Did you go to a festival this summer, would you recommend it?

We had a change this year and went to WOMAD followed by the BIG FEASTIVAL, both in the Cotswolds.

WOMAD

WOMAD was a first for us, along with 2 other families. An all round amazing festival, with a handy app so you can plan your days ahead and if you’re anything like my teenage daughter be up doing yoga at 9.30, whilst we were still at the tent, followed by a busy day of dance and drumming workshops and getting creative. For the little ones the WOMAD WEENIES and the Happening tent were packed full of lovely activities from art to hands on trying new things and joining in singing and playing with Music Bus for the very youngest of visitors.

 

 

The nights were full of bands from all around the world with the African drumming staying in my head for days after. Molly’s bar kept everyone dancing until 3am and if you went to bed any earlier you’d find yourself singing along to familiar tunes in your sleep!

The BIG FEASTIVAL

A few weeks later found us back in the Cotswolds at The BIG FEASTIVAL held at Alex James’ farm, where together with Jamie Oliver they put on a fantastic family festival packed with great music and great food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My girls managed to find a happy mix of daytime activities made up of swing dance, disco yoga, laughing yoga(!), Hula Fit, the cookery school, and lapping up food tasting freebies in the producers’ market. For younger visitors the petting farm and host of daily activities in the Little Dude’s Den, including Music Bus of course, kept them happy when they weren’t playing in the trademark haystacks.

 

 

As for us adults?

If the kids were happy we were happy chilling, chatting and constantly eating…what is it about being outside that makes you sooo hungry?!

The food was amazing from mouth-watering beef brisket to paella and my girls’ favourite the gnocchi. Don’t be concerned if you’re gluten free, vegan or have allergies you’ll find you’re well looked after!

At night, handy ear defenders and wagons kept the tiny tots warm and asleep (believe it or not) whilst parents danced to familiar songs from Clean Bandit, Craig David, Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx to name a few!  Nights ended with a last stop at the silent disco on the way to bed…kids staying asleep before rolling into bed, result!

Would I recommend these festivals? Absolutely!

Tips

Even if the sun’s shining when you’re packing to go and the forecast is good DON’T believe it!

PACK YOUR WELLIES, WARM JUMPERS AND A GOOD RAINCOAT!

Seriously, I’m investing in better raincoats for the whole family and not leaving for a festival without them. Whilst the weather varied from HOT in July at WOMAD we had severe rain and winds later and and the Big Feastival was chilly with constant rain on the last day, and remember rain means MUD!

For little ones? Those wagons with a rain cover and ear defenders are a must.

Here’s to 2019 Summer Family Festivals, who’s coming?

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