Break away from the crowds

With some of the bigger festivals cancelling this year, here is a selection of my favourite smaller and more alternative festivals offering something a bit different from the mainstream:

2000 Trees has great music and plenty on offer for kids: musical instrument / mask-making, face painting, juggling, bonfires and nature walks (although sometimes all kids want is an open space to run around in, and they certainly have that too).  twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

The Green Man Festival is a medium size festival set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music tends to have a modern yet folky edge.  You can camp for a week to make the trip into a holiday. greenman.net

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Green Man Festival embraces Future Generations

Kid’s Areas are so last season… all hail the Future Generations!

Future Generations (formerly the Kids Area) is Green Man’s all-new adult-free adventure zone, exclusively designed for young people of all shapes and sizes under the age of 18.

From toddlers to teens and everyone in between, there’s never a dull moment with tonnes of cool stuff to explore across six exciting activity areas!

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Green Man Staycation

Turn your trip to the Green Man Festival into a week-long family holiday in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Green Man Festival 20th 21st 22nd August

ENOY THE ULTIMATE “STAYCATION” THIS SUMMER AND TURN GREEN MAN INTO A WEEK-LONG ADVENTURE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET!

Beat the recession and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park with Green Man’s UK exclusive Holiday Ticket offer!

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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…

Break away from the crowds

With some of the bigger festivals cancelling this year, here is a selection of my favourite smaller and more alternative festivals offering something a bit different from the mainstream:

2000 Trees has great music and plenty on offer for kids: musical instrument / mask-making, face painting, juggling, bonfires and nature walks (although sometimes all kids want is an open space to run around in, and they certainly have that too).  twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

The Green Man Festival is a medium size festival set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music tends to have a modern yet folky edge.  You can camp for a week to make the trip into a holiday. greenman.net

Read more…

Green Man Staycation

Turn your trip to the Green Man Festival into a week-long family holiday in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Green Man Festival 20th 21st 22nd August

ENOY THE ULTIMATE “STAYCATION” THIS SUMMER AND TURN GREEN MAN INTO A WEEK-LONG ADVENTURE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET!

Beat the recession and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park with Green Man’s UK exclusive Holiday Ticket offer!

Read more…

Green Man Festival embraces Future Generations

Kid’s Areas are so last season… all hail the Future Generations!

Future Generations (formerly the Kids Area) is Green Man’s all-new adult-free adventure zone, exclusively designed for young people of all shapes and sizes under the age of 18.

From toddlers to teens and everyone in between, there’s never a dull moment with tonnes of cool stuff to explore across six exciting activity areas!

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…