7th to 10th August 2014Wilderness-Logo_plainuse

Location: Cornbury Estate, Oxfordshire

Size: 10000

Website: www.wildernessfestival.com (http://www NULL.wildernessfestival NULL.com/)

Wilderness Festival (http://www NULL.wildernessfestival NULL.com) is a little different, billing itself as ‘A Celebration shaped by Nature, a Landscape Transformed by the Arts’ it takes places in a stunning location in the wilds of Oxfordshire.

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14th to 17th August 2014

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Website: www.greenman.net (http://www NULL.greenman NULL.net)

The Green Man Festival (http://www NULL.greenman NULL.net) is set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music diverse and beautiful.

Green Man is very popular with families, many of whom return year after year.  There is a designated family camping area near to the entertainment and loads of workshops and activities for the kids to join in with.

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End of the Road:
29th – 31st August 2014

Capacity: 8,000

Location:
Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wilts borders

Websitewww.endoftheroadfestival.com (http://www NULL.endoftheroadfestival NULL.com)

Highlights for Families:

End of the Road prides itself on being an intimate and friendly festival. 
It’s a festival that everyone can enjoy – this year they are trying to ensure that the festival is particularly family friendly. There is a dedicated children’s and family area.

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After the company behind the event, Big Wheel Promotions went into liquidation in 2011, Harvest at Jimmy’s is no more…  However, Jimmy’s Farm is likely to hold other outdoor food/music events at its great location in the future…

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Location: Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich

What were the highlights for families?

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Boutique Babysitting – the kids club under canvas

When Boutique Babysitting (http://www NULL.boutiquebabysitting NULL.com) started up last year, some people were wondering what the point of taking your kids to a festival was, if you were just going to dump them in a glorified creche…

But they sort of missed the point…

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If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then it’s probably a good idea to have a good think about your priorities at a festival before you go… will you feel short-changed if the adult-time doesn’t happen, or is it just an added bonus if you manage it?

One of our contributors, Louise, shared her take on adult-time with us:

“Some parents (like myself) take the night time as an opportunity to have a bit of ‘adult time’ especially if you have have a baby / small child that sleeps soundly in the buggy at night.

We used to take that opportunity to wander the festival site with bubs tucked up cosy and warm in her buggy. Even if it wasn’t raining we’d have the rain cover down from ‘bed time’ – it helped block out the noise a little and kept her warm when the temperature drops about 9pm.  We’d take huge entertainment in the comments from slightly ‘inebriated’ fellow festival goers: ‘Woooohhhhaaaa Space buggy mannnn’ or ‘Woooh, it’s a raving baby!’

We’d walk for hours, just the two of us watching the festival go by while raving baby was safely tucked up in her buggy-bed.  (more…)

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