Saturday July 21
from noon
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
£20.00 11-17 year-olds with a Citycard, £36.00 Adults, with a Citycard, £46.00 Adult, standard entry, Children 10 and under go free
All Ages - All Ages

Bona fide music legends and a multi award-winning band have been announced for Splendour, Nottingham’s fantastic all-day summer music festival held at Wollaton Park on Saturday 22 July.

Multiple Brit Award winning, indie-rock band, Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as headliners. One of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, Busted; frontman of 80s phenomenon Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley; Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean; Black Grape, British Sea Power and local singer-songwriter Georgie, plus many more will also be playing across three stages.

With children 10 and under getting in free, Splendour promises a great family summer day out with plenty to enjoy including the free kids' area with hands-on activities and entertainment taking place throughout the day. Across the park, local fringe talent and a full line up on the comedy stage add to the festival vibe.

Tickets for Splendour start at £20 for 11-17-year-olds and £36 for adults with a citycard. Children 10 and under go free. Available from

We were very excited to be invited to Splendour 2017 and sent a five-year-old and Dad team to test out its family friendly credentials.

The weather forecast had been looking shaky all week, so wellies and waterproofs were packed along with the picnic blanket. Luckily our reviewers arrived early so enjoyed three sunny hours of site exploration before the rain began at half past three.

The Camp Splendour Kids’ Area was our first port of call, perfectly pitched for young families, within earshot of the main stage. It hosted craft activities, drumming, ribbon-twirling and offered a welcome chance to relax in a toddler-friendly fenced-in space.

This year’s crafts included a dinosaurs theme, linked to Wollaton Hall’s hosting of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition and we made some great ‘fossils’ out of clay. There were masks and more to make and fossils to dig. A ‘painting by numbers’ mural didn’t free our artistic spirit in quite the same way as last year’s ‘graffiti wall’ but the emerging co-operative creation looked lovely. We didn’t find free face-painting this year but saw children with painted faces, perhaps paid for, elsewhere on the site.

Next to the Kids’ Area was the Sports Zone, packed with compact activities perfect for older children and active adults.

The fairground, across the other side of the site, offered a good range of rides, from teacups and trains to teen-scream rides, via our current favourite, the dodgems. We also managed a much-desired bounce on the bungee trampolines, without suffering a long queue.

Nott Circus, at the top of the site, attracted our attention and we had a happy time whooshing ribbons, twirling hoops and chatting to the performers, who are keen to involve young circus hopefuls after each of their three performances. Their position near the entrance means they’re all too easily wandered past – it’s worth checking performance times, or you’ll miss them, as we sadly did this year (having seen them before, they are well worth scheduling).

Our five-year-old sees her ear-defenders as fashion accessories, though there’s very little deafening about Splendour, unless getting up really close to the main stage action. The chance for her to boogie to the Buzzcocks was a time-travelling joy. Her Dad was keen to see British Sea Power and would have liked to hold out for headliners Kaiser Chiefs. But, with an open mind about the team’s stamina, the setting in of rain decided things in favour of an earlier than hoped for departure. Other festival-goers took the traditional mud and wellies trope in their stride and splashed on happily into the evening.

Reasonably priced food, free water and toilets were widely available, with tolerable queues. For babies and little ones, the permanent toilets and baby changing in the stable courtyard (by the acoustic stage) are useful.

As family day out, full-on festival experience, or a bit of both, Splendour is a delight. The site size is manageable, facilities great and the atmosphere friendly. We’ll be back.

FD, BD and CG for Mumsnet Nottingham

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