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Shindig Festival: What I’m Most Looking Forward to!

At the end of the month, the children and I are off to Shindig Festival with friends. When I received a press invitation for the family festival in Somerset, I’d never heard of it. It only took a quick look at the website for the Somerset festival to add the event to my calendar.

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

Let’s be honest here: I can never say no to a festival. As for my little ones, they’re definitely following in their mummy’s footsteps. Mention the words ‘tent’ and ‘fun outdoors’ and we’re all ready to jump in the car for a bit of rough camping and festival fun. Add in a bit of music and glitter and we’re all in!

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...
© Sarah Koury www.kouryvindaloo.com

We never usually do much for the May bank holiday, but this year is going to be amazing! We were all keen to check the official website so we could watch the promotional video for the festival. Now the children know exactly what to expect and let me tell you one thing: they are excited!  We all loved the relaxed vibe and playful atmosphere we got from the video and the photos! Just to quote the organisers, the festival is “The Funkiest in the West!” The children love dressing up and the theme this year is “Get Fruity!”

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

According to my best friend, who loves house music, the line up is out of this world! She’s particularly jealous we’ll get to see (well, listen to) Kenny Dope! Ha, lucky us!

I quite like the idea there’s no ‘main stage’ and I imagine we’ll probably end up wandering between marquees to discover music acts. I can already see my little tribe and I taking it all in. 

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

They’ve thought about everything: an onsite pub, a well-being retreat, a comedy night, a cocktail bar… Yes please! 

I also looked into what activities were available for the kids.. and I got jealous. They have their own kids’ kingdom! From graffiti to juggling to a massive kids’ party.  Each of my children has already chosen an activity they have never ever done before.

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

Crevette wants to learn how to DJ. Beanie has decided she will spend all her time at the pet grooming area (she wants to become a vet or a dog walker). Jumpy will definitely be the first one up the climbing wall and Wriggly will be right there for the circus skills! I can’t wait to see their little faces as they try all those activities.

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

All tickets include the entrance fee, access to all marquees and camping for 4 nights so there’s no time wasted trying to understand a complex booking system. The festival is free for children up to the age of 12, a teen ticket us £85 and an adult ticket £145. Parking costs £15 (£45 for a campervan space).  

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

The only question you may have is updating to Boutique Camping or not… it’s tempting I have to say. I wish I could afford an Airstream for a bit of a five star boutique camping experience with comfy beds, a hot shower, fully equipped kitchen and central heating (please tell me the weather is going to warm up at some point).

We're off to Shindig Festival in Somerset in the May bank holiday and we can't wait! Climbing wall, circus skills, great line up, pub on site...

So now, I just have to count down the days… 23 sleeps to go! 

Disclosure: We are getting press tickets for the festival and will film a quick YouTube video about our experience, but I wasn’t compensated in any other way for this blog post. Credit for all photos: Shindig Festival. For more information about the festival, click here.

17 Comments

  1. 07/05/2019 / 12:16 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Seems so much to do, wish we had something like this in Leeds!

    • Mel
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      10/05/2019 / 2:36 pm

      It looks fab, doesn’t it? I’ll be travelling from just North of London so it shouldn’t be too much of a journey for us, but from Leeds, it would be a bit of a trek indeed 🙂

  2. 07/05/2019 / 7:18 pm

    I love the summer festival season. I have been lucky enough to be a volunteer photographer over the past 3 years at some festivals and I just love it. We are off to Elderflower Fields in 3 weeks to kick off the season. This one looks fab!

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:40 pm

      Oh that’s brilliant and I bet you get amazing photos of the events.

  3. 07/05/2019 / 7:32 pm

    We are off to a couple ourselves this year too. We really enjoy the whole experience, the camping, the music and the atmosphere are lovely. Enjoy!

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:40 pm

      Same here: I find the atmosphere and the friendly crowds so lovely. We’ve got two as well this years. Let’s hope the Sun shows its face for the occasion because it’s freezing at the moment!

  4. 08/05/2019 / 8:52 am

    I have not heard of Shindig festival but sounds like it will be a lot of laughs and fun. Hope the weather cooperates and is nice.

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:39 pm

      I’ve got my fingers firmly crossed!

  5. 08/05/2019 / 6:07 pm

    Oh every year we say we will go to a festival with the kids and we never get round to it. This looks like so much fun!

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:38 pm

      It really does! Your little tribe would love a festival!

  6. 09/05/2019 / 11:12 am

    There’s a big rise in family festivals recently, this one looks like so much fun, with lot of activities for children to get involved in. I’m not really a fan of camping however I know that Mini would be in her element, so I may have to dig out my wellies and take her soon. Have a great time.

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:35 pm

      I used to go camping every year when I was little, but as an adult it never crossed my mind to go camping again, but you know what? It’s brilliant with kids, and people in campsites / festivals are so friendly!

  7. 09/05/2019 / 1:29 pm

    Ooo it sounds fun! We were invited too but sadly I am in London giving a cookery demo that weekend. Let me know what it’s like though!

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:35 pm

      Oh it’s such a shame! It would have been so lovely to see you there. Next year?

  8. 09/05/2019 / 7:30 pm

    It sounds amazing – I want to learn how to DJ! And how cool having a pet area; my sister in law has just graduated as a fully trained vet nurse and animals are a huge part of our family so we’d be really excited for this area too.

    • Mel
      Author
      10/05/2019 / 2:34 pm

      My 8-year-old is crazy about pets so she’s overexcited about that!

  9. Melanie williams
    14/05/2019 / 10:30 am

    Oh wow this looks super exciting. I love the fact that it is a family focused festival too xx

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