Glamping up the festival experience with boutique camping

A few years ago I wrote about “Glamping” and how much the word (much like Jedward) annoyed me. Also I couldn’t understand why you couldn’t have a bit of luxury in your own tent with a few extras. However as the years have gone on I’ve finally seen the appeal…

Read more…

Latest news and updates from Camp Bestival!

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING NEW ARENAS AT THE GREATEST FAMILY SHOW ON EARTH!

CARAVANSERAI / THE TRAVELLING BARN / PROJECT WILD THING

FROM CARAVAN COCKTAIL BOOTHS AND IMMERSIVE THEATRE FUN TO BARN DANCES, HOE DOWNS AND A PROJECT WILD THING HUB PLUS PIG’S BIG BALLROOM LINE UP REVEALED Read more…

Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus

Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour Hits The Road

Celebrating Camp Bestival 2014’s Circus theme, Camp Bestival are running a serious of family events in the Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour!

They are joining up with family party people Big Fish Little Fish for the London part of the tour – please see this post for more details and links to get tickets! Read more…

Big Fish Little Fish join Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus

DSC_4545Roll up! Roll up! Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus in Balham and Hackney Wick….

This May Big Fish Little Fish are holding their last two full London parties until September.
They are part of the Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus tour and they’ve really pulled out all the stops with loads of special extras – synth workshops, dressing up box and and incredible interactive installation.
BFLF will also be resident in the Bollywood Tent at Camp Bestival this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The fancy dress code for the two raves in May is, of course: “Circus!” and our guests can buy specially discounted Camp Bestival tickets at the events. Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.

Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…

Festival on a budget

Times are still tough for many of us but that shouldn’t stop us having fun, especially on the festival front. Even if we have to make a few compromises, and stick to a budget, go to a festival. Read more…

Bearded Theory 2013 Parent Review

bearded theory 2013Review by Joanne Murphy:

Bearded Theory 2013 was my 2nd ever festival.

Sitting near a river, listening to a waterfall (all very safely fenced off), whilst the kids play under a huge ancient tree, was a million miles away from anything I expected my first Bearded experience to be.

Read more…

Camp Bestival 2012 Review

Camp Bestival 2012 weather: Hot and dry the entire weekend.

Review by Michelle Rock-Davis (with a 2yr old and a 4yr old)

CB is in a beautiful location, held in Lulworth Castle grounds in Dorset. A big drive for us from West Yorks, but we over-nighted in The New Forest and so arrived fresh and early.

Set Up – The car parks were well organised and we were prepared with our own truck for carting the tent etc. However, we had underestimated the size of the event and over packed as usual. The trek from our car to a camping spot near some loos and showers was a long walk for little toddler legs and involved a few too many hills. Read more…

Top 15 Music Festivals for Under-5’s – 2012


Top Festivals for Babies and Toddlers 2012 (for 2013 – click HERE!)

For really young kids we tend to recommend smaller festivals, particularly if you are not an experienced festival-goer.  Smaller festivals have the dual advantage of not being so vast that a trip back to the tent for a forgotten dummy takes half the morning, and the stage areas are usually less crowded meaning you can get closer to the bands without fearing your little one getting accidentally trampled on or lost.  That said, smaller festivals often don’t have as much budget for children’s activities, so your choice will also depend a little on the level of laid-on entertainment that your family need.

It really is very hard to choose from all the festivals that take place in the UK each year. But if we have to narrow it down, our short-list of the best festivals to take your really little ones to goes a little like this:

Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…

Glamping up the festival experience with boutique camping

A few years ago I wrote about “Glamping” and how much the word (much like Jedward) annoyed me. Also I couldn’t understand why you couldn’t have a bit of luxury in your own tent with a few extras. However as the years have gone on I’ve finally seen the appeal…

Read more…

Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus

Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour Hits The Road

Celebrating Camp Bestival 2014’s Circus theme, Camp Bestival are running a serious of family events in the Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour!

They are joining up with family party people Big Fish Little Fish for the London part of the tour – please see this post for more details and links to get tickets! Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.

Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…

Bearded Theory 2013 Parent Review

bearded theory 2013Review by Joanne Murphy:

Bearded Theory 2013 was my 2nd ever festival.

Sitting near a river, listening to a waterfall (all very safely fenced off), whilst the kids play under a huge ancient tree, was a million miles away from anything I expected my first Bearded experience to be.

Read more…

Top 15 Music Festivals for Under-5’s – 2012


Top Festivals for Babies and Toddlers 2012 (for 2013 – click HERE!)

For really young kids we tend to recommend smaller festivals, particularly if you are not an experienced festival-goer.  Smaller festivals have the dual advantage of not being so vast that a trip back to the tent for a forgotten dummy takes half the morning, and the stage areas are usually less crowded meaning you can get closer to the bands without fearing your little one getting accidentally trampled on or lost.  That said, smaller festivals often don’t have as much budget for children’s activities, so your choice will also depend a little on the level of laid-on entertainment that your family need.

It really is very hard to choose from all the festivals that take place in the UK each year. But if we have to narrow it down, our short-list of the best festivals to take your really little ones to goes a little like this:

Read more…

Latest news and updates from Camp Bestival!

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING NEW ARENAS AT THE GREATEST FAMILY SHOW ON EARTH!

CARAVANSERAI / THE TRAVELLING BARN / PROJECT WILD THING

FROM CARAVAN COCKTAIL BOOTHS AND IMMERSIVE THEATRE FUN TO BARN DANCES, HOE DOWNS AND A PROJECT WILD THING HUB PLUS PIG’S BIG BALLROOM LINE UP REVEALED Read more…

Big Fish Little Fish join Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus

DSC_4545Roll up! Roll up! Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus in Balham and Hackney Wick….

This May Big Fish Little Fish are holding their last two full London parties until September.
They are part of the Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus tour and they’ve really pulled out all the stops with loads of special extras – synth workshops, dressing up box and and incredible interactive installation.
BFLF will also be resident in the Bollywood Tent at Camp Bestival this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The fancy dress code for the two raves in May is, of course: “Circus!” and our guests can buy specially discounted Camp Bestival tickets at the events. Read more…

Festival on a budget

Times are still tough for many of us but that shouldn’t stop us having fun, especially on the festival front. Even if we have to make a few compromises, and stick to a budget, go to a festival. Read more…

Camp Bestival 2012 Review

Camp Bestival 2012 weather: Hot and dry the entire weekend.

Review by Michelle Rock-Davis (with a 2yr old and a 4yr old)

CB is in a beautiful location, held in Lulworth Castle grounds in Dorset. A big drive for us from West Yorks, but we over-nighted in The New Forest and so arrived fresh and early.

Set Up – The car parks were well organised and we were prepared with our own truck for carting the tent etc. However, we had underestimated the size of the event and over packed as usual. The trek from our car to a camping spot near some loos and showers was a long walk for little toddler legs and involved a few too many hills. Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…