The Family Festival Guide

Green Gathering Saving Families

Family holidays are without a doubt one of the largest contributors to most households annual carbon emissions. Even if you are a hardcore eco-warrior doing all you can day to day to reduce your impact on the planet, when the summer holidays arrive it’s very hard to make low carbon plans.

Green Gathering

In comparison to overseas holidays, choosing to spend time closer to home is obviously better for the environment. Camping is a relatively low impact choice providing you aren’t buying lots of equipment or single-use items, and good quality second-hand supplies are easy to come by. Festivals, however, are very rarely able to claim they are ‘low-carbon’ due to the simple fact they are for such a short period of time, plus all the infrastructure and individual travel involved.

Green Gathering is different. One of a few UK festivals who can really make the ‘eco family festival’ claim, it is not only a super fun family holiday, it’s also leading the way in sustainable events.

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Win Tickets to Nozstock 2019!

This summer Nozstock: The Hidden Valley celebrates its 21st anniversary, entering a small group of festivals who have reached over two decades of creating magic each summer.  It’s a huge achievement for the family-run festival which is set across their working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire.

You can see what our parent reviewer thought of last year’s festival here.

This year the festival runs from Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July.

Nozstock

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Beat the chill

Keeping warm at festivals

by Lisa Mills

One of the issues that comes up time and time again when I speak to parents considering a first festival with a child or baby is the fear of whether they’ll be able to keep them warm.

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Family Camping Packing List

Here is our ultimate family camping packing list. You can also download a printable version.

Of course all families’ needs are different, so we have included an editable version for you to download and adapt for your own family.

We hope you find this useful!


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Building a fire

One of my favourite things about festivals is sitting round a campfire on a cold evening watching the flames. Jacket potatoes taste amazing when cooked in a real wood fire. Children love to toast marshmallows and poke the flames with sticks, and it helps them to learn about fire safety.

In my previous post I went through the equipment that is useful to have to cook on a fire. In this one I have provided a simple step by step guide to building and lighting one.

Building a fire is an essential survival skill and is great fun for kids too. My children enjoy collecting tinder, kindling and firewood among the trees. They appreciate the responsibility at being allowed to help light the fire.

Managing it and helping keeping it lit gives them a respect for fire. Of course close supervision is still necessary but leaving a child ‘in charge’ of keeping the fire going can be great for their confidence too.

Read more…

Cooking on a fire

There’s something wonderful about building a proper wood fire with your children, and one of the highlights of our family festival time is always fireside cooking. It is also a great way to keep children warm and occupied in the evenings!

If you have never cooked on a fire before, I am writing a few posts about the equipment needed, how to build and light a fire, and simple things you can cook on it.

Make sure you check whether the festival allows fire pits first!

Read more…

Best Family Friendly Festivals 2019

People are always asking us which festival is the best!

There’s no easy answer to this as everyone has their own favourites.

Festivals have such a broad reach these days. There really is something for everyone. Do you want luxury or basic facilities, indie or world music, laid-back or party central?

So before you dive in and buy tickets…

Read more…

Into The Trees 2018 Review

This was our second year at Into The Trees. It is such a gorgeous event. This mini festival is the younger sister of the very popular Elderflower Fields, which takes place in May at the same idyllic location. Into The Trees offers a glorious escape from the pressures of our fast paced lives in our everyday world. There are so many opportunities for children to explore and create and run freely. I had already started to feel run down with the start of the academic year, but Into the Trees was a perfect way to refresh and find our energy again. The whole family had an absolutely wonderful time.

Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Into The Trees Read more…

Green Gathering Saving Families

Family holidays are without a doubt one of the largest contributors to most households annual carbon emissions. Even if you are a hardcore eco-warrior doing all you can day to day to reduce your impact on the planet, when the summer holidays arrive it’s very hard to make low carbon plans.

Green Gathering

In comparison to overseas holidays, choosing to spend time closer to home is obviously better for the environment. Camping is a relatively low impact choice providing you aren’t buying lots of equipment or single-use items, and good quality second-hand supplies are easy to come by. Festivals, however, are very rarely able to claim they are ‘low-carbon’ due to the simple fact they are for such a short period of time, plus all the infrastructure and individual travel involved.

Green Gathering is different. One of a few UK festivals who can really make the ‘eco family festival’ claim, it is not only a super fun family holiday, it’s also leading the way in sustainable events.

Read more…

Beat the chill

Keeping warm at festivals

by Lisa Mills

One of the issues that comes up time and time again when I speak to parents considering a first festival with a child or baby is the fear of whether they’ll be able to keep them warm.

Read more…

Building a fire

One of my favourite things about festivals is sitting round a campfire on a cold evening watching the flames. Jacket potatoes taste amazing when cooked in a real wood fire. Children love to toast marshmallows and poke the flames with sticks, and it helps them to learn about fire safety.

In my previous post I went through the equipment that is useful to have to cook on a fire. In this one I have provided a simple step by step guide to building and lighting one.

Building a fire is an essential survival skill and is great fun for kids too. My children enjoy collecting tinder, kindling and firewood among the trees. They appreciate the responsibility at being allowed to help light the fire.

Managing it and helping keeping it lit gives them a respect for fire. Of course close supervision is still necessary but leaving a child ‘in charge’ of keeping the fire going can be great for their confidence too.

Read more…

Best Family Friendly Festivals 2019

People are always asking us which festival is the best!

There’s no easy answer to this as everyone has their own favourites.

Festivals have such a broad reach these days. There really is something for everyone. Do you want luxury or basic facilities, indie or world music, laid-back or party central?

So before you dive in and buy tickets…

Read more…

Win Tickets to Nozstock 2019!

This summer Nozstock: The Hidden Valley celebrates its 21st anniversary, entering a small group of festivals who have reached over two decades of creating magic each summer.  It’s a huge achievement for the family-run festival which is set across their working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire.

You can see what our parent reviewer thought of last year’s festival here.

This year the festival runs from Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July.

Nozstock

Read more…

Family Camping Packing List

Here is our ultimate family camping packing list. You can also download a printable version.

Of course all families’ needs are different, so we have included an editable version for you to download and adapt for your own family.

We hope you find this useful!


Read more…

Cooking on a fire

There’s something wonderful about building a proper wood fire with your children, and one of the highlights of our family festival time is always fireside cooking. It is also a great way to keep children warm and occupied in the evenings!

If you have never cooked on a fire before, I am writing a few posts about the equipment needed, how to build and light a fire, and simple things you can cook on it.

Make sure you check whether the festival allows fire pits first!

Read more…

Into The Trees 2018 Review

This was our second year at Into The Trees. It is such a gorgeous event. This mini festival is the younger sister of the very popular Elderflower Fields, which takes place in May at the same idyllic location. Into The Trees offers a glorious escape from the pressures of our fast paced lives in our everyday world. There are so many opportunities for children to explore and create and run freely. I had already started to feel run down with the start of the academic year, but Into the Trees was a perfect way to refresh and find our energy again. The whole family had an absolutely wonderful time.

Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Into The Trees Read more…

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