The Family Festival Guide

Camp Bestival 2018 Review

Big CB letters

Ahoy there! Climb aboard the HMS Bestival, to be sure to escape the gales and downpour! Having lucked out for many years with Camp Bestival falling on one of the hottest weekends every summer, we appear to have hit a bit of a blip. 2017 saw the first Camp Bestival mudfest. This year, after three funfilled days, the weather rapidly deteriorated and the dangerous winds caused the organisers to make the devastating decision to not open the arenas on the Sunday. We still had a fantastic three days though! Read more…

Boomtown – It’s Dare!

Gorillaz, craziness and more at 2018’s Boomtown Fair

Boomtown Oldtown
[photo credit: Boomtown]
I have been wanting to go to Boomtown for so long and we are finally going for the first time this year.

I admit I have what could amount to an obsession with interactive and immersive theatre. It was a love I discovered at Glastonbury Festival more than 20 years ago. I was a shy child and it took me a long time to come out of my shell. To pretend to be another character, to go along with a story and to pretend I’m in it, is a genuine thrill for me. Now that I have my own children I have involved them in this passion and noticed them finding confidence through joining in too.

Boomtown is the king of interactive experiences. The whole thing is one massive jaunt into an imaginary world, full of imaginary cities, and all the people within are characters. It’s going to be heaven for someone like me.

The only thing that worries me is that we won’t have time to do everything!

I have been looking through all the pages of information on the Boomtown website, and our own reviews, and have put together this guide for any other families who are going.

If you have any advice to add to this – please comment on the bottom of the page. And please do say hello if you see us!

Check out our parent reviews of previous Boomtowns 2017, 2016 and 2014! Read more…

Larmer Tree Festival 2018 Review

girl on shoulders at Larmer Tree Festival 2018Larmer Tree is back, and better than ever!

I’ll admit now that I had mixed feelings about going back to Larmer Tree Festival after their year-long hiatus.  I was excited of course, as the festival has always been one of our family favourites.  The organisers, however, had taken a year off to ‘reassess‘ their direction and ‘refresh‘ their offering.

Those loaded words hint at big changes and fill me with dread.  The website had been completely revamped, and I wondered if the Larmer Tree we had loved so much, may now be pandering to a new and different audience.

I can tell you now, we had nothing to worry about!

Read more…

Folk By The Oak 2018 Review

There were two things I knew about Folk By The Oak Festival before going there. 1) was that it had won the FestivalKidz award for best day festival in 2017 and 2) that it had a designated Gazebo section. I decided in the end not to bring my gazebo to the festival, instead throwing in a small blue castle at the last minute to provide some shade. Read more…

Cornbury Music Festival 2018 Review

main stage by night Cornbury music festivalThe ‘return’ of Cornbury in all its glory…

Cornbury Music Festival, set in the Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire, is possibly about as traditionally ‘British’ as you can get.  If it wasn’t for the huge stages and campsites, one might be forgiven for thinking one might have stumbled upon a rather large village fete complete with Morris Dancers and straw boaters.   Read more…

Timber Festival 2018 Review

Something small but beautiful happened in the National Forest, Staffordshire in July 2018. A brand new festival was born. Timber Festival is a celebration of nature, our relationship with the forest, a chance for children and adults to be free, to play, relax and be inspired.

Museum of the moon
Museum of the moon

The first thing that struck me about Timber Festival was how relaxed it was. No huge queues for the wristband exchange, a short walk from the camping area to the festival arena, friendly security. As I get older this is becoming increasingly important, they had hot showers with no queue and drumroll….some flushing toilets with sinks which were immaculately clean. Read more…

Win Tickets to Into The Trees

Into the Trees 2018

Win festival tickets to Into The Trees, 14-16th September

Missing from our lives more than anything is time spent outdoors in nature. Into The Trees takes families on a fascinating journey through one of the South East’s most unique landscapes. A rare chance to relax and actively explore our natural surroundings.

Read more…

Interview with Ella from Nozstock

With Nozstock’s 20th anniversary festival just a few weeks away one of our regular writers, Debra Welsh, caught up with Ella Nozworth (daughter of Noz who founded the festival).  We chatted about music, family and the very different festival experience when bringing your children along.

Ella, dad Peter and eldest daughter Edie

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2018 Review

Big CB letters

Ahoy there! Climb aboard the HMS Bestival, to be sure to escape the gales and downpour! Having lucked out for many years with Camp Bestival falling on one of the hottest weekends every summer, we appear to have hit a bit of a blip. 2017 saw the first Camp Bestival mudfest. This year, after three funfilled days, the weather rapidly deteriorated and the dangerous winds caused the organisers to make the devastating decision to not open the arenas on the Sunday. We still had a fantastic three days though! Read more…

Larmer Tree Festival 2018 Review

girl on shoulders at Larmer Tree Festival 2018Larmer Tree is back, and better than ever!

I’ll admit now that I had mixed feelings about going back to Larmer Tree Festival after their year-long hiatus.  I was excited of course, as the festival has always been one of our family favourites.  The organisers, however, had taken a year off to ‘reassess‘ their direction and ‘refresh‘ their offering.

Those loaded words hint at big changes and fill me with dread.  The website had been completely revamped, and I wondered if the Larmer Tree we had loved so much, may now be pandering to a new and different audience.

I can tell you now, we had nothing to worry about!

Read more…

Cornbury Music Festival 2018 Review

main stage by night Cornbury music festivalThe ‘return’ of Cornbury in all its glory…

Cornbury Music Festival, set in the Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire, is possibly about as traditionally ‘British’ as you can get.  If it wasn’t for the huge stages and campsites, one might be forgiven for thinking one might have stumbled upon a rather large village fete complete with Morris Dancers and straw boaters.   Read more…

Win Tickets to Into The Trees

Into the Trees 2018

Win festival tickets to Into The Trees, 14-16th September

Missing from our lives more than anything is time spent outdoors in nature. Into The Trees takes families on a fascinating journey through one of the South East’s most unique landscapes. A rare chance to relax and actively explore our natural surroundings.

Read more…

Boomtown – It’s Dare!

Gorillaz, craziness and more at 2018’s Boomtown Fair

Boomtown Oldtown
[photo credit: Boomtown]
I have been wanting to go to Boomtown for so long and we are finally going for the first time this year.

I admit I have what could amount to an obsession with interactive and immersive theatre. It was a love I discovered at Glastonbury Festival more than 20 years ago. I was a shy child and it took me a long time to come out of my shell. To pretend to be another character, to go along with a story and to pretend I’m in it, is a genuine thrill for me. Now that I have my own children I have involved them in this passion and noticed them finding confidence through joining in too.

Boomtown is the king of interactive experiences. The whole thing is one massive jaunt into an imaginary world, full of imaginary cities, and all the people within are characters. It’s going to be heaven for someone like me.

The only thing that worries me is that we won’t have time to do everything!

I have been looking through all the pages of information on the Boomtown website, and our own reviews, and have put together this guide for any other families who are going.

If you have any advice to add to this – please comment on the bottom of the page. And please do say hello if you see us!

Check out our parent reviews of previous Boomtowns 2017, 2016 and 2014! Read more…

Folk By The Oak 2018 Review

There were two things I knew about Folk By The Oak Festival before going there. 1) was that it had won the FestivalKidz award for best day festival in 2017 and 2) that it had a designated Gazebo section. I decided in the end not to bring my gazebo to the festival, instead throwing in a small blue castle at the last minute to provide some shade. Read more…

Timber Festival 2018 Review

Something small but beautiful happened in the National Forest, Staffordshire in July 2018. A brand new festival was born. Timber Festival is a celebration of nature, our relationship with the forest, a chance for children and adults to be free, to play, relax and be inspired.

Museum of the moon
Museum of the moon

The first thing that struck me about Timber Festival was how relaxed it was. No huge queues for the wristband exchange, a short walk from the camping area to the festival arena, friendly security. As I get older this is becoming increasingly important, they had hot showers with no queue and drumroll….some flushing toilets with sinks which were immaculately clean. Read more…

Interview with Ella from Nozstock

With Nozstock’s 20th anniversary festival just a few weeks away one of our regular writers, Debra Welsh, caught up with Ella Nozworth (daughter of Noz who founded the festival).  We chatted about music, family and the very different festival experience when bringing your children along.

Ella, dad Peter and eldest daughter Edie

Read more…

And thanks to the following festivals for their support in the past