Festival fun…

festival, kids, littlegreenshed, blogLast year as a family we had the chance to visit many beautiful festivals.  The weather was glorious, the kids ran wild and we had the best summer ever – fact!

If you are thinking of booking a festival this year, here is a little round of up of the ones we have been to and how we rate them:

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Starry Skies Festival – (Shambala’s little sister) set in the rolling hills of Wales, just near Hereford.  Dubbed as a camping festival, this one is chilled.  Kids run wild, building dens, climbing trees and having a magical feral time.  There are no burger stalls, no tat, no loud music (until after 7pm), no fairground rides, no loud annoying DJ’s.  Just good family fun. Expect zip slides, forest school, tractor rides, craft, bike rides, DJ competitions, wholesome food, tug of war, circus skills and story telling. Perfect for kids aged 3 – 12 years.

Just So Festival, Littlegreenshed Blog

Just So Festival – magical, enchanting and family entertainment to the max.  Expect acrobatic displays, bonkers theatre performances, crazy dancing, pirates, fairies, story telling and more. Thoroughly wonderful and magical, you will be swept off your feet. Perfect for kids aged 0 – 10 years.

New this year is The Lost Carnival – run by the same team as Just So, this festival is shrouded in mystery. All I can say is it will be marvellous, so if you are in the Manchester area of England – go!

Camp Bestival, Littlegreenshed Blog

Camp Bestival – the daddy of all family festivals.  HUGE! Loud and so much going on. Anything and everything happens here. From celebrity spotting, fancy dress parades, jousting, fireworks, bollywood dancing, circus skills, fair ground rides, DJ’s, skate park, and more.  It is a wild adventure, so much so that you will probably need a holiday afters. The kids will love it though.  Perfect for kids aged 2 – 18 years.

Other festivals for adults which kids are well catered for:

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The Good Life Experience – 2014 was this festivals first year of stepping out onto the festival scene.  Set in North Wales, the festival is the brainchild of Cerys Matthews and Charles Gladstone (Mr Pedlars Vintage).  With it’s heart set firmly in the lost crafts, great food and music, this is one for hipsters who love to whittle a spoon, drink great whiskey and dance a merry jig after dark.  For the kids, a FREE fairground.  Yes I did say free.  My two were up and down the helter skelter for hours.  36c

The Big Festival – Jamie Oliver’s festival so expect lots and lots of food. In particular cheese for some reason.  There is a large kids field with craft, a petting zoo, fair ground rides, circus skills and lots of places to eat of course!  Expect FOOD, great music and bumping into Jamie Oliver all the time!

We love going to festivals with our kids.  It’s part of our Summer now.  We are hoping to go to Just So again this year and The Good Life Experience.  And perhaps Camp Bestival again for the third year running – we shall see….

 

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • I’m glad it’s still possible to have a good festival experience, though I have to say that my recent ones have not been good. A combination of bad weather, rowdy and/or frightening neighbours, topped off by getting robbed whilst we slept (including taking the kids’ pocket money) has somewhat soured my feeling toward festivals in general, so it’s nice to know that there are still some worth visiting.

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