Louise Carron Harris

pregnant festival babyMum of two, Louise, helped to set Festival Kidz up with Romany.

She shared her festival exploits with us in guest blogs and, drawing on her vast festival experience, wrote about Glastonbury trips while pregnant, with newborns, and with toddlers.

Louise’s festival-style: Huge and awesome!  Glasto of course…!

Buddhafield Festival

No dates for 2018 yet

Location: Near Taunton, Somerset. You will get exact directions with your ticket.

Size: 3000

Website: www.buddhafield.com

Buddhafield Festival is a beautiful coming together of like minded people.  Based on Buddhist spirituality and allowing plenty of opportunity for meditation and reflection.  This is a unique festival.

This is a very safe festival, and single mothers in particular have commented on how comfortable they feel there.  There is a dedicated Women’s Space for those who want it, and there is also a Queer Dome for those feeling the need for some support.  Families are very welcome.

There is a strict no drink or drugs policy.

Read more…

Geronimo Festival 2017 Review

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…

Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

Read more…

Camp With Your Car

One of the biggest excuses we hear from parents for not taking their kids to festivals is the fear of getting all the camping equipment from the car to their pitch.

Other excuses like the dreaded toilets and not wanting to sleep in a tent we can’t help with, but here’s a little guide to some of the easiest festivals in the UK to camp with kids.

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…

Stargazing at Just So Festival

Just So Festival 2015

The fantastical festival that is Just So Festival is going one better than the usual nights under canvas this year with the chance to build your own bivouac and sleep under the forest canopy. Read more…

Taking Babies to Festivals

baby-with-glasto-programmeWhy you should take your baby to a festival – and what you’ll need to do it

We went to our first family festival when our youngest daughter, Martha, was nine months old. A lot of friends thought we were crazy taking a babies to festivals but we all loved it. The next year we did two, the year after that it was five so I guess you could say we caught the bug. Read more…

Flummoxed 2014 Review

The Flummoxed Festival was tiny. Teeny weeny tiny. Previously I had thought a festival with under 5000 people was small, but this one had 150 people, including the kids.

So I’m not sure whether the Flummoxed Festival is a festival or not, or just a lovely family friendly camping event with lots of live music and activities added for good measure.

But this was actually what made it a very enjoyable, friendly, relaxing experience and one that my whole family would readily do again next year.

This is a fledgling festival which appears to offer something quite different for families, a bit of a middle ground between staying on a normal camp site and going to a large, noisy festival.

Flummoxed 2014
Read more…

Babywearing at Festivals

Toddler_Carrier_mediumAngeline Braidwood, owner of Sleepy Nico, tells us why babywearing is so good for festivals and gives us her tips for choosing the best baby carrier for you…

If you were lucky enough to spend a magical weekend at the Just So Festival in Cheshire last year you may have seen or even made use of the free sling hire that was available. Chester Sling Library had a popular stall just at the entrance of the festival and parents could leave a deposit (cash, car keys) and borrow a sling or baby carrier. Amanda and Lucy who ran the stall also gave out lots of advice and showed everyone how to use the sling of their choice. It was conveniently located next to the buggy park!

The last time I was at Glastonbury festival I saw a family struggling over the fields with a pushchair and despite the lovely weather it looked like such hard work. So why take a sling with you to a festival this summer? Read more…

Louise Carron Harris

pregnant festival babyMum of two, Louise, helped to set Festival Kidz up with Romany.

She shared her festival exploits with us in guest blogs and, drawing on her vast festival experience, wrote about Glastonbury trips while pregnant, with newborns, and with toddlers.

Louise’s festival-style: Huge and awesome!  Glasto of course…!

Geronimo Festival 2017 Review

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…

Camp With Your Car

One of the biggest excuses we hear from parents for not taking their kids to festivals is the fear of getting all the camping equipment from the car to their pitch.

Other excuses like the dreaded toilets and not wanting to sleep in a tent we can’t help with, but here’s a little guide to some of the easiest festivals in the UK to camp with kids.

Read more…

Stargazing at Just So Festival

Just So Festival 2015

The fantastical festival that is Just So Festival is going one better than the usual nights under canvas this year with the chance to build your own bivouac and sleep under the forest canopy. Read more…

Flummoxed 2014 Review

The Flummoxed Festival was tiny. Teeny weeny tiny. Previously I had thought a festival with under 5000 people was small, but this one had 150 people, including the kids.

So I’m not sure whether the Flummoxed Festival is a festival or not, or just a lovely family friendly camping event with lots of live music and activities added for good measure.

But this was actually what made it a very enjoyable, friendly, relaxing experience and one that my whole family would readily do again next year.

This is a fledgling festival which appears to offer something quite different for families, a bit of a middle ground between staying on a normal camp site and going to a large, noisy festival.

Flummoxed 2014
Read more…

Buddhafield Festival

No dates for 2018 yet

Location: Near Taunton, Somerset. You will get exact directions with your ticket.

Size: 3000

Website: www.buddhafield.com

Buddhafield Festival is a beautiful coming together of like minded people.  Based on Buddhist spirituality and allowing plenty of opportunity for meditation and reflection.  This is a unique festival.

This is a very safe festival, and single mothers in particular have commented on how comfortable they feel there.  There is a dedicated Women’s Space for those who want it, and there is also a Queer Dome for those feeling the need for some support.  Families are very welcome.

There is a strict no drink or drugs policy.

Read more…

Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

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…

Taking Babies to Festivals

baby-with-glasto-programmeWhy you should take your baby to a festival – and what you’ll need to do it

We went to our first family festival when our youngest daughter, Martha, was nine months old. A lot of friends thought we were crazy taking a babies to festivals but we all loved it. The next year we did two, the year after that it was five so I guess you could say we caught the bug. Read more…

Babywearing at Festivals

Toddler_Carrier_mediumAngeline Braidwood, owner of Sleepy Nico, tells us why babywearing is so good for festivals and gives us her tips for choosing the best baby carrier for you…

If you were lucky enough to spend a magical weekend at the Just So Festival in Cheshire last year you may have seen or even made use of the free sling hire that was available. Chester Sling Library had a popular stall just at the entrance of the festival and parents could leave a deposit (cash, car keys) and borrow a sling or baby carrier. Amanda and Lucy who ran the stall also gave out lots of advice and showed everyone how to use the sling of their choice. It was conveniently located next to the buggy park!

The last time I was at Glastonbury festival I saw a family struggling over the fields with a pushchair and despite the lovely weather it looked like such hard work. So why take a sling with you to a festival this summer? Read more…

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