Wickham Festival 2018 Review

Wickham 2018

If Wickham Festival taught us one thing, it’s that just because a festival is not on Festival Kidz’ radar, it certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.
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The Downs Bristol 2018 Review

The Downs Bristol 2018
The Downs Bristol was a great example of how children and adults can mix at a festival. I love how, at 2.00 in the afternoon we were painting rocks and making bicycle-powered smoothies in the kids’ area. Yet by 10.30 the kids were on our shoulders in a large crowd of very merry gig-goers, singing along to Wonderwall at the tops of their voices.

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Beautiful Days 2018 Review

Beautiful Days

The first time we went to Beautiful Days in 2011, we knew we’d found a very special event. This was our fifth Beautiful Days, and it is still our favourite place to be.

We had such a lovely welcome as we approached the information tent, the guy that runs it (I can’t believe we don’t know his name yet) called out, “You’re back!”

We were indeed back at Beautiful Days and everything was as it should be. Read more…

Bluedot Festival 2018 Review

Bluedot Festival is a celebration of intelligence, curiosity and wonder in all its forms.

Scientists are on equal footing with rock stars and there were some beautiful moments where the two come together, such as watching Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director at Jodrell bank for Astrophysics interviewing Wayne Coyne, the frontman of psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.

At Bluedot the queues to see some of the most famous and inspiring scientists are so long that they need security!

Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope – the star of the show

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Victorious 2018 Review

I had been excitedly looking forward to Victorious for some time as the line up was astounding! I was also curious about how a festival with bands as big as The Prodigy could also manage to be a family friendly festival.

Victorious have this absolutely spot on. Both my children and I loved it. There was so much to do! We didn’t manage to get round it all but we gave it a good go (as much as the weather would permit) and found this to be a sensational and safe festival with more than enough for all of us.

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Starry Skies 2018 Review

There is always a risk in returning to something you’ve loved. Could Starry Skies 2018 live up to our memories from two years ago? Our children are that little bit older (and with one more than last time they now out number us). So could we still find that same magical escape from the world at Starry Skies’ new site?

Starry Skies 2018
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Chagstock 2018 Review

The build up to the summer festival season was pretty fraught. Sports days, parents’ evenings and school trips all needed to be juggled between trying to pack quicker than the toddler could unpack. Then of course there was my annual panic about how on earth to fit all our camping gear in the car. But once school was out we crammed Evelyn (9), Martha (5) and Ada (1) into the back seat, applied a bit of brute force to the roof box and headed off down the A303 to kick off our festival season at Chagstock in Devon.

It was our first time there, and after those hectic, end of term weeks, it turned out to be exactly what we needed.  

Chagstock 2018 wandering performers

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Port Eliot 2018 Review

with Evelyn (9), Martha (5) and Ada (1)

A sign on the way in says “Literary Festival”. But at Port Eliot we found something far more wide ranging. While other country estate festivals are relegated to farmland or perhaps the deer park, at Port Eliot there is music in the church, short stories in the walled garden and history, both listened to and lived, by the glorious meandering river.

Port Eliot
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Lunar Festival 2018 Review

Lunar Festival is a celebration of the moon, nature and all things psychedelic, set in the beautiful Umberslade Estate in Warwickshire. Back from a break in 2017, Lunar promised to be bigger and better than ever before, so I went with my family to see what has changed.

Goldfrapp Lunar
Goldfrapp

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CarFest South 2018 Review

This year Festival Kidz were lucky enough to attend the first day of Children in Need’s CarFest South. We had an amazing time, despite the weather. There was just so much to enjoy. We’d definitely love to go back for longer.

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Wickham Festival 2018 Review

Wickham 2018

If Wickham Festival taught us one thing, it’s that just because a festival is not on Festival Kidz’ radar, it certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.
Read more…

Beautiful Days 2018 Review

Beautiful Days

The first time we went to Beautiful Days in 2011, we knew we’d found a very special event. This was our fifth Beautiful Days, and it is still our favourite place to be.

We had such a lovely welcome as we approached the information tent, the guy that runs it (I can’t believe we don’t know his name yet) called out, “You’re back!”

We were indeed back at Beautiful Days and everything was as it should be. Read more…

Victorious 2018 Review

I had been excitedly looking forward to Victorious for some time as the line up was astounding! I was also curious about how a festival with bands as big as The Prodigy could also manage to be a family friendly festival.

Victorious have this absolutely spot on. Both my children and I loved it. There was so much to do! We didn’t manage to get round it all but we gave it a good go (as much as the weather would permit) and found this to be a sensational and safe festival with more than enough for all of us.

Victorious Sign opposite the Castle Stage Read more…

Chagstock 2018 Review

The build up to the summer festival season was pretty fraught. Sports days, parents’ evenings and school trips all needed to be juggled between trying to pack quicker than the toddler could unpack. Then of course there was my annual panic about how on earth to fit all our camping gear in the car. But once school was out we crammed Evelyn (9), Martha (5) and Ada (1) into the back seat, applied a bit of brute force to the roof box and headed off down the A303 to kick off our festival season at Chagstock in Devon.

It was our first time there, and after those hectic, end of term weeks, it turned out to be exactly what we needed.  

Chagstock 2018 wandering performers

Read more…

Lunar Festival 2018 Review

Lunar Festival is a celebration of the moon, nature and all things psychedelic, set in the beautiful Umberslade Estate in Warwickshire. Back from a break in 2017, Lunar promised to be bigger and better than ever before, so I went with my family to see what has changed.

Goldfrapp Lunar
Goldfrapp

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The Downs Bristol 2018 Review

The Downs Bristol 2018
The Downs Bristol was a great example of how children and adults can mix at a festival. I love how, at 2.00 in the afternoon we were painting rocks and making bicycle-powered smoothies in the kids’ area. Yet by 10.30 the kids were on our shoulders in a large crowd of very merry gig-goers, singing along to Wonderwall at the tops of their voices.

Read more…

Bluedot Festival 2018 Review

Bluedot Festival is a celebration of intelligence, curiosity and wonder in all its forms.

Scientists are on equal footing with rock stars and there were some beautiful moments where the two come together, such as watching Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director at Jodrell bank for Astrophysics interviewing Wayne Coyne, the frontman of psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.

At Bluedot the queues to see some of the most famous and inspiring scientists are so long that they need security!

Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope – the star of the show

Read more…

Starry Skies 2018 Review

There is always a risk in returning to something you’ve loved. Could Starry Skies 2018 live up to our memories from two years ago? Our children are that little bit older (and with one more than last time they now out number us). So could we still find that same magical escape from the world at Starry Skies’ new site?

Starry Skies 2018
Read more…

Port Eliot 2018 Review

with Evelyn (9), Martha (5) and Ada (1)

A sign on the way in says “Literary Festival”. But at Port Eliot we found something far more wide ranging. While other country estate festivals are relegated to farmland or perhaps the deer park, at Port Eliot there is music in the church, short stories in the walled garden and history, both listened to and lived, by the glorious meandering river.

Port Eliot
Read more…

CarFest South 2018 Review

This year Festival Kidz were lucky enough to attend the first day of Children in Need’s CarFest South. We had an amazing time, despite the weather. There was just so much to enjoy. We’d definitely love to go back for longer.

Sign at CarFest Read more…