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.

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Love Supreme 2017 Review

The size and diversity of Love Supreme was a big and brilliant surprise. For the last few years, the South East’s best jazz event has boasted some fantastic line-ups, and this year’s was just as strong. Read more…

Wood 2017 Review

When I heard that Wood Festival had sold out for the first time ever, I was really happy for the small team of hardworking organisers. My only concern was whether the intimate, spacious little festival would be able to cope and be just as fantastic as last year at maximum capacity?
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Geronimo Festival Review 2017

Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing at Geronimo Festival

The biggest children’s festival in the country; Geronimo Festival moved home this year from Tatton Park, Cheshire to Arley Hall. I had never visited the previous place so cannot compare the two but the new site had plenty of room to cater for all ages of children, as well as the young at heart. With everything from free donkey rides and ferret racing (your children actually race the ferrets along human sized tunnels!) to large scale stunt shows and circus displays you will not hear the words “I’m bored” at any point during your visit.

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Alfresco Festival Review 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

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.

 

 

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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.

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…

Love Supreme 2017 Review

The size and diversity of Love Supreme was a big and brilliant surprise. For the last few years, the South East’s best jazz event has boasted some fantastic line-ups, and this year’s was just as strong. Read more…

Geronimo Festival Review 2017

Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing at Geronimo Festival

The biggest children’s festival in the country; Geronimo Festival moved home this year from Tatton Park, Cheshire to Arley Hall. I had never visited the previous place so cannot compare the two but the new site had plenty of room to cater for all ages of children, as well as the young at heart. With everything from free donkey rides and ferret racing (your children actually race the ferrets along human sized tunnels!) to large scale stunt shows and circus displays you will not hear the words “I’m bored” at any point during your visit.

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…

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…

Wood 2017 Review

When I heard that Wood Festival had sold out for the first time ever, I was really happy for the small team of hardworking organisers. My only concern was whether the intimate, spacious little festival would be able to cope and be just as fantastic as last year at maximum capacity?
Read more…

Alfresco Festival Review 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…

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