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…

Taking kids to NON family-friendly festivals

 

I’m sure he does – but don’t expect EVERYONE to agree…

Not all festivals are good environments for children!

A friend of mine took her toddler and young baby to Reading festival last summer – she was desperate to see Guns and Roses… BIG mistake Read more…

Festival Awards 2010

The winners from the Festival Awards 2010 were:

Best Family Festival – Camp Bestival

Best Small Festival – Kendal Calling
Best Medium Festival – Green Man
Best Major Festival – Bestival

Other categories:

  • Best Toilets – T In The Park
  • Best Metropolitan Festival – Gaymers Camden Crawl
  • Best Breakthrough Artist – Mumford & Sons
  • Best Dance Event – Creamfields
  • Feel Good Act of the Summer – Paolo Nutini
  • Best New Festival – Vintage At Goodwood
  • Headline Performance of the Year – AC/DC at Download Festival
  • Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice* – Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
  • Overseas Festival – Snowbombing
  • Anthem of the Summer – Florence & The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
  • Line-Up of the Year – Rockness
  • Promoter of the Year  – Glastonbury

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…

Festival Awards 2010

The winners from the Festival Awards 2010 were:

Best Family Festival – Camp Bestival

Best Small Festival – Kendal Calling
Best Medium Festival – Green Man
Best Major Festival – Bestival

Other categories:

  • Best Toilets – T In The Park
  • Best Metropolitan Festival – Gaymers Camden Crawl
  • Best Breakthrough Artist – Mumford & Sons
  • Best Dance Event – Creamfields
  • Feel Good Act of the Summer – Paolo Nutini
  • Best New Festival – Vintage At Goodwood
  • Headline Performance of the Year – AC/DC at Download Festival
  • Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice* – Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
  • Overseas Festival – Snowbombing
  • Anthem of the Summer – Florence & The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
  • Line-Up of the Year – Rockness
  • Promoter of the Year  – Glastonbury

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…

Taking kids to NON family-friendly festivals

 

I’m sure he does – but don’t expect EVERYONE to agree…

Not all festivals are good environments for children!

A friend of mine took her toddler and young baby to Reading festival last summer – she was desperate to see Guns and Roses… BIG mistake Read more…