Festivals 2014!

(60 Posts)
Nannyplumismymum Fri 28-Feb-14 11:59:11

Where are people going?

We went to Shambala last year .

Am undecided whether to do Green Man this year or Shambala again ... I'm falling for the latter.

Onykahonie Fri 28-Feb-14 15:57:35

Good question! We're undecided on whether to go to our usual Beautiful Days, or to go to a festival with some bands the now teenage kids will have heard of (apart from the Levellers of course)!

MummyPigsFatTummy Sat 01-Mar-14 00:13:27

Elderflower Fields. Went last year and loved it. New site this year so hope it's as good.

mydadsdaughter Sat 01-Mar-14 00:20:55

we are going to cropredy (working) but I must admit I would love to go to beautiful days

chicaguapa Sat 01-Mar-14 19:19:51

We're going to Green Man this year. It's our first ever festival. DH is listening to the bands to figure out which ones he wants to go and see. I'm planning on hanging out with DC.

bedhaven Sat 01-Mar-14 19:50:12

Elderflower fields too! Will be even better now our littlest is charging around. See you there Mummypig

Showy Sat 01-Mar-14 19:51:57

I'm going to Cambridge. Would love to do Beautiful Days but it's just too far away. Would also like to go to Latitude but it's ££. Will be going to a sausage and beer festival at Jimmy's Farm too!

serin Sun 02-Mar-14 17:16:11

Definitely not the Big Feastival, went last year and it was dire.

blondefriend Mon 03-Mar-14 21:56:43

Camp Bestival as usual but will look into some of the others as well. smile

NettleTea Mon 03-Mar-14 22:56:41

sad that Elderflower fields has moved as was thinking about that one. I need something near so I can get away Friday night/Sat morning and be back on Sunday as guests come into our site on Fri/Mon

gengis Mon 03-Mar-14 22:58:37

We went to green man last year and it was lovely, got tickets for this year too.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 04-Mar-14 00:09:30

I think it's just moved up more Kent way NettleTea. Not that far I don't think.

Camp Bestival again here. Johnny Marr and De La Soul!

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 04-Mar-14 00:25:37

Bit south of Ashdown Forest by the look of it. 18 miles from Brighton apparently.

lisad123everybodydancenow Tue 04-Mar-14 21:01:10

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JourneyToThePlacentaOfTheEarth Tue 04-Mar-14 21:46:39

We're going to camp bestival too Lisa. V excited. Why are you panicking?

Nannyplumismymum Wed 05-Mar-14 00:48:30

Mummy pig - where is Elderflower Festival ?

Nannyplumismymum Wed 05-Mar-14 00:51:10

Chica - I was so nearly went for Green Man this year - but I just couldn't take myself away from Shambala.grin
Absolutely magical place . Love it love it love it. And the DC would never have forgiven me for not going back this year.

aufaniae Wed 05-Mar-14 00:54:11

Hoping to go to Standon Calling again, lovely boutique festival only 45 minutes from London, really child friendly. We've been 3 times now. Saturday night is fancy dress, the kids loved it smile

jammietart Wed 05-Mar-14 07:51:54

We're going to Latitude. First time at Latitude and our first festival with the DCs. I'm so nervous. I've only ever done 'big' festivals pre children - I just can't imagine how its going to pan out!

happyyonisleepyyoni Wed 05-Mar-14 07:55:46

We went to latitude last year with DCs, first time festivallers. It was great. The loos are very clean and the family camping area was grand. The only problem was dragging DD age 2 out if the kids area, to see some bands. The kids zone is a mini festival in itself really!

Felix90 Wed 05-Mar-14 07:56:09

We are considering going to Beacons as its on my birthday weekend! DD will be 8 months by then but I'm a bit worried about taking a baby to a festival. Please tell me it won't be massively stressful grin

jammietart Wed 05-Mar-14 08:00:00

Ha ha happy. I've already said to DH I can see myself sitting by a bouncy castle call weekend and not seeing any bands at all!

I tell a lie about first festival with kids we've been to Sark Folk Festival. That was good.

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 05-Mar-14 10:05:25

This year EF will be in Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex Nannyplum - link to PP here: www.pippingford.co.uk/

Last year it was at an estate closer to Lewes, but I think they are presumably growing a bit - not too much I hope. I prefer small festivals really. Camp Bestival and similar are way too big for me now.

UriGeller Wed 05-Mar-14 10:22:20

Is it just me being lazy or do all summer festivals happen in southern parts?

Love End Of The Road festival but its such a pain to get to. Any nice camping festivals north like Yorkshire area?

mrsmugoo Wed 05-Mar-14 10:29:16

Only Wilderness this year and Glastonbury for the day if I can get it.

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 05-Mar-14 10:56:03
Felix90 Wed 05-Mar-14 11:02:54

Uri try Beacons! We are going this year after recommendations from friends. It looks great. It's just near Skipton smile

SlimJimBra Wed 05-Mar-14 21:18:18

Just So (Cheshire, so not south!)

Grockle Wed 05-Mar-14 21:23:41

Another one for Camp Bestival again smile

UriGeller Thu 06-Mar-14 09:24:37

Thanks, I'll check them all out, and that site mummypig grin.

UriGeller Thu 06-Mar-14 09:27:13

Just So looks fun.

OBface Fri 07-Mar-14 10:24:14

Camp Bestival and Glastonbury (on my own) here. Toying with the idea of Shambala as well as is literally round the corner. My DD is 3, is it a good festival for that age group?

LondonSuperTrooper Fri 07-Mar-14 10:54:58

Which tents do you take with you for the festivals? Mine is too big to lug around without a car (heard that you have to carry all equipment from car park to site).

MummyPigsFatTummy Fri 07-Mar-14 19:29:46

We bought a folding trolley wagon thing from Lidl last year to save so much lugging about. Means we can take the bell tent. Also we can use it for DD to rest when she gets tired during the festival. Some people use pushchairs or, if they have space in the car/van, a radio flyer type wagon which doesn't fold.

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Fri 07-Mar-14 22:35:26

Yes uri, deer shed festival, Thirsk

northender Fri 07-Mar-14 22:41:25

Shrewsbury folk festival for the northend family (with ds 12 & dd 9)
In august. Never been to a festival before, can't wait.

Grockle Sat 08-Mar-14 09:01:02

We used a trolley to lug our stuff from car to pitch. We have a Vango Icarus 500 - easy to put up and not too big. We sleep in our tent and that's it - we don't spend time there during the day so are out from 8.30ish til after 11pm.

You can buy trolleys but I know you can hire them at some festivals - we'll do that this year.

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 12-Mar-14 21:15:55

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Grockle Fri 14-Mar-14 00:42:55

Aww, Lisa, I'll hold you to that. Although atm, I am teetotal. I suspect that I will be over that by the summer.

I just found out that I DO have DS for Camp B - there was some doubt that he could come but it's all ok now. The nice thing about CB is that there are different areas, not too far apart, so if DC don't want to listen to loud music, you can chill out and do crafts or a kids workshop or just sit on a sofa in a field and people watch or hang out in the chill out area. DS has ear defenders for when it gets too loud. Take lots of snacks & glowsticks.

Lozcal01 Fri 14-Mar-14 20:31:12

Im doing Edenfest and maybe Deer Shed fest. My daughters first festivals! They are both only a couple of hours drive away (from Newcastle)

I've just learned to drive so still too scared to go too far!

I have heard good things about both of them and am so excited! Has anyone been to them?

I am also going to Boomtown but thats with friends. It look totally brilliant.

ilovepicnmix Fri 14-Mar-14 20:36:50

Deershed for me and DS. He will be just turned 2 so just 1 when we went last year. I thoroughly recommend it as a family festival. I am a LP and managed fine for anyone wondering about going to festivals with young ones. I went as part of a larger group of friends so had help putting up my tiny tent. The most difficult bit was getting our stuff from the car to the camping bit.

Romily Fri 14-Mar-14 22:30:19

I have never been to festival before however we are thinking about going to Eden this year as we have heard it is really family friendly. I t would be great to hear what others have thought of it.

CelticPromise Sun 16-Mar-14 18:30:19

We're going to Cambridge. Went last year with DS ethno is 4, it was my first festival in years and we had a brilliant time. It will be a bit different this year because we're just about to buy a campervan eek! It's DH's midlife crisis buy I reckon. I really fancy Green Man too if we can afford it.

CelticPromise Sun 16-Mar-14 18:30:51

Who is 4 that should be.

Hulababy Sun 16-Mar-14 18:37:32

We are going to Car Fest North. We are taking dd's friend with us so will have a busy time with two 12 year old girls: DH is probably regretting it already - he hates camping as it is!

Raxacoricofallapatorius Sun 16-Mar-14 18:46:02

Celtic, we do Cambridge every year. First year we took dd she was 11 weeks and we borrowed dbil's camper van. Twas excellent. We're camping at Coldhams too as the DC are 6 and 2 so the quiet suits us. Our friend always celebrates his birthday at the festival and we do so with fancy dress Friday. This year our theme is Christmas. So if you see a group of 30 somethings with some smaller people in tow, all bedecked in festive attire, do point and laugh.

exexpat Sun 16-Mar-14 18:47:07

After three years running at Green Man we can't make it this year but I'm wondering about something like End of the Road - has anyone been?

I'm slightly put off by the teen and child tickets at EOTR being much more expensive than Green Man - the Green Man £5 tickets for under 13s are a bargain, and even the teen ones are half adult price rather than about 2/3 like End of the Road.

We're also going to this lovely tiny festival - more than a touch of lentil-weavery about it (though the same seems true of most festivals I've been to), but lovely location and brilliant for children: Beyond the Border.

Ledkr Sun 16-Mar-14 18:57:13

We are going to Wychwood in Cheltenham.
It's amazing fiot children so much to do and they have a parade on Sunday to show off their creations.
Very family orientated.
We camp even though we live in the same town.
I do go home once though for a pooh a shower and to make a big pasta bake to bring back.

CelticPromise Sun 16-Mar-14 19:02:13

Ha Rax sounds fab, I will be sure to look out for you! We camped at Coldhams last year and I loved it. I thought the bus would be a faff but it was fine and like you say nice and quiet for DS. And showers!

Onykahonie Sun 16-Mar-14 19:37:38

What sort of music is generally on at Shambala? I've looked at a few past line-ups and don't recognise many of the bands! Does anyone know how it compares to Beautiful Days?

dobby2001 Sun 23-Mar-14 17:39:42

Would love some advice as to best festival for this 40 something festi virgin to take her 12yo DD to? Have ALWAYs wanted to go to a festival but DH said no. He has now giving up camping altogether so out of the equation :-D

We are in S.London so wondering about Elderflower fields, or would that be too young families with smalls and thus not cool enough for DD?

dobby2001 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:26:20

Anyone? Have I killed another thread then...sad

CelticPromise Wed 26-Mar-14 22:39:21

Dobby if you like the music I would def recommend Cambridge but it's sold out this year. I haven't been to any others recently but Green Man always gets good reviews?

exexpat Wed 26-Mar-14 23:48:08

Dobby - yes, Green Man is good for that age group - manageable size, very laid-back festival, there is a teen area but also a very good field full of hands-on science/eco/crafty things which DD (11) enjoyed last year. And if she is still under 13 at the time of the festival, children's tickets are really cheap (£5 last year, haven't checked this year).

Takver Thu 27-Mar-14 19:55:40

I'd thought of doing something different, but I think most likely we'll go to the Green Gathering again. DD is very keen to go, though at 12 she falls slightly awkwardly between the children's activities and the teen space.

I'm also tempted by Women in Tune - which also is very reasonable esp as dd would be free! Have never been, but always fancied it.

bedhaven Sat 29-Mar-14 17:01:56

Elderflower fields was a real mix of ages, it depends on what makes it cool for her? They've got a list of activities for 11+ but apart from music mostly quite outdoorsy- slack lining, parkour, climbing etc. depends what you're both into.

Onykahonie Sat 29-Mar-14 18:24:26

Anyone ever been to the Galtres Festival in Yorkshire?

214 Tue 22-Apr-14 20:14:56

We have been to Galtres, 1st time last year and had an absolute ball. It was laid back with tons to do, great live acts and good variety of food and drink. loads of kids of all ages there, ours loved it and we are back again this year.

greencybermummy Thu 24-Apr-14 23:47:26

Greenman for 2nd time, all of us, excellent for the children. Cambridge first time, just me and DH, very excited.

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