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To take a 3 year old to a beer festival?

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curiousmonkey Wed 03-Aug-16 19:36:51

Would you? One of us would stay sober as will be driving. No other children we know there.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Wed 03-Aug-16 19:38:19

I wouldn't, I go to these things to get away from children. I'd be miffed if I went and there were other people's kids.

Floggingmolly Wed 03-Aug-16 19:38:30

Of course there will be no other children you know there... Why exactly do you think that is??

molyholy Wed 03-Aug-16 19:39:12

I wouldn't purely based on the fact that it would be an utterly boring day for the dc. The sober one would have to try and keep them entertained and probably not have a very good day themselves.

Scholes34 Wed 03-Aug-16 19:39:53

We always took our kids when they were little. Now DC1 is 19, we have to buy her beer.

If there's an outside area, kids can run around. Beer festivals aren't about getting totally pissed out of your head and being obnoxious.

Bombaybunty Wed 03-Aug-16 19:42:28

If it's in the day, I wouldn't hesitate in taking a 3 yr old. We went to a beer festival in Ludlow earlier this year. It was a very family friendly affair, loads of kids of all ages.

I think the eveninng sessions are a bit different.

TheFlis12345 Wed 03-Aug-16 19:42:55

It depends very much on the specific beer festival. I attend a couple every year that are totally set up as a family day out, they even have a bouncy castle! Some are not at all geared that way though, so you may be best to check with the organisers or people who have been before.

Floggingmolly Wed 03-Aug-16 19:43:08

You'll piss off everybody if you bring your kids and let them "run around" hmm.

2ManySweets Wed 03-Aug-16 19:44:34

What flogging said. I love beer festivals. I love children. But IMHO a beer festival is no place for a child. They'll be bored shitless.

ApocalypseNowt Wed 03-Aug-16 19:46:04

Depends on the festival. Some are about drinking beer and nothing else. Some are v family friendly and have bands on and other stalls and stuff - we've often taken our dc to this type.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 03-Aug-16 19:47:05

More details needed. I've been to a beer festival in the extensive and very family-friendly grounds of a country pub, and I've been to one in a working man's club, and everything in between.

Scholes34 Wed 03-Aug-16 19:47:38

Big beer hall in a very large, spacious marquee. Lots of grass in the outside area. Children not allowed inside the beer hall. Lots of space for running around outside. Lots of food stalls. Soft drinks available. Lots of fun to be had by everyone.

Stillunexpected Wed 03-Aug-16 19:48:13

The fact that one of you is not going to drink as you need a drive suggests that maybe this is one of the more family-friendly festivals and there are other activities. Otherwise, aren't you also going to be bored out of your mind watching everyone else drink while you swig your water?!

sugarmonster64 Wed 03-Aug-16 19:50:14

Depends. We've been to some which are restricted to adults only and some which have family friendly days. Is it outside? That would be easier to take a child

Stillunexpected Wed 03-Aug-16 19:50:17

Scholes are you the OP? Or do you know the festival in question?

curiousmonkey Wed 03-Aug-16 19:57:52

Thanks for responses so far. Ok, more details. It's in May next year. We'd go in the day and leave before the evening session. There is apparently a family tent with entertainment but we haven't personally ever been. We live about an hour away from the festival in the Midlands. We have been invited as part of a group of people celebrating an event, but it's not an official beer festival event.

Does that help?!

pyrowall Wed 03-Aug-16 20:00:31

We've taken out now nearly 6 yr old DS to beer festivals since he was really small <1 perhaps.
We go during the day when it is marketed as a family event. There's activities to keep the children entertained.

2ManySweets Wed 03-Aug-16 20:00:32

curious Will there be other kids there in your group and if so how old will they be?

DementedUnicorn Wed 03-Aug-16 20:01:59

Unless the others in the group are taking kids I wouldn't think it appropriate to take yours. I wouldn't be impressed if a friend took their kid

puglife15 Wed 03-Aug-16 20:02:10

Yanbu I do this sort of thing all the time

ForalltheSaints Wed 03-Aug-16 20:05:41

Seems a bit young to me. I have known children in an afternoon session, usually at least 7 or 8 years old.

Artandco Wed 03-Aug-16 20:08:30

I would. The beer festival close to where I grew up is a 'beer festival', but they sell stuff like local fresh juices, local food produce, and it's defiantly a family day out. Almost everyone is there with all ages

honeylulu Wed 03-Aug-16 20:12:29

I've been taking mine (on "family day") for years. My daughter first went at 4 days old and we missed the midwife's visit blush.

Cooroo Wed 03-Aug-16 20:12:34

Went to one recently. Marquee on a big field. Bouncy castle. Loads of kids. No problems.

curiousmonkey Wed 03-Aug-16 20:17:44

I think some will take their kids, they're either older (5-9) or will be babies (not born yet!) We don't routinely socialise with them so my DC won't know them.

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