The Family Festival Guide

WIN BOOMTOWN TICKETS

Nothing is as it seems!

Kidstown at Boomtown festival

Boomtown will blow your mind. Discover this crazy pop up city of wonderment, theatre, escapism, community and love.

Your family could be adventuring in to the next chapter of this wild and wonderful story. Enter below for a chance to WIN BOOMTOWN 2017 festival tickets.

Read more…

Portable Fire Pit Review

As our children are older now we tend to spend most of our evenings at the tent, so last year I decided to invest in a portable fire pit. Smaller and lighter than carrying a BBQ, they can burn both charcoal and wood so seemed like an ideal bit of festival gear. Mostfestivals will allow fire pits as long as they are off the ground (such as this one), but always check the specific festival website before you go.

After reading a few reviews I chose this one: La Hacienda 58106 as it was a good size and could take both wood and charcoal. Read more…

Mini Rumpus!

Missing that special family festival atmosphere?

4th – 5th March 2017
10am – 2pm
Waterloo, London
For Ages: Under 11

In the final weekend of the VAULT Festival 2017, Mini Rumpus: Woodland Tails is taking over the tunnel venue beneath London’s Waterloo station to bring immersive parties, live music and performances, and is especially for families with a sense of fun and adventure.

Live music will be provided by Tell Tale Tusk, blending folk with jazz and world music styles they will tell twisted tales and tall stories through song. Returning to VAULT following a sell-out run of their own show ‘Becoming Shades’ are Chivaree Circus. The gravity-defying and eye-poppingly skillful troupe join Mini Rumpus with a variety of circus activities especially devised for families and children. ‘Seriously silly fun’ will be on the cards as Figs in Wigs lead the charge to VAULT Festival’s dance floor. Add to this fancy dress, arts, crafts, face painting and much more.

Tickets

Early Baby Bird Offer: £15 (adult), £10 (child)
Standard Price: £20 (adult), £15 (child)
Family: £60 (2 adults, 2 children)

VAULTFestival.com

 

WIN CAMP BESTIVAL tickets!

Want to see the World’s largest disco ball…?

Our first competition of the year and it’s a BIG ONE! Your family could be joining the super star elite at this years’ CAMP BESTIVAL. Enter below for a chance to WIN a family festival ticket to Camp Bestival 2017.

Read more…

Cornbury’s Fabulous Finale

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Cornbury Festival has had a successful 13 year run. It has provided a lovely, rather posh family-friendly event that has converted even the most festival-shy.

However, this year, after much deliberation, the 14th  Cornbury Festival will be the last. The good folk at Cornbury are looking forward to going out with a bang.

They’ve promised us they are pulling out ALL the stops for The Fabulous Finale. There will be all the usual great stuff, an array of top talent, friends old and new. There may even be a few sparklers at the end.

Read more…

Teenager off to their first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

“Our 16 year old is off to their first festival this year with some friends. They are all pretty sensible but I can’t help worrying.

Any advice?”

Letting our kids spread their wings and explore the world is something all parents will wrestle with at some stage. Teenage years are tricky – everyone tells you so. We want to give them space to grow and freedom to develop, but most importantly we want to keep them safe. Read more…

Lakefest 2016 Review

by Tim, Caroline, Gwilym (4) and Hazel (6)

lakefest 2016 tentHaving heard all the good reviews of this festival we were really looking forward to this one. It had moved from Croft Farm to Eastnor Castle which gave a great backdrop with the lake at the festival edge. Upon arriving I bought the organiser Lee Martin’s book ‘Hippie’ which is well worth a read, it’s just a bit of a shame more of his values aren’t portrayed in the festival. We all had a great time but it was more of a nice weekend at a festival rather than a particularly ‘festival’ experience.

Read more…

Shambala 2016 Review

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One of the things I love about Shambala is that the organisers obviously love it as much as I do. The extra thought given to details at this festival is simply incredible.

This year they put on so many extra little stages and acts that I’ve decided to concentrate on the new things! If you want to see what else is on offer – I would love it if you would go and read my other reviews. I reviewed Shambala in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well (this is how much I love this festival).

Read more…

WIN BOOMTOWN TICKETS

Nothing is as it seems!

Kidstown at Boomtown festival

Boomtown will blow your mind. Discover this crazy pop up city of wonderment, theatre, escapism, community and love.

Your family could be adventuring in to the next chapter of this wild and wonderful story. Enter below for a chance to WIN BOOMTOWN 2017 festival tickets.

Read more…

Mini Rumpus!

Missing that special family festival atmosphere?

4th – 5th March 2017
10am – 2pm
Waterloo, London
For Ages: Under 11

In the final weekend of the VAULT Festival 2017, Mini Rumpus: Woodland Tails is taking over the tunnel venue beneath London’s Waterloo station to bring immersive parties, live music and performances, and is especially for families with a sense of fun and adventure.

Live music will be provided by Tell Tale Tusk, blending folk with jazz and world music styles they will tell twisted tales and tall stories through song. Returning to VAULT following a sell-out run of their own show ‘Becoming Shades’ are Chivaree Circus. The gravity-defying and eye-poppingly skillful troupe join Mini Rumpus with a variety of circus activities especially devised for families and children. ‘Seriously silly fun’ will be on the cards as Figs in Wigs lead the charge to VAULT Festival’s dance floor. Add to this fancy dress, arts, crafts, face painting and much more.

Tickets

Early Baby Bird Offer: £15 (adult), £10 (child)
Standard Price: £20 (adult), £15 (child)
Family: £60 (2 adults, 2 children)

VAULTFestival.com

 

Cornbury’s Fabulous Finale

cornbury-grand-finale

Cornbury Festival has had a successful 13 year run. It has provided a lovely, rather posh family-friendly event that has converted even the most festival-shy.

However, this year, after much deliberation, the 14th  Cornbury Festival will be the last. The good folk at Cornbury are looking forward to going out with a bang.

They’ve promised us they are pulling out ALL the stops for The Fabulous Finale. There will be all the usual great stuff, an array of top talent, friends old and new. There may even be a few sparklers at the end.

Read more…

Lakefest 2016 Review

by Tim, Caroline, Gwilym (4) and Hazel (6)

lakefest 2016 tentHaving heard all the good reviews of this festival we were really looking forward to this one. It had moved from Croft Farm to Eastnor Castle which gave a great backdrop with the lake at the festival edge. Upon arriving I bought the organiser Lee Martin’s book ‘Hippie’ which is well worth a read, it’s just a bit of a shame more of his values aren’t portrayed in the festival. We all had a great time but it was more of a nice weekend at a festival rather than a particularly ‘festival’ experience.

Read more…

Portable Fire Pit Review

As our children are older now we tend to spend most of our evenings at the tent, so last year I decided to invest in a portable fire pit. Smaller and lighter than carrying a BBQ, they can burn both charcoal and wood so seemed like an ideal bit of festival gear. Mostfestivals will allow fire pits as long as they are off the ground (such as this one), but always check the specific festival website before you go.

After reading a few reviews I chose this one: La Hacienda 58106 as it was a good size and could take both wood and charcoal. Read more…

WIN CAMP BESTIVAL tickets!

Want to see the World’s largest disco ball…?

Our first competition of the year and it’s a BIG ONE! Your family could be joining the super star elite at this years’ CAMP BESTIVAL. Enter below for a chance to WIN a family festival ticket to Camp Bestival 2017.

Read more…

Teenager off to their first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

“Our 16 year old is off to their first festival this year with some friends. They are all pretty sensible but I can’t help worrying.

Any advice?”

Letting our kids spread their wings and explore the world is something all parents will wrestle with at some stage. Teenage years are tricky – everyone tells you so. We want to give them space to grow and freedom to develop, but most importantly we want to keep them safe. Read more…

Shambala 2016 Review

p1050685

One of the things I love about Shambala is that the organisers obviously love it as much as I do. The extra thought given to details at this festival is simply incredible.

This year they put on so many extra little stages and acts that I’ve decided to concentrate on the new things! If you want to see what else is on offer – I would love it if you would go and read my other reviews. I reviewed Shambala in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well (this is how much I love this festival).

Read more…

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