London Music Mapp launch

London Music Mapp LogoThe London Music Mapp is a new FREE Mobile Music & Travel App for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad launched this week.

The London Music Mapp entertains and informs music fans with facts, maps, videos and images which illustrate London’s rich musical heritage, vibrant musical present and unique musical geography.

Music locations of all kinds are highlighted and split into easy to search categories: Landmarks, Record Stores, Musical Instrument Shops, Live Music Venues, Clubs, Labels, Recording Studios and our favourite: the fun Songs & Streets category.

The London Music Mapp is a travel guide to London’s many popular music locations, but it is also going to help lead many music tourists to discover locations they probably never have knew existed.

London is one of the world’s great music cities and it not only has a fascinating musical heritage, but a vibrant musical present and a unique musical geography which touches every part of the city.

Read more…

The beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens…

Larmer Luminaries – hidden doors dedicated to inspirational souls

The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning at any time of year, but while the Larmer Tree Festival is taking place they come alive with the most gorgeous lighting effects and magical artistic treasures, just waiting to be discovered.  Each year my family heads straight to the Lostwood as soon as dusk falls to see what creative genius will await us amidst the trees…

In 2011, an exciting new and special site art project was commissioned, not just for the five-day annual festival, but as a permanent installation…

Read more…

Rainbow Barrows and Barefoot Books Bell Tent

Lisa Igo, a qualified teacher, gave up her safe job and lifestyle to explore an alternative way of life with her family.  Here she shares the highs and lows of her festival-filled summer Read more…

NEWSFLASH: The Festival Angels have landed!

Entrance to Angel GardensAngel Gardens take family festival spaces to a whole new level

My friend Sam, the oh-so-lovely Angel Sam of Angel Gardens, has just told me about their exciting new ventures for 2012.  Anyone who has already had the good fortune to visit Angel Gardens in any of the festivals they went to last year will know how lovely they are.  But not content with being wonderful already, they are ramping up their offering a notch or ten, to be THE most thoughtful family space in the country!

So without further ado…  We are VERY excited to announce Angel Garden’s Plans for 2012:

Read more…

Your 2011 Festival Highlights

Over on our Facebook Page, we asked you for your most memorable festival moments of 2011.  Here are our favourites:

Alli – Watching my 12 yr old lose all his inhibitions to Babyhead at Shambala and watching my 10 yr old talk about open fire cooking with a group of Ghanian drummers around a camp fire at 3 in the afternoon at Small Nations Festival. I love the UK festie season, so diverse!!!

Karon – Camp Bestival firework finale truly was my festy moment of the year… mindblowing… goosebumps… kids couldn’t believe how fab it was and we still haven’t stopped talking about it!! Guy Fawkes night will be nothing in comparison anymore!! Booking our summer holidays around Camp Bestival next year as we hated leaving on the Monday morning to traffic jams and tears!! Camp Bestivalwe ♥ you!! x

Sam – I agree with Karon that the finale at Camp Bestival was truly magical, & seeing our kids faces, priceless. Another highlight was watching John Grant at Standon Calling Festival, a true lyrical genius. The icing on the cake, ending our fantastic festival season by dancing to ‘A Perfect Love Song’ by The Divine Comedy at Harvest at Jimmy’s with my hubby (our wedding song)… Sorry Romany, but to choose just one was impossible… WOW, what a year! x

Read 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…

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…

London Music Mapp launch

London Music Mapp LogoThe London Music Mapp is a new FREE Mobile Music & Travel App for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad launched this week.

The London Music Mapp entertains and informs music fans with facts, maps, videos and images which illustrate London’s rich musical heritage, vibrant musical present and unique musical geography.

Music locations of all kinds are highlighted and split into easy to search categories: Landmarks, Record Stores, Musical Instrument Shops, Live Music Venues, Clubs, Labels, Recording Studios and our favourite: the fun Songs & Streets category.

The London Music Mapp is a travel guide to London’s many popular music locations, but it is also going to help lead many music tourists to discover locations they probably never have knew existed.

London is one of the world’s great music cities and it not only has a fascinating musical heritage, but a vibrant musical present and a unique musical geography which touches every part of the city.

Read more…

Rainbow Barrows and Barefoot Books Bell Tent

Lisa Igo, a qualified teacher, gave up her safe job and lifestyle to explore an alternative way of life with her family.  Here she shares the highs and lows of her festival-filled summer Read more…

Your 2011 Festival Highlights

Over on our Facebook Page, we asked you for your most memorable festival moments of 2011.  Here are our favourites:

Alli – Watching my 12 yr old lose all his inhibitions to Babyhead at Shambala and watching my 10 yr old talk about open fire cooking with a group of Ghanian drummers around a camp fire at 3 in the afternoon at Small Nations Festival. I love the UK festie season, so diverse!!!

Karon – Camp Bestival firework finale truly was my festy moment of the year… mindblowing… goosebumps… kids couldn’t believe how fab it was and we still haven’t stopped talking about it!! Guy Fawkes night will be nothing in comparison anymore!! Booking our summer holidays around Camp Bestival next year as we hated leaving on the Monday morning to traffic jams and tears!! Camp Bestivalwe ♥ you!! x

Sam – I agree with Karon that the finale at Camp Bestival was truly magical, & seeing our kids faces, priceless. Another highlight was watching John Grant at Standon Calling Festival, a true lyrical genius. The icing on the cake, ending our fantastic festival season by dancing to ‘A Perfect Love Song’ by The Divine Comedy at Harvest at Jimmy’s with my hubby (our wedding song)… Sorry Romany, but to choose just one was impossible… WOW, what a year! x

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…

The beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens…

Larmer Luminaries – hidden doors dedicated to inspirational souls

The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning at any time of year, but while the Larmer Tree Festival is taking place they come alive with the most gorgeous lighting effects and magical artistic treasures, just waiting to be discovered.  Each year my family heads straight to the Lostwood as soon as dusk falls to see what creative genius will await us amidst the trees…

In 2011, an exciting new and special site art project was commissioned, not just for the five-day annual festival, but as a permanent installation…

Read more…

NEWSFLASH: The Festival Angels have landed!

Entrance to Angel GardensAngel Gardens take family festival spaces to a whole new level

My friend Sam, the oh-so-lovely Angel Sam of Angel Gardens, has just told me about their exciting new ventures for 2012.  Anyone who has already had the good fortune to visit Angel Gardens in any of the festivals they went to last year will know how lovely they are.  But not content with being wonderful already, they are ramping up their offering a notch or ten, to be THE most thoughtful family space in the country!

So without further ado…  We are VERY excited to announce Angel Garden’s Plans for 2012:

Read 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…