Festival Kidz Award Winners 2017

Announcing the 2017 Festival Kidz Awards!

You voted for your favourite festivals, and this year we have decided to include all the results to show you how close some of them were!

The following awards are based solely on the votes of all of you, our family festival goers! And the winners are….

Read more…

Our 2017 Festival Highlights

VOTE for your favourite festival in our Festival Kidz 2017 Awards here!

Our festival highlights – Eloise (10) Charlotte (7) & Amelie (7)

The summer of 2017 was amazing. We had rain, we had mud, we had boiling hot sunshine… Yet we managed to dance our way through everything the British weather decided to throw at us.

We made new friends, we had paint fights, we learned to both throw and catch the diabolo, and most of all we found enjoyment in squelching through the mud!

Read more…

Beware Ticket Payment Plans!

Ticket Clip ArtMany teenagers want to go to festivals with their friends (and not their parents!) so it’s only fair they pay for their own ticket. This is where ticket payment plans come in handy.

However, given the experience of a teenager featured on the BBC Radio 4 consumer advice program “You and Yours” today you may want to check the small print before signing up.  Read more…

WOMAD 2017 Review

WOMAD 2017By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (7) and Gwilym (5)

There is a very good reason why WOMAD is called ‘The World’s Festival’ it is like visiting 50 countries in one weekend.

This is our third foray into the many different sounds and experiences that are on offer here and it didn’t disappoint. The festival was notable again for being on the wet side but the organisation was strong throughout and despite a few near slippages outside the Siam tent we remained fairly mud free!

Read more…

England’s Medieval Festival 2017 Review

This year England’s Medieval Festival celebrated their 25th year. There was drinking, dancing, feasting, fireworks and (historically accurate) fighting. We were there with Evelyn (8), Martha (4) and baby Ada to party like it’s 1399.

Read more…

Green Man 2017 Review

The Lights from the Late-Night Lock in

by Julian Lane – and family Vicky, Dylan (8), Matilda (2)

So here we go again. Green Man Festival. Our 7th year, the Festival’s 15th. I have waxed lyrical over this festival for every year we have been, we fell in love with Green Man, we made lifelong friends and have told anyone who will listen that Green Man IS the best festival in the country.

I don’t want to over the same old ground again. Festival Kidz’ review of last year will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful festival. You can also read our review from last year on our blog.

So, what the hell am I going to write about? What’s new? How do I keep you, dear reader, transfixed?

Read more…

Lakefest 2017 Review

Credit: Gloucester College

With a new baby in the family we wanted our first festival this year to be fairly small and very easy. Lakefest certainly fitted the bill and, although it lacked some of the little extras that I’ve come to love about family festivals, everyone had a good time. The kids were wowed by BMX riders, the grown ups saw some old favourite bands and the ducks had a great time too.

Read more…

Just So 2017 Review

Just So 2017

Just So is a land where, for one weekend each year, the line between childhood and adulthood are blurred. This is a place where real and fantasy blend into a smorgasbord of the weird and wonderful. Where pillow fights and midnight feasts compete with live arcade games and roaming theatre. And most importantly, where families can be families without the commitments or worries of the outside world.

Read more…

Boomtown 2017 review

Boomtown is a 60,000 person capacity music festival held on the Matterley Estate, Winchester in August and has been running since 2009. It is described by the organisers as a pop up city of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community with eleven districts filled with a fully immersive and theatrically led experience, with hundreds of actors bringing the film-like street sets to life.

Read more…

FarmFest 2017 Review

Fancy dress at FarmFest 2017This was the 12th year of Farmfest, which next year takes a break. Perhaps that’s why in the pouring rain its faithful partygoers kept smiling determined to make the most of the festival’s special blend of great sounds and shenanigans.

Farmfest is for those who love their music and like to get down, kick back and cut loose. It is, however, primarily a grown-ups festival (the music goes on until 4am) that also caters for those who like to bring their kids along. It’s friendly, safe, has a good ethos and as a family we had a great time (despite the rain and an early exit due to a poorly tent). It was a good introduction to a grown-up festival for the kids and my nine-year-old LOVED the music.

Read more…

Festival Kidz Award Winners 2017

Announcing the 2017 Festival Kidz Awards!

You voted for your favourite festivals, and this year we have decided to include all the results to show you how close some of them were!

The following awards are based solely on the votes of all of you, our family festival goers! And the winners are….

Read more…

Beware Ticket Payment Plans!

Ticket Clip ArtMany teenagers want to go to festivals with their friends (and not their parents!) so it’s only fair they pay for their own ticket. This is where ticket payment plans come in handy.

However, given the experience of a teenager featured on the BBC Radio 4 consumer advice program “You and Yours” today you may want to check the small print before signing up.  Read more…

England’s Medieval Festival 2017 Review

This year England’s Medieval Festival celebrated their 25th year. There was drinking, dancing, feasting, fireworks and (historically accurate) fighting. We were there with Evelyn (8), Martha (4) and baby Ada to party like it’s 1399.

Read more…

Lakefest 2017 Review

Credit: Gloucester College

With a new baby in the family we wanted our first festival this year to be fairly small and very easy. Lakefest certainly fitted the bill and, although it lacked some of the little extras that I’ve come to love about family festivals, everyone had a good time. The kids were wowed by BMX riders, the grown ups saw some old favourite bands and the ducks had a great time too.

Read more…

Boomtown 2017 review

Boomtown is a 60,000 person capacity music festival held on the Matterley Estate, Winchester in August and has been running since 2009. It is described by the organisers as a pop up city of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community with eleven districts filled with a fully immersive and theatrically led experience, with hundreds of actors bringing the film-like street sets to life.

Read more…

Our 2017 Festival Highlights

VOTE for your favourite festival in our Festival Kidz 2017 Awards here!

Our festival highlights – Eloise (10) Charlotte (7) & Amelie (7)

The summer of 2017 was amazing. We had rain, we had mud, we had boiling hot sunshine… Yet we managed to dance our way through everything the British weather decided to throw at us.

We made new friends, we had paint fights, we learned to both throw and catch the diabolo, and most of all we found enjoyment in squelching through the mud!

Read more…

WOMAD 2017 Review

WOMAD 2017By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (7) and Gwilym (5)

There is a very good reason why WOMAD is called ‘The World’s Festival’ it is like visiting 50 countries in one weekend.

This is our third foray into the many different sounds and experiences that are on offer here and it didn’t disappoint. The festival was notable again for being on the wet side but the organisation was strong throughout and despite a few near slippages outside the Siam tent we remained fairly mud free!

Read more…

Green Man 2017 Review

The Lights from the Late-Night Lock in

by Julian Lane – and family Vicky, Dylan (8), Matilda (2)

So here we go again. Green Man Festival. Our 7th year, the Festival’s 15th. I have waxed lyrical over this festival for every year we have been, we fell in love with Green Man, we made lifelong friends and have told anyone who will listen that Green Man IS the best festival in the country.

I don’t want to over the same old ground again. Festival Kidz’ review of last year will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful festival. You can also read our review from last year on our blog.

So, what the hell am I going to write about? What’s new? How do I keep you, dear reader, transfixed?

Read more…

Just So 2017 Review

Just So 2017

Just So is a land where, for one weekend each year, the line between childhood and adulthood are blurred. This is a place where real and fantasy blend into a smorgasbord of the weird and wonderful. Where pillow fights and midnight feasts compete with live arcade games and roaming theatre. And most importantly, where families can be families without the commitments or worries of the outside world.

Read more…

FarmFest 2017 Review

Fancy dress at FarmFest 2017This was the 12th year of Farmfest, which next year takes a break. Perhaps that’s why in the pouring rain its faithful partygoers kept smiling determined to make the most of the festival’s special blend of great sounds and shenanigans.

Farmfest is for those who love their music and like to get down, kick back and cut loose. It is, however, primarily a grown-ups festival (the music goes on until 4am) that also caters for those who like to bring their kids along. It’s friendly, safe, has a good ethos and as a family we had a great time (despite the rain and an early exit due to a poorly tent). It was a good introduction to a grown-up festival for the kids and my nine-year-old LOVED the music.

Read more…

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