The Family Festival Guide

Victorious 2019 Review

We returned to Southsea for our second Victorious and had another wonderful time. Its beautiful seaside location in Portsmouth makes it easy to get to. The line up is always amazing, with some really big names. Because of this, my children (15 and 11) absolutely love it. The kids’ field has an astonishing amount for children of all ages. Brilliant weather, music, food and activities created a perfect bank holiday weekend by the sea.

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Beautiful Days 2019 Review

Beautiful Days is without a doubt a top contender for best weekend of the year. This goes not just for my family, but for thousands of its loyal patrons.

Every year the Levellers host an amazing festival that I think is impossible to out do, and yet it continues to improve. We have been to six Beautiful Days now as it is so brilliant for families. Indeed it is good for every age group, and I would have just as good an experience (although different) with or without children.

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Towersey 2019 Review

The last time I’d spent 5 nights at a festival was Glastonbury 2007; and I won’t pretend that I wasn’t a little bit daunted at the prospect of doing it with two children in tow. 
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Green Man 2019 Review

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We fell head over heels in love with the Green Man magic. It’s easy to see why this gorgeous gathering sells out so quickly and many families return year after year.

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Bluedot 2019 Review

One small step for man, one marvellous, muddy weekend for this Festival Kidz family.

Two year old Ada reaches for the moon

Joderell Bank observatory in Cheshire was recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It was also home to Bluedot 2019.

The festival made full use of its unique setting, wrapping stages and activities around the gigantic Lovell radio telescope.

Unsurprisingly, there was a strong science theme. This year’s festival even coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. Read more…

Boomtown 2019 Review

Boomtown 2019 was another whirlwind of music, colour, laughter and good family times.

I don’t usually want to hype a festival up too much in case people are disappointed. With Boomtown there are no such worries. Despite being up against some of the worst weather I’ve seen at a festival. Boomtown was an exceptional weekend full of silliness, fun and loads of great music and dancing.

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Green Gathering 2019 Review

Festival Kidz families are all passionate about festivals but it is becoming increasingly obvious that the impact they have on our environment is massive.

It’s hugely important to us that we find solutions to continue to be able to share outdoor events with our kids but it’s essential they move towards a more sustainable future.

Green Gathering Festival is leading the way with a few of our favourite family festivals and we absolutely love them for it. Thanks to all those working in events across the country who are making the effort.

Guest writer Polly popped along to Green Gathering 2019 to check it out…

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Reading 1991 – My First Festival

Several of my friends’ kids are going to their first festival today. As local festival expert they asked me for advice and information, and I’m always happy to help.

Inevitably it got me thinking about my first festival. It was Reading Festival 1991, I was 17, and there were about 15 of us. Most crammed into an 8 man tent someone had borrowed off his brother, which took us over an hour to put up and didn’t seem to have enough poles. It had a separate groundsheet and didn’t seal up at the sides so one of our group rolled over one night and woke up outside. Read more…

Victorious 2019 Review

We returned to Southsea for our second Victorious and had another wonderful time. Its beautiful seaside location in Portsmouth makes it easy to get to. The line up is always amazing, with some really big names. Because of this, my children (15 and 11) absolutely love it. The kids’ field has an astonishing amount for children of all ages. Brilliant weather, music, food and activities created a perfect bank holiday weekend by the sea.

Vicyorious Letters Read more…

Towersey 2019 Review

The last time I’d spent 5 nights at a festival was Glastonbury 2007; and I won’t pretend that I wasn’t a little bit daunted at the prospect of doing it with two children in tow. 
Read more…

Bluedot 2019 Review

One small step for man, one marvellous, muddy weekend for this Festival Kidz family.

Two year old Ada reaches for the moon

Joderell Bank observatory in Cheshire was recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It was also home to Bluedot 2019.

The festival made full use of its unique setting, wrapping stages and activities around the gigantic Lovell radio telescope.

Unsurprisingly, there was a strong science theme. This year’s festival even coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. Read more…

Green Gathering 2019 Review

Festival Kidz families are all passionate about festivals but it is becoming increasingly obvious that the impact they have on our environment is massive.

It’s hugely important to us that we find solutions to continue to be able to share outdoor events with our kids but it’s essential they move towards a more sustainable future.

Green Gathering Festival is leading the way with a few of our favourite family festivals and we absolutely love them for it. Thanks to all those working in events across the country who are making the effort.

Guest writer Polly popped along to Green Gathering 2019 to check it out…

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2019 Review

Beautiful Days is without a doubt a top contender for best weekend of the year. This goes not just for my family, but for thousands of its loyal patrons.

Every year the Levellers host an amazing festival that I think is impossible to out do, and yet it continues to improve. We have been to six Beautiful Days now as it is so brilliant for families. Indeed it is good for every age group, and I would have just as good an experience (although different) with or without children.

Signpost at Beautiful Days Read more…

Green Man 2019 Review

green man festival review family

We fell head over heels in love with the Green Man magic. It’s easy to see why this gorgeous gathering sells out so quickly and many families return year after year.

Read more…

Boomtown 2019 Review

Boomtown 2019 was another whirlwind of music, colour, laughter and good family times.

I don’t usually want to hype a festival up too much in case people are disappointed. With Boomtown there are no such worries. Despite being up against some of the worst weather I’ve seen at a festival. Boomtown was an exceptional weekend full of silliness, fun and loads of great music and dancing.

Read more…

Reading 1991 – My First Festival

Several of my friends’ kids are going to their first festival today. As local festival expert they asked me for advice and information, and I’m always happy to help.

Inevitably it got me thinking about my first festival. It was Reading Festival 1991, I was 17, and there were about 15 of us. Most crammed into an 8 man tent someone had borrowed off his brother, which took us over an hour to put up and didn’t seem to have enough poles. It had a separate groundsheet and didn’t seal up at the sides so one of our group rolled over one night and woke up outside. Read more…

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