Festivals 2013!

(42 Posts)
TheFowlAndThePussycat Sun 06-Jan-13 10:24:37

Back to work tomorrow, so time to book a festival!

We went to Camp Bestival in 2011 and really enjoyed it, but a change is as good as a rest as my granny would say so this year we are also considering Just So, Beautiful Days and Shambala. (Our kids will be 4 and 6 by the summer).

Has anyone been to any of these? Where are you going this year? Any suggestions gratefully received...TIA

Nannyplumismymum Fri 28-Feb-14 11:55:53

Another post to say we love Shambala - and have never ever seen any drug dealing going on.

IsisOhIsis Sat 03-Aug-13 23:48:46

I'm going to Shambala (have been many times but this will be my first with a child - 2yo dd). I can't wait! It's really family friendly, there's loads to do for adults and children. I'm going to stay in the family camping bit. I've never seen any pushy/insistent drug dealers, there will be that sort of thing going on but I would think the vast majority of festivals would have drugs, anyway? I definitely can't see it being a problem around the more family oriented areas, maybe just around the stages late at night, if at all? It really is a lovely festival

serin Wed 03-Apr-13 22:29:40

We are going to Jamie Olivers feastival. the line up is surprisling good for those with teens; Basement Jaxx and Rizzle Kicks!

jodee Tue 02-Apr-13 20:41:05

Can't help on the camping front (we do go camping, just not at festivals!) but we went to Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire for the first time last year, just for the day, and had a great time, it felt really safe for kids (mine was 12 last year and he went off and did his own thing). Yes, a little "yummy mummy" (that is definately not me!!!) Going again this year just for the day, had to be picky so just going on the Saturday.
Also going to Wickham Festival for the day, which is near Fareham, Hants (folky/rock feel).

TheFowlAndThePussycat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:32:30

Ooh, I gave up mumsnet for lent & this thread took off again! We booked Beautiful Days in the end & I'm really delighted with the line up - although admittedly Glastonbury has somewhat overshadowed that now! I'd be too terrified to take the kids to Glastonbury though.

We're now planning our holiday around it.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 02-Apr-13 12:09:27

Hurrah! Tickets booked. Off to Elderflower Fields at the end of May. Can't wait - so excited! Fingers crossed for good festival weather this summer!

victoriasmith Tue 19-Mar-13 17:05:42

Hi we went to Just So festival last year and really loved it, we hadnt been to the old site which i know alot of people were dissapointed about when it was moved, but we had a lovely weekend with our 1 year old son. We will be going this year with our 2 year old and 1 month old baby!

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 13-Mar-13 14:19:35

Ooh thanks bedhaven. I am really keen to go. Hopefully we will see you there!

GardenPath Sun 10-Mar-13 03:59:52

www.towerseyfestival.com/ is good, as is www.beautifuldays.org/ though the tickets sell out quickly and it's a bit 'hilly' for buggies/trollies. www.weyfest.co.uk/, small, lovely venue. Another lovely venue is www.wildernessfestival.com/ also www.watchetfestival.co.uk/ and somethingelseinthedean.co.uk/tickets-2/ very small and cheap. www.beardedtheory.co.uk/, small and good fun. www.fairportconvention.com/cropredy.php - not my favourite but good fun all the same - the fringe in the village is all free and can be as good if not better than the actual festie.

bedhaven Sun 10-Mar-13 02:39:41

Hey MummyPigsFatTummy I'm not sure of the age limits as or DD was only 14months. Have a look at the flickr photo stream (google Elderflower fields) it looks like over 5's for structured sports but also looks like little ones can have a go! There was storytelling and kids zumba, we just enjoyed meandering (I was 5 months pregnant too). It was one of the hottest weekends last year so lots of horizontal band watching or wandering in the woods but calm enough to be able to watch DD explore from a comfortable distance.
The only thing there wasn't was a huge variety of food, I think there will be more this year but most ate tent side.
Hope to see you there!

MummyPigsFatTummy Sat 09-Mar-13 11:51:46

Bedhaven, I have just lookled at the Elderflower Fields wqebsite and it looks great. Just wondering though, DD will be 3.5 by that time - will she be able to join in with the actuivities like, say the Sports Camp, or is that for older children, do you know? The website doesn't really make it clear but as under 5s are free, I wondered if they get less to do.

Really fancy it though...

YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 07-Mar-13 20:13:30

Just wanted to come on this thread to join in really and to say that I didnt see any dealing at all at Shambala last year. Granted I wasnt in the dancey late night tents but there wasnt any where were were hanging out with the kids.

But yes it isnt a sanitised festival.

erowid Mon 18-Feb-13 17:17:59

Bearded Theory in Derbyshire. Its a bit cheaper and smaller than those mentioned previously but is fantastic for kids. Its an early one (17th-19th May) so can get a bit chilly but its a good one to start the festival season with grin

sillymummy11 Fri 15-Feb-13 21:15:58

There is no longer babysitting at Camp Bestival! The company that did it ceased trading- there was none last year. Plus there were NO cooking areas- you had to cook by your tent. Lots of people had the big double burner setups. I froze loads of sandwiches, choc spread, peanut butter, cheese etc and would take them out at the start of the day and they'd be unfrozen by lunchtime, which cut down food costs. We also took pasta etc. My friends from work went to Shambala last year. I'd heard that it was good for kids, but my friends said that everyone was off their faces (on drugs). Most of my mates were fine with this (no kids) but one wasn't. She said that some of the dealers were quite insistent and got cheesed off at her declining. Although in my younger days this wouldn't have bothered me...I think it would now.

CarriedAwayAnnie Thu 14-Feb-13 19:56:19

What do you think of the Camp Bestival line up?

bedhaven Thu 14-Feb-13 05:12:36

We're off to Elderflower fields in Sussex again this year for it's second year. It's very small so perfect for adventures, everyone has kids (wouldn't recommend it unless you do!) they have supervised sports activities for kids and a real opportunity for freedom. It's partly in the woods which was wonderfully cool and shady on the hottest weekend of last year.
Good music (no one very famous), silent disco in the woods, Elderflower cocktails, 6am breakfast club! Storytelling and dancing. Can't wait for this year, there's lots of friends going and we have a new tent!

toomuchdisneynotenoughJack Wed 13-Feb-13 00:03:56

We have been to Just So for the last three years and are giving it a miss this year because it wasn't that brilliant last year! We are going to camp Bestival instead in our Knackered German van and are really looking forward to it!! No matte where the festival is we always have to cOme across the water from Ireland for it and Just So seemed to have lost its sparkle last year, so further south we shall go!!!

snowqueenrollo Mon 14-Jan-13 21:36:17

yes you can cook outside your tent at Shambala. There is a dedicated Family Camping area but we usually camp as a large group in 'quiet camping' which has been fine for us with kids.

We're definitely doing Shambala (my son would never forgive me if we missed it!) and we've bravely bought tickets for Glastonbury. We usually do this child-free but DS really wants to go, and I am due to have a baby any day so we decided to go for it.

Croissant Neuf is delightfully small and low key, basically a camping holiday with a bit of entertainment thrown in!

FannyBazaar Mon 14-Jan-13 20:39:23

Went to Folk East last year which was great, small area so very child friendly, family camping area was very quiet so no queues at all for showers. Canpsite was very close to car park and shuttle bus from station dropped off right at entrance to camp site. Money back on cups so kids could collect and return these and buy sweets at very cheap sweet stall. Loved the lack of sponsorship, small independent stall holders and total non commercial feel. Venue has changed to Woodbridge for 2013.

Also Latitude, very muddy but we managed to keep clean even in our small tent. Bought a flag to identify our tent which everyone near us also used as a marker! We did actually enjoy the freebies at this one, washing up liquid from ecover, tonnes of free cereal bars handed out (saved on DS pestering for snacks), free breakfast from Alpro, gave away the 6 bottles of lucozade left outside the tent for everyone (6 for such a tiny tent!!).

We have a breakfast and one meal at the tent, one festival meal per day rule. We travel lightweight without a car, so no endless treks back and forward with stuff ;-). Camping/festival meal staples are; Boil in the bag Asian curry like Dahl Makhani, chapattis, dried vegetarian sausage mix, instant cheese pasta mug shots (add some fresh veg), instant mushroom rissotto, instant porridge, sachets of tuna in sauce/dressing, hot chocolate and instant soups.

Grockle Sun 13-Jan-13 23:58:01

We are going to Camp Bestival again - we went last year for the first time & DS (then 6) loved it. We did have a trolley & it was brilliant. DS fell asleep in it at night so we could stay out a bit later than if we'd had to go back to the tent to sleep. Also, we put one of the sides down & used it (filled with blankets and cushions and Pimms) as a bench for DS & his new friends to sit in whilst we watched stuff.

We did basic camping last year and our flagpole was a must. We'd never have found our tent if we'd not had it. Try to pitch your tent at the edge of a path (or, ideally, a corner) so you don't get trapped in. Showers are fine - there is a bit of a wait but you can buy a cup of tea and sit down in the queue til it's your turn.

Buy things like neon facepaints and flowery garlands before you get there (Claire's Accessories & Amazon) because everything is hugely expensive.

My top tip... don't drink too much too early, otherwise you'll fall asleep during the pantomime and your family will never forget the day you were tipsy by 9.30 in the morning blush

TheFowlAndThePussycat Fri 11-Jan-13 22:22:32

Thanks Annie grin

CarriedAwayAnnie Fri 11-Jan-13 20:36:55

I'll give you a little bump as well TheFowl smile

TheFowlAndThePussycat Fri 11-Jan-13 15:49:33

Shameless bump! Anyone else have any festival recommendations?

TheFowlAndThePussycat Mon 07-Jan-13 08:29:11

Thanks everyone - BrawToken the line-up for Kendal Calling last year was amazing! It looks great, I will add it to the list. Given that Dh's comment was that Just So was 'a bit far north' it might be a struggle to get him on board with it though hmm. He's from Bolton btw!

blondefriend -we carried the kids in backpacks at Camp Bestival and they slept in them most days. It nearly did for me though, so definately going for a trolley this year. Plus they don't fit in backpacks anymore!

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Beautiful Days is at the top of Dh's list at the moment and I have to confess that the pull of the Levellers is strong. It sounds like you and I might be of a similar 'vintage' grin.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 06-Jan-13 22:20:54

I've been to Shambala once (good but soggy the year I went) and go to Beautiful Days every year. Beautiful Days is my favourite festival - small, lovely location, very family friendly and the music is perfect for someone of my vintage and indie/shambly/crusty tastes. It's very down-to-earth (no glamping and VIP areas to be seen) and its easy to get out to Honiton Tescos (or to the local pubs if you fancy a pint and a flushing toilet).

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