The Family Festival Guide

England’s Medieval Festival 2018 Review

England's Medieval Festival 2018 kidsReview by Tamu and family.

A day at England’s Medieval Festival

These two young royals, their grandparents, and I were lucky enough to experience England’s enchanting Medieval Festival this summer in the magnificent grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.

On arrival we were met with the gorgeous view of a sea of canvas tents beautifully pitched around the main arena. A crowd had already formed and as we got nearer we realised a jousting tournament was in full swing!

The kids wriggled their way to the front and we enjoyed an awesomely potent performance put on by big men on powerful horses, all authentically dressed in medieval jousting costume. Fabulous! There were many intakes of breath by the crowd, including my Mum, and the kids were transfixed. This was our welcome to England’s Medieval Festival and what a way to greet the crowds!

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Boomtown 2018 Review

The Greatest Show

My first Boomtown was like a child’s first visit to the circus. Bright lights, sound, whirling colour, and with that sense of genuine excitement and adventure you feel when you have no idea what’s going to happen next.

From the moment we walked out over the wonderfully relaxed Whistlers Green to look out over the Vegas style city of Downtown I knew I was somewhere special.

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Just So 2018 Review

Just So 2018

Just So was such a jam-packed blast of a ride that when I first sat down to write this review I had no idea how I would fit it all in. It really is a non-stop assault of fun, creativity, the fantastical and the downright bonkers.
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Green Man 2018 Review

Green Man 2018
The Green Man!

Oh Green Man, what a beauty you are! Nestled at the base of the Black Mountains, this is a very special festival indeed. In fact it wasn’t just a festival, it was a whole week’s holiday in glorious Wales.
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Green Meadows Festival 2018 Review

In 2017 Green Meadows Festival celebrated its 6th year when it was awarded the Festival Kidz Gold award in the ‘Best Small Festival’ category. The festival is indeed quite small, around the 2000-2500 people size, with weekend and day tickets available at a very reasonable price. The festival donates a large portion of money made to the Teenage Cancer Trust every year and most of the event staff are locals volunteering their time for free.

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Wickham Festival 2018 Review

Wickham 2018

If Wickham Festival taught us one thing, it’s that just because a festival is not on Festival Kidz’ radar, it certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.
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Beautiful Days 2018 Review

Beautiful Days

The first time we went to Beautiful Days in 2011, we knew we’d found a very special event. This was our fifth Beautiful Days, and it is still our favourite place to be.

We had such a lovely welcome as we approached the information tent, the guy that runs it (I can’t believe we don’t know his name yet) called out, “You’re back!”

We were indeed back at Beautiful Days and everything was as it should be. Read more…

Bluedot Festival 2018 Review

Bluedot Festival is a celebration of intelligence, curiosity and wonder in all its forms.

Scientists are on equal footing with rock stars and there were some beautiful moments where the two come together, such as watching Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director at Jodrell bank for Astrophysics interviewing Wayne Coyne, the frontman of psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.

At Bluedot the queues to see some of the most famous and inspiring scientists are so long that they need security!

Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope – the star of the show

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England’s Medieval Festival 2018 Review

England's Medieval Festival 2018 kidsReview by Tamu and family.

A day at England’s Medieval Festival

These two young royals, their grandparents, and I were lucky enough to experience England’s enchanting Medieval Festival this summer in the magnificent grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.

On arrival we were met with the gorgeous view of a sea of canvas tents beautifully pitched around the main arena. A crowd had already formed and as we got nearer we realised a jousting tournament was in full swing!

The kids wriggled their way to the front and we enjoyed an awesomely potent performance put on by big men on powerful horses, all authentically dressed in medieval jousting costume. Fabulous! There were many intakes of breath by the crowd, including my Mum, and the kids were transfixed. This was our welcome to England’s Medieval Festival and what a way to greet the crowds!

Read more…

Just So 2018 Review

Just So 2018

Just So was such a jam-packed blast of a ride that when I first sat down to write this review I had no idea how I would fit it all in. It really is a non-stop assault of fun, creativity, the fantastical and the downright bonkers.
Read more…

Green Meadows Festival 2018 Review

In 2017 Green Meadows Festival celebrated its 6th year when it was awarded the Festival Kidz Gold award in the ‘Best Small Festival’ category. The festival is indeed quite small, around the 2000-2500 people size, with weekend and day tickets available at a very reasonable price. The festival donates a large portion of money made to the Teenage Cancer Trust every year and most of the event staff are locals volunteering their time for free.

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Beautiful Days 2018 Review

Beautiful Days

The first time we went to Beautiful Days in 2011, we knew we’d found a very special event. This was our fifth Beautiful Days, and it is still our favourite place to be.

We had such a lovely welcome as we approached the information tent, the guy that runs it (I can’t believe we don’t know his name yet) called out, “You’re back!”

We were indeed back at Beautiful Days and everything was as it should be. Read more…

Boomtown 2018 Review

The Greatest Show

My first Boomtown was like a child’s first visit to the circus. Bright lights, sound, whirling colour, and with that sense of genuine excitement and adventure you feel when you have no idea what’s going to happen next.

From the moment we walked out over the wonderfully relaxed Whistlers Green to look out over the Vegas style city of Downtown I knew I was somewhere special.

Read more…

Green Man 2018 Review

Green Man 2018
The Green Man!

Oh Green Man, what a beauty you are! Nestled at the base of the Black Mountains, this is a very special festival indeed. In fact it wasn’t just a festival, it was a whole week’s holiday in glorious Wales.
Read more…

Wickham Festival 2018 Review

Wickham 2018

If Wickham Festival taught us one thing, it’s that just because a festival is not on Festival Kidz’ radar, it certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.
Read more…

Bluedot Festival 2018 Review

Bluedot Festival is a celebration of intelligence, curiosity and wonder in all its forms.

Scientists are on equal footing with rock stars and there were some beautiful moments where the two come together, such as watching Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director at Jodrell bank for Astrophysics interviewing Wayne Coyne, the frontman of psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.

At Bluedot the queues to see some of the most famous and inspiring scientists are so long that they need security!

Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope – the star of the show

Read more…

And thanks to the following festivals for their support in the past