I don’t know if it was a brave move or if I’m just a fool to go to a festival at 38 weeks pregnant with a 6 year old and a 3 year old to run around after… but, it turns out Wychwood Festival could not have been a more wonderful weekend and every member of the family had a superb time.
We’d never been to Wychwood before and didn’t really know what to expect. Our overall feeling, and perhaps what we weren’t expecting, was how brilliant it is for children.
There was so much on offer for them to get involved in & you couldn’t have asked for a better kids’ area. It definitely deserves its family-friendly status.
Wychwood Festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse (a straight forward drive from Somerset up the motorway). The site is very flat with good pathways making it perfect for families with young children, as it is really easy to get around with buggies and festival wagons. It also makes it a really great festival for disabled access.
We stayed in our campervan in the campervan field and the really friendly stewards went out of their way to enable us to pitch as close as possible to the festival entrance. So thankfully, heavily pregnant I had the shortest distance to waddle in and out!
We all really enjoyed the weekend and there really was something for all of us to keep everybody happy and entertained.
Our highlights as a family (our last festival as a family of 4!):
- After setting up camp (getting onto the site was very easy and this didn’t take very long at all) and exploring the site on the Friday night we had a brilliant time watching the headliners – The Waterboys.
- The children had a brilliant time, dancing away and enjoying the bubbles of all shapes and sizes from the bubble shop floating across the crowd. The bubbles with smoke inside of them were particularly mesmerising! We ended up purchasing a couple of brilliant bubble guns from the Bubble Inc stall – www.bubbleinc.co.uk Look out for them next year or at other festivals this season including Camp Bestival and Big Feastival.
- Watching Justin Fletcher on the Saturday morning. We got there just in time to see the start, but even so it was still really easy to get a good a spot an d you could easily get close to the front, which isn’t always the case with some festivals. The children (especially Daisy – 3 years) had a whale of a time joining in with all the Justin Fletcher favourites – The Hello Song, Hands Up, Just Party etc. Everyone was dancing away – even their Dad Ben seemed to enjoy it!
- The viewing of the main stage was really good. We didn’t have to fight for a space and we could sit comfortably in our camp chairs with a really good view of all the live acts. There was a real mixture of genres, with our favourites over the weekend being From the Jam, Selector, Stereo Mcs, 10cc and Bill Bailey.
- The amazing kids’ area. There was so much to do in the kids’ area and we spent a good few hours there each day. Both the children loved every minute of it and joined in many free workshops. It was always easy to join in and there never seemed to be much of a queue to get involved. They came away with a range of crafts including lanterns, space ships, paintings, clay creations and a star wars printed bag that they designed and made.
- They also had a lovely time joining in the circus skills workshop and spent a long time practising and learning new skills with different equipment. We were able to sit in the sunshine and watch from afar! Apart from when Dad was showing off his juggling skills. I could take the opportunity to chill out and may sound pretty uncool at a festival, but sit and read a book; safe in the knowledge the kids were having a brilliant time.
- There were also lots of shows and story times. Our favourites were the fantastic Pirate Pantomime and the Time Travelling Toby workshop all about the Apollo Moon Landing. 6 year old Jasper really enjoyed this. www.timetravellingtoby.com
- There were some things the kids wanted to do that you had to pay for, like the go-karts, bouncy castles and the Slack Lining (balancing on tight ropes – the kids spent ages on this, and definitely got their money’s worth – look out for them at other events www.ru-slack.co.uk ) But with so much available for free, it meant it wasn’t too difficult to pull them away from the paid activities after one go.
- There was a good range of food (very important when you are 38 weeks pregnant!) & drink stalls to choose from.
- After the last acts on the main stage we tended to go back to our camper van and chill out. But we could see that the festival continued after the headliners had finished. We spoke to people who had lots of fun at the comedy tent and the silent disco. So it would be good to experience them if we returned next year.
We had a really great time, and would recommend it as a brilliant festival for any family. I think it would be a really great one to try if you’ve never been to a festival with young children. Get the best price for Wychwood 2017 now, available for a limited time only at www.wychwoodfestival.com
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