Family festivalling with your little rock ‘n’ rollers
Festivals aren’t just for teens – lots of parents take their little ones along with them when they head out for festival fun in a field, and if you’ve been pondering taking the plunge and doing some family festivalling, you’ll want to read this feature to make sure you are extra prepared.
Of course, some festivals are more suited to families than others, and in Manchester we are lucky to have the fantastic Just So (August 16th-18th) on our doorstep at Rode Hall Parkland, Cheshire.
Billed as a ‘magical weekend of creative adventures’, the fun at this festival centres around magic, craft and music.
It’s becoming far easier to find child friendly festivals further afield too, with treats like Solfest (Cumbria, August 23rd-25th) and Shambala (Market Harborough, Northamptonshire, August 22nd-25th), and lots of mainstream festivals increasingly catering for families and planning lots of child-friendly areas, activities, workshops and entertainment.
Whether you intend on turning festival fun into a day trip or braving a camper van or family tent experience, there are some absolute must-haves that you’ll need to pack:
- Small ears are extra delicate, so be sure to pack some children’s headphones or ear plugs to help protect them. It’s sensible to stay away from the speakers and the main throng of the crowd too, as this will help keep you all safely together.
- Wellies and waterproofs are festival essentials for all, Muddy Puddles stock a stunning range of children’s wellies and kid’s waterproof jackets that are pretty as well as practical.
- Even if the weather stays fine, festivals can be dirty places, so make sure you pack lots of wet wipes and don’t forget sunscreen, hats and lots of drinks.
- Festival food now ranges from the more traditional noodles through to trendy street food, so you can be hopeful you’ll find something for all of the family. That said, queuing for food is not a child-friendly activity, so it’s best to pack some favourite snacks just in case the foods on the menu, or waiting times, aren’t accommodating.
A final golden tip: It’s unlikely that you’ll be heading to heavily crowded areas with kids in tow but with lots of people around it’s still wise to have a plan in case you do become separated.
Write your number on their arm, agree meeting points with older children and other family members and be realistic about what you can and can’t see and where you are standing. At the bigger festivals crowds tend to get herded around and you don’t want to be caught in the middle!
The last thing to say is – have fun!
Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)
This feature is written in association with Muddy Puddles