Croissant Neuf Summer Party 2011 Review

2011 Croissant Neuf Summer Party Weather: Cloudy most of the time, one or two light drizzles.

Review by: Nonny Kinchin-Smith (with 2 kids: aged 5 and 4)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

The festival is situated in a beautiful wooded valley in south wales, accessed by very narrow country roads. Stewards were at junctions in the approach to the site to ensure that no vehicles tried to drive the wrong way (limited passing places). Once on site we queued for 15 minutes in the car before being able to go to the ticket office to get our wrist bands. So, in less that 30 minutes we were already parked and unpacking our gear.

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Field View Festival 2011 Review

2011 Field View Festival Weather: Mixed. Some sun, cloud and rain. Both hot and cold.

Review by: Festival First Timers (with a 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

No queuing. Smooth organisation with a warm welcome from all. Lots of space in the family field and everyone was so friendly.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Fantastic music throughout the weekend. There were activities on during the day but my boy just loved exploring the site.

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Larmer Tree 2011 review

Festival Kidz goes to Larmer Tree Festival 2011

mud dance larmer tree

Wednesday:  An hour before we planned to leave and we start packing… well obviously we weren’t nearly ready in an hour so ended up leaving 2 hours later than planned!  Oops!  What is it that makes me think I would be more efficient at packing for a family of four by now?!  I seriously overestimate my packing abilities sometimes… Anyway by the time we arrived at Larmer Tree later that evening we had 2 very excited girls squealing in the back of the Campervan.  This really is their favourite festival.

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Farmfestival 2011 Review

Farmfestival invited us to come and see how family friendly their quirky, hat-tastic, small festival is, so we sent along Danielle with her 2 kids (8 and 10) to try it out:

Review by Danielle:

Luckily, the weather was glorious at Farmfestival this year, except for a heavy downpour on Saturday morning.

We arrived on the Saturday lunchtime but had intended to go Friday with friends. We arrived to lots of parking and no queue. The family camping area was right inside the main entrance so we did not have far to walk. Read more…

The Magic Loungeabout 2011 Review

magic loungeabout main arena

The Magic Loungeabout invited us along to sample the festival this year, so we sent festival virgin Sarah and her young family along to find out if the Unwind was really so Refined…

Review by Sarah Folley

OUR FAMILY

We were festival novices having never attended a festival before either as a couple or with our children. We are in our early thirties with two little girls, aged 2 and 4.  We’ve been following Festival Kidz for a while now and, inspired by their blogs and articles, decided we were ready to try out a festival as a family and see for ourselves whether it really was as much fun as it sounds!

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The Apple Cart Festival 2011 Review

Applecart coconut
Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (photo: Jonathan Charles)

2011 Apple Cart Weather: Some very heavy downpours and a few outbreaks of summer sunshine

Review by: Emma Frost (with a 5 yr old)

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

HUGE Variety! Music Stage/Folk Stage/Comedy Stage/Cabaret Stage/Magic Tent/Storybook Tent/Arts and Crafts – Lots of workshops/Fairground Rides/Face-painting – Daughter LOVED the magic and fairground rides and story book and dancing with Spot the dog!

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Camp Bestival 2011 Review

2011 Camp Bestival Weather: Overcast on Friday with a light shower, rain on Sat AM but beautiful sunshine for the rest of the weekend.

Check out our Guest Blog from Melksham Mum on her Camp Besti Experience and also see some other in-depth CB reviews from The Arts Desk , Madame Guillotine, Family Festivals and Tattooed Mummy

Review by: Anonymous (with 10-12 year olds)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

Long walk to the camping, despite paying for an extra day, was pretty full and getting spots for two family tents on a reasonably flat area was hard.  Most campers were pleasant but quite a lot of rowdy teens.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Very good adult / older teen lineup, plenty for under 5’s but lacks things for the older primary / younger teen age group this year. Read more…

WOMAD 2011 Review

womad 2011
Womad 2011 (c) Louise Dance

2011 WOMAD Weather: Little bit of light rain on Friday but weekend was lovely and sunny

Review by: Freya, age 10

Hi! My name is Freya and I am at Womad.

My favourite things about Womad are: the people are all kind, the music is wicked and the food is lush!
The thing I don’t like about Womad is that they always make the bass too loud so if they have a bass in the band you always either have to buy ear-plugs or go to the back of the crowd.

If I had to rate this festival I would give it 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review by: James Adamczuk (with 2 kids: 4 and 8 )

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

Easy, family camping south area was very near the parking, other campers were friendly and there was lots of space – was great!

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Camp Bestival 2011 Parent review

Camp Bestival 2011

** Photos have been removed, due to broken links – sorry! **

This post will hopefully convince anyone who has hummed and hahhed over taking their children to a festival. E is currently in bed moaning that she wants to go back & A keeps getting up wondering why he isn’t still out having fun in the Castle Field watching live music and having a better time than being at home!

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Port Eliot 2011 Review

2011 Port Eliot Festival Weather: Luckily fine – except one rainy day where path areas became a little sticky in places.

Review by: Emma Vyvyan (with 6-12 year olds)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

No queue.  Easy to get in from the main road.  Very quiet. Stuff carried from field car park around 10-15 mins away (which would be max).  Plenty of room to spread out into a little further away too. Everyone really friendly and distinct campervan, family camping, etc. areas which helps.

Read more…

Croissant Neuf Summer Party 2011 Review

2011 Croissant Neuf Summer Party Weather: Cloudy most of the time, one or two light drizzles.

Review by: Nonny Kinchin-Smith (with 2 kids: aged 5 and 4)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

The festival is situated in a beautiful wooded valley in south wales, accessed by very narrow country roads. Stewards were at junctions in the approach to the site to ensure that no vehicles tried to drive the wrong way (limited passing places). Once on site we queued for 15 minutes in the car before being able to go to the ticket office to get our wrist bands. So, in less that 30 minutes we were already parked and unpacking our gear.

Read more…

Larmer Tree 2011 review

Festival Kidz goes to Larmer Tree Festival 2011

mud dance larmer tree

Wednesday:  An hour before we planned to leave and we start packing… well obviously we weren’t nearly ready in an hour so ended up leaving 2 hours later than planned!  Oops!  What is it that makes me think I would be more efficient at packing for a family of four by now?!  I seriously overestimate my packing abilities sometimes… Anyway by the time we arrived at Larmer Tree later that evening we had 2 very excited girls squealing in the back of the Campervan.  This really is their favourite festival.

Read more…

The Magic Loungeabout 2011 Review

magic loungeabout main arena

The Magic Loungeabout invited us along to sample the festival this year, so we sent festival virgin Sarah and her young family along to find out if the Unwind was really so Refined…

Review by Sarah Folley

OUR FAMILY

We were festival novices having never attended a festival before either as a couple or with our children. We are in our early thirties with two little girls, aged 2 and 4.  We’ve been following Festival Kidz for a while now and, inspired by their blogs and articles, decided we were ready to try out a festival as a family and see for ourselves whether it really was as much fun as it sounds!

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2011 Review

2011 Camp Bestival Weather: Overcast on Friday with a light shower, rain on Sat AM but beautiful sunshine for the rest of the weekend.

Check out our Guest Blog from Melksham Mum on her Camp Besti Experience and also see some other in-depth CB reviews from The Arts Desk , Madame Guillotine, Family Festivals and Tattooed Mummy

Review by: Anonymous (with 10-12 year olds)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

Long walk to the camping, despite paying for an extra day, was pretty full and getting spots for two family tents on a reasonably flat area was hard.  Most campers were pleasant but quite a lot of rowdy teens.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Very good adult / older teen lineup, plenty for under 5’s but lacks things for the older primary / younger teen age group this year. Read more…

Camp Bestival 2011 Parent review

Camp Bestival 2011

** Photos have been removed, due to broken links – sorry! **

This post will hopefully convince anyone who has hummed and hahhed over taking their children to a festival. E is currently in bed moaning that she wants to go back & A keeps getting up wondering why he isn’t still out having fun in the Castle Field watching live music and having a better time than being at home!

Read more…

Field View Festival 2011 Review

2011 Field View Festival Weather: Mixed. Some sun, cloud and rain. Both hot and cold.

Review by: Festival First Timers (with a 2 yr old)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

No queuing. Smooth organisation with a warm welcome from all. Lots of space in the family field and everyone was so friendly.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Fantastic music throughout the weekend. There were activities on during the day but my boy just loved exploring the site.

Read more…

Farmfestival 2011 Review

Farmfestival invited us to come and see how family friendly their quirky, hat-tastic, small festival is, so we sent along Danielle with her 2 kids (8 and 10) to try it out:

Review by Danielle:

Luckily, the weather was glorious at Farmfestival this year, except for a heavy downpour on Saturday morning.

We arrived on the Saturday lunchtime but had intended to go Friday with friends. We arrived to lots of parking and no queue. The family camping area was right inside the main entrance so we did not have far to walk. Read more…

The Apple Cart Festival 2011 Review

Applecart coconut
Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (photo: Jonathan Charles)

2011 Apple Cart Weather: Some very heavy downpours and a few outbreaks of summer sunshine

Review by: Emma Frost (with a 5 yr old)

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

HUGE Variety! Music Stage/Folk Stage/Comedy Stage/Cabaret Stage/Magic Tent/Storybook Tent/Arts and Crafts – Lots of workshops/Fairground Rides/Face-painting – Daughter LOVED the magic and fairground rides and story book and dancing with Spot the dog!

Read more…

WOMAD 2011 Review

womad 2011
Womad 2011 (c) Louise Dance

2011 WOMAD Weather: Little bit of light rain on Friday but weekend was lovely and sunny

Review by: Freya, age 10

Hi! My name is Freya and I am at Womad.

My favourite things about Womad are: the people are all kind, the music is wicked and the food is lush!
The thing I don’t like about Womad is that they always make the bass too loud so if they have a bass in the band you always either have to buy ear-plugs or go to the back of the crowd.

If I had to rate this festival I would give it 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review by: James Adamczuk (with 2 kids: 4 and 8 )

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

Easy, family camping south area was very near the parking, other campers were friendly and there was lots of space – was great!

Read more…

Port Eliot 2011 Review

2011 Port Eliot Festival Weather: Luckily fine – except one rainy day where path areas became a little sticky in places.

Review by: Emma Vyvyan (with 6-12 year olds)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

No queue.  Easy to get in from the main road.  Very quiet. Stuff carried from field car park around 10-15 mins away (which would be max).  Plenty of room to spread out into a little further away too. Everyone really friendly and distinct campervan, family camping, etc. areas which helps.

Read more…