Review: Alfresco Festival 2017

Alfresco Festival is one of those rare little gems in the festival community that provides something a little bit different for families. Just over an hour from London you can get real old-style raving as well as a true back-to-nature experience. With a few teething problems that could easily be ironed out, it has the potential for being an exceptional offering for families into electronic music.

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Review: Elderflower Fields 2017

Elderflower Fields continues to get better and better – a truly magical woodland adventure.

We have been massively excited in the run up to Elderflower Fields this year as it always feels like the start of summer. Last year’s weather was a bit amiss so we decided to go all out and hire a motor home. Typically, the run up to the festival this year predicted the first May heat wave! We have been to Elderflower Fields before but it seems to be growing and growing in popularity with the festival fully selling out at a 5000 capacity well before the event.

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Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Review 2017

Arrival

Bearded Theory may well win the award for the most amazingly helpful staff. Steve and his colleagues on the disabled campsite moved bins and toilets around to make room for us when we arrived late on Friday night. He even helped mend our inflatable tent for us when half of it collapsed due to an unfixable puncture, carrying out most of the work on his own while we were off enjoying ourselves. I was overwhelmed by how accommodating and resourceful they all were. Thank you Steve – your halo shines brightly!

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Magical Faerie Festival Review 2017

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A perfect little gathering of mystical folk in an idyllic Sussex setting

We’ve just returned from a wonderful time at the Magical Faerie Festival in the beautiful village of Alfriston. The gathering is around 1000 people and held at Pleaseant Rise Farm which was the perfect location for our first festival of the season. Relaxed, peaceful and full of happy people.

 

 

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Farmer Phil’s Festival 2016 Review

Farmer Phil’s is such a difficult festival to write a review about. It doesn’t tick any of the ‘family friendly festival’ boxes – the facilities are very basic and there’s not so much entertainment on offer as it’s so small, and there’s no dance music (although this might be good news for some!)

However, the festival was voted ‘best tiny festival 2015’ by our readers, and now that we have visited we understand why. It’s certainly different from all those ‘identikit’ commercial festivals out there. And it will certainly suit those parents wanting to take their children properly back to nature.

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Geronimo 2016 Review

As it was not possible for one of the Festival Kidz team to attend Geronimo 2016, here’s a review from guest blogger Colette of We’re Going on an Adventure


The main focus of our May bank holiday this year was Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park.  Now in it’s second year, Geronimo Festival promised to be even bigger and better than last year.

Geronimo Festival 2016

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Geronimo Festival last year so had high hopes for a repeat performance.   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.

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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).

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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…

Review: Alfresco Festival 2017

Alfresco Festival is one of those rare little gems in the festival community that provides something a little bit different for families. Just over an hour from London you can get real old-style raving as well as a true back-to-nature experience. With a few teething problems that could easily be ironed out, it has the potential for being an exceptional offering for families into electronic music.

Read more…

Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Review 2017

Arrival

Bearded Theory may well win the award for the most amazingly helpful staff. Steve and his colleagues on the disabled campsite moved bins and toilets around to make room for us when we arrived late on Friday night. He even helped mend our inflatable tent for us when half of it collapsed due to an unfixable puncture, carrying out most of the work on his own while we were off enjoying ourselves. I was overwhelmed by how accommodating and resourceful they all were. Thank you Steve – your halo shines brightly!

Read more…

Farmer Phil’s Festival 2016 Review

Farmer Phil’s is such a difficult festival to write a review about. It doesn’t tick any of the ‘family friendly festival’ boxes – the facilities are very basic and there’s not so much entertainment on offer as it’s so small, and there’s no dance music (although this might be good news for some!)

However, the festival was voted ‘best tiny festival 2015’ by our readers, and now that we have visited we understand why. It’s certainly different from all those ‘identikit’ commercial festivals out there. And it will certainly suit those parents wanting to take their children properly back to nature.

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…

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…

Review: Elderflower Fields 2017

Elderflower Fields continues to get better and better – a truly magical woodland adventure.

We have been massively excited in the run up to Elderflower Fields this year as it always feels like the start of summer. Last year’s weather was a bit amiss so we decided to go all out and hire a motor home. Typically, the run up to the festival this year predicted the first May heat wave! We have been to Elderflower Fields before but it seems to be growing and growing in popularity with the festival fully selling out at a 5000 capacity well before the event.

Read more…

Magical Faerie Festival Review 2017

fairy festival

A perfect little gathering of mystical folk in an idyllic Sussex setting

We’ve just returned from a wonderful time at the Magical Faerie Festival in the beautiful village of Alfriston. The gathering is around 1000 people and held at Pleaseant Rise Farm which was the perfect location for our first festival of the season. Relaxed, peaceful and full of happy people.

 

 

Read more…

Geronimo 2016 Review

As it was not possible for one of the Festival Kidz team to attend Geronimo 2016, here’s a review from guest blogger Colette of We’re Going on an Adventure


The main focus of our May bank holiday this year was Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park.  Now in it’s second year, Geronimo Festival promised to be even bigger and better than last year.

Geronimo Festival 2016

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Geronimo Festival last year so had high hopes for a repeat performance.   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…

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