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.
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 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.