Blissfields 2012 Parent Review

Blissfields 20122012 Blissfields Weather: Beautiful, sunny, warm. We were VERY lucky.

Review by Sarah Ffelan (Twitter, Facebook, iTunes)

I was performing my lullabies in Angel Gardens but it was also our first festival as a family with our 3 young children, 6, nearly 4 & 21mths

Getting to the festival:

As we were part of the Angel Gardens Crew, we camped in their designated area but the family camping area for visitors was cleverly and thoughtfully positioned to the back of the main stage and much quieter (don’t get me wrong there is still music!) and near the main entrance so I expect not too far to transport stuff. Plus you could hire some rather marvellous canvas wheel barrows to move your gear about – genius idea!

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Nibley 2012 Review

north nibley music festival 2012North Nibley Music Festival 2012

As with most festivals that have taken place so far in 2012, the weather has been a major pain in the neck (that’s putting it politely!)

Our usual journey to North Nibley takes 4-5 hours… but not this time! We left home at 12.30 Friday and from the time we set off it did not stop raining. I can’t recall being able to turn off the wipers for the whole journey which due to the weather and traffic conditions took 6 and a 1/2 hours 🙁

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Dinefwr Literature Festival 2012 Review

Dinefwr Literature Festival 2012
Gwyl Lenyddiaeth Dinefwr 2012

The brand new Literature Festival for Wales kicked off over the last weekend in June in the historic National Trust Dinefwr Park. This impressive site boasts a castle, rolling landscapes akin to Capability Brown’s work and the impressive Newton House.  The jointly run venture boasts Literature Wales, The Coracle Project, The National Trust and many other partners as its organising team and they all did a wonderful job for a first time event.

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Cornbury 2012 Review

cornbury festival 2012Cornbury Festival 2012

by Karon and her 2 boys, aged 5 and 10

Friday – Day One

Our much anticipated fun weekend at the fabulous Cornbury Festival began on Friday afternoon as we headed towards the beautiful countryside of Great Tew, Oxfordshire. The sky was full of grey rain clouds but our mood was light as our destination was reached without any traffic problems at all, parking was well organised and lucky us, the sun broke through as we excitedly took the short haul from car to box office to collect our media passes and camping tickets courtesy of Festival Kidz!!

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Blissfields 2012 Review

LOU POI BLISSFIELDSBliss at Blissfields…

… it’s that feeling where you’re stood in the middle of a field and the familiar embrace of peace bubble surrounds you, protecting you from the thoughts and worries of the outside world…

… it hits your soul, and it’s so overwhelming that you want to cry…

… or, if you are me, you DO cry!…

Welcome to Blissfields! Read more…

First Festival? Emma’s choosing Larmer Tree 2012

hair fibre optics emmaGuest Blogger, Emma Parkes-McQueen and her Family do: Larmer Tree 2012

I have to stand up , raise my hand and admit it:

“Hello, my name is Emma and I am a Festival Virgin.”

Well, I went to Reading once when I was 21 but we camped at a site 5 miles away and only went there to pogo at the Chilli Peppers then went home – so that doesn’t count.  Read more…

LolliBop 2011 Review

2011 LolliBop Weather: Hot and sunny Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, very heavy downpours Sunday.

Mixed reviews flooding in for LolliBop’s second year.  Most families who chatted to us in the Festival Kidz stall seemed to be having a pretty good time, but the queues did seem to be a common gripe.  We tend to agree with many of the reviews from parents with tiny toddlers that it is unfair that a 13-month old had to pay the same price as a 6 year old and yet they were too young to participate in some of the activities (go-karts and inflatable slide for example).  There were definitely too many traders selling the same type of products, and fairly limited food stalls meaning hefty queues at peak times.  Read more…

Eden Festival 2012 Review

2012 Eden Festival Weather: It was very,very wet.  The main area near the big stage got muddy.  The roads into the site have hardcore so you can drive in and out easy.  However when it’s wet and not cold or windy you will get midges so prepare!

Review by: Ellen (with 3 kids aged 6, 10 and 14)

Getting to the festival and setting up:

We arrived by bus, 2 adults and 3 kids. We were worried about getting to the site but it was fine we got dropped off at the top of the road and it was about 5 min walk to the main gate and it only took that long cause the kids stopped and sat down.. From the main gate it was another 5 mins walk to where we camped.. we were there when the main gates opened so didn’t have to wait to get in.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

The entertainment was great for the kids age,10 and 6. The 14 year old met friends straight away and I hardly ever seen her but the other 2 were excited the whole time – they never once said they were bored. 6 year old loved the kid’s tent making fairy wings, clay models watching puppet shows and lots of other things, 10 year old enjoyed some of the activities but she loved the circus skills bit so she spent a lot of time there. The kids also done a few workshops and loved making jewellery. We were so busy we didn’t really see many bands during the day. I was too busy playing. At night we went in to the Furry Chillum tent a few times. On the Friday night we all had a great time and didn’t leave till around midnight when the fire show was on. My whole family loved that – it was magical.

What would you change or do to improve the event?

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Wychwood 2012 Review

wychwood logoWychwood: 8th to 10th June 2012

Reviewer: Romany (from Festival Kidz)

I hadn’t planned on writing a review for Wychwood, and this isn’t really going to be a full-on review as such because we went to Wychwood last weekend as traders so it’s hard to get a balanced perspective.  But I was so pleasantly surprised by the festival that it I had to say something!

We traded at Wychwood in 2011 as well, and if I’m honest I wasn’t terribly impressed back then.  I had spent 3 days barely leaving the confines of my dusty stall and the little piece of the festival I saw hadn’t seemed that appealing.  After that experience I found it confusing that it has such a loyal fanbase and that so many parents came into the stall raving about what a great time they were having!?… So this year I decided to find out exactly why it’s so popular with families…

Read more…

PlayFest 2012 Parent Review

Playfest 2012: 1-3 June

Reviewer: Jessica (with a 3 year old and a baby)

Well as I said at the end of last year’s review of the first Playfest: “… with a bit of extra thought, Playfest could be amazing”, and you know what?…  It really was!

Read more…

Blissfields 2012 Parent Review

Blissfields 20122012 Blissfields Weather: Beautiful, sunny, warm. We were VERY lucky.

Review by Sarah Ffelan (Twitter, Facebook, iTunes)

I was performing my lullabies in Angel Gardens but it was also our first festival as a family with our 3 young children, 6, nearly 4 & 21mths

Getting to the festival:

As we were part of the Angel Gardens Crew, we camped in their designated area but the family camping area for visitors was cleverly and thoughtfully positioned to the back of the main stage and much quieter (don’t get me wrong there is still music!) and near the main entrance so I expect not too far to transport stuff. Plus you could hire some rather marvellous canvas wheel barrows to move your gear about – genius idea!

Read more…

Dinefwr Literature Festival 2012 Review

Dinefwr Literature Festival 2012
Gwyl Lenyddiaeth Dinefwr 2012

The brand new Literature Festival for Wales kicked off over the last weekend in June in the historic National Trust Dinefwr Park. This impressive site boasts a castle, rolling landscapes akin to Capability Brown’s work and the impressive Newton House.  The jointly run venture boasts Literature Wales, The Coracle Project, The National Trust and many other partners as its organising team and they all did a wonderful job for a first time event.

Read more…

Blissfields 2012 Review

LOU POI BLISSFIELDSBliss at Blissfields…

… it’s that feeling where you’re stood in the middle of a field and the familiar embrace of peace bubble surrounds you, protecting you from the thoughts and worries of the outside world…

… it hits your soul, and it’s so overwhelming that you want to cry…

… or, if you are me, you DO cry!…

Welcome to Blissfields! Read more…

LolliBop 2011 Review

2011 LolliBop Weather: Hot and sunny Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, very heavy downpours Sunday.

Mixed reviews flooding in for LolliBop’s second year.  Most families who chatted to us in the Festival Kidz stall seemed to be having a pretty good time, but the queues did seem to be a common gripe.  We tend to agree with many of the reviews from parents with tiny toddlers that it is unfair that a 13-month old had to pay the same price as a 6 year old and yet they were too young to participate in some of the activities (go-karts and inflatable slide for example).  There were definitely too many traders selling the same type of products, and fairly limited food stalls meaning hefty queues at peak times.  Read more…

Wychwood 2012 Review

wychwood logoWychwood: 8th to 10th June 2012

Reviewer: Romany (from Festival Kidz)

I hadn’t planned on writing a review for Wychwood, and this isn’t really going to be a full-on review as such because we went to Wychwood last weekend as traders so it’s hard to get a balanced perspective.  But I was so pleasantly surprised by the festival that it I had to say something!

We traded at Wychwood in 2011 as well, and if I’m honest I wasn’t terribly impressed back then.  I had spent 3 days barely leaving the confines of my dusty stall and the little piece of the festival I saw hadn’t seemed that appealing.  After that experience I found it confusing that it has such a loyal fanbase and that so many parents came into the stall raving about what a great time they were having!?… So this year I decided to find out exactly why it’s so popular with families…

Read more…

Nibley 2012 Review

north nibley music festival 2012North Nibley Music Festival 2012

As with most festivals that have taken place so far in 2012, the weather has been a major pain in the neck (that’s putting it politely!)

Our usual journey to North Nibley takes 4-5 hours… but not this time! We left home at 12.30 Friday and from the time we set off it did not stop raining. I can’t recall being able to turn off the wipers for the whole journey which due to the weather and traffic conditions took 6 and a 1/2 hours 🙁

Read more…

Cornbury 2012 Review

cornbury festival 2012Cornbury Festival 2012

by Karon and her 2 boys, aged 5 and 10

Friday – Day One

Our much anticipated fun weekend at the fabulous Cornbury Festival began on Friday afternoon as we headed towards the beautiful countryside of Great Tew, Oxfordshire. The sky was full of grey rain clouds but our mood was light as our destination was reached without any traffic problems at all, parking was well organised and lucky us, the sun broke through as we excitedly took the short haul from car to box office to collect our media passes and camping tickets courtesy of Festival Kidz!!

Read more…

First Festival? Emma’s choosing Larmer Tree 2012

hair fibre optics emmaGuest Blogger, Emma Parkes-McQueen and her Family do: Larmer Tree 2012

I have to stand up , raise my hand and admit it:

“Hello, my name is Emma and I am a Festival Virgin.”

Well, I went to Reading once when I was 21 but we camped at a site 5 miles away and only went there to pogo at the Chilli Peppers then went home – so that doesn’t count.  Read more…

Eden Festival 2012 Review

2012 Eden Festival Weather: It was very,very wet.  The main area near the big stage got muddy.  The roads into the site have hardcore so you can drive in and out easy.  However when it’s wet and not cold or windy you will get midges so prepare!

Review by: Ellen (with 3 kids aged 6, 10 and 14)

Getting to the festival and setting up:

We arrived by bus, 2 adults and 3 kids. We were worried about getting to the site but it was fine we got dropped off at the top of the road and it was about 5 min walk to the main gate and it only took that long cause the kids stopped and sat down.. From the main gate it was another 5 mins walk to where we camped.. we were there when the main gates opened so didn’t have to wait to get in.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

The entertainment was great for the kids age,10 and 6. The 14 year old met friends straight away and I hardly ever seen her but the other 2 were excited the whole time – they never once said they were bored. 6 year old loved the kid’s tent making fairy wings, clay models watching puppet shows and lots of other things, 10 year old enjoyed some of the activities but she loved the circus skills bit so she spent a lot of time there. The kids also done a few workshops and loved making jewellery. We were so busy we didn’t really see many bands during the day. I was too busy playing. At night we went in to the Furry Chillum tent a few times. On the Friday night we all had a great time and didn’t leave till around midnight when the fire show was on. My whole family loved that – it was magical.

What would you change or do to improve the event?

Read more…

PlayFest 2012 Parent Review

Playfest 2012: 1-3 June

Reviewer: Jessica (with a 3 year old and a baby)

Well as I said at the end of last year’s review of the first Playfest: “… with a bit of extra thought, Playfest could be amazing”, and you know what?…  It really was!

Read more…