For my husbands special birthday this year I decided that a packet of socks and a DVD wouldn’t quite cut it. He had shown an interest in visiting The Big Feastival for quite some time, but we just hadn’t got around to doing anything about it. You know how it happens…. life just gets in the way. But on this birthday he opened his card to find tickets for us all to attend in August, he thought it was a great surprise! But we were both festival virgins and we really didn’t know quite what to expect, which just added to the excitement!
On Saturday morning we had planned to get up nice and early, but our little boy decided that he would have a rare lie in. Not to worry, we enjoyed the extra sleep if I am honest. But it did mean that it turned into a little bit of a mad dash to get out the front door. I brought along my new foldable ‘Good Luck Charms’ backpack from Cath Kidston as it is so lovely and lightweight (check it out).
Rucksack contents –
• one clear plastic zip wallet with some nappies, nappy bags and a change of clothes
• one clear plastic zip wallet with some crayons, pens, colouring sheets and toy cars
• sun cream
• changing mat
• lip balm
• snacks – smoothie sachet, crisps and raisins
• wet wipes
• hydrating face mist
I also kept his pyjamas in the car in case we decided to stay later and then we could put him straight to bed once we got back home. The journey was really lovely actually and the weather was much more warmer than forecast. I wouldn’t say that we had to queue at all, the traffic just got a little heavier as we approached the venue. The car park was incredibly bumpy, with it being in a field, and the little tyke was in fits of giggles at the back of the car.
After a bit of a walk past all of the campsites, we got to the entrance and were ready to start our day at the festival. Parents are advised to put wristbands on their little ones with contact details, just in case they get lost. With some distraction tactics, our little boy was fitted with said wristband.
As total newbies to the festival scene, we were a little overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds around us as we walked through the crowds. I can only imagine what must have been going through the little tykes mind when he saw all the crazyness. There were fairground rides, steel drum bands, farm animals, food stalls, people in fancy dress and much, much more! Wow!!! I checked my watch and realised that Justin Fletcher had just started on the main stage (the little chap loves Mr Tumble) and we headed over. He was absolutely bonkers, crazy! It was like listening to nursery rhymes on an acid trip. We backed the heck away from the main stage to find a bit of calm in the madness. Which led us to the Little Dudes Den.
Who knew that some colourful arches with sensory ribbons would enchant children so much! They all kept running round and round with happy little smiles on their faces. The older children loved climbing the hay bales, but this was strictly a no go zone for our little chap. He didn’t mind so much.
Well it wouldn’t be a food festival without food would it? There was a great selection of street food stalls with anything from buddha bowls to mac and cheese. I’m really into Paella at the moment (great summer food), but my portion was so large I had to share it with both my husband and my son. This was followed by some churros with chocolate, again, great for sharing.
The sun was really starting to beat down on us and I worried about my little boy getting burnt, so we headed towards the big top tent for a bit of shelter. It just so happened that after about 10 minutes of us being in there, they started the baby boggie class. My little boy loves music and dancing, so this was just perfect for him. I really, really loved this little area and would recommend it if you are visiting with little ones.
After a little boogie, a refreshing milkshake and a rest we ventured out to explore. We went to the play doh tent, we visited the farm animals and we even went to the bar and listened to some funk music. Mummy even enjoyed a nice cold beer! We also found a little nursery/play area full of pre-school kids toys and activities, but it was a shame we hadn’t discovered this earlier. We tucked into some pizza for dinner and I popped by a few market stalls. One stand I have to mention is for Googly Fruit, where we bought a big bag of goodies for £10 and it really is great quality produce.
My little boy didn’t nap all day, he just didn’t want to miss a thing. I cannot blame him, we had a really great day out and I couldn’t recommend it enough!
Hope you are all enoying a lovely bank holiday weekend folks, ta ta and nighty night xxx