Have a read below of Country Mummy contributor Jess’ review of Larmer Tree Festival from last year. It sounds fabulous, and shows what a wonderful experience taking young children to a festival can be!
The Perfect Family Festival! – Larmer Tree 2014
We have just returned from The Larmer Tree Festival. What a brilliant weekend! The children are still sound asleep at 9.30am on Tuesday morning, probably still dreaming about what a fabulous family time we have shared and all the wonderful activities they became a part of.
We arrived on the Friday evening (next year we hope to go on the opening day of the Wednesday) and were all so excited for our first time at the festival that has been described as “one of the most family-friendly festivals around” – We couldn’t agree more!
We set our tent up in family camping and were so pleased with how close we were able to park our car to where we were pitched, meaning no tiring trips laden with equipment and grumpy children to keep entertained. A really easy experience setting up, and a lovely neighbouring family even offered us a cup of tea as we were unpacking – very typical of the lovely set of people there – everyone is so friendly!
Our Friday night was finished off by watching Stornoway and then the amazing Frank Turner. Everybody was singing along & dancing away! Including our children (who should have been asleep, but were having so much fun!)
Family camping is a short walk away from entrance to the main site. With toilets & equally impressive showers close by, making life very easy with a 3 year old & 1 year old.
We survived the first night of thunderstorms and rain in the tent (this really added to the excitement of the camping experience for the children) and managed to take shelter the next morning when out and about on site. Jasper (3) joined in some lovely workshops out of the rain making clay sculptures, summer lanterns and listening to some lovely story tellers. By the early afternoon it had brightened up, so we could freely walk around enjoying all that was on offer, listening to more incredible music and making some lovely new friends – a delightful couple with similar aged children plus a 6 week old baby! (Just proves how easy this festival is with young children!) There is always something happening to keep them entertained. We absolutely loved the bubble disco on the Larmer lawns, all children had a bright balloon and never ending bubbles filled the air as all the children danced away – a magical spectacle!
On Saturday evening we enjoyed more great music from Ade Edmondson’s band The Bad Shepherds – such fun! Then later Public Service Broadcasting. We had the added bonus that the children, so exhausted from a fun jam packed day slept soundly in their buggy & festival wagon.
Sunday (beautiful weather) brought more delights for the children – more creative workshops, shows from the hilarious Mr Pop & The Maniacs. The shows works really well, not over crowded, meant Jasper could sit in the front row every time, it was lovely to see how engaged he was laughing along with all the other children. The highlight of the day was being a part of the carnival procession – a parade of bright & colourful fancy dressed children & adults carrying all the wonderful instruments and handmade decorations from the workshops over the weekend – just brilliant!
We did not want the weekend to end! Without doubt, we will return next year and hope to persuade as many our friends & family to join us! You can buy tickets here 🙂
You can also read all about Larmer Tree and lots of other great family friendly festivals in our round up here