance upon new experiences, little surprises and terrific treats at every turn.

The small and hidden stage will host surreal and intimate performances during the day and music to dance the night away after dark – it’s almost a woodland festival of its own.

Every evening, a whole host of DJ’s will take over. Billed as 'The high priests of misery' by The Times, get down to all your favourite anthems of glumness with Feeling Gloomy on Thursday and then get ready for something a little different when Beef Warehouse take to the decks ~ the DJ duo love rock, electronica and showtunes in equal measure, join them Friday night for music and mayhem.

Club legend and ex-jailbird Fat Tony returns to Latitude for Saturday night with Club De Fromage after a riotous set last year, to bring you the ultimate night for lovers of classic (and not so classic) tunes. Finally, the closing party In The Woods will be hosted by Damian and Jamie of Dirt Disco with their Electronic Bass busting beats, made up from only the best in Electronica, House and Disco with a dash of Rock. Dancing 'til Monday morning - it's what Sunday nights were made for!

Children’s Arena

This dedicated Children’s Arena is as diverse as the rest of the festival, where kids can enjoy books, art, music, theatre, heaps of participation and fun with the added opportunity to take something away, from circus skills to handmade crafts to an appreciation of the woodland setting and the nature within it. Local children’s organisations provide activities like hula-hooping, face-painting, story-telling, nature trails and wildlife walks as well as putting on plays, puppet shows and even a parade. The whole place is a giant playground for kids and parents alike not found anywhere else. With so much on offer for all the family, Latitude is the place for all generations.

“Surrounded by woodland, the colourful sheep and lake-skimming dragonflies, the children’s arena is as diverse as the rest of the festival, offering art and music, books and theatre, participation, adventure and fun. Local children's organisations are at the heart of the area, while our FAB's! - Family Assistance Bods - will be on hand for all things child related. The family campsite will feature activities for early risers while the children's arena guarantees to wear out the toughest of infants! Warning to parents: it's not just the little ones that love the children's'll wish you were seven again!”
Sharon Reuben, Children’s Arena Booker

Budding Wildlife Explorers will be kept busy on our lake pontoon, in the woods and on guided night-time hunts, while the inner artist in every child can enjoy dozens of daily art & craft workshops. Six different theatre groups will offer themed drama workshops, traditional puppet shows, circus skills, Alice In Wonderland adventures through to making pizza with the Utensils Puppet Show! Veteran storyteller John Row has travelled from Lapland to Texas, and will be enchanting us with folk tales from around the world. And if that whets the appetite for tall tales, young bookworms will find a library tent, books to borrow and take home, lots of storytelling sessions and even a baby book at bedtime after a warm bath!

Baby bath time is just one feature of the Baby and Toddler chill out tent which also includes a soft play area, free sunscreen, baby changing and food warming facilities and more. African drumming with Stomp-ish choreography are a big draw for energetic teens, who can also expect a full programme of events to keep them stimulated and entertained. As energy levels run low, our mobile solar powered Mad Hatters Tea Party will be on hand. And after the grand children's Parade on Sunday afternoon, The Pixie Post Office is the perfect place for children to send a postcard home about their Latitude adventures.

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