This year we tried out a new festival with the children.
Somersault in Devon – a wonderful location, and as a family we had a really lovely time.
The weather was not the best, but we made the most of it and between the rain and the mud had lots of fun! We went with friends and between us had five children 5 years and under. The children had a lovely time and we all thought that it was a great family festival. Even in really bad weather we had a fantastic time, which just proves what a lovely family festival this is. There was a lot about it that we really enjoyed and I hope to return next year (maybe the sun will shine more!)
Here are our highlights;
- What an amazing setting! It really is beautiful. We did have one day of glorious sunshine, the scenery is wonderful.
- Drinking Doom Bar and the Sharpe’s beach bar while sheltering from the rain. The kids loved playing in the sand while we could chat away to lots of lovely people and keep up our spirits in the lousy weather.
- The Kids Area – we had a wonderful time here and got involved in so much that was going on. Some of the workshops you needed to pay for but there was lots that were free as well. Our son Jasper loved his pottery workshop and got to experience using a potter’s wheel. He also loved the circus skills workshop (Dad Ben was very pleased to show off his juggling skills) and the Hoopla area where he played lots of traditional games. He was extremely happy when he won a carrot!
- Daisy had lots of fun listening to nursery rhymes and story tellers and joining in lots of drama activities, the wing making workshop was magical. We were all really impressed with the children’s entertainers hartbeeps, the children had so much fun joining in singing and dancing along and playing lots of games. It really was super with so many props and actions to really get all the children involved. They run baby, toddler and pre-school classes in the North Devon area so if you are close by be sure to check them out. They even do birthday parties! www.hartbeeps.com
- A very exciting experience of being covered top to toe in glitter in the glitter ball. This was my friend George’s highlight – she now wants her own glitter ball business! Even the boys wanted a go!
- The children had many a go on the swing boats which was lovely to watch.
- Playing in the river. On the wonderful sunny day it was fantastic to see everyone having fun in the river. All the children spent ages paddling and splashing away.
- Being serenaded by a lovely group of singers as we sat eating delicious pizza by the river’s edge.
- Relaxing near the main stage and listening to lots of fantastic music!
- Playing in the mud! Splashing and jumping in muddy puddles and people watching at everybody else having fun doing this as well.
- Roaming the fields and climbing up banks. A very back to nature type of day, but with a festival going on at the same time.
- Watching somebody dig a trench to divert rainwater from the field to the river (5 year old Archie puts that with ice cream as his joint festival highlight!)
- Slacklining! A little like a tightrope but wider with the bounce of a trampoline. The kids took off their wellies and socks and had a go balancing, bouncing and walking on three different lines. There were older kids and adults having a go as well.
- Meeting lovely new friends that we camped next to, they were also there with their little daughter and they thought it was the best festival they have been to for children.
- Passenger’s performance on the Sunday night! Amazing!
I would recommend Somersault to any family, we had a lovely weekend with lots to entertain both adults and children. If you pack sensibly bad weather doesn’t have to ruin a festival. We had lots of wet weather gear (only the purchase of extra tie dye socks to warm soggy feet) and the children had just as much fun on the wet days as they did on the sunny one. It’s lovely to have found another brilliant festival in the South West.
Compared to some other family friendly festivals I think this is really good value. This year you could get super early bird tickets at £99.50 for an adult long weekend camping ticket (children 0 – 10 years are just £5 each for a five day camp of music, adventure and outdoor living) When you can quite easily spend a large amount on food, booze and other activities this lower ticket price would really sway me when deciding which family festival to go to next year.
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