Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

Read more…

Accessibility at Festivals

Most festivals do what they can to be accessible to as many as possible. After all, they want to be popular, and to exclude people from attending would obviously result in less ticket sales!

Read more…

Camp With Your Car

One of the biggest excuses we hear from parents for not taking their kids to festivals is the fear of getting all the camping equipment from the car to their pitch.

Other excuses like the dreaded toilets and not wanting to sleep in a tent we can’t help with, but here’s a little guide to some of the easiest festivals in the UK to camp with kids.

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. Most festivals 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…

Your Teenager’s first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

A parent wrote to us asking about teenager festivals:

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…

Are festivals good for dogs?

festival dog

With record high temperatures at festivals predicted this summer many of us will struggle with kids out in the sun. Essential festival kit for little ones included hats, water bottles, practical clothing and oodles of sunscreen. But did anyone think about what to pack for man’s best friend?

Read more…

Festival sleeping know how

OK, so you’re pretty unlikely to have a great night’s sleep at a festival.  Even in the family or quiet sleeping areas there will be unfamiliar noise, your bed is not going to be as comfortable as home and your children will still wake up well before you are ready to get up.

But there at least are things you can do to improve your chances of getting some rest…  Read more…

How to choose the ideal camping pitch

camping pitchLong gone are the days when I used to turn up to a festival with a two-man tent and a backpack, pitching at the first point I came across a friend or when the backpack got too heavy!

Read more…

The Best Camping Chairs for Festivals

Comfort or practicality? Can you have it all?

broken camping equipment at festival

Packing for a festival with kids can be a bit of a military operation. Weighing up what you can fit in the car and physically carry versus what you’d ideally like to take is a real balance. Luxury items like camping chairs can sometimes find themselves abandoned in the hall while parents frantically try and cram the last pillow on the parcel shelf as the kids go crazy in their seats.
Read more…

Festival Wagons and Trolleys Guide

So many different wagons to choose from but not sure which to go for? Whether you want to buy a ready made one or make one yourself, here’s all the information you need!

Space Rocket Wagon

Read more…

Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

Read more…

Camp With Your Car

One of the biggest excuses we hear from parents for not taking their kids to festivals is the fear of getting all the camping equipment from the car to their pitch.

Other excuses like the dreaded toilets and not wanting to sleep in a tent we can’t help with, but here’s a little guide to some of the easiest festivals in the UK to camp with kids.

Read more…

Your Teenager’s first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

A parent wrote to us asking about teenager festivals:

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…

Festival sleeping know how

OK, so you’re pretty unlikely to have a great night’s sleep at a festival.  Even in the family or quiet sleeping areas there will be unfamiliar noise, your bed is not going to be as comfortable as home and your children will still wake up well before you are ready to get up.

But there at least are things you can do to improve your chances of getting some rest…  Read more…

The Best Camping Chairs for Festivals

Comfort or practicality? Can you have it all?

broken camping equipment at festival

Packing for a festival with kids can be a bit of a military operation. Weighing up what you can fit in the car and physically carry versus what you’d ideally like to take is a real balance. Luxury items like camping chairs can sometimes find themselves abandoned in the hall while parents frantically try and cram the last pillow on the parcel shelf as the kids go crazy in their seats.
Read more…

Accessibility at Festivals

Most festivals do what they can to be accessible to as many as possible. After all, they want to be popular, and to exclude people from attending would obviously result in less ticket sales!

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. Most festivals 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…

Are festivals good for dogs?

festival dog

With record high temperatures at festivals predicted this summer many of us will struggle with kids out in the sun. Essential festival kit for little ones included hats, water bottles, practical clothing and oodles of sunscreen. But did anyone think about what to pack for man’s best friend?

Read more…

How to choose the ideal camping pitch

camping pitchLong gone are the days when I used to turn up to a festival with a two-man tent and a backpack, pitching at the first point I came across a friend or when the backpack got too heavy!

Read more…

Festival Wagons and Trolleys Guide

So many different wagons to choose from but not sure which to go for? Whether you want to buy a ready made one or make one yourself, here’s all the information you need!

Space Rocket Wagon

Read more…

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