Who’s got The Power?

One of my most unexpectedSnap the Power 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?

Read more…

Exciting opening in Oxford

Barefoot Books logo

Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford

Grand Opening Weekend Family Events
Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October from 8.30am to 5pm

Storytelling, crafts, drama, yoga, music-making and so much more!

See grand opening weekend events schedule>>

What is the Barefoot Books Studio?

It’s a café, a bookshop, a workshop venue, and an arts centre… all in one gorgeous space!

Barefoot Books StudioThe Oxford Studio brings Barefoot Books to life in a vibrant and magical community centre where families can gather to browse books and experience live storytelling, music, arts and crafts, yoga and more!

Stop by the Storyteller’s Café for delicious, seasonal, organic and free range food. The Café is headed by Vladimir Niza, former senior tutor at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, and a key chef at the world famous two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  Read more…

Pregnant Festivalling Part 2

I was 16 weeks pregnant when we went to Camp Bestival. Now if my last pregnancy was anything to go by then I felt amazing at 16 weeks, in fact the whole second trimester was just wonderful for me and we went on a lovely holiday to Cornwall where we did a lot of walking. I had more energy and was able to eat normally again and started to glow. Read more…

Family Talent Show at Camp Bestival 2011

One of our reader’s gorgeous little 5 year old daughter Rose entered the Family Talent Show, judged by Sara Cox, at Camp Bestival this year… and guess what?… SHE WON!!!!

Thanks so much to her proud mum Catherine for sharing this special moment with us x

Now, if that was my daughter up there, I would’ve been blubbing my little heart out with pride!  Here’s what Catherine had to say about the experience:

Read more…

Charity Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Camp Bestival

READY, TEDDY, GO!

Time to dig out your old children’s unwanted teddies because this summer saw the launch of ‘Persil Pass on the Love‘ picnics, fronted by DJ, TV presenter and mum Jo Whiley.  Mums and their little ones were encouraged to get together with friends, bring along their once-loved-but-now-forgotten teddies  – newly washed – and swap them with other children to be cherished again!

We all know that kids quickly grow out of their teddies, so rather than throw them away, Jo is encouraging families to bring their old (but clean!) soft toys and then pass them on for another child to love – either by swapping with a friend or donating them to charity partner Oxfam.

Read more…

Car Journey Games

pub cricketHow to make long journeys bearable with kids!

Inspired by Jessica’s recent post, Three Special Things, I thought I’d share our family’s favourite car journey entertainments too.

I do not have an in-car DVD player, and I will resist buying one as long as I possibly can because I know that once we have one we will never go back to using our journey time to play family games together, or quietly contemplating life as we watch the world whizzing by outside.  Children live in a very hyped-up over-stimulated world already, and I personally believe that long car journeys are good for children in that they teach them about spending time more calmly: talking, singing, listening, and thinking.

Much of the time we listen to music or talk as a family.  There are often long silences while we are all lost in our thoughts staring at the countryside.  And on the whole we enjoy long car journeys (and we do them a lot!), but my children are not always angels and sometimes we do need something to entertain them and stop the bickering.  For times like this we have a collection of old favourites on standby Read more…

Three Special Things…

Mr TumbleMy little girl is a HUGE Mr Tumble fan. So much so that she reenacts the “spotty bag” routine and the mighty Tumble is one of the many reasons why we have chosen to attend Camp Bestival.

In preparation she has watched, many a time now, the episode where Justin goes to Wychwood festival and meets a family for some festival fun. Read more…

Create your own festival!

By Hannah, editor of the brilliant GoFestival Guide 2011

Like a good festival but a bit strapped for cash? Why not have your own?

Gather some friends, find a piece of land, back garden or corner of a campsite. Decorate with flags and bunting, borrow a bell tent, round up a bunch of musicians and your very own festie could be born.

10 easy steps to get your DIY festival off the ground….

Read more…

Interview with Larmer Tree Festival Director, James Shepard

larmer tree mud 2011It’s Sunday, the final day of Larmer Tree 2011

I’m tired, slightly hungover, muddy and more than a tad dishevelled… I’m thinking there are better days to meet the co-director of your favourite festival, but the opportunity to have a chat with such a busy person on their home turf doesn’t arise that often so I slap on some mascara, grab my notebook and drag myself off to the Press Garden.

Read more…

Pregnant Festival Fashion

What to wear at festivals if you’re pregnant?

jester at v festival
Here is me at V2005 – I was hanging round the campsite at this point hence why I am wearing clumpy trainers and fetching socks!

Normally for a festival I don’t go in for the festival “fashion” that the magazines suggest. (Why, why, why would you ever wear a maxi dress to a festival?!  It’s probably the most impractical thing to wear apart from those dreadful playsuits!).

Now that I am pregnant again, I thought I’d better give a little thought to a good festival pregnancy outfit. (Click link for my other post on Pregnant FestivallingRead more…

Who’s got The Power?

One of my most unexpectedSnap the Power 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?

Read more…

Pregnant Festivalling Part 2

I was 16 weeks pregnant when we went to Camp Bestival. Now if my last pregnancy was anything to go by then I felt amazing at 16 weeks, in fact the whole second trimester was just wonderful for me and we went on a lovely holiday to Cornwall where we did a lot of walking. I had more energy and was able to eat normally again and started to glow. Read more…

Charity Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Camp Bestival

READY, TEDDY, GO!

Time to dig out your old children’s unwanted teddies because this summer saw the launch of ‘Persil Pass on the Love‘ picnics, fronted by DJ, TV presenter and mum Jo Whiley.  Mums and their little ones were encouraged to get together with friends, bring along their once-loved-but-now-forgotten teddies  – newly washed – and swap them with other children to be cherished again!

We all know that kids quickly grow out of their teddies, so rather than throw them away, Jo is encouraging families to bring their old (but clean!) soft toys and then pass them on for another child to love – either by swapping with a friend or donating them to charity partner Oxfam.

Read more…

Three Special Things…

Mr TumbleMy little girl is a HUGE Mr Tumble fan. So much so that she reenacts the “spotty bag” routine and the mighty Tumble is one of the many reasons why we have chosen to attend Camp Bestival.

In preparation she has watched, many a time now, the episode where Justin goes to Wychwood festival and meets a family for some festival fun. Read more…

Interview with Larmer Tree Festival Director, James Shepard

larmer tree mud 2011It’s Sunday, the final day of Larmer Tree 2011

I’m tired, slightly hungover, muddy and more than a tad dishevelled… I’m thinking there are better days to meet the co-director of your favourite festival, but the opportunity to have a chat with such a busy person on their home turf doesn’t arise that often so I slap on some mascara, grab my notebook and drag myself off to the Press Garden.

Read more…

Exciting opening in Oxford

Barefoot Books logo

Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford

Grand Opening Weekend Family Events
Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October from 8.30am to 5pm

Storytelling, crafts, drama, yoga, music-making and so much more!

See grand opening weekend events schedule>>

What is the Barefoot Books Studio?

It’s a café, a bookshop, a workshop venue, and an arts centre… all in one gorgeous space!

Barefoot Books StudioThe Oxford Studio brings Barefoot Books to life in a vibrant and magical community centre where families can gather to browse books and experience live storytelling, music, arts and crafts, yoga and more!

Stop by the Storyteller’s Café for delicious, seasonal, organic and free range food. The Café is headed by Vladimir Niza, former senior tutor at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, and a key chef at the world famous two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  Read more…

Family Talent Show at Camp Bestival 2011

One of our reader’s gorgeous little 5 year old daughter Rose entered the Family Talent Show, judged by Sara Cox, at Camp Bestival this year… and guess what?… SHE WON!!!!

Thanks so much to her proud mum Catherine for sharing this special moment with us x

Now, if that was my daughter up there, I would’ve been blubbing my little heart out with pride!  Here’s what Catherine had to say about the experience:

Read more…

Car Journey Games

pub cricketHow to make long journeys bearable with kids!

Inspired by Jessica’s recent post, Three Special Things, I thought I’d share our family’s favourite car journey entertainments too.

I do not have an in-car DVD player, and I will resist buying one as long as I possibly can because I know that once we have one we will never go back to using our journey time to play family games together, or quietly contemplating life as we watch the world whizzing by outside.  Children live in a very hyped-up over-stimulated world already, and I personally believe that long car journeys are good for children in that they teach them about spending time more calmly: talking, singing, listening, and thinking.

Much of the time we listen to music or talk as a family.  There are often long silences while we are all lost in our thoughts staring at the countryside.  And on the whole we enjoy long car journeys (and we do them a lot!), but my children are not always angels and sometimes we do need something to entertain them and stop the bickering.  For times like this we have a collection of old favourites on standby Read more…

Create your own festival!

By Hannah, editor of the brilliant GoFestival Guide 2011

Like a good festival but a bit strapped for cash? Why not have your own?

Gather some friends, find a piece of land, back garden or corner of a campsite. Decorate with flags and bunting, borrow a bell tent, round up a bunch of musicians and your very own festie could be born.

10 easy steps to get your DIY festival off the ground….

Read more…

Pregnant Festival Fashion

What to wear at festivals if you’re pregnant?

jester at v festival
Here is me at V2005 – I was hanging round the campsite at this point hence why I am wearing clumpy trainers and fetching socks!

Normally for a festival I don’t go in for the festival “fashion” that the magazines suggest. (Why, why, why would you ever wear a maxi dress to a festival?!  It’s probably the most impractical thing to wear apart from those dreadful playsuits!).

Now that I am pregnant again, I thought I’d better give a little thought to a good festival pregnancy outfit. (Click link for my other post on Pregnant FestivallingRead more…