The Green Gathering is renowned for being family friendly, winning The Spark Family Award in 2013 and a Festival Kidz Gold Award in 2014, and incorporating a huge adventurous Kids’ Zone with toddler area, teens tent, gardens, crafts, rides, acting & action. The Gathering aims to raise awareness about the importance of ecological sustainability, while believing that education should be hands-on and fun.
With Hazel Kaye (5), Gwilym Kaye (3), Caroline Gilbert and Tim Kaye.
Having spent such a lovely and inspirational time last year we were keen to sample a bit of the green gathering magic once again. Would it be as good as last year or was it all just some cosmic trick? In my opinion it was my favourite ever festival, oh and the kids loved it as well. I am happy to report on just on Sunday’s evidence it did not disappoint, everyone is friendly, the location is stunning and the range of activities just as broad. It’s as far out as you want to make it and as usual we didn’t get to do everything we wanted to do (both adults and children!)
Here are our top picks for 2015!
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Announcing the 2nd annual Festival Kidz Awards!
2014 was a fantastic year for family friendly festivals – we reviewed more than ever before and visited so many that it made judging the awards extremely difficult. If your favourite festival is missing from this list, please feel free to comment below!
31st July – 3rd August 2014
Review by Tim Kaye accompanied by Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (4) and Gwilym (2)
I don’t think we have ever been to a festival that is as welcoming and warm as it is at this one. The organisers have tried to make a community feel to the gathering and this was certainly in evidence.
Although I wouldn’t like to start off on a negative note that’s the situation we were plunged into on Thursday afternoon trying to get into the festival. It’s a bit of an odd set up when you arrive; you wait in your vehicle in a ‘holding area’ before moving onto to the box office area to drop all your kit off and collect your wrist bands before parking up again. Since we have a trolley we decided to plod over from the car park with all our kit before queuing for our bands. Unfortunately that queue was quite substantial, we overheard one little boy ask his mum ‘Is the Green Gathering one big queue?’ but after quite some time got our treasured bands… We could finally join the world of magic and adventure up the long track beyond. We got split up at one point but with help from the loveliest stewards, info tent and the guys from Assisted Camping we eventually got reunited – just one of many examples of the genuine friendliness of the Green Gathering.