The Family Festival Guide

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.

The mighty Bryan Adams has been confirmed as the Saturday headliner. Cornbury will be his only UK festival in 2017. Festival Director Hugh Phillimore achieves a lifelong ambition here: ‘Ever since I saw an awesome performance at Wembley way back, I’ve been trying to bag a show with Bryan – pestering him for over 20 years. We’re all very excited that he has agreed to join us for our Finale It will definitely be worth the wait.’

It sounds like being a fantastic family party.

Cornbury told us: “We’re really, really proud of what we’ve created with your support, and grateful that we’ve been able to benefit many local causes over the years. Most of all we love celebrating together on the beautiful Great Tew Estate and can’t wait to do it one more time.”

Early bird tickets have already sold out. General tickets on sale here.

Here at Festival Kidz, we have always felt warmly welcomed by the Cornbury family. We look forward to seeing what they have in store for the final party.

Read our reviews of Cornbury 2016, Cornbury 2015 and Cornbury 2014.

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…

Green Man 2016 Review

p1050332I’ve wanted to go to Green Man for a long time now, and I’m so happy we finally made it there. Set in a lush green Welsh valley, the site could not be more beautiful and acoustics could not be better. The main stage, called the Mountain Stage, has been designed for sound and scenery and is an impressive achievement. Read more…

Just So 2016 Review

Owl Costume for the Tribal Tournament - Just So Festival 2016

There has to be something magical about a festival that, even in the relentless rain, the kids can’t stop smiling. Read more…

Blissfields 2016 Review

More fun than a house party!

Blissfields 2016

The big question was finally answered this year – can Blissfields survive bad weather? Every other year it had been blessed with hot sunny days, but in 2016 we were dealt heavy showers and storms. This could have dampened our spirits but it didn’t, as the answer was a definite YES! Read more…

Cornbury 2016 Review

Dancing, relaxing, playing, laughing, feasting…

These are the first five words that spring to mind when I think back on our four days at Cornbury. I think it’s testament to a really great festival, especially where children are involved, when you can come back feeling relaxed and switched off. We were lucky to have exactly that experience.

Cornbury 2016 Read more…

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.

The mighty Bryan Adams has been confirmed as the Saturday headliner. Cornbury will be his only UK festival in 2017. Festival Director Hugh Phillimore achieves a lifelong ambition here: ‘Ever since I saw an awesome performance at Wembley way back, I’ve been trying to bag a show with Bryan – pestering him for over 20 years. We’re all very excited that he has agreed to join us for our Finale It will definitely be worth the wait.’

It sounds like being a fantastic family party.

Cornbury told us: “We’re really, really proud of what we’ve created with your support, and grateful that we’ve been able to benefit many local causes over the years. Most of all we love celebrating together on the beautiful Great Tew Estate and can’t wait to do it one more time.”

Early bird tickets have already sold out. General tickets on sale here.

Here at Festival Kidz, we have always felt warmly welcomed by the Cornbury family. We look forward to seeing what they have in store for the final party.

Read our reviews of Cornbury 2016, Cornbury 2015 and Cornbury 2014.

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…

Green Man 2016 Review

p1050332I’ve wanted to go to Green Man for a long time now, and I’m so happy we finally made it there. Set in a lush green Welsh valley, the site could not be more beautiful and acoustics could not be better. The main stage, called the Mountain Stage, has been designed for sound and scenery and is an impressive achievement. Read more…

Blissfields 2016 Review

More fun than a house party!

Blissfields 2016

The big question was finally answered this year – can Blissfields survive bad weather? Every other year it had been blessed with hot sunny days, but in 2016 we were dealt heavy showers and storms. This could have dampened our spirits but it didn’t, as the answer was a definite YES! 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…

Just So 2016 Review

Owl Costume for the Tribal Tournament - Just So Festival 2016

There has to be something magical about a festival that, even in the relentless rain, the kids can’t stop smiling. Read more…

Cornbury 2016 Review

Dancing, relaxing, playing, laughing, feasting…

These are the first five words that spring to mind when I think back on our four days at Cornbury. I think it’s testament to a really great festival, especially where children are involved, when you can come back feeling relaxed and switched off. We were lucky to have exactly that experience.

Cornbury 2016 Read more…

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