So last year we went to our very first festival and oh my goodness, it took all of two seconds for us to fall in love with the whole idea. The freedom and not just physically because you pretty much are in open fresh air and in the countryside but the fashion freedom, the parenting freedom and the fact that it was such a judgment free place to be (and everyone was covered in glitter!) so this year we have made it our mission to go to more and to see whats out there.
I have called upon you wonderful people online, I have done research, my google search is full of varying ways of saying best UK festivals, asked friends who have been, looked at reviews, social media posts and then some and have hand picked my top THREE. We will be attending them all this year and I am so excited (even for the camping bit!) I am putting them all below in date order of when they are just to make it a little easier to read so if your not free til a little later in the year then scroll a little further down!
Shindig Festival – 23rd May – 26th May Gilcombe Farm, Bruton – Somerset
We were sent an email sometime ago inviting us to Shindig but I hadn’t hear of it before. I did some research, asked a few friends and then saw Estelle was the headliner and couldn’t confirm quick enough – I mean there is no way I was passing the opportunity to sing along with Estelle to American boy at the top of my lungs covered in Glitter.
One thing I did notice quickly about Shindig was the pricing and size. It is much smaller than some of the other festivals and the pricing is a fair bit less. It is about £130 an adult (ex booking fee) and free for under 12’s! There are also Teen prices for 13-17 which are around the £75 mark! These are weekend passes which I sadly think may be sold out but click here to find out more info.
From a giant soft play, break dancing lessons and model making – there really is something for everyone. It will certainly appeal to those who want a big festival but without the tens of thousands of people! Research really showed it was probably ideal too for those with teens who wanted a bit of freedom, there is A LOT aimed at 13-17 year olds and for adults…there is a bar so if you parent like me then basically your sorted! wahey!
Camp Bestival. 25th – 28th July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
CB will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was our very first festival and well, you never forget your first do you! We had no idea what to expect but it certainly exceeded expectations.
We were invited to attend as I was speaking on a panel over the weekend however we paid for Camping plus so we knew where out pitch would be which was £130. We knew friends going so wanted to ensure we were all together and it was the best decision we made!
There was everything you can imagine here but my absolute highlights (and Sophia’s) were Clean Bandit, Justin’s House LIVE and Rick Astley! I wont ever forget screaming NEVER GONAN GIVE YOU UP with a dodgy rum cocktail in a plastic pint cup with the kids jumping up and down with flashy head bands!
In terms of ticket pricing I do think CB is a little bit on the top end with ticket prices starting at £180 for adults, £115 for teens and even £11 for 1-4 year olds HOWEVER you are paying to see some serious headliners and if you want a celeb spot then CB if the family festival for you. We kept costs down by packing as much food & drink as possible (in plastic or cans not glass!) so we didn’t have to spend too much when we were there. We also pre packed glitter, light up toys (and extra batteries) from the likes of the pound shop so we didn’t have to spend any money on merch.
It certainly had a community feel and you can never ever get bored! Ever. From the moment you wake up to the time you eventually crash out in your tent there is something for you to watch, see, do, eat and enjoy.
For the full line up (which is immense) click here for more info
Valley Festival, 2nd – 4th August, Chew Magna – Bristol
I am REALLY excited for this one! Not only because it is local to my parents BUT it is ALL ABOUT THE FOOOOOOOOD! I am also even more excited because I will be working with Valley Fest to run some Body Confidence & Mental Health talks & workshops which I absolutely cannot wait for.
They hosts feasts, there is tapas and a whole artisan market. Honestly – I cannot wait! Alongside the food (obviously the main focus for me) you will have performances from the likes of Basement Jaxx (yas) and Razor Light!
You can learn how to make you own pickle and there is even a farm tour. I love that the food element isn’t JUST about eating but about educating too and I adore that side to it.
Price wise it is one of the cheapest for an adult ticket only being £118 for a weekend ticket for an adult, 0-3 year old are a fiver and then kids are all somewhat in between (depending on age). They do have an offer for 10 tickers for £990 which only works out £99 each!! Fab if you are a few families OR a large group of adults for a weekender.
For more info or to just look at videos and photos of food click here
If you are already going to any of these fab #Festivals this year then make sure you get in touch (I am all over festival meet ups and a cheeky drink or five) and if you haven’t ever been to a festival before then look out for my site next week where I will be posting a how to survive your first family festival blog (spoiler alert – just pack all glitter, all the snacks and all the wipes)
Thanks for stopping by
The Fat Funny One xx
P.S – It really is as fun as you think it might be!
*Disclaimer – We have been gifted tickets to some of the festivals and others are included in my artist pack as I am speaking/running workshops at them over the weekend. Check my feed out for announcements over the next few weeks for further details.