Kaya Festival 2012 Parent Review

Kaya FestivalKAYA Festival Logo, Faenol Estate, North Wales:
1st to 3rd June 2012

Parent Reviewer: Vashti (with a bump, 2 year old and a teenager)

Kaya Festival is a brand new festival in a beautiful location in North Wales, which was warmly welcomed by myself and other local festival goers used to long drives to reach festivals such as Glastonbury. The musical lineup was a treat for lovers of genres such as reggae, African music and afrobeat, with Lee Scratch Perry, Ska Cubano, Dub Pistols and more on the bill; plus a good selection of local bands. Faenol, a historic estate just outside Bangor, is a gorgeous setting for events, with a lake and rolling fields set against a backdrop of distant mountains; and the festival was small and full of friendly faces. Read more…

Fairyland Trust Fairy Fair 2012 Review

fairy treeThe Fairy Fair – 3rd and 4th June 2012

11th Fairy Fair at Holt Hall, Norfolk.  I attended with my husband and daughter Eila aged 3 and son Evan aged 5 months.

Getting there

The Fairy Fair is well sign posted once you reach the town of Holt so no problems getting there.

We arrived at 10:45 so we had to queue a bit but this was very well managed by the stewards and we were parked up quickly and ready to go in.

There was a bit of a queue to enter the main site but again this was well managed. I had to go ahead with Eila, as her booked workshop was about to start, but we got there in time

General layout

The main area consisted of the performance tent which had musicians, storytelling and children’s drop in activities and the “pub” which served a range of local beers and pork pies from Brays Cottage.

In the same area, in the shadow of the giant old oak tree, there were pirate based activities and games and cooking for trolls where you could make a mud pie for the trolls. You could also go to the Pixie Post Office and for a small charge choose a postcard to colour and write out to friends or family then the fairies would stamp it and pop it in their post box to post!

Round the corner Read more…

Bearded Theory 2012 Review

Bearded Theory, 18-20th May 2012, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Festival Kidz Reviewers: The Hogan Family (Mike, Gaelle, Celeste & Lily)

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Bearded Theory 2009-2011 Reviews

2009, 10, 11 Bearded Theory Weather: Quite cool but has been mainly dry every year.

Review by: Tezgloss (with 2 kids aged 5 and 2)

Great little festival, with big name bands and very reasonably priced, fab for kids and for us!!!

Read more…

Summer Breeze 2011 Review

2010 and 2011 Summer Breeze Weather: Both years it was really hot, take shades as there isn’t a lot of shade!

Review by: Anonymous (with 2 kids aged 6 and 2)

The children managed to get really close to the music as its never too crowded and therefore they could see everything.    We have spent the last two summer breeze festivals bathed in sunshine, great music and fabulous crowds, It is an intimate festival where you can relax knowing your children are not far away. There are some activities provided for the children (face paints, large garden games, clown) – it would be great to see this developed further with craft activities. The food and beer are great and there are a few shops too. I would recommend this as a great first festival for children due to the small intimate feel.

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Alex James presents Harvest 2011 Review

kids on E2011 AJPH Weather: A mixture of sunshine, showers, cloud and a LOT of wind!

Review by: Clairem (with 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival:

Easy to get in. SatNav co-ordinates worked. No queues at all. Well organised. Camping looked nice and spacious and there was a tent that kids could play in which is a fab idea. We did have camping tickets but wimped out as we thought the weather was going to turn.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Line up was good. Some kids stuff you had to pay for but my little boy was too young for that. We finally (after many festivals) got in to see Charlie and Lola‘s Best Bestest play and were not disappointed. We made cheesecake in Kiddy Cook which tasted good although my son told one of the chefs it was yuck, made some clay food, played at circus skills and loved The Orange Hat and the interactiveness and puppets. Read more…

Limetree 2011 Review

Limetree Festival, Yorkshire, 26th – 28th August 2011

Our competition winners for Limetree Festival tickets were Mike, his wife Gaelle and their 2 daughters (aged 5 and 9).  Now Mike, as it turns out, was a music journalist in a past life so we asked him to share how they got on… (the photos are from Mike’s phone as they lost their camera)

Arriving, setting up camp and site layout

“We arrived on the Saturday after cowarding out of a 3 hour drive in weather of biblical proportions on the Friday (not wanting to put the tent up in a lake & lightning).  The site was tricky to find, but beautifully secluded. On the way in I was fearing a lack of space in the family fields would force us to pitch up in the crowded main field but when we decamped from the car park, a very short walk into the family field put us at rest. The family field was bijou with no facilities but at least we had a spot and we quickly setup and got into the fray.

I was so glad we weren’t in the main field as it was fit to bursting, and walking through to the main arena was an A to Z of discarded booze, Friday had clearly been a heavy night 🙂

Read more…

Harvest at Jimmy’s 2011 Review

2011 HAJ Weather: Windy and a few showers (but plenty of shelter so not a problem)

Review by: Danielle (with a 3yr old and a 5mth old baby)

Getting to the festival:

We arrived just after 1pm and the car parking was easy and quiet. We loaded the buggy with stuff and went to wait in the queue. The gates where supposed to open at 3pm but didn’t open until gone 3.30 ( maybe even 3.45 ) so we had one very fed up 3 year old!
We had a good choice of where to camp and chose the family area. We where all pretty spaced out and the families around us were fantastic: all really friendly and kind enough to give us some gas when ours ran out and the shop said they wouldn’t be getting any more!!! All the people round us had children a similar age so it wasn’t noisy and the children slept well.

Read more…

Shambala 2011 Review

Louise Carron Harris

Louise went down to Shambala Festival to check out their family friendly credentials for Festival Kidz.  Louise lives and breathes festivals, so much so that she even took her newborn baby to Glastonbury last year just days after an emergency c-section!  So what did she make of Shambala then?

“Wow!  It was all the best bits of Glastonbury, but smaller, more accessible, and less middle class.  The very first thing we felt on entering the site was a warm welcoming vibe, something Shambala is well known for.”

Read more…

80’s Rewind 2011 (Henley) Review

2011 80’s Rewind (Henley) Weather: Torrential rain for the first 2 hours, then it dried out on Day 1 and glorious weather on Day 2.

Review by: Caswasere (with 2 kids, 9 and 6 years old)

Getting to the festival:

Queue was about 20 mins to get to the camping arena.  We did have to carry the stuff quite far – pull along carts available to hire, but the queue was horrendous for these.  People had brought flimsy trucks to wheel things along – pointless: most broke before they got to their campsites – best inventions were those that had brought wheel barrows, or industrial strength carts.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

There was a children’s entertainment area, we used this Fri evening after setting up the tent, but didn’t have time to go anywhere near it on the main Sat/Sun event.  Entertainers were good and there was lots of circus equipment for them to try out, really good as it was free!

Read more…

Kaya Festival 2012 Parent Review

Kaya FestivalKAYA Festival Logo, Faenol Estate, North Wales:
1st to 3rd June 2012

Parent Reviewer: Vashti (with a bump, 2 year old and a teenager)

Kaya Festival is a brand new festival in a beautiful location in North Wales, which was warmly welcomed by myself and other local festival goers used to long drives to reach festivals such as Glastonbury. The musical lineup was a treat for lovers of genres such as reggae, African music and afrobeat, with Lee Scratch Perry, Ska Cubano, Dub Pistols and more on the bill; plus a good selection of local bands. Faenol, a historic estate just outside Bangor, is a gorgeous setting for events, with a lake and rolling fields set against a backdrop of distant mountains; and the festival was small and full of friendly faces. Read more…

Bearded Theory 2012 Review

Bearded Theory, 18-20th May 2012, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Festival Kidz Reviewers: The Hogan Family (Mike, Gaelle, Celeste & Lily)

Read more…

Summer Breeze 2011 Review

2010 and 2011 Summer Breeze Weather: Both years it was really hot, take shades as there isn’t a lot of shade!

Review by: Anonymous (with 2 kids aged 6 and 2)

The children managed to get really close to the music as its never too crowded and therefore they could see everything.    We have spent the last two summer breeze festivals bathed in sunshine, great music and fabulous crowds, It is an intimate festival where you can relax knowing your children are not far away. There are some activities provided for the children (face paints, large garden games, clown) – it would be great to see this developed further with craft activities. The food and beer are great and there are a few shops too. I would recommend this as a great first festival for children due to the small intimate feel.

Read more…

Limetree 2011 Review

Limetree Festival, Yorkshire, 26th – 28th August 2011

Our competition winners for Limetree Festival tickets were Mike, his wife Gaelle and their 2 daughters (aged 5 and 9).  Now Mike, as it turns out, was a music journalist in a past life so we asked him to share how they got on… (the photos are from Mike’s phone as they lost their camera)

Arriving, setting up camp and site layout

“We arrived on the Saturday after cowarding out of a 3 hour drive in weather of biblical proportions on the Friday (not wanting to put the tent up in a lake & lightning).  The site was tricky to find, but beautifully secluded. On the way in I was fearing a lack of space in the family fields would force us to pitch up in the crowded main field but when we decamped from the car park, a very short walk into the family field put us at rest. The family field was bijou with no facilities but at least we had a spot and we quickly setup and got into the fray.

I was so glad we weren’t in the main field as it was fit to bursting, and walking through to the main arena was an A to Z of discarded booze, Friday had clearly been a heavy night 🙂

Read more…

Shambala 2011 Review

Louise Carron Harris

Louise went down to Shambala Festival to check out their family friendly credentials for Festival Kidz.  Louise lives and breathes festivals, so much so that she even took her newborn baby to Glastonbury last year just days after an emergency c-section!  So what did she make of Shambala then?

“Wow!  It was all the best bits of Glastonbury, but smaller, more accessible, and less middle class.  The very first thing we felt on entering the site was a warm welcoming vibe, something Shambala is well known for.”

Read more…

Fairyland Trust Fairy Fair 2012 Review

fairy treeThe Fairy Fair – 3rd and 4th June 2012

11th Fairy Fair at Holt Hall, Norfolk.  I attended with my husband and daughter Eila aged 3 and son Evan aged 5 months.

Getting there

The Fairy Fair is well sign posted once you reach the town of Holt so no problems getting there.

We arrived at 10:45 so we had to queue a bit but this was very well managed by the stewards and we were parked up quickly and ready to go in.

There was a bit of a queue to enter the main site but again this was well managed. I had to go ahead with Eila, as her booked workshop was about to start, but we got there in time

General layout

The main area consisted of the performance tent which had musicians, storytelling and children’s drop in activities and the “pub” which served a range of local beers and pork pies from Brays Cottage.

In the same area, in the shadow of the giant old oak tree, there were pirate based activities and games and cooking for trolls where you could make a mud pie for the trolls. You could also go to the Pixie Post Office and for a small charge choose a postcard to colour and write out to friends or family then the fairies would stamp it and pop it in their post box to post!

Round the corner Read more…

Bearded Theory 2009-2011 Reviews

2009, 10, 11 Bearded Theory Weather: Quite cool but has been mainly dry every year.

Review by: Tezgloss (with 2 kids aged 5 and 2)

Great little festival, with big name bands and very reasonably priced, fab for kids and for us!!!

Read more…

Alex James presents Harvest 2011 Review

kids on E2011 AJPH Weather: A mixture of sunshine, showers, cloud and a LOT of wind!

Review by: Clairem (with 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival:

Easy to get in. SatNav co-ordinates worked. No queues at all. Well organised. Camping looked nice and spacious and there was a tent that kids could play in which is a fab idea. We did have camping tickets but wimped out as we thought the weather was going to turn.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Line up was good. Some kids stuff you had to pay for but my little boy was too young for that. We finally (after many festivals) got in to see Charlie and Lola‘s Best Bestest play and were not disappointed. We made cheesecake in Kiddy Cook which tasted good although my son told one of the chefs it was yuck, made some clay food, played at circus skills and loved The Orange Hat and the interactiveness and puppets. Read more…

Harvest at Jimmy’s 2011 Review

2011 HAJ Weather: Windy and a few showers (but plenty of shelter so not a problem)

Review by: Danielle (with a 3yr old and a 5mth old baby)

Getting to the festival:

We arrived just after 1pm and the car parking was easy and quiet. We loaded the buggy with stuff and went to wait in the queue. The gates where supposed to open at 3pm but didn’t open until gone 3.30 ( maybe even 3.45 ) so we had one very fed up 3 year old!
We had a good choice of where to camp and chose the family area. We where all pretty spaced out and the families around us were fantastic: all really friendly and kind enough to give us some gas when ours ran out and the shop said they wouldn’t be getting any more!!! All the people round us had children a similar age so it wasn’t noisy and the children slept well.

Read more…

80’s Rewind 2011 (Henley) Review

2011 80’s Rewind (Henley) Weather: Torrential rain for the first 2 hours, then it dried out on Day 1 and glorious weather on Day 2.

Review by: Caswasere (with 2 kids, 9 and 6 years old)

Getting to the festival:

Queue was about 20 mins to get to the camping arena.  We did have to carry the stuff quite far – pull along carts available to hire, but the queue was horrendous for these.  People had brought flimsy trucks to wheel things along – pointless: most broke before they got to their campsites – best inventions were those that had brought wheel barrows, or industrial strength carts.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

There was a children’s entertainment area, we used this Fri evening after setting up the tent, but didn’t have time to go anywhere near it on the main Sat/Sun event.  Entertainers were good and there was lots of circus equipment for them to try out, really good as it was free!

Read more…