Solas Festival, Scotland’s midsummer festival of music, arts and ideas, is taking place in Tibbermore, Perthshire this weekend (22-24 June) and will have a wide range of family and kid friendly activities to enjoy. With appearances from classic children’s entertainer Mr Boom to clowning workshops from Hearts and Mindsand special performances from the BarrowBand and Scottish Opera, Solas is the perfect family friendly festival. Not to mention that all children under 12 go free! 


The BarrowBand, a collective of musicians, performers and artists, will be a highlight for kids at Solas Festival with The Magical World of Fruit and Vegetables – a performance that is unsparingly musical, energetic, educational, funny and surprising. They have appeal for all ages and will be accompanied by a colourful kinetic market barrow featuring swaying oranges, singing kiwis, dancing broccoli and partying mushrooms. 

There will be tunes and songs for everyone to join in with from musician Alastair McDonald, who will sing a selection of popular Scots songs for kids, with some stories in the mix as well. 

In a last-minute addition to the family programme that should provide delight for younger ones and perhaps a fond hark back for older members of the audience, the legendary Mr Boom will be appearing at Solas on the Saturday. So are you ready to travel to the moon in your spaceship imagination? 

Scottish Opera will also be live at Solas this year with three separate performances – and for 4-7 year olds, Be a Sport, Spike! Mike ‘The Spike’ McTavish is the world’s greatest sportsman, but comes across his biggest challenge yet when learning to sing. Join him and his friends as he starts to exercise those vocal cords, and finds out that a little perseverance can go a long way.


There will be plenty to get hands on and involved with at Solas for families too, from Greenpeace’s Craftivist Creations workshop, to visiting a real-life Petting Zoo and Campfire Cooking. And don’t forget to have a boogie with the Silent Knights Disco, and charity Hearts and Minds’ clowning workshop. There’s lots of creative opportunities as well with workshops in den building, badge making, creative recycling and Spraypeace grafitti, as well as live storytelling and face painting.


 In a partnership with Africa in Motion, Solas will feature a series of animation and feature films for children. Enjoy short films from Africa drawing on traditional folklore such as Orisha’s JourneyAkili and Me and Mosquito: The Bite of Passage, as well as feature films including Liyana, Coco and Moana.

Solas Festival runs from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June 2018. Tickets are on sale now: weekend including camping £100/£58 conc/£32 under 18s. Day tickets are also available for £38/£22 conc. Children aged under 12 go free. More information is available at


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