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Another brilliant year at Larmer Tree…

We returned to the fabulous Larmer Tree Festival and we fell in love with it all over again 🙂

Last year we called it ‘The Perfect Family Festival’ – it really is brilliant in every way. As a family, we had the perfect break and there was something for all of us to enjoy.

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This year we were lucky enough to arrive on the Wednesday and watch the wonderful Sir Tom Jones! We were blown away.If you have never been, the main Larmer Lawns area is a fantastic space, and even if you are near the back of the crowd, it feels like a really intimate experience. What an amazing space in which to see such a big name.

The children loved dancing away, with other groups of children or on our shoulders, and our little boy managed to pick up some of the words (some more appropriate than others) to all of his classic hits! This was a wonderful start to the festival and the best reminder of why we adored it so much last year!

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Feeling so happy we were not ready to go back to the van, so stopped off for a few songs at the ARC tent and we were wowed by The Ben Waters Band. Another amazing performance: we were set up for the rest of the festival and couldn’t wait to see what the remaining days had in store for us.

This year we had upgraded, in that we now have a camper van! So we didn’t need to put up a tent and we could park the car right next to the van. So setting up and having all the equipment you need for the two little ones couldn’t have been easier.

We were also really pleased to find the camper van field was equal distance to the main festival area as last year’s family camping field (It is really close…at some festivals you find the camper van fields a much bigger distance away).

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We managed to get a great spot, situated as close as you would want it to be to clean toilets and hot showers and just a short stroll up to where everything was happening.

On one occasion I did manage to hop on The Larmer Express when I had to nip back and pick up a forgotten item.

We were so close we didn’t really need to make use of it, although great to know of this service if you were pitched further away in any of the fields.

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Larmer Tree, maybe smaller than some other festivals, but there is still so much going on and it would be near impossible fit everything in.

We went with the flow and decided to not rush from place to place, but we still had a jam- packed few days away and saw so many different things that thoroughly entertained us all!

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I’m sure that once I’ve sent this off to Country Mummy, I’ll kick myself as I will have forgotten something else that we really loved as a family! But here are some of our highlights for the rest of the festival.

  • Friday night’s main lawn performances by The Magic Numbers & Rodrigo y Gabriela.
  • Some brilliant children’s entertainment & workshops. Inside and outside of tents. There was too many to name them all and the children always had a brilliant grin on their face when they were watching anything. Nearly 5 year old Jasper adored: Monkey  a fantastic interactive puppet performance scripted especially for puppet craft by poet Michael Rosen. They had the whole audience chanting ‘Hip Hop Happy Day’
  • Catching up with old friends made last year, and new friends from this year! Including great play mates for Jasper & Daisy – who had so much fun with their new friends Tom & Dexter.
  • Breakfast each morning in the wonderful Knitted Pig Café, where the children could chill out and play with toys or be a few steps away from more workshops or performances when they were done.
  • The return of the children’s best memory from last year – The Bubble Disco! Once again – fantastic in every way!
  • Making wonderful crafts in the Carnival tent ready for us to use and carry in the amazing Carnival procession on the Sunday.
  • Chilling outside The Social in with friends in the sunshine and taking in all the street theatre and the Southampton Ukulele Jam.
  • My partner managed to escape the family and enjoyed a lovely head & shoulder massage, which he said was brilliant!
  • The ever-so friendly Face Painting girls. They were lovely with the children, and 2 year old Daisy was delighted with the outcome of her request for a Strawberry Tiger! – No, we didn’t know what one was either!
  • Jasper was amazed watching Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids and his wonderfully talented children volunteers. I’ve caught Jasper practising beat boxing a fair few times since we’ve been home!
  • The whole family dancing away on the Sunday to Coco and the Butterfields and later Jimmy Cliff.
  • Watching my favourite comedian Billy Bailey! Loved every minute.
  • Wonderful food! An amazing collection of stalls to choose from! All delicious! Between the 4 of us we sampled a many different dishes.  All delicious!
  • Bumbling around in the wonderful weather and buying some lovely souvenirs and toys from the stalls.

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Our Larmer Tree family is growing and we hope to see everyone back next year!

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There was so much more that we could have seen or been a part of, but everything we did see was amazing.

What I loved just as much as last year is how friendly everybody is. You can chat away to anybody – old, young, teenagers, toddlers, parents or grandparents and everybody is having a wonderful time. Plus, the added bonus of being a Somerset girl this was all only a 50 minute drive from our house 🙂

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If you’ve never been to a festival with your kids then please put this one on the list for next year! Pre-registration for 2016 Super Early Bird Tickets is now open on the website. Get your name on that list to make sure you’re one of the lucky ones who’ll get tickets first and at the best possible price. We will see you there!!

http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/tickets/tickets-info/

**Country Mummy was offered tickets for the purposes of review. This article was written by Country Mummy contributor Jess Clements, and as Jess has always been such a big fan of Larmer Tree Festival she was the perfect girl for the job 🙂