Pregnant Festivalling Part 2

I was 16 weeks pregnant when we went to Camp Bestival. Now if my last pregnancy was anything to go by then I felt amazing at 16 weeks, in fact the whole second trimester was just wonderful for me and we went on a lovely holiday to Cornwall where we did a lot of walking. I had more energy and was able to eat normally again and started to glow. Read more…

Family Talent Show at Camp Bestival 2011

One of our reader’s gorgeous little 5 year old daughter Rose entered the Family Talent Show, judged by Sara Cox, at Camp Bestival this year… and guess what?… SHE WON!!!!

Thanks so much to her proud mum Catherine for sharing this special moment with us x

Now, if that was my daughter up there, I would’ve been blubbing my little heart out with pride!  Here’s what Catherine had to say about the experience:

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…

Charity Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Camp Bestival

READY, TEDDY, GO!

Time to dig out your old children’s unwanted teddies because this summer saw the launch of ‘Persil Pass on the Love‘ picnics, fronted by DJ, TV presenter and mum Jo Whiley.  Mums and their little ones were encouraged to get together with friends, bring along their once-loved-but-now-forgotten teddies  – newly washed – and swap them with other children to be cherished again!

We all know that kids quickly grow out of their teddies, so rather than throw them away, Jo is encouraging families to bring their old (but clean!) soft toys and then pass them on for another child to love – either by swapping with a friend or donating them to charity partner Oxfam.

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…

Three Special Things…

Mr TumbleMy little girl is a HUGE Mr Tumble fan. So much so that she reenacts the “spotty bag” routine and the mighty Tumble is one of the many reasons why we have chosen to attend Camp Bestival.

In preparation she has watched, many a time now, the episode where Justin goes to Wychwood festival and meets a family for some festival fun. Read more…

Pregnant Festivalling Part 1

Many people would baulk in horror at the thought of going to a festival when pregnant, I however don’t see an issue with it at all. Maybe it’s because many of my fellow mummy friends (who have never been to a festival) think that I will be spending the weekend covered head to toe in mud, surrounded by drunk people and being bashed around in a mosh pit. Read more…

Camp Bestival 2010 Review

Camp Bestival Finale 2010

2010 Camp Bestival weather: Warm in the day and a little chillier at night but not really cold cold.

Review by:   Lorraine (with 4 kids aged 10, 14, 15 and 17)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

We got there about  10.30 am and still had quite a queue to get in. We hired a cart to take our stuff into the camping field which were quite expensive. Didn’t have a problem getting a space as we were early but it filled up quickly and people were squeezing into any available gap by mid afternoon.

Had been very dry in the few weeks before so was very dusty and hard to get pegs in the ground, make sure you take robust ones!

Read more…

It’s official – Festivals are good for you!

Destination: Music – UK Music report 16 May 2011

I’m a big fan of music festivals.  I think they’re great.

They support the Arts, they support children’s creative and social development… and now it seems they support our economy in a huge way too!

Today UK Music released the biggest report so far into the economics of the lowly music festival and put figures against the live music industry’s financial contribution.  The results are quite staggering and make for very interesting reading if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can view the full report here.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music said: “I am hugely excited by Read more…

Going to a festival pregnant?

Beautiful body painting by Cree and Liz

Of course you can!…

… if you want to.  A lot will depend on how you feel, and on what stage of pregnancy you are at.

All the usual rules apply about eating, drinking, resting, smoking, etc so I’m not going to preach about all that to you.  But there are some things you should pay a little extra attention to.

Belly Painting – get into the spirit of fun and show of your gorgeous bump by getting it painted.  The Face Painters will love the opportunity to unleash their creativity on you and you will get some very memorable photos.

This gorgeous full-body paint was done at the Acoustic Festival 2011 by the immensely talented artists Cree from Creeations and Liz McAvoy from Flashy Faces.

Read more…

Pregnant Festivalling Part 2

I was 16 weeks pregnant when we went to Camp Bestival. Now if my last pregnancy was anything to go by then I felt amazing at 16 weeks, in fact the whole second trimester was just wonderful for me and we went on a lovely holiday to Cornwall where we did a lot of walking. I had more energy and was able to eat normally again and started to glow. 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…

Pregnant Festivalling Part 1

Many people would baulk in horror at the thought of going to a festival when pregnant, I however don’t see an issue with it at all. Maybe it’s because many of my fellow mummy friends (who have never been to a festival) think that I will be spending the weekend covered head to toe in mud, surrounded by drunk people and being bashed around in a mosh pit. Read more…

It’s official – Festivals are good for you!

Destination: Music – UK Music report 16 May 2011

I’m a big fan of music festivals.  I think they’re great.

They support the Arts, they support children’s creative and social development… and now it seems they support our economy in a huge way too!

Today UK Music released the biggest report so far into the economics of the lowly music festival and put figures against the live music industry’s financial contribution.  The results are quite staggering and make for very interesting reading if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can view the full report here.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music said: “I am hugely excited by Read more…

Family Talent Show at Camp Bestival 2011

One of our reader’s gorgeous little 5 year old daughter Rose entered the Family Talent Show, judged by Sara Cox, at Camp Bestival this year… and guess what?… SHE WON!!!!

Thanks so much to her proud mum Catherine for sharing this special moment with us x

Now, if that was my daughter up there, I would’ve been blubbing my little heart out with pride!  Here’s what Catherine had to say about the experience:

Read more…

Charity Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Camp Bestival

READY, TEDDY, GO!

Time to dig out your old children’s unwanted teddies because this summer saw the launch of ‘Persil Pass on the Love‘ picnics, fronted by DJ, TV presenter and mum Jo Whiley.  Mums and their little ones were encouraged to get together with friends, bring along their once-loved-but-now-forgotten teddies  – newly washed – and swap them with other children to be cherished again!

We all know that kids quickly grow out of their teddies, so rather than throw them away, Jo is encouraging families to bring their old (but clean!) soft toys and then pass them on for another child to love – either by swapping with a friend or donating them to charity partner Oxfam.

Read more…

Three Special Things…

Mr TumbleMy little girl is a HUGE Mr Tumble fan. So much so that she reenacts the “spotty bag” routine and the mighty Tumble is one of the many reasons why we have chosen to attend Camp Bestival.

In preparation she has watched, many a time now, the episode where Justin goes to Wychwood festival and meets a family for some festival fun. Read more…

Camp Bestival 2010 Review

Camp Bestival Finale 2010

2010 Camp Bestival weather: Warm in the day and a little chillier at night but not really cold cold.

Review by:   Lorraine (with 4 kids aged 10, 14, 15 and 17)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

We got there about  10.30 am and still had quite a queue to get in. We hired a cart to take our stuff into the camping field which were quite expensive. Didn’t have a problem getting a space as we were early but it filled up quickly and people were squeezing into any available gap by mid afternoon.

Had been very dry in the few weeks before so was very dusty and hard to get pegs in the ground, make sure you take robust ones!

Read more…

Going to a festival pregnant?

Beautiful body painting by Cree and Liz

Of course you can!…

… if you want to.  A lot will depend on how you feel, and on what stage of pregnancy you are at.

All the usual rules apply about eating, drinking, resting, smoking, etc so I’m not going to preach about all that to you.  But there are some things you should pay a little extra attention to.

Belly Painting – get into the spirit of fun and show of your gorgeous bump by getting it painted.  The Face Painters will love the opportunity to unleash their creativity on you and you will get some very memorable photos.

This gorgeous full-body paint was done at the Acoustic Festival 2011 by the immensely talented artists Cree from Creeations and Liz McAvoy from Flashy Faces.

Read more…