The Family Festival Guide

Folk By The Oak 2019 Review

I was very excited to return to Folk by the Oak, as recommended by Festival Kidz this year.

The fantastic line up coupled with the amazing experience we had had last year drew me in. Before I knew it the kids were making signs and counting down the days. We prepared our picnic, put our frankfurters in a flask with hot water (try it – makes brilliant hot dogs), and headed to Hatfield House.

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Camp Bestival 2019 Review

Camp Bestival Fireworks

This year I took my son to our eighth Camp Bestival. It’s testament to just how much we love the festival that we’ve not missed a single one since we first went back in 2012.

An absolutely incredible amount is on offer for families. Everyone who goes to Camp Bestival has a unique festival experience. No matter how much you jam pack into your days, you’ll only experience a small sample of all the treats on offer because there is just so much!
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Starry Skies 2019 Review

Before I went to Starry Skies, I spent hours pouring over the map that I had been sent. Trying to decide where best to camp, which luggage drop off to use, how far away from the toilets I should be and how crowded the different campsites would be.

Upon arrival we decided to take our tent with us and choose a spot before we unloaded. We walked through the efficient wristband exchange and headed towards the festival.

Very quickly we realised that the site was tiny! Before we knew it, we had walked past the centre camp barn and trotted straight through the health and wellbeing area.

Nowhere was crowded and so we looked around for level ground before pitching camp directly opposite the Neptune bag drop off.

Children swordfighting
The fancy dress theme this year was fairy tales and nursery rhymes

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Larmer Tree Festival 2019 Review

I don’t think I ever really enjoy the first few hours of a festival; the worry about the weather, how to get everything onto site on my own, whether we’ll get a decent camping pitch.

It’s all a bit stressful until we get settled, and this years Larmer Tree was no exception. We arrived much later than planned, in torrential rain and with two tired and grumpy kids!

But as always we pulled our socks up, put our wellies on and got stuck in.

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Timber Festival 2019 Review

Sunset at Timber
Sunset at Timber

Timber is a small, yet beautiful festival, nestled in the National Forest in Staffordshire. I was so pleased that our family were able to return to Timber’s second year.

Timber is a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and the forest. It feels very respectful of the landscape it sits within.

The site is impeccably clean, there is open space to wander around and it is strangely peaceful! Not something that I expect at a music festival…

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Nozstock 2019 Review

This festival has become a favourite with our little family, and we had a brilliant time once again this year! Nozstock is set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Bromyard, Herefordshire on the first weekend of the school summer holidays in England.

Compared to some, Nozstock may be a fairly small festival, but there is nothing pint-sized about the variety of entertainment on offer.  There are 11 stages/zones offering a large variety of music, comedy, theatre, dance, film and plenty of activities for children of all ages.

King Kong Company

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Great Wonderfest 2019 Review

Great Wonderfest 2019 certainly was a great and wonderful festival. It was hard to believe that this was the first ever Great Wonderfest, as everything had fallen into place beautifully. I took my eleven year old son, and we had so much fun together, playing and enjoying the food and music. We really didn’t want it to end.

Great Wonderfest

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Into The Boomtown Maze…

If you’re going to Boomtown for the first time this year, you might have heard about the Boomtown Maze. But do you know what it is or how to get round it?

If this is something you have been wondering, or if you want some inside information on The Maze this year, I have written this guide for you!

Read more…

Folk By The Oak 2019 Review

I was very excited to return to Folk by the Oak, as recommended by Festival Kidz this year.

The fantastic line up coupled with the amazing experience we had had last year drew me in. Before I knew it the kids were making signs and counting down the days. We prepared our picnic, put our frankfurters in a flask with hot water (try it – makes brilliant hot dogs), and headed to Hatfield House.

Folk by the Oak 2019 Read more…

Starry Skies 2019 Review

Before I went to Starry Skies, I spent hours pouring over the map that I had been sent. Trying to decide where best to camp, which luggage drop off to use, how far away from the toilets I should be and how crowded the different campsites would be.

Upon arrival we decided to take our tent with us and choose a spot before we unloaded. We walked through the efficient wristband exchange and headed towards the festival.

Very quickly we realised that the site was tiny! Before we knew it, we had walked past the centre camp barn and trotted straight through the health and wellbeing area.

Nowhere was crowded and so we looked around for level ground before pitching camp directly opposite the Neptune bag drop off.

Children swordfighting
The fancy dress theme this year was fairy tales and nursery rhymes

Read more…

Timber Festival 2019 Review

Sunset at Timber
Sunset at Timber

Timber is a small, yet beautiful festival, nestled in the National Forest in Staffordshire. I was so pleased that our family were able to return to Timber’s second year.

Timber is a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and the forest. It feels very respectful of the landscape it sits within.

The site is impeccably clean, there is open space to wander around and it is strangely peaceful! Not something that I expect at a music festival…

Read more…

Great Wonderfest 2019 Review

Great Wonderfest 2019 certainly was a great and wonderful festival. It was hard to believe that this was the first ever Great Wonderfest, as everything had fallen into place beautifully. I took my eleven year old son, and we had so much fun together, playing and enjoying the food and music. We really didn’t want it to end.

Great Wonderfest

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2019 Review

Camp Bestival Fireworks

This year I took my son to our eighth Camp Bestival. It’s testament to just how much we love the festival that we’ve not missed a single one since we first went back in 2012.

An absolutely incredible amount is on offer for families. Everyone who goes to Camp Bestival has a unique festival experience. No matter how much you jam pack into your days, you’ll only experience a small sample of all the treats on offer because there is just so much!
Read more…

Larmer Tree Festival 2019 Review

I don’t think I ever really enjoy the first few hours of a festival; the worry about the weather, how to get everything onto site on my own, whether we’ll get a decent camping pitch.

It’s all a bit stressful until we get settled, and this years Larmer Tree was no exception. We arrived much later than planned, in torrential rain and with two tired and grumpy kids!

But as always we pulled our socks up, put our wellies on and got stuck in.

Read more…

Nozstock 2019 Review

This festival has become a favourite with our little family, and we had a brilliant time once again this year! Nozstock is set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Bromyard, Herefordshire on the first weekend of the school summer holidays in England.

Compared to some, Nozstock may be a fairly small festival, but there is nothing pint-sized about the variety of entertainment on offer.  There are 11 stages/zones offering a large variety of music, comedy, theatre, dance, film and plenty of activities for children of all ages.

King Kong Company

Read more…

Into The Boomtown Maze…

If you’re going to Boomtown for the first time this year, you might have heard about the Boomtown Maze. But do you know what it is or how to get round it?

If this is something you have been wondering, or if you want some inside information on The Maze this year, I have written this guide for you!

Read more…

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