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Wychwood Festival – 2013

Wychwood Festival – 2013

Wychwood 2013 Review After a weekend at Wychwood Festival, my son ran through the school door telling his teacher and friends all about dragons, staying up late, making friends, eating crumpets, dancing to music, seeing Mr Bloom, bubbles and bouncy castles. So if you asked him if he enjoyed it, I would say it was a big YES.  But from a parent’s perspective, it wasn’t all plain sailing. We arrived late afternoon Friday and there where no queues to get…

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Nozstock Festival – 2014

Nozstock Festival – 2014

Nozstock 2014 Review Friday 1st August – 3rd August – Nozstock the Hidden Valley  It was a short but incredibly fun packed day for us at Nozstock this year. We only managed to get to the hidden valley full of dinosaurs and cave folk for the day this year but still had a brilliant time. Keeping myself and Dylan company was my sister in law and my niece, both experienced festival ladies who jumped at the chance of spending the…

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My Top Five Festivals for 2017

My Top Five Festivals for 2017

I think with all the grey skies at the moment and the January blues seeming to hang on, what we all need is summer and of course festivals. I have had several people ask what festivals I recommend for families, so I am listing my top five for 2017. With a big drum roll needed here is my top five in no particular order. Blissfields Festival – 6th – 8th of July – Winchester I am a little bit biased when…

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Greenman Festival. Those were the days, my Friend.

Greenman Festival. Those were the days, my Friend.

As I sat down in the Caravan awing on Friday night, the children asleep, Mrs EBF out enjoying the festival, I thought about how I would write this review. It occurred to me that this year is my 26th year of attending Music Festivals in the UK. I was never a “Lads Holiday” kind of bloke, my idea of a fun summer was in a field somewhere with my friends, listening to music that we all were obsessive about. My…

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Working and Playing at Blissfields 2016

Working and Playing at Blissfields 2016

  This is the fourth time we have worked and played at what I consider one of my most favourite festivals. It is small but so perfectly formed. I really don’t have any negatives about this festival and it is now my son’s favourite. Blissfields is always the first weekend of July and it is now known as the festival that is always sunny. This year we did get the odd shower but nothing compared to the rain before the…

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The flying seagull project

The flying seagull project

  We first met the Flying Seagulls at Wilderness Festival in 2012.  One of the first areas we tend to head for is the children’s area at any festival. Within minutes we noticed the Seagulls, and who could miss them? In every children’s area they tend to attract the largest crowds, never an empty seat when they perform unless they have you dancing, jumping around and becoming part of the show.  They become the backbone of every kids’ area they…

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A day out at Hay Festival

A day out at Hay Festival

Hay Festival is held in Hay-on-wye, Powys, Wales for roughly 10 days.  I once heard Hay Festival described as “The Woodstock of the mind”, that is a fabulous description for what is a bubbling pot of literature and entertainment. Since its early days it now has a children area called ‘hay fever’. Each day in hay fever they have a different subject they cover in art sessions. Initially my 7 year old pulled his face and said it was for…

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What do children learn at festivals

What do children learn at festivals

I love festivals but my reasons for going to them have over the years changed and my circumstances have certainly changed. Before it was all about me and my friends, now it’s not just about me and my friends; it’s also about my children and considering my reasons for taking them. I want them to enjoy going to to festivals and have plenty of wonderful experiences from going, and from those experiences they can hopefully benefit every day. At the…

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