The picturesque village of Penn in Buckinghamshire is once again set to be home to a 3-day family friendly music festival with camping in July.
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Here are our top picks for 2015!
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Here are our top picks for 2014!
Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…
Every year we face the same dilemmas – Do we go to our favourites, the ones we know and love, where the kids feel at home?
Or do we try out some new ones, potentially discover something amazing, and widen our knowledge of great festivals to recommend to all you lovely families out there?
We’re very lucky in that we get invited to far more than we can manage to attend… but the reality is that with kids (or even without kids) it’s just too tiring (and expensive!) so we’ve had to learn to pick and choose.
Here are the festivals we’ve picked this year and why Read more…
Penn Festival 2012 weather: Weather couldn’t have been much worse! Torrential rain on the afternoon before opening meant the water-logged ground was knee-deep in mud. Rain continued off and on for whole weekend with some really heavy downpours.
The festival organisers had kindly given us some tickets to share with several of our family blogger/website friends. It was a great opportunity for us to get together and meet somewhere other than Twitter! Do take a few moments to hear their differing accounts of the weekend: Kideeko (and her HUGE family group!), The Mummy Whisperer (as she encounters her first ‘proper’ festival mud) , and poor ‘ol Melksham Mum (whose unfortunate trip culminated in a midnight journey to A&E!). And below we have some reviews from our followers.
Review by The Stones (with 2 kids aged 6 and 5)
Getting there and arriving on-site:
The main carpark was closed by the first night as you couldn’t get cars on/off. However, a shuttle service was immediately set up to ferry people in – great bit of emergency planning that seemed to work well. Staff were superb in helping to push cars out & they had a queue system organising two tractor-like vehicles to tow cars and campervans out. Boards were brought in on Friday evening and placed at the entrances & exits.
Choosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.
Many families will place a different importance to different aspects. Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained. But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…
One of my most unexpected festival highlights of the summer performance-wise was Snap! at Penn Festival.
Now I must admit, when I saw Snap! on the line-up I laughed… or rather snorted with a sort of superior derision at a cheesy 90’s band dragged back from the dead. I never liked them the first time round (except maybe once when I was vey vey drunk in a Swiss nightclub…) let alone now, when surely my musical tastes are even more honed and mature?
2011 Penn Festival Weather: Sunny then Wet Saturday, then very Sunny and Hot Sunday
As mentioned in The Independent – 15 July 2011
Review by: Claire (with 2 kids, aged 3 and 8)
Getting to the festival and setting up camp:
The signs to the festival were quite useful. No queues. The car park was right next to the camping area so only a couple of trips and we had everything transported. There was plenty of room to pitch our tent.
However our biggest worry of the whole weekend was the lack of security at night, there was none basically. On the Friday there was a huge group of rowdy teenagers near us that had been able to wander unimpeded into the campsite, they managed to keep our kids awake for several hours. Read more…