It’s official – Festivals are good for you!

Destination: Music – UK Music report 16 May 2011

I’m a big fan of music festivals.  I think they’re great.

They support the Arts, they support children’s creative and social development… and now it seems they support our economy in a huge way too!

Today UK Music released the biggest report so far into the economics of the lowly music festival and put figures against the live music industry’s financial contribution.  The results are quite staggering and make for very interesting reading if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can view the full report here.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music said: “I am hugely excited by Read more…

Festival Time! in the Telegraph Magazine

Wahey!

We’re there on page 25!

Well that was a nice surprise to find ourselves in the Telegraph Magazine this morning.  We knew we would get a mention as the ‘Children’s Notebook’ columnist, Daisy Bridgewater, had interviewed us about Festival Kidz.  What we didn’t expect was a nice little ‘feature’ box all about the new website!  For those of you that haven’t seen it, it goes like this:

festivalkidz.com If you have the stamina to consider taking young children to one of this summer’s family friendly festivals, this brand new website should be your first destination.
Founded by seasoned festival-goers Romany Greatrex and Louise Harris, it provides detailed information on everything from the big hill at the Big Chill to the state of the loos at Lollibop.
A map shows family-friendly festivals in your area, and an online shop sells essentials such as sunhats and baby carriers.
Festival Kidz stands at many of the festivals themselves offer a rental service for wagons, gps child-tracking devices and hip seats.

Thank you Daisy we’re glad you like us! x

Larmer Tree: Kids Shows and Workshops 2011

If you’ve never been to Larmer Tree before then maybe it’s about time you tried it!

Children aged 0-10 will be endlessly amused by eleven acres of magical gardens to explore, a huge adventure playground and our Children’s Area on the Larmer Lawns, with shows, hands on activities and workshops to get stuck into from 2pm Thursday through to Sunday afternoon.

Read more…

Wychwood – through a festival trader’s eyes

Family Festival Traders

By Zoe (mum and festival trader)

Taking your kid to a festival can be a brilliant experience for all, although there can be a few ups and downs.

Last year we took the experience a stage further, and took our 5 year old daughter to Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham – where we were to also be traders for the weekend.
We tried to prepare for any eventuality, weather etc. We asked her to pick some toys and things to keep her amused. Van and car loaded to the gunnels with stock, bedding, food and toys, we were ready to go.
Cutting to the chase, we drove down on a lovely sunny day, which got steadily warmer, and by the time we arrived, the sun was beating down, so we had to get the stall up quick to give us some shade. We were situated in a brilliant position, right next to the main stage. What we didnt think about were the drawbacks to our pitch.

Read more…

Help! My kids are bored!…

Look Bunny Find launches v2

Yup… it’s the holidays, and things were going swimmingly… you were all having fun, indulging in the lack of school run routine… enjoying chilling out and spending quality time together…  But inevitably the honeymoon ends at some point to the sound of that all too familiar lament:

“Muuuuuuummm! I’m BORED!!”

Fear not, help is at hand! Read more…

Get Festivals on the National Curriculum!

Pitta Bread making workshop – complete with Bedouin history lesson

What can kids learn from their festival experience?

People often ask me why I take my children to festivals. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that they think I am just dragging them along to something I enjoy and they have no choice but to put up with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The overriding reason we go as a family is because we ALL enjoy it.  The kids don’t endure it – they actively look forward to it. But when I reflect on why I am so keen to support their love of festivals, it comes down to the benefits I perceive them to be getting.

There is so much opportunity for learning in Read more…

Quality family time

There are lots of reasons why our family loves going to festivals, many of which I have discussed on other blog posts, but for us the opportunity of good quality family time is a very important one.

As working parents, it is often hard to make the time to do creative activities together or just to spend time hanging out. At a festival however, time is there to be spent at will. We can spend a few hours getting messy in a craft tent, sometimes under the guise of supervising our children but ultimately enjoying the therapeutic qualities of working with clay ourselves, or indulging ourselves by curling up in a cosy Bell Tent with some knitting needles.

Read more…

John Parr: Origins of Rock

John with his famous ‘Stars and Stripes’ Gibson Les Paul

John Parr talks to Festival Kidz about music through his life…

You might be forgiven for thinking that John Parr was a one-hit wonder, famous only for the huge 80’s chart-topping hit ‘St Elmo’s Fire’.

Granted that song did have most young girls of my generation singing away into their hairbrushes dreaming of kissing Rob Lowe in the mirror… but there is certainly a lot more to John Parr than that! Read more…

Get kids outdoors – give them a book!

Review – Mission:Explore Camping

We got very excited when the Geography Collective asked us to review their latest book.  As if the first Mission:Explore book wasn’t fun enough, they have now released a whole new set of missions tailored specifically to our favourite pastime: Camping!

There are 50 all-new missions included in the book that are guaranteed to get kids both involved in, and intrigued by, their surroundings.  From playing a challenging game of hide and seek in bright clothing to imagining the campsite 1000 years ago, young explorers will have to use every ounce of creativity and ingenuity they possess to complete their missions.

Read more…

We took our New Born Baby to Glasto!

We took a couple of weeks off from work after Arabella was born and headed to Glastonbury Festival with my husband Harry, daughter Constance Avalon, and our new born baby daughter Arabella Leah (not forgetting our 20 odd friends and my dad!).  ‘Mad’ is what most people called us, because I’d had an emergency c-section just 5 days before!

Read more…

It’s official – Festivals are good for you!

Destination: Music – UK Music report 16 May 2011

I’m a big fan of music festivals.  I think they’re great.

They support the Arts, they support children’s creative and social development… and now it seems they support our economy in a huge way too!

Today UK Music released the biggest report so far into the economics of the lowly music festival and put figures against the live music industry’s financial contribution.  The results are quite staggering and make for very interesting reading if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can view the full report here.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music said: “I am hugely excited by Read more…

Larmer Tree: Kids Shows and Workshops 2011

If you’ve never been to Larmer Tree before then maybe it’s about time you tried it!

Children aged 0-10 will be endlessly amused by eleven acres of magical gardens to explore, a huge adventure playground and our Children’s Area on the Larmer Lawns, with shows, hands on activities and workshops to get stuck into from 2pm Thursday through to Sunday afternoon.

Read more…

Help! My kids are bored!…

Look Bunny Find launches v2

Yup… it’s the holidays, and things were going swimmingly… you were all having fun, indulging in the lack of school run routine… enjoying chilling out and spending quality time together…  But inevitably the honeymoon ends at some point to the sound of that all too familiar lament:

“Muuuuuuummm! I’m BORED!!”

Fear not, help is at hand! Read more…

Quality family time

There are lots of reasons why our family loves going to festivals, many of which I have discussed on other blog posts, but for us the opportunity of good quality family time is a very important one.

As working parents, it is often hard to make the time to do creative activities together or just to spend time hanging out. At a festival however, time is there to be spent at will. We can spend a few hours getting messy in a craft tent, sometimes under the guise of supervising our children but ultimately enjoying the therapeutic qualities of working with clay ourselves, or indulging ourselves by curling up in a cosy Bell Tent with some knitting needles.

Read more…

Get kids outdoors – give them a book!

Review – Mission:Explore Camping

We got very excited when the Geography Collective asked us to review their latest book.  As if the first Mission:Explore book wasn’t fun enough, they have now released a whole new set of missions tailored specifically to our favourite pastime: Camping!

There are 50 all-new missions included in the book that are guaranteed to get kids both involved in, and intrigued by, their surroundings.  From playing a challenging game of hide and seek in bright clothing to imagining the campsite 1000 years ago, young explorers will have to use every ounce of creativity and ingenuity they possess to complete their missions.

Read more…

Festival Time! in the Telegraph Magazine

Wahey!

We’re there on page 25!

Well that was a nice surprise to find ourselves in the Telegraph Magazine this morning.  We knew we would get a mention as the ‘Children’s Notebook’ columnist, Daisy Bridgewater, had interviewed us about Festival Kidz.  What we didn’t expect was a nice little ‘feature’ box all about the new website!  For those of you that haven’t seen it, it goes like this:

festivalkidz.com If you have the stamina to consider taking young children to one of this summer’s family friendly festivals, this brand new website should be your first destination.
Founded by seasoned festival-goers Romany Greatrex and Louise Harris, it provides detailed information on everything from the big hill at the Big Chill to the state of the loos at Lollibop.
A map shows family-friendly festivals in your area, and an online shop sells essentials such as sunhats and baby carriers.
Festival Kidz stands at many of the festivals themselves offer a rental service for wagons, gps child-tracking devices and hip seats.

Thank you Daisy we’re glad you like us! x

Wychwood – through a festival trader’s eyes

Family Festival Traders

By Zoe (mum and festival trader)

Taking your kid to a festival can be a brilliant experience for all, although there can be a few ups and downs.

Last year we took the experience a stage further, and took our 5 year old daughter to Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham – where we were to also be traders for the weekend.
We tried to prepare for any eventuality, weather etc. We asked her to pick some toys and things to keep her amused. Van and car loaded to the gunnels with stock, bedding, food and toys, we were ready to go.
Cutting to the chase, we drove down on a lovely sunny day, which got steadily warmer, and by the time we arrived, the sun was beating down, so we had to get the stall up quick to give us some shade. We were situated in a brilliant position, right next to the main stage. What we didnt think about were the drawbacks to our pitch.

Read more…

Get Festivals on the National Curriculum!

Pitta Bread making workshop – complete with Bedouin history lesson

What can kids learn from their festival experience?

People often ask me why I take my children to festivals. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that they think I am just dragging them along to something I enjoy and they have no choice but to put up with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The overriding reason we go as a family is because we ALL enjoy it.  The kids don’t endure it – they actively look forward to it. But when I reflect on why I am so keen to support their love of festivals, it comes down to the benefits I perceive them to be getting.

There is so much opportunity for learning in Read more…

John Parr: Origins of Rock

John with his famous ‘Stars and Stripes’ Gibson Les Paul

John Parr talks to Festival Kidz about music through his life…

You might be forgiven for thinking that John Parr was a one-hit wonder, famous only for the huge 80’s chart-topping hit ‘St Elmo’s Fire’.

Granted that song did have most young girls of my generation singing away into their hairbrushes dreaming of kissing Rob Lowe in the mirror… but there is certainly a lot more to John Parr than that! Read more…

We took our New Born Baby to Glasto!

We took a couple of weeks off from work after Arabella was born and headed to Glastonbury Festival with my husband Harry, daughter Constance Avalon, and our new born baby daughter Arabella Leah (not forgetting our 20 odd friends and my dad!).  ‘Mad’ is what most people called us, because I’d had an emergency c-section just 5 days before!

Read more…