The Magic Loungeabout 2012 Review

July 27-29th 2012, Broughton Hall, Skipton, Yorkshire

Reviewers: The Hogan Family (Mike, Gaelle, Celeste & Lily) & The Wharton family (Mark, Louise, Maddy & Maisie)

We were very excited about “the Loungeabout”, and with good reason: we were eager to see what looked like one of the most interesting line-ups of music and entertainment in the festival calendar,  located in a serene part of Yorkshire, and we were helping our friends break their (adulthood) festival cherry.

We spent many hours poring through the recommendations on festivalkidz.com to find the most suitable festival that would meet the needs of our two families; a good mix of live music, lots of activities for the kids and within 3 hours drive of Merseyside. The promise of a “refined unwind” at the Magic Loungeabout with its heavy focus on family friendly activities is what won us though.

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Firefly Festival 2012 Review

Firefly Festival 2012 – a new festival is born!

Review by Sarah Dodd from Love Music News (with an 8 year old)

Setting up and Arriving: No queues, very polite and helpful staff, very well organised. We had approx a 5min walk with stuff. Huge camping field with plenty of toilets and loo roll! The other campers were lovely, friendly, helpful and polite. Felt comfortable leaving tents unattended etc.

Entertainment:  Line up was fantastic and there were craft tents etc for children as well as plenty of room to run around!

Read more…

Penn Festival 2012 Review

Penn Festival 2012 weather: Weather couldn’t have been much worse!  Torrential rain on the afternoon before opening meant the water-logged ground was knee-deep in mud.  Rain continued off and on for whole weekend with some really heavy downpours.

The festival organisers had kindly given us some tickets to share with several of our family blogger/website friends.  It was a great opportunity for us to get together and meet somewhere other than Twitter!  Do take a few moments to hear their differing accounts of the weekend: Kideeko (and her HUGE family group!), The Mummy Whisperer (as she encounters her first ‘proper’ festival mud) , and poor ‘ol Melksham Mum (whose unfortunate trip culminated in a midnight journey to A&E!).  And below we have some reviews from our followers.

Review by The Stones (with 2 kids aged 6 and 5)

Getting there and arriving on-site:

The main carpark was closed by the first night as you couldn’t get cars on/off.  However, a shuttle service was immediately set up to ferry people in – great bit of emergency planning that seemed to work well.  Staff were superb in helping to push cars out & they had a queue system organising two tractor-like vehicles to tow cars and campervans out.  Boards were brought in on Friday evening and placed at the entrances & exits.

Read more…

Chilled in a Field 2012 Review

chilled in a field 2012 (c) Naomi Jones
The field to chill in…

It was with some trepidation that we packed what seemed like our entire house into the car, to set out for our first ever overnight festival, Chilled in a Field 2012, with all three children.

We had already taken our eldest to festivals before the twins were born, but this was an entirely different and some might say more insane affair.

A five year old and two year old twins? Were we mad? Maybe a little but we love our festivals so much we had to try!

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2012 Review

Camp Bestival 2012 weather: Hot and dry the entire weekend.

Review by Michelle Rock-Davis (with a 2yr old and a 4yr old)

CB is in a beautiful location, held in Lulworth Castle grounds in Dorset. A big drive for us from West Yorks, but we over-nighted in The New Forest and so arrived fresh and early.

Set Up – The car parks were well organised and we were prepared with our own truck for carting the tent etc. However, we had underestimated the size of the event and over packed as usual. The trek from our car to a camping spot near some loos and showers was a long walk for little toddler legs and involved a few too many hills. Read more…

WOMAD 2012 Review

womad festival kids sign 2012After several festivals in awful weather this year… mud, gales, rain, more mud… I wasn’t sure I could face another one.  But at the last minute I had been offered a ticket to WOMAD and as it’s been on my wishlist for a few years, and I wasn’t committed to anything else, it felt too good an opportunity to miss.

My husband couldn’t get time off work, so I took the girls on my own – they’re a bit older now at 9 and 7 and very comfortable in a festival environment so I figured we’d be OK.  I wouldn’t baulk at taking them to a smaller festival on my own, but I did think twice about WOMAD because 20,000 people is a sizeable crowd.  But I needn’t have worried – turns out the WOMAD crowd are the most chilled, friendly and relaxed bunch of people I have ever shared a festival with!  Even the security staff had time for a friendly chat and smile as you went through. Read more…

The Big Tent 2012 Review

Big Tent Festival, Falkland Estate – July 2012

Reviewed by Lorraine from Kidding Around Fife

Having never been to a festival before with our kids, I really didn’t know what to expect as we headed off toward Falkland Estate to what our kids have been so excited in attending.

Read more…

Summer Breeze 2012 Review

Summer Breeze Festival 2012:
Review by Naomi Jones

Having won a family ticket we were very excited about the prospect of our toddlers’ first festival. After a week of heavy rain however, we spent much time debating how we would cope with the camping, so eventually settled on going there just for the day. The Sunday forecast was dry with sunny intervals – so that seemed perfect.  Sadly it did mean missing KT Tunstall as she had been headlining on Saturday, the previous night, but the risk of camping in poor weather conditions with 3 little ones seemed too daunting.

The first great thing about Summer Breeze was its location. It was only an hour’s drive from London on the M4 in beautiful green rolling hills. This also meant that setting off on a Sunday morning the traffic wasn’t too bad and we were there for lunch.

Driving through the incredibly pretty English countryside we started to get worried – how could there be a festival here? Where are the crowds? Where’s the traffic?  We started to realise that this was a small festival…  No – this was in fact a *tiny* festival!… Read more…

Larmer Tree 2012 Review

at the beachHello, my name is Emma, and I lost my festival virginity at Larmer Tree 2012!

Yes – it is a little bit like the first person I slept with – but I don’t think I am EVER going to forget LT 2012… mainly because there was just an unbelievable amount of mud! It shows how middle class things have become in my house when my daughter Scarlet jumped out the car and said “Mummy it’s just like your Parsnip Soup!”  She was dead right – a blended pulp of brownness.

Read more…

Camper Jam 2012 Review

Camper Jam 2012 weather: More sun than rain, some even got sunburn!

Review by Cerid (with 3 kids, aged 15mths, 8 and 11)

Getting there and arriving:

The ground was very soft from too much rain previously, but they worked well with what they had. They only had 1 tractor though, and it was kept extremely busy I might add, towing people out that had got stuck in the mud.

We did have to queue on quite a dangerous road until the park owners eventually let us queue on the grounds of the beautiful 1000 acre woodland park- Weston Park. We were sent round the houses, in terms of where to park and in the end we just parked where we could, and where the tractor towed us to, after being the millionth person to get stuck in the mud!!

Read more…

The Magic Loungeabout 2012 Review

July 27-29th 2012, Broughton Hall, Skipton, Yorkshire

Reviewers: The Hogan Family (Mike, Gaelle, Celeste & Lily) & The Wharton family (Mark, Louise, Maddy & Maisie)

We were very excited about “the Loungeabout”, and with good reason: we were eager to see what looked like one of the most interesting line-ups of music and entertainment in the festival calendar,  located in a serene part of Yorkshire, and we were helping our friends break their (adulthood) festival cherry.

We spent many hours poring through the recommendations on festivalkidz.com to find the most suitable festival that would meet the needs of our two families; a good mix of live music, lots of activities for the kids and within 3 hours drive of Merseyside. The promise of a “refined unwind” at the Magic Loungeabout with its heavy focus on family friendly activities is what won us though.

Read more…

Penn Festival 2012 Review

Penn Festival 2012 weather: Weather couldn’t have been much worse!  Torrential rain on the afternoon before opening meant the water-logged ground was knee-deep in mud.  Rain continued off and on for whole weekend with some really heavy downpours.

The festival organisers had kindly given us some tickets to share with several of our family blogger/website friends.  It was a great opportunity for us to get together and meet somewhere other than Twitter!  Do take a few moments to hear their differing accounts of the weekend: Kideeko (and her HUGE family group!), The Mummy Whisperer (as she encounters her first ‘proper’ festival mud) , and poor ‘ol Melksham Mum (whose unfortunate trip culminated in a midnight journey to A&E!).  And below we have some reviews from our followers.

Review by The Stones (with 2 kids aged 6 and 5)

Getting there and arriving on-site:

The main carpark was closed by the first night as you couldn’t get cars on/off.  However, a shuttle service was immediately set up to ferry people in – great bit of emergency planning that seemed to work well.  Staff were superb in helping to push cars out & they had a queue system organising two tractor-like vehicles to tow cars and campervans out.  Boards were brought in on Friday evening and placed at the entrances & exits.

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2012 Review

Camp Bestival 2012 weather: Hot and dry the entire weekend.

Review by Michelle Rock-Davis (with a 2yr old and a 4yr old)

CB is in a beautiful location, held in Lulworth Castle grounds in Dorset. A big drive for us from West Yorks, but we over-nighted in The New Forest and so arrived fresh and early.

Set Up – The car parks were well organised and we were prepared with our own truck for carting the tent etc. However, we had underestimated the size of the event and over packed as usual. The trek from our car to a camping spot near some loos and showers was a long walk for little toddler legs and involved a few too many hills. Read more…

The Big Tent 2012 Review

Big Tent Festival, Falkland Estate – July 2012

Reviewed by Lorraine from Kidding Around Fife

Having never been to a festival before with our kids, I really didn’t know what to expect as we headed off toward Falkland Estate to what our kids have been so excited in attending.

Read more…

Larmer Tree 2012 Review

at the beachHello, my name is Emma, and I lost my festival virginity at Larmer Tree 2012!

Yes – it is a little bit like the first person I slept with – but I don’t think I am EVER going to forget LT 2012… mainly because there was just an unbelievable amount of mud! It shows how middle class things have become in my house when my daughter Scarlet jumped out the car and said “Mummy it’s just like your Parsnip Soup!”  She was dead right – a blended pulp of brownness.

Read more…

Firefly Festival 2012 Review

Firefly Festival 2012 – a new festival is born!

Review by Sarah Dodd from Love Music News (with an 8 year old)

Setting up and Arriving: No queues, very polite and helpful staff, very well organised. We had approx a 5min walk with stuff. Huge camping field with plenty of toilets and loo roll! The other campers were lovely, friendly, helpful and polite. Felt comfortable leaving tents unattended etc.

Entertainment:  Line up was fantastic and there were craft tents etc for children as well as plenty of room to run around!

Read more…

Chilled in a Field 2012 Review

chilled in a field 2012 (c) Naomi Jones
The field to chill in…

It was with some trepidation that we packed what seemed like our entire house into the car, to set out for our first ever overnight festival, Chilled in a Field 2012, with all three children.

We had already taken our eldest to festivals before the twins were born, but this was an entirely different and some might say more insane affair.

A five year old and two year old twins? Were we mad? Maybe a little but we love our festivals so much we had to try!

Read more…

WOMAD 2012 Review

womad festival kids sign 2012After several festivals in awful weather this year… mud, gales, rain, more mud… I wasn’t sure I could face another one.  But at the last minute I had been offered a ticket to WOMAD and as it’s been on my wishlist for a few years, and I wasn’t committed to anything else, it felt too good an opportunity to miss.

My husband couldn’t get time off work, so I took the girls on my own – they’re a bit older now at 9 and 7 and very comfortable in a festival environment so I figured we’d be OK.  I wouldn’t baulk at taking them to a smaller festival on my own, but I did think twice about WOMAD because 20,000 people is a sizeable crowd.  But I needn’t have worried – turns out the WOMAD crowd are the most chilled, friendly and relaxed bunch of people I have ever shared a festival with!  Even the security staff had time for a friendly chat and smile as you went through. Read more…

Summer Breeze 2012 Review

Summer Breeze Festival 2012:
Review by Naomi Jones

Having won a family ticket we were very excited about the prospect of our toddlers’ first festival. After a week of heavy rain however, we spent much time debating how we would cope with the camping, so eventually settled on going there just for the day. The Sunday forecast was dry with sunny intervals – so that seemed perfect.  Sadly it did mean missing KT Tunstall as she had been headlining on Saturday, the previous night, but the risk of camping in poor weather conditions with 3 little ones seemed too daunting.

The first great thing about Summer Breeze was its location. It was only an hour’s drive from London on the M4 in beautiful green rolling hills. This also meant that setting off on a Sunday morning the traffic wasn’t too bad and we were there for lunch.

Driving through the incredibly pretty English countryside we started to get worried – how could there be a festival here? Where are the crowds? Where’s the traffic?  We started to realise that this was a small festival…  No – this was in fact a *tiny* festival!… Read more…

Camper Jam 2012 Review

Camper Jam 2012 weather: More sun than rain, some even got sunburn!

Review by Cerid (with 3 kids, aged 15mths, 8 and 11)

Getting there and arriving:

The ground was very soft from too much rain previously, but they worked well with what they had. They only had 1 tractor though, and it was kept extremely busy I might add, towing people out that had got stuck in the mud.

We did have to queue on quite a dangerous road until the park owners eventually let us queue on the grounds of the beautiful 1000 acre woodland park- Weston Park. We were sent round the houses, in terms of where to park and in the end we just parked where we could, and where the tractor towed us to, after being the millionth person to get stuck in the mud!!

Read more…