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MummyTheGregor Wed 13-Aug-14 23:02:12

Just come back from Beacons festival nr Skipton and had a great time, lots for the boys (4.5 and 11mo) great kids feild.... and a weird crowd of some families and then tonnes of young 'uns , sort of uni age, canning it.... sounds like a nightmare but it was amazing, all the young folk were super nice and offered to help us with stuff and the family camping feild felt like a lovely community..... it was a bit like the families were a bit of a novelty to the young 'uns and instead of being fed up of tripping over loads of kids they wanted to say how cute they were how they wished their parents had taken them to festivals and stuff.....

Anyhoo am gutted that we're not going to be here for next years dates (we're in France in some gites) so wracking my brains about which other festival we should do next year.... thinking small but not specifically for kids but still with kids stuff.....

What's your thoughts?


Lonecatwithkitten Wed 13-Aug-14 23:16:53

Camp Bestival was brilliant, not small, but sooooo much for kids of all ages. We are going next year.

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Thu 14-Aug-14 00:11:25

Deer shed festival! It is amazing for families and also in Yorkshire. Loads of activities for kids and fantastic bands, johnny Marr headlined this year. We went to Beacons when it was Ilkley moor festival and loved it, but it is full of kids caning it!

MummyTheGregor Thu 14-Aug-14 09:16:24

Ooops tonnes of typos..... not sure what "canning it is" maybe some newfangled dance moves. .. hmm

Deer shed looking favourable.... do they have little bands on Friday and Sunday? Or is music just the Saturday?

Love the idea of camp bestival but might wait till the boys are a bit older....

If festival number 6 didn't have such a tricky access set up we might try that one... but 4 mile bus trip from parking was hard work with just dh and I.... mo idea how families did it.....

ChuckNovice Thu 14-Aug-14 09:20:19

We're going to Shambala next weekend, out first time but looks great for kids. I'll report back.

Onykahonie Thu 14-Aug-14 10:16:26

Beautiful Days is great for families. We're not going this year though, were trying out the (much cheaper) Watchet festival.

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Thu 14-Aug-14 11:39:16

The bands start at 4pm on Friday and finish at about 3pm on Sunday. It's a lovely small site so not far to walk from the camping area to the main area. We took Dd1 who is 6, left baby with parents. We absolutely loved it and will be back next year.

We've been to beautiful days and also loved that but Devon is an awfully long way from Leeds!

Onykahonie Thu 14-Aug-14 13:13:07

Solfest was good last year too (there isn't one this year, but it's back on next year). Large kids' area with lots of different activities.

MummyTheGregor Thu 14-Aug-14 22:02:37

Solfest looks interesting, heard good stuff about shamballa too.... deer shed looking the most favorable atm.....

Possibility of festival number 6 but hiring a campervan.... but campervan tickets alone are 200 quid, so hire plus that plus the actual tickets will be 750 qiid in total..... more than 2 weeks in France! So can't really justify that.....

Maybe latitude..... what's that one like? It is huge isn't it?

MummyTheGregor Thu 14-Aug-14 22:03:28

Ps thanks for the info toomany

RiojaHaze Thu 14-Aug-14 22:04:30

We did Farmfest a couple of weeks ago. Only £100 for all 5 of us to camp.

Loads of music, cider and things to keep the kids entertained that didn't cost any extra. Definitely going again next year.

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 14-Aug-14 22:05:28

I would like to go to the Big Green Gathering -would like to know if thats any good for children? (Sorry for slight hijack op...)

RiojaHaze Thu 14-Aug-14 22:10:58

Also, I don't know if it's any good or not but Jamie Oliver and Alex James do a 'Feastival' in the Cotswolds. Food plus music...fantastic!

Thisisanoutrage Thu 14-Aug-14 22:17:48

We live in Leeds and have been to Deer Shed three times. It's absolutely brilliant for children and grown ups too. Couldn't recommend it more. My 4 year old talks about it all year. They now have friends they see there every year.

The bands have also been good enough to keep my husband from desperately trying to get a ticket for Leeds Festival.

MummyTheGregor Thu 14-Aug-14 22:54:38

Gah! Farmfest looks super and amazing value but looks like we're on holiday for the dates next year boooo!

Hijack away ThatBloodyWoman more info the better!! grin

Anyone been to beat herder?

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Fri 15-Aug-14 22:24:14

I've not been to Beat Herder but my friend goes every year and wouldn't take her daughter due to the liberal drug use. I think it's more one for the grown ups! Deer Shed was only about £30 for a campervan ticket, we took out VW and had loads of room, it was great.

I've been to Glastonbury, Beautiful days, Leeds festival, Reading, Ilkley moor, Deer shed, T in the park, global gathering and creamfields. The only one I would be happy taking my children to is Deer Shed, it caters specifically for children and is like a little hippy mini glasto. You will not be disappointed!

MummyTheGregor Sun 17-Aug-14 10:40:28

Ah beat herder might be one for just dh and I then!?

Takver Mon 18-Aug-14 11:35:32

"I would like to go to the Big Green Gathering -would like to know if thats any good for children? "

BGG is just the Green Gathering now - it got shut down by the police in 2009 & was then reborn maybe 4 years ago IIRC.

The new incarnation is fantastic for kids - it's quite a small festival & very friendly, so no problem with them just roaming free. (Majikal Youth co-ordinate the kids field, they also do Beautiful days & a few others so you might have run in to them elsewhere.)

I'd definitely recommend it, good for children and grown ups & the music's always good though not well known bands IYKWIM. I went in 2012 & 2013 & both dd & I had a great time.

This year I went to Women in Tune instead, fabulous festival & I loved it but not quite the same for dd as not so many older kids/teens. She still had a great time though & we'll definitely go back next year.

Takver Mon 18-Aug-14 11:38:48

Sorry should say the only negative about the GG if you have a van is that I don't think the live in vehicles area is that nice to camp in, though if you work you can have live in vehicles in crew camping which is much nicer! (And has compost toilets not dodgy portaloos)

ThatBloodyWoman Mon 18-Aug-14 14:21:43

Thanks for the info on the GG Takver.

I'm going to seriously consider that for next year....

Hulababy Mon 18-Aug-14 14:25:59

Wychwood festival is very family friendly and not too big.

We really enjoyed CarFest North this summer too. Plenty for children to do. Decent bands

Takver Mon 18-Aug-14 17:41:43

We all really liked it - would definitely go again smile

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