Our first festival of the Summer was at Starry Skies. Set in the hills overlooking the Black Mountains on the Wales/Herefordshire border, the weekend was the hottest of the year.
Starry Skies festival is perfect, small, charming and ideal for young kids. Dubbed as a 'family camping festival' it certainly lives up to this. With only 200 Family tickets sold, it feels intimate, friendly and perfect for first timers.
We rolled up and found our home for the weekend, a beautiful bleached white bell tent, courtesy of Firefly boutique camping. The view from the boutique field was out of this world. Every morning we woke to the jaw dropping view of the hills... it was certainly the best view of the whole festival. (I miss it!).
During the day, the festival laid on free activities for the family. Activities included the flying fox zip wire, clay model making, water slides, farm tours to circus skills. My two were fully entertained in a gentle way, no loud music, no commercialism, no stalls saying 'buy this!'. Just good old outdoor family fun.
My two boys ran freely from field to field, visiting friends camping in the 'camping plus' area. We felt safe allowing them freedom to play in the woods, the scramble nets and den area which was between the two camping fields.
The highlights for my two were: Forest school, a chance to spend two hours in the woods building dens, lighting fires and making dream catchers. The cinema tent - they watched the Lego movie, do I need to say more? And for Charlie - the hammer and nails tent - basically a pile of wood, hammers and nails and imagination!
In the evening, we were entertained by DJ's, a bar and good food in the large Tentipi. Staying up late most evenings til dark. The large fire pit was lit and children toasted marshmallows or spent a few hours watching their favourite movies in the cinema tent, whilst their parents relaxed with a beer or two and danced.
Starry Skies is utterly magical. We loved it all and will definitely be back next year. It is our kind of festival.
(We were sent to Starry Skies by the Telegraph to review, my full review will be on-line there soon).