Greenman Festival 2012 Review

So even though I live very close and have passed the wonderful Glan Usk Park many times, 2012 was the first time we had ventured into Greenman itself.

We, the family (made up of myself, James the only-been-13-for-a-week-so-don’t-shout-Teenager, Sam the wonderfully interesting 11 year old and my sister who had travelled up from her ‘normal’ life in London to stay with us for the summer) and I, packed up and were ready to go on the Thursday but as the heavens opened and the thought of pitching a tent in the mud became a real possibility, we decided to do a non-camping-weekend away. We met up with lots of friends inside, most of them were treating it as their only holiday this year, some were working hard as stewards and all were having a great time.

Even with our trips back and forth to Greenman, we had a blast and didn’t feel like we were missing out. The whole set up within a country estate meant that we never felt the presence of a big fence or heavy handed security. The only real issue with being inside Glanusk was that it is far from a flat site and with the mud, it was treacherous for the buggies and trolleys that took up residence around the foot of the hill at the main Mountain Stage arena.

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Beautiful Days 2012 Review

beautiful days photo collage
(c) Faceless Food

Beautiful Days Festival 2012

By Lisa from ‘We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face’

The law of averages should have meant that our third festival of the year was a dry one, having been to two wet and muddy festivals earlier in the year, but no; When we arrived at the rural Devon campsite for our first Beautiful Days festival, it was peeing down with precipitation.

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Deershed 2012 Review

We weren’t able to get along to Deershed ourselves this year, but the feedback from all the families we have spoken to has been very positive.

Here are a couple reviews from families who did go:

Createfivetwo.tumblr.com/create-52-2-deer-shed-3-festival-review

Festivalsforall.com/a-weekend-of-smiles-at-deer-shed

Thanks to Andy Tattersall and Linda from Festivals For All for the links x

VW Whitenoise 2012 Review

I have always liked the idea of owning a VW Camper, but we’ll come to that later.

We went along to VW Whitenoise having no preconceptions of what to expect, having never been to a festival of this ilk before. It was quickly apparent that there was a large VW family to which we didn’t feel part of due to not owning a VW yet…  but this didn’t matter a bit to our 3 year daughter who threw herself into the thick of things.

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Jelly Festival 2012 Review

Set in the beautiful grounds of Compton Hall in Norfolk, Jelly Festival celebrated it’s fifth year and landed on one of the hottest days of the year so far, lucky considering so many festivals have either been cancelled or had difficulties due to the dreadful British Summer we have had so far.

We arrived at midday and drove in easily and were directed by stewards to the carpark. The walk to the main arena was less than 5 minutes.

The first thing we noticed was how small the festival site was and yet there seemed to be a lot crammed in. There was a main stage called the Living Room (which was decorated like someone’s living room funnily enough) the Bedroom Big Top, the Observatory Dance Dome,  Summerhouse Cocktail Bar, and the Reggae Rumpus room. Due to the small size of the site there was a lot of sound bleed and I found I couldn’t really hear the individual stage’s music. So possibly too many stages for the size of the site.

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Just So Festival 2012 Review

2012 Just So Festival weather: Sunny and warm, but with heavy showers.

2012 was the third Just So Festival.  You won’t find commercialism or big children’s TV characters here, just boundless opportunities to play and explore in a magical journey through the woods. This is not just a festival… this is a place where kids and families can come together in the beauty of imagination. The organisers are not professional festival managers by trade, rather it is led by two incredibly artistic mums and a devoted team who are all inspired to create a special and creative weekend for families to share. They care passionately about the event and it shows.  

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Review by:  Claire Archbold (with 1 child aged 2.5)

AlpKitGetting to the festival and setting up camp

Getting to the festival was easy – we put in the satnav postcode from their website and it was a doddle but we did almost miss the ‘Weekend Camping Entrance’ sign as it wasn’t very obvious. No long traffic queues, helpful car parking attendants and a very small queue for wrist bands.

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One Love 2012 Review

One Love 2012 weather: Lovely sunny weather with a breeze – couldn’t have been better!

Parent Review by Nancy (with a 2yr old)

Getting there and entry:  We arrived on the Saturday morning: no queues to get into the site and immediately found really helpful staff in the car park who were happy to help us out. The campsite was a short (and flat) walk from the car park and was really well appointed with incredibly clean toilets – with loo roll! – and a shower block. My daughter was very happy to be given a wristband.

No dedicated family camping area, but lots of families around; my 2 year old and I made lots of friends. There were a couple of drunken hollerings at 4am, but nothing too antisocial: certainly nothing like my pre-children memories of Reading festival. Our lovely neighbours were happy to chat to my daughter while I wrestled with the tent. A really friendly atmosphere.

Read more…

LolliBop 2012 Review

lollibop festival logoLolliBop 2012 – Regent’s Park
17,18 and 19th August 2012

We have been sent some reviews  of the festival by our readers – it’s a very mixed bag. Read more…

Wilderness 2012 Review

Wilderness Festival 2012 – review by Vicky Lane

I am normally a Glastonbury Lady so when asked to review a much smaller festival I really went with an image in my head of 5 stalls, 1 stage and a handful of people!

The website for Wilderness (although somewhat confusing to navigate) was beautifully illustrated and presented and this carried on throughout the whole festival.

Read more…

WOMAD 2012 Parent Review

Taking 4 kids to WOMAD? Not a problem…!

Parent Review by the Dersons Family

My husband and I, and our 4 children, enjoyed a wonderful weekend of mind-blowing sounds, amazing sights and delightful tastes at WOMAD, Charlton Park.

Having packed everything required for the wide variety of weather that could come our way we arrived at WOMAD in the scorching heat and quickly had to find sunhats and sun cream.  We hired a cart to take our huge amounts of stuff from our van to the our camping spot and before long we were set up and the children were cooling their feet in buckets full of cold water!

We had paid extra for Thursday tickets and arrived at 11am, the campsite was already busy and buzzing with anticipation.

Being there early gave us and the children an opportunity to get to know the site and to take in the sights, sounds and smells. The children’s area was not yet open so could spend our time exploring. A lovely evening was finished off with an energetic dance to the Soul Rebels.

Read more…

Greenman Festival 2012 Review

So even though I live very close and have passed the wonderful Glan Usk Park many times, 2012 was the first time we had ventured into Greenman itself.

We, the family (made up of myself, James the only-been-13-for-a-week-so-don’t-shout-Teenager, Sam the wonderfully interesting 11 year old and my sister who had travelled up from her ‘normal’ life in London to stay with us for the summer) and I, packed up and were ready to go on the Thursday but as the heavens opened and the thought of pitching a tent in the mud became a real possibility, we decided to do a non-camping-weekend away. We met up with lots of friends inside, most of them were treating it as their only holiday this year, some were working hard as stewards and all were having a great time.

Even with our trips back and forth to Greenman, we had a blast and didn’t feel like we were missing out. The whole set up within a country estate meant that we never felt the presence of a big fence or heavy handed security. The only real issue with being inside Glanusk was that it is far from a flat site and with the mud, it was treacherous for the buggies and trolleys that took up residence around the foot of the hill at the main Mountain Stage arena.

Read more…

Deershed 2012 Review

We weren’t able to get along to Deershed ourselves this year, but the feedback from all the families we have spoken to has been very positive.

Here are a couple reviews from families who did go:

Createfivetwo.tumblr.com/create-52-2-deer-shed-3-festival-review

Festivalsforall.com/a-weekend-of-smiles-at-deer-shed

Thanks to Andy Tattersall and Linda from Festivals For All for the links x

Jelly Festival 2012 Review

Set in the beautiful grounds of Compton Hall in Norfolk, Jelly Festival celebrated it’s fifth year and landed on one of the hottest days of the year so far, lucky considering so many festivals have either been cancelled or had difficulties due to the dreadful British Summer we have had so far.

We arrived at midday and drove in easily and were directed by stewards to the carpark. The walk to the main arena was less than 5 minutes.

The first thing we noticed was how small the festival site was and yet there seemed to be a lot crammed in. There was a main stage called the Living Room (which was decorated like someone’s living room funnily enough) the Bedroom Big Top, the Observatory Dance Dome,  Summerhouse Cocktail Bar, and the Reggae Rumpus room. Due to the small size of the site there was a lot of sound bleed and I found I couldn’t really hear the individual stage’s music. So possibly too many stages for the size of the site.

Read more…

One Love 2012 Review

One Love 2012 weather: Lovely sunny weather with a breeze – couldn’t have been better!

Parent Review by Nancy (with a 2yr old)

Getting there and entry:  We arrived on the Saturday morning: no queues to get into the site and immediately found really helpful staff in the car park who were happy to help us out. The campsite was a short (and flat) walk from the car park and was really well appointed with incredibly clean toilets – with loo roll! – and a shower block. My daughter was very happy to be given a wristband.

No dedicated family camping area, but lots of families around; my 2 year old and I made lots of friends. There were a couple of drunken hollerings at 4am, but nothing too antisocial: certainly nothing like my pre-children memories of Reading festival. Our lovely neighbours were happy to chat to my daughter while I wrestled with the tent. A really friendly atmosphere.

Read more…

Wilderness 2012 Review

Wilderness Festival 2012 – review by Vicky Lane

I am normally a Glastonbury Lady so when asked to review a much smaller festival I really went with an image in my head of 5 stalls, 1 stage and a handful of people!

The website for Wilderness (although somewhat confusing to navigate) was beautifully illustrated and presented and this carried on throughout the whole festival.

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2012 Review

beautiful days photo collage
(c) Faceless Food

Beautiful Days Festival 2012

By Lisa from ‘We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face’

The law of averages should have meant that our third festival of the year was a dry one, having been to two wet and muddy festivals earlier in the year, but no; When we arrived at the rural Devon campsite for our first Beautiful Days festival, it was peeing down with precipitation.

Read more…

VW Whitenoise 2012 Review

I have always liked the idea of owning a VW Camper, but we’ll come to that later.

We went along to VW Whitenoise having no preconceptions of what to expect, having never been to a festival of this ilk before. It was quickly apparent that there was a large VW family to which we didn’t feel part of due to not owning a VW yet…  but this didn’t matter a bit to our 3 year daughter who threw herself into the thick of things.

Read more…

Just So Festival 2012 Review

2012 Just So Festival weather: Sunny and warm, but with heavy showers.

2012 was the third Just So Festival.  You won’t find commercialism or big children’s TV characters here, just boundless opportunities to play and explore in a magical journey through the woods. This is not just a festival… this is a place where kids and families can come together in the beauty of imagination. The organisers are not professional festival managers by trade, rather it is led by two incredibly artistic mums and a devoted team who are all inspired to create a special and creative weekend for families to share. They care passionately about the event and it shows.  

————————————————————————————

Review by:  Claire Archbold (with 1 child aged 2.5)

AlpKitGetting to the festival and setting up camp

Getting to the festival was easy – we put in the satnav postcode from their website and it was a doddle but we did almost miss the ‘Weekend Camping Entrance’ sign as it wasn’t very obvious. No long traffic queues, helpful car parking attendants and a very small queue for wrist bands.

Read more…

LolliBop 2012 Review

lollibop festival logoLolliBop 2012 – Regent’s Park
17,18 and 19th August 2012

We have been sent some reviews  of the festival by our readers – it’s a very mixed bag. Read more…

WOMAD 2012 Parent Review

Taking 4 kids to WOMAD? Not a problem…!

Parent Review by the Dersons Family

My husband and I, and our 4 children, enjoyed a wonderful weekend of mind-blowing sounds, amazing sights and delightful tastes at WOMAD, Charlton Park.

Having packed everything required for the wide variety of weather that could come our way we arrived at WOMAD in the scorching heat and quickly had to find sunhats and sun cream.  We hired a cart to take our huge amounts of stuff from our van to the our camping spot and before long we were set up and the children were cooling their feet in buckets full of cold water!

We had paid extra for Thursday tickets and arrived at 11am, the campsite was already busy and buzzing with anticipation.

Being there early gave us and the children an opportunity to get to know the site and to take in the sights, sounds and smells. The children’s area was not yet open so could spend our time exploring. A lovely evening was finished off with an energetic dance to the Soul Rebels.

Read more…