24th to 26th June 2014
Reviewed by Katy Barton and family
3foot people festival is in its 9th year and is the only festival exclusively aimed at under 6s. This one’s not about the big names on the main stage, instead you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of farmyard animals, soft play and puppet shows.
Nibley Festival Sat 5th July 2014 – North Nibley, Gloucestershire
Reviewed by Anna Waldron and family
Nibley Festival is a one day festival with camping set in the pretty village of North Nibley on the edge of the Cotswolds.
This festival is clearly well supported, appreciated by and benefitting the local people and community groups. As such the marshals are friendly and pleased to welcome you into the festival site. Read more…
Review by Ellie Allen and family
“Are we nearly there yet?”
My husband and I, along with our two boys (ages seven and eight) have been looking forward to this festival for weeks! Finally the day arrived and after a busy day at work and school, we were on our way.
We’d been watching the weather forecast all week and for once it was right. Read more…
Umberslade Estate, Tanworth, Warwickshire.
Reviewed by Lisa Morris, husband Joe and 2 children, aged 4 and 9.
Psychedelic, bonkers, imaginative and uplifting! That’s how I would sum up the Lunar Festival.
This is the first year that the Lunar Festival has taken place at Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, although apparently they had a “practice” event a couple of years ago.
As we live close by, my husband was able to go ahead and set up camp and we joined him once school had finished. Our travelling time to the festival was under an hour, much less than usual. This was less tiring for everyone involved and has made me think about the value of attending local events, especially during school term time.
A Lovely 10th Birthday Party
Looking back through past line ups, Wychwood appears very impressive for one of the smaller festivals, and for their tenth birthday celebrations, they pulled out all the stops!
This is definitely an extremely family orientated festival, almost exclusively attended by young families. A massive focal point of the festival was The Parade, which everything stopped for on the Sunday afternoon. The huge kids’ field boasted countless opportunities among the impressive array of various craft activity stalls for making treasures to exhibit in the Sunday Parade, which was a beautiful procession of activity organisers and children – so proud of their achievements.
We had been counting down to the annual Fairy Fair for months, we’ve been going since Eila was one and she absolutely loves it.
We are so lucky to have such an event on our doorstep, run by the the Fairyland Trust charity. The Fairy Fair is set in the stunning and magical grounds of Holt Hall in North Norfolk and has been since 2007 after moving from Narborough hall near Kings Lynn. People come far and wide to attend, many making a holiday out of it by staying in the local area.
Music and adventure in the woods…
23 – 26 May 2014
Review by Nikki Payne
If you have young children, who love a bit of adventure, outdoors, and want to be kept busy then this is a festival for them. If, as a parent, you are happy to spend most of the day watching and helping your children do stuff, hoping that by the evening they’ll be tired and satisfied enough to enable you to indulge in a fair amount of band watching, whilst they curl up beside you, then this is the festival for you too. Elderflower is designed for families with some lovely thoughtful touches like the communal free picnic on Sunday afternoon.
Our family highlights were the Night Jar walk, tree climbing with Climbing Wild and the Woodland Stage on Sunday evening.
Bearded Theory ……Angels with Dirty Faces
I expected a lot from Bearded as they were voted for by festival-going parents to win a Gold award in the FK awards last year, and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. Bearded Theory is an excellent “small” festival, it is well priced, has an eclectic and interesting line up and is fantastic festival for families.
Wood Festival is an absolute gem in the UK festival scene.
Imagine a festival where everyone seems relaxed, where there are no children being scolded by frazzled parents, where people feel equally free to dance or to snooze, where you never feel over-crowded or uncomfortable, where Red Kites circle overhead and the sound of laughter fills your ears.
Imagine a place where you can feel the proximity of nature and allow your children the time and freedom to immerse themselves in the pure pleasure of being outdoors, and where you can discover new skills and interests.
Imagine all this alongside a backdrop of great live music, clear blue skies and fantastic freshly cooked local food and you have pretty much imagined WOOD 2014.
As small festivals go, WOOD is one of the best.
21st April 2014
Gressenhall Farm and workhouse,
I was delighted to find a flyer for the annual spring fair at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse in my local paper. Being familiar with this popular tourist attraction and school trip favourite, having been as a child and an adult I knew it would be a great day out.