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Top Tips for Preparing for a Family Festival #FestivalFever

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May 12, 2017

With summer just around the corner, there’s so much to look forward to, beautiful weather, longer nights and festivals!
We are currently on countdown to Camp Bestival which is held locally at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, from 27th – 30th July and are looking forward to seeing what this years event has to offer.
Once you have decided to buy festival tickets it is then time to think about what you need to take with you and when going with your family, those needs change significantly.
Going to a festival with children is not as stressful as you think, especially if it is one that is geared up for families as there is usually more to do there than at many other holiday destinations. Last year saw mine climbing trees, competing in rolling down a really big hill races, singing songs around a campfire, meeting the Tudors as well as getting to groove along acts such as Professor Green and Fat Boy Slim.
Camp Bestival
For first time festival goers, it can feel a little bit daunting. On our first time we pitched our tent on a hill, which whilst ok for us adults, created havoc for the kids – especially the newly walking toddler!
Camp Bestival
Planning a festival break is all in the preparation which can make a big difference to how smoothly the weekend will go and I have some top tips to share with you.
1. Get good quality camping equipment and practice putting the tent up before you go – there is nothing worse than attempting to read an instruction manual in a windy field whilst trying to keep an eye on excited small people.

2.  Invest in warm sleeping bags and decent sleeping mats. It might be the height of summer but it still gets very chilly overnight.
3.  Get a trolley. You can hire them, however we have our own Outwell Transporter that folds up small in the car. Not only does it help carry our equipment to the campsite but doubles up as a kids transporter during the festival, which we decorate with bunting, solar lights and a canopy to protect them from the sun.
Camp Bestival
4.  Good quality ear defenders for kids are an absolute must.  Children’s ears are very sensitive and prolonged exposure to loud music and noise at festivals can cause permanent damage.
Camp Bestival
5.  Get in the spirit of the festival and take fancy dress. We have been as the characters from the Gruffalo, spacemen and this years theme is Pop & Rock stars so we are still deciding on our costumes.
Camp Bestival
5.  Waterproofs and wellies, sun hats and sun cream, warm jumpers and jeans, t-shirts and shorts… British weather can be so unpredictable and although we have been lucky so far we like to be prepared as there is nothing worse than being wet and cold. We also invested in a Gigsak which is not only a picnic blanket but doubles up as a shelter from the rain too.
Camp Bestival
6.  Take toys and games for the kids to play with, for when you are in the tent. I recommend colouring books and pens, a book, bubbles, glow sticks, a ball and we even take a skateboard as the kids love hurtling down the hills on them.

7.  Food & Drink – There are so many places to eat and drink that apart from snacks you do not need to take any meals. We budgeted £200 on food last year and only spent half that for 6 of us which we thought was very reasonable. Take refillable water bottles as Camp Bestival has free access to fresh water so we find it easier to take our own bottles and keep them topped up.
Camp Bestival
8.  A good quality powerbank for any technology. I have a RAV Power battery pack that hold enough power for 6 phone charges. I normally drain my battery taking photo’s and videos.
Camp Bestival
9.  First Aid Kit containing plasters, paracetamol / ibruprofen liquid, piriton, alka seltzer and insect repellant for any incidents.
10.  Toiletries – Camp Bestival has warm showers available, although do expect to queue for up to an hour to use them, depending on the time of day.  We take plenty of wet wipes to clean up the kids or freshen up ourselves and take small travel size bottles of shampoo, body wash, toilet rolls and toothpaste which is plenty to keep you going over a weekend.
Posh Wash Showers
11. Invest in the program. Knowing who you want to see perform and which stage or tent they are in can help you plan your day. We tend to alternate between something for the kids and then something for us adults to enjoy so there is a good variety. It always amazes me how packed the main stage gets when Mr Tumble or Dick n Dom are performing.
Mr Tumble
12. Take a torch! You will be out and about in the dark and although the paths back to the tents are dimly lit, having a torch makes things much easier and the toilets have no lights so any late night trips to the loo will need a torch.
Camp Bestival
Are you planning on going to any festivals this year?
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    Sophie's Nursery

    May 13, 2017

    Really fab tips! I am thinking about Camp Bestival next year when Sophie is a bit older as I think she would love it! x

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    Laura Nelson

    May 13, 2017

    I’d never really thought about taking kids to a festival – sounds like amazing fun for kids and adults! And a great experience for the kids. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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    Nadine Hill

    May 13, 2017

    I’m looking forward to Camp Bestival too! I do think that the idea of a festival is daunting to first timers with kids but festivals – especially family oriented ones like Camp Bestival are such a great and relaxed atmosphere to bringer kids into. Your tips are a must read for any first timers!

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    Emma Raphael

    May 13, 2017

    Such a great post. Festivals were my life growing up. Then I went on to work for a Music Lawyer, and we went to a few with him too… I have yet to take my kids though, which I always planned to do, just living abroad it didn’t work out that way… Maybe this year is our year! 🙂

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    Erica Price

    May 13, 2017

    It does look a lot of fun and these are great tips. One of the things that always puts me off going is our lack of camping kit. Maybe we should invest.

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    Deborah Nicholas

    May 13, 2017

    We have never been to a kiddy festival before, heck ive never been to a festival full stop! Must put that right some point in the near future!

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    Sam

    May 14, 2017

    Never dared take the kids to a festival before, but you make it look easy!! Preparation, preparation, preparation. Lovely photos too.

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    Susanna

    May 14, 2017

    Can’t you just smell summer? It’s just around the corner …

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    Fashion and Style Police

    May 15, 2017

    We have never had a family festival vacation. Sounds like fun.

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    Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    May 16, 2017

    Look like you guys had a fab time. I love those trolleys I want to invest in one for the twins when go to places it will make life so much easier

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    Becky wilkinson

    May 18, 2017

    Is that your camp set up under tip one? It looks amazing! And definitely puts ours to shame!!! Feeling very insipired!

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    Kizzy

    May 19, 2017

    Fab list, lots of things I wouldn’t have even thought about. Still really want to take the kids to a festival, they look so much fun!

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    Doctear

    December 15, 2017

    Hey Kara, (ChelseaMamma)
    Family Festival is really fun! 🙂 I like those pink ear defenders, it looks really cute! And yes, it is a must that kids have those during festivals, we don’t want them being exposed to very loud music and noise.
    Let me add this on the list – ear plugs for a good night sleep, some festival goers just want to party all night. Thanks for sharing 😉

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    The Educational Tourist

    February 6, 2018

    What a fun festival for the whole family! I live in Austin, Texas and music festivals and festivals of other types are HUGE here! Some are more family friendly than others. Love getting to include the kids in our travel adventures and it looks like yours had so much fun in here! I see that the comment above me added ear plugs and I will second that! I need ear plugs myself for loud events. Loud stuff just makes my ears hurt. The kids have never complained but I make them wear ear plugs anyway. I guess that is a little like mom feeling cold so everyone else needs to put on a jacket. LOL!!

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    Priya

    March 14, 2018

    At first it feels like preparing for a trip like this can get overwhelming. I guess its worth the fun. Thanks for sharing your tips. We are still struggling to book a campsite for coming summer. Can’t believe people have booked 6 month in advance. Most good sites are already gone. Any good tips of getting best camping sites are welcome.

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    Truck Bed Tents

    August 15, 2018

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    January 14, 2019

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    Tictim

    June 12, 2019

    Awwwwn. Check out the mic and the small lad trying to chew corn. This brought big grin on my face. I sincerely appreciate this post.

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