Valley Fest 2017 Review

Valley Fest was one of the most perfect family friendly festivals I’ve ever been to. It had everything – a beautiful setting, loads of activities, great music for adults, a friendly vibe, excellent organisation and the most lovely stewards you will ever meet. It’s difficult to find anything about it we didn’t like, except possibly that it’s too short – one more day please!

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Y Not Festival Review – 2017

So I have to admit our family trip to Y Not Festival did not start well. We arrived just as the rain started, only to find the camping near where I picked up my wristband was full. No worries. We’ll pop back in the car and drive round to the family camping.

The website had promised a family field with family wristband entry nice and close to the car park for easy unloading so it was probably the best place for my family to be anyway. However when we got there it wasn’t quite as I had imagined.

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Starry Skies 2017 Review

This was my family’s first time at Starry Skies. When I showed my two children the Festival website they were both immediately sold on it. It is a beautiful family gathering, close to the Welsh border, with the main emphasis on encouraging children to enjoy their natural habitat. The event is exclusively for families, predominantly those with young children. There are generally about 250 families attending Starry Skies each year. Read more…

Folk by the Oak 2017 Review

“Mummy, can we come back here again?” asked my six-year-old as we made our way towards the car park. The end of ‘What a Beautiful Day’ was playing out from the Levellers’ encore on the main stage. To the left of the stage fireworks fizzed and cracked in the night sky.

“Would you like to?” I asked him.

“Oh, yes, I really do. I don’t want to leave.”
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Camp Bestival 2017 Review

We last visited Camp Bestival 5 years ago when the kids were really small, so were keen to go back and see how it had developed. Having a 7 and 11 year old it seemed the perfect safe festival to give them some freedom and for us to relax.

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Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

big wheel deer shed
Happy to be on the big wheel!

We are Deer Shed regulars and we have enjoyed many happy years of basking in the sun, or at most a light shower. It had to happen at some time – finally Deer Shed festival got hit by the rain. So this is Deer shed festival review – the muddy edition. Did the mud stop us from having a great time – no of course not!

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Bluedot 2017 Review

Bluedot 2017
What an incredible setting for a festival

Less than 24 hours ago I was watching my son take a lightsaber lesson at the Jedi Fighting Academy with one of the cast of the Phantom Menace. And then a couple of hours later he got to ask David Prowse, the actor who plays Darth Vader, “did you get hot in your suit?”, using a microphone in front of a crowd of people. When you’re 7 years old, that’s as good as it gets isn’t it?

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Chagstock 2017 review

It was wet and cold but at Chagstock I saw only happy faces. People had come to enjoy themselves and that’s what they did.

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Cornbury Music Festival 2017 Review

When anything that has been loved comes to an end, there is inevitably a celebration of its existence intermingled with a sense of loss. These emotions could be felt across the Cornbury site all weekend. The sun shone, the music played and the crowd partied. The 14th and final Cornbury Festival definitely went out with a bang. Literally as well as metaphorically.
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Blissfields 2017 Review

Bizarre [bih-zahr] /bɪˈzɑr/ – very strange or unusual.

And Blissfields 2017 pulled out all the stops to create a perfectly bizarre and fun family festival this year.

We’d last visited Blissfields as a family in 2015 for the first time and fallen in love with this fantastic little treasure. After discovering the theme for 2017 was BIZARRE we were all pretty excited to explore what the brilliant Blissfields team had in store.

Read more…

Valley Fest 2017 Review

Valley Fest was one of the most perfect family friendly festivals I’ve ever been to. It had everything – a beautiful setting, loads of activities, great music for adults, a friendly vibe, excellent organisation and the most lovely stewards you will ever meet. It’s difficult to find anything about it we didn’t like, except possibly that it’s too short – one more day please!

Read more…

Starry Skies 2017 Review

This was my family’s first time at Starry Skies. When I showed my two children the Festival website they were both immediately sold on it. It is a beautiful family gathering, close to the Welsh border, with the main emphasis on encouraging children to enjoy their natural habitat. The event is exclusively for families, predominantly those with young children. There are generally about 250 families attending Starry Skies each year. Read more…

Camp Bestival 2017 Review

We last visited Camp Bestival 5 years ago when the kids were really small, so were keen to go back and see how it had developed. Having a 7 and 11 year old it seemed the perfect safe festival to give them some freedom and for us to relax.

Read more…

Bluedot 2017 Review

Bluedot 2017
What an incredible setting for a festival

Less than 24 hours ago I was watching my son take a lightsaber lesson at the Jedi Fighting Academy with one of the cast of the Phantom Menace. And then a couple of hours later he got to ask David Prowse, the actor who plays Darth Vader, “did you get hot in your suit?”, using a microphone in front of a crowd of people. When you’re 7 years old, that’s as good as it gets isn’t it?

Read more…

Cornbury Music Festival 2017 Review

When anything that has been loved comes to an end, there is inevitably a celebration of its existence intermingled with a sense of loss. These emotions could be felt across the Cornbury site all weekend. The sun shone, the music played and the crowd partied. The 14th and final Cornbury Festival definitely went out with a bang. Literally as well as metaphorically.
Read more…

Y Not Festival Review – 2017

So I have to admit our family trip to Y Not Festival did not start well. We arrived just as the rain started, only to find the camping near where I picked up my wristband was full. No worries. We’ll pop back in the car and drive round to the family camping.

The website had promised a family field with family wristband entry nice and close to the car park for easy unloading so it was probably the best place for my family to be anyway. However when we got there it wasn’t quite as I had imagined.

Read more…

Folk by the Oak 2017 Review

“Mummy, can we come back here again?” asked my six-year-old as we made our way towards the car park. The end of ‘What a Beautiful Day’ was playing out from the Levellers’ encore on the main stage. To the left of the stage fireworks fizzed and cracked in the night sky.

“Would you like to?” I asked him.

“Oh, yes, I really do. I don’t want to leave.”
Read more…

Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

big wheel deer shed
Happy to be on the big wheel!

We are Deer Shed regulars and we have enjoyed many happy years of basking in the sun, or at most a light shower. It had to happen at some time – finally Deer Shed festival got hit by the rain. So this is Deer shed festival review – the muddy edition. Did the mud stop us from having a great time – no of course not!

Read more…

Chagstock 2017 review

It was wet and cold but at Chagstock I saw only happy faces. People had come to enjoy themselves and that’s what they did.

Read more…

Blissfields 2017 Review

Bizarre [bih-zahr] /bɪˈzɑr/ – very strange or unusual.

And Blissfields 2017 pulled out all the stops to create a perfectly bizarre and fun family festival this year.

We’d last visited Blissfields as a family in 2015 for the first time and fallen in love with this fantastic little treasure. After discovering the theme for 2017 was BIZARRE we were all pretty excited to explore what the brilliant Blissfields team had in store.

Read more…

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