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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Beautiful Days 2017 Review

Beautiful Days certainly holds a special place in my heart. It was our first family festival back in 2011 when our children were 7 and 3 years old. We loved it then and returned in 2012 and 2015 and felt the same. We had been really looking forward to this year’s festival, and as always it exceeded expectations! Read more…

Nozstock 2017 Review

By Debra, Richard, Miles (8) and Isaac (6)

Our family attended our third Nozstock this summer and yet again had an amazing weekend of fun and frolics!  The festival is set in the beautiful rolling hills of Bromyard, Herefordshire and is a magical place to visit.

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…

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…

Nozstock 2017 Review

By Debra, Richard, Miles (8) and Isaac (6)

Our family attended our third Nozstock this summer and yet again had an amazing weekend of fun and frolics!  The festival is set in the beautiful rolling hills of Bromyard, Herefordshire and is a magical place to visit.

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…

Beautiful Days 2017 Review

Beautiful Days certainly holds a special place in my heart. It was our first family festival back in 2011 when our children were 7 and 3 years old. We loved it then and returned in 2012 and 2015 and felt the same. We had been really looking forward to this year’s festival, and as always it exceeded expectations! 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…

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