How to choose the right festival for your family

and is a festival the right place for you?

There’s no denying that taking children to a music festival can be very hard work, and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – but for those uber cool, let’s have it, this is how we roll type of parent (that’s you) you might take the plunge and hopefully find the rewards are well worth the effort.  Accept that you won’t see everything you would see if you didn’t have children with you, get in the festival spirit of what will be will be, and let the adventures begin…

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…

Festival Dos and Don’ts for Families

Taking your baby or toddler camping can be fun as well as easy! Based on an interview we did for Made For Mums:

Taking a baby, toddler or your whole family to a festival?  Here’s your vital checklist of equipment to take and pitfalls to avoid from FestivalKidz founder Romany Greatrex

Taking your baby or toddler camping can be fun as well as easy!

FestivalKidz believe that having children shouldn’t put a stop to having fun at festivals and camping out with all the family – however young.

How young a baby can you take to a festival?

No age is too young – as long as you’re prepared. In fact, I’d say younger babies are even easier than toddlers, especially if you’re breastfeeding. It’s much easier at a festival than bottlefeeding. You can carry your baby in a sling to breastfeed and don’t have the worry of sterilising bottles.

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…

Glastonbury Plans (Buggy vs Bike Trailer dilemma)

Louise ponders the dilemmas of transporting little ones round a humongous festival site

Its April and the Glasto Planning has started, the sun has been hot hot hot and as well as assessing the Glasto weather predictions (rain by the way), we’ve also been assessing the ‘buggy / transport situation’.  Transporting children around Glastonbury is a much more significant issue than at any other festival site in the UK because the site is so vast and the terrain so variable.

So our current dilemma goes a little like this:

Read more…

We took our New Born Baby to Glasto!

We took a couple of weeks off from work after Arabella was born and headed to Glastonbury Festival with my husband Harry, daughter Constance Avalon, and our new born baby daughter Arabella Leah (not forgetting our 20 odd friends and my dad!).  ‘Mad’ is what most people called us, because I’d had an emergency c-section just 5 days before!

Read more…

Getting ‘adult time’ at family festivals

If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then it’s probably a good idea to have a good think about your priorities at a festival before you go… will you feel short-changed if the adult-time doesn’t happen, or is it just an added bonus if you manage it?

One of our contributors, Louise, shared her take on adult-time with us Read more…

How to choose the right festival for your family

and is a festival the right place for you?

There’s no denying that taking children to a music festival can be very hard work, and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – but for those uber cool, let’s have it, this is how we roll type of parent (that’s you) you might take the plunge and hopefully find the rewards are well worth the effort.  Accept that you won’t see everything you would see if you didn’t have children with you, get in the festival spirit of what will be will be, and let the adventures begin…

Read more…

Festival Dos and Don’ts for Families

Taking your baby or toddler camping can be fun as well as easy! Based on an interview we did for Made For Mums:

Taking a baby, toddler or your whole family to a festival?  Here’s your vital checklist of equipment to take and pitfalls to avoid from FestivalKidz founder Romany Greatrex

Taking your baby or toddler camping can be fun as well as easy!

FestivalKidz believe that having children shouldn’t put a stop to having fun at festivals and camping out with all the family – however young.

How young a baby can you take to a festival?

No age is too young – as long as you’re prepared. In fact, I’d say younger babies are even easier than toddlers, especially if you’re breastfeeding. It’s much easier at a festival than bottlefeeding. You can carry your baby in a sling to breastfeed and don’t have the worry of sterilising bottles.

Read more…

Glastonbury Plans (Buggy vs Bike Trailer dilemma)

Louise ponders the dilemmas of transporting little ones round a humongous festival site

Its April and the Glasto Planning has started, the sun has been hot hot hot and as well as assessing the Glasto weather predictions (rain by the way), we’ve also been assessing the ‘buggy / transport situation’.  Transporting children around Glastonbury is a much more significant issue than at any other festival site in the UK because the site is so vast and the terrain so variable.

So our current dilemma goes a little like this:

Read more…

Getting ‘adult time’ at family festivals

If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then it’s probably a good idea to have a good think about your priorities at a festival before you go… will you feel short-changed if the adult-time doesn’t happen, or is it just an added bonus if you manage it?

One of our contributors, Louise, shared her take on adult-time with us 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…

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…

We took our New Born Baby to Glasto!

We took a couple of weeks off from work after Arabella was born and headed to Glastonbury Festival with my husband Harry, daughter Constance Avalon, and our new born baby daughter Arabella Leah (not forgetting our 20 odd friends and my dad!).  ‘Mad’ is what most people called us, because I’d had an emergency c-section just 5 days before!

Read more…