LolliBop 2011 Review

2011 LolliBop Weather: Hot and sunny Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, very heavy downpours Sunday.

Mixed reviews flooding in for LolliBop’s second year.  Most families who chatted to us in the Festival Kidz stall seemed to be having a pretty good time, but the queues did seem to be a common gripe.  We tend to agree with many of the reviews from parents with tiny toddlers that it is unfair that a 13-month old had to pay the same price as a 6 year old and yet they were too young to participate in some of the activities (go-karts and inflatable slide for example).  There were definitely too many traders selling the same type of products, and fairly limited food stalls meaning hefty queues at peak times.  Read more…

Bearded Theory 2009-2011 Reviews

2009, 10, 11 Bearded Theory Weather: Quite cool but has been mainly dry every year.

Review by: Tezgloss (with 2 kids aged 5 and 2)

Great little festival, with big name bands and very reasonably priced, fab for kids and for us!!!

Read more…

Summer Breeze 2011 Review

2010 and 2011 Summer Breeze Weather: Both years it was really hot, take shades as there isn’t a lot of shade!

Review by: Anonymous (with 2 kids aged 6 and 2)

The children managed to get really close to the music as its never too crowded and therefore they could see everything.    We have spent the last two summer breeze festivals bathed in sunshine, great music and fabulous crowds, It is an intimate festival where you can relax knowing your children are not far away. There are some activities provided for the children (face paints, large garden games, clown) – it would be great to see this developed further with craft activities. The food and beer are great and there are a few shops too. I would recommend this as a great first festival for children due to the small intimate feel.

Read more…

Alex James presents Harvest 2011 Review

kids on E2011 AJPH Weather: A mixture of sunshine, showers, cloud and a LOT of wind!

Review by: Clairem (with 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival:

Easy to get in. SatNav co-ordinates worked. No queues at all. Well organised. Camping looked nice and spacious and there was a tent that kids could play in which is a fab idea. We did have camping tickets but wimped out as we thought the weather was going to turn.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Line up was good. Some kids stuff you had to pay for but my little boy was too young for that. We finally (after many festivals) got in to see Charlie and Lola‘s Best Bestest play and were not disappointed. We made cheesecake in Kiddy Cook which tasted good although my son told one of the chefs it was yuck, made some clay food, played at circus skills and loved The Orange Hat and the interactiveness and puppets. Read more…

Limetree 2011 Review

Limetree Festival, Yorkshire, 26th – 28th August 2011

Our competition winners for Limetree Festival tickets were Mike, his wife Gaelle and their 2 daughters (aged 5 and 9).  Now Mike, as it turns out, was a music journalist in a past life so we asked him to share how they got on… (the photos are from Mike’s phone as they lost their camera)

Arriving, setting up camp and site layout

“We arrived on the Saturday after cowarding out of a 3 hour drive in weather of biblical proportions on the Friday (not wanting to put the tent up in a lake & lightning).  The site was tricky to find, but beautifully secluded. On the way in I was fearing a lack of space in the family fields would force us to pitch up in the crowded main field but when we decamped from the car park, a very short walk into the family field put us at rest. The family field was bijou with no facilities but at least we had a spot and we quickly setup and got into the fray.

I was so glad we weren’t in the main field as it was fit to bursting, and walking through to the main arena was an A to Z of discarded booze, Friday had clearly been a heavy night 🙂

Read more…

Harvest at Jimmy’s 2011 Review

2011 HAJ Weather: Windy and a few showers (but plenty of shelter so not a problem)

Review by: Danielle (with a 3yr old and a 5mth old baby)

Getting to the festival:

We arrived just after 1pm and the car parking was easy and quiet. We loaded the buggy with stuff and went to wait in the queue. The gates where supposed to open at 3pm but didn’t open until gone 3.30 ( maybe even 3.45 ) so we had one very fed up 3 year old!
We had a good choice of where to camp and chose the family area. We where all pretty spaced out and the families around us were fantastic: all really friendly and kind enough to give us some gas when ours ran out and the shop said they wouldn’t be getting any more!!! All the people round us had children a similar age so it wasn’t noisy and the children slept well.

Read more…

Shambala 2011 Review

Louise Carron Harris

Louise went down to Shambala Festival to check out their family friendly credentials for Festival Kidz.  Louise lives and breathes festivals, so much so that she even took her newborn baby to Glastonbury last year just days after an emergency c-section!  So what did she make of Shambala then?

“Wow!  It was all the best bits of Glastonbury, but smaller, more accessible, and less middle class.  The very first thing we felt on entering the site was a warm welcoming vibe, something Shambala is well known for.”

Read more…

80’s Rewind 2011 (Henley) Review

2011 80’s Rewind (Henley) Weather: Torrential rain for the first 2 hours, then it dried out on Day 1 and glorious weather on Day 2.

Review by: Caswasere (with 2 kids, 9 and 6 years old)

Getting to the festival:

Queue was about 20 mins to get to the camping arena.  We did have to carry the stuff quite far – pull along carts available to hire, but the queue was horrendous for these.  People had brought flimsy trucks to wheel things along – pointless: most broke before they got to their campsites – best inventions were those that had brought wheel barrows, or industrial strength carts.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

There was a children’s entertainment area, we used this Fri evening after setting up the tent, but didn’t have time to go anywhere near it on the main Sat/Sun event.  Entertainers were good and there was lots of circus equipment for them to try out, really good as it was free!

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2011 Review

2011 Beautiful Days Weather: Mostly dry and warm. Sunny at times but with heavy rain on the Saturday morning.

Review by: Chris Luxford (with a nearly 3 year old)

Getting to the festival:

The festival was clearly signposted from the A30 with stewards to guide people along the local lanes long before reaching the site. There was a steady stream of vehicles arriving, but no queue (though getting out on the Monday took an hour).

Read more…

LodeStar 2011 Review

2011 LodeStar Weather: Hot and sunny.

Review by: Steve (with 2 kids, 6 and 8 years old) – Attended SATURDAY only

Getting to the festival:

No queues to get in and very easy to find. We didn’t have a problem on the narrow country and village lanes as there was very little traffic when we arrived, but I did wonder what it would be like if it was busy.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

The line-up was a good mix of well chosen bands – some unsigned, some up and coming. Most were really good.  There was also an alternative stage with some comedy and a few theatre sketches, but we didn’t really spend much time there.

For the kids there was Read more…

LolliBop 2011 Review

2011 LolliBop Weather: Hot and sunny Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, very heavy downpours Sunday.

Mixed reviews flooding in for LolliBop’s second year.  Most families who chatted to us in the Festival Kidz stall seemed to be having a pretty good time, but the queues did seem to be a common gripe.  We tend to agree with many of the reviews from parents with tiny toddlers that it is unfair that a 13-month old had to pay the same price as a 6 year old and yet they were too young to participate in some of the activities (go-karts and inflatable slide for example).  There were definitely too many traders selling the same type of products, and fairly limited food stalls meaning hefty queues at peak times.  Read more…

Summer Breeze 2011 Review

2010 and 2011 Summer Breeze Weather: Both years it was really hot, take shades as there isn’t a lot of shade!

Review by: Anonymous (with 2 kids aged 6 and 2)

The children managed to get really close to the music as its never too crowded and therefore they could see everything.    We have spent the last two summer breeze festivals bathed in sunshine, great music and fabulous crowds, It is an intimate festival where you can relax knowing your children are not far away. There are some activities provided for the children (face paints, large garden games, clown) – it would be great to see this developed further with craft activities. The food and beer are great and there are a few shops too. I would recommend this as a great first festival for children due to the small intimate feel.

Read more…

Limetree 2011 Review

Limetree Festival, Yorkshire, 26th – 28th August 2011

Our competition winners for Limetree Festival tickets were Mike, his wife Gaelle and their 2 daughters (aged 5 and 9).  Now Mike, as it turns out, was a music journalist in a past life so we asked him to share how they got on… (the photos are from Mike’s phone as they lost their camera)

Arriving, setting up camp and site layout

“We arrived on the Saturday after cowarding out of a 3 hour drive in weather of biblical proportions on the Friday (not wanting to put the tent up in a lake & lightning).  The site was tricky to find, but beautifully secluded. On the way in I was fearing a lack of space in the family fields would force us to pitch up in the crowded main field but when we decamped from the car park, a very short walk into the family field put us at rest. The family field was bijou with no facilities but at least we had a spot and we quickly setup and got into the fray.

I was so glad we weren’t in the main field as it was fit to bursting, and walking through to the main arena was an A to Z of discarded booze, Friday had clearly been a heavy night 🙂

Read more…

Shambala 2011 Review

Louise Carron Harris

Louise went down to Shambala Festival to check out their family friendly credentials for Festival Kidz.  Louise lives and breathes festivals, so much so that she even took her newborn baby to Glastonbury last year just days after an emergency c-section!  So what did she make of Shambala then?

“Wow!  It was all the best bits of Glastonbury, but smaller, more accessible, and less middle class.  The very first thing we felt on entering the site was a warm welcoming vibe, something Shambala is well known for.”

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2011 Review

2011 Beautiful Days Weather: Mostly dry and warm. Sunny at times but with heavy rain on the Saturday morning.

Review by: Chris Luxford (with a nearly 3 year old)

Getting to the festival:

The festival was clearly signposted from the A30 with stewards to guide people along the local lanes long before reaching the site. There was a steady stream of vehicles arriving, but no queue (though getting out on the Monday took an hour).

Read more…

Bearded Theory 2009-2011 Reviews

2009, 10, 11 Bearded Theory Weather: Quite cool but has been mainly dry every year.

Review by: Tezgloss (with 2 kids aged 5 and 2)

Great little festival, with big name bands and very reasonably priced, fab for kids and for us!!!

Read more…

Alex James presents Harvest 2011 Review

kids on E2011 AJPH Weather: A mixture of sunshine, showers, cloud and a LOT of wind!

Review by: Clairem (with 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival:

Easy to get in. SatNav co-ordinates worked. No queues at all. Well organised. Camping looked nice and spacious and there was a tent that kids could play in which is a fab idea. We did have camping tickets but wimped out as we thought the weather was going to turn.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Line up was good. Some kids stuff you had to pay for but my little boy was too young for that. We finally (after many festivals) got in to see Charlie and Lola‘s Best Bestest play and were not disappointed. We made cheesecake in Kiddy Cook which tasted good although my son told one of the chefs it was yuck, made some clay food, played at circus skills and loved The Orange Hat and the interactiveness and puppets. Read more…

Harvest at Jimmy’s 2011 Review

2011 HAJ Weather: Windy and a few showers (but plenty of shelter so not a problem)

Review by: Danielle (with a 3yr old and a 5mth old baby)

Getting to the festival:

We arrived just after 1pm and the car parking was easy and quiet. We loaded the buggy with stuff and went to wait in the queue. The gates where supposed to open at 3pm but didn’t open until gone 3.30 ( maybe even 3.45 ) so we had one very fed up 3 year old!
We had a good choice of where to camp and chose the family area. We where all pretty spaced out and the families around us were fantastic: all really friendly and kind enough to give us some gas when ours ran out and the shop said they wouldn’t be getting any more!!! All the people round us had children a similar age so it wasn’t noisy and the children slept well.

Read more…

80’s Rewind 2011 (Henley) Review

2011 80’s Rewind (Henley) Weather: Torrential rain for the first 2 hours, then it dried out on Day 1 and glorious weather on Day 2.

Review by: Caswasere (with 2 kids, 9 and 6 years old)

Getting to the festival:

Queue was about 20 mins to get to the camping arena.  We did have to carry the stuff quite far – pull along carts available to hire, but the queue was horrendous for these.  People had brought flimsy trucks to wheel things along – pointless: most broke before they got to their campsites – best inventions were those that had brought wheel barrows, or industrial strength carts.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

There was a children’s entertainment area, we used this Fri evening after setting up the tent, but didn’t have time to go anywhere near it on the main Sat/Sun event.  Entertainers were good and there was lots of circus equipment for them to try out, really good as it was free!

Read more…

LodeStar 2011 Review

2011 LodeStar Weather: Hot and sunny.

Review by: Steve (with 2 kids, 6 and 8 years old) – Attended SATURDAY only

Getting to the festival:

No queues to get in and very easy to find. We didn’t have a problem on the narrow country and village lanes as there was very little traffic when we arrived, but I did wonder what it would be like if it was busy.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

The line-up was a good mix of well chosen bands – some unsigned, some up and coming. Most were really good.  There was also an alternative stage with some comedy and a few theatre sketches, but we didn’t really spend much time there.

For the kids there was Read more…

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