It seems this summer my friends are embracing festivals with their five year olds and I’ve been asked countless times about what to pack. We’ve been on the festival scene since Isabella was potty training, so we’re pretty seasoned in our festival set up. Here’s what we’ve learnt over our last 6 festivals with small kids…
A football club right here in the UK has been named the world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football club.
When it comes to festivals and being sustainable, we have a long way to go. So much plastic, from drinks through to food vendors is rife and when you’re locked in a festival environment for the weekend, there’s often few alternatives out there. So, when Deer Shed announced that they were getting #DrasticOnPlastic at this year’s festival, we travelled down to Thirsk in Yorkshire to see what it’s all about.
We can’t wait to celebrate the start of the school holidays with a family friendly festival tucked away in Yorkshire. In its 9th year, Deer Shed hits the mark for family fun – from music, to theatre and adventures in the woodland, there’s no better place to start the summer season!
What we absolutely LOVE about this festival is that is it taking a very bold step of banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and straws for 2018! BOOM! They are investing in better recycling infrastructure and pledging to become a completely single-use plastic free festival by 2021.
So what else can you expect from this festival, taking place in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 20th-22nd July? Music, theatre, science, arts and of course, adventures.
Timber Festival is a brand new, independent festival set in the National Forest and it’s taking place this weekend… 6-8 July… we can’t wait to get back to nature and reconnect as a family. Here’s our Top 10 things to do if you’re heading there this weekend
- Take a journey into the heart of the forest at dusk in the English festivalpremiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance exploring our relationship to trees and forests by leading artist and producer Jony Easterby, with a team of international artists, musicians, performers and foresters. Tree and Wood explores our relationship with the trees and woods we depend on for our survival both past and present through a journey through a series of installations, movement, song and music. Known for his dynamic and immersive sound and light works across the world, Jony Easterby’s recent immersive night time adventure For The Birds has wowed audiences across the UK.
- Explore all the sides of the moon in the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon – an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
- Join composer and sound-artist Jason Singh on a special listening walkexploring voice and technology to mimic nature and birdsong. Gather sounds and create instruments from ‘found’ nature such stones, twigs, leaves and soil. Discover how Jason uses plants and plant data to create music.
- Take part in a very special Masked Ball.
- Witness an enthralling fire-gardencreated especially for Timber Festival by leading artists, sculptors, designers and technicians pa-BOOM.
- Look out for thrilling aerial acrobatics in the trees, bringing ancient tales to life from Whispering Woods and magical Dream Antelopes who will be roaming the site.
- Take part in tree climbing, slacklining, leaf art and mask making workshops. Join Responsible Fishing to create some seemingly impossible stone sculpturesand beautiful geometric land art
- Have some buzzing adventures with Beekeeping experiences with The Bee Farmerand interactive theatre show Bee Cart from Sheffield’s Pif Paf Theatre. Meet Bee Guides Bombus and Borage for much Bee wisdom and surreal fun. Delve into the world of Bees, learn the pollen packing dance and the waggle dance. Try out their Buzz Pollenator, and maybe even get your nose pollinated.
- Take part in natural wellbeing therapy Forest Bathing
- Don’t miss out on the music too! Headliners include Jane Weaver(performing songs from new album Modern Kosmology), This Is The Kit (performing compelling Alt Folk from new album Moonshine Freeze) and the energetic and joyful Hope & Social.
For information and tickets visit www.timberfestival.org.uk
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We are very excited and pleased to hear that by 2020, IKEA will be banning all of its single use plastic.
The plastic ban will take place across all its stores and restaurants, and includes products such as plastic straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, bin bags, and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.
Here’s hoping more retailers follow suite… #notosingleuseplastic
Now in its 7th year, The Big Feastival is a unique festival experience that blends top musicians with the best food you can think of, along with entertainment to keep the kids thoroughly entertained from morning to night.
Hosted on Alex James’ farm nestled in the Cotswolds, you won’t be disappointed with the music line up with Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Paloma Faith headlining the weekend.
Since becoming a family of three, we have merged our love of summer music festivals with keeping our five year old little lady entertained. Getting the family friendly festival blend right is something we’ve been perfecting over the last few years, so here’s our handpicked top 5 family festivals with environmental consciousness of 2018 for you.
Just So Festival, 17-19 August, Rode Hall, Cheshire
Just So Festival is the perfect place to immerse small minds in creative memory making. It’s the place dreams are made of, with interactive installations wherever you turn. The Spellbound Forest at dusk is a magical place to be – gather around a picture perfect campfire for bedtime stories, drum circles and magic being made. You’ll find babies well catered for with a line up especially for them – we highly recommend baby yoga and story time is a right treat. Don’t miss out of Saturday evening’s Tribal Tournament where costumes have been handcrafted months in advance and the atmosphere is electric. There’s heaps more on the line up since our last visit, so take a look and plan your trip.
Timber Festival, 6-8 June, Feanedock, the National Forest
From the makers of Just So Festival, comes a brand new imaginative creation for 2018, Timber Festival. Set in the depths of the National Forest, is a festival that blends environmental appreciation and the arts. Music will take you from morning to night as you take part in singing the Dawn Chorus or stay awake for a Secret Midnight Gig. For families you’ll find immersive theatre, ariel acrobatics from trees and have the chance to delve into the world of bees and even learn a pollen packing dance. This is a festival to reconnect you with nature and assist you in coming away a more relaxed and energised version of yourself, make sure you get involved in a guided run at sunset and don’t miss out on the eco spa.
Camp Bestival, 26-29 July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival holds the title as the best UK Family Friendly Festival, so it’s a must to include in this list. You’ll find music, family theatre, comics and amazing food. Headlining you’ll see Simple Minds, Rick Astley. For the kids there’s a UK festival exclusive taking place; ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! An interactive musical show featuring original songs, you can find out the frightful facts about some truly grisly creatures, including who’s got the largest, slimiest eyeball, and which species of animal can endure fire, ice and radiation and even survive in outer space, plus many more monstrous truths.
The Big Feastival is a treat for grown ups and children alike. This festival really blends a grown up festival feel with the most amazing organic food options and music line up, with heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained too. Justin Fletcher kicks off the main stage, with Paloma Faith closes it. Check out our full preview here.
Living in Northumberland has it’s plus points – beautiful scenery, close to the country as well as the coast, but when it snows, oh it snows. We are now on day three of being snowed in thanks to the #beastoftheast. We have taken this chance to really reconnect as a family. It’s wonderful how the snow slows you down – and forces you to leave the car on your drive and go where you need to by foot.
Deer Shed festival is a wonderful gem of a family festival within an hour and a half of our home in Morpeth. Now in its 8th year we can’t believe this was our first outing to Baldersby Park near Thirsk.
Armed with a new tent and four year old in tow, we arrived Friday afternoon after shedding tears at Isabella’s pre school graduation! A little larger than some family festivals we have been to in the past, we thought it best to hire a Mr Trolley to get us from our car to campsite – it was needed!