Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Festivals with Kids

Well festival season is in full swing and this weekend sees my 16 year old son going to Glastonbury for the first time! I’m truly terrified and will spend the whole weekend worrying but I’m sure he’ll have the best time of his life! (it’s just the letting go on my part that hurts!)

ROCK-OYSTER-FESTIVAL-3I spent last weekend at a really small but fantastic local festival called the Rock Oyster Festival. I took Sam & Lizzie and we “camped” in our van on the beautiful camp site next door Dinham Park Camp Site. A really lovely setting and very good showers! Slightly surreal at 1am having a pee with classical music playing in the toilet block! 

ROCK-OYSTER-FESTIVAL-9There was so much to do: sample gorgeous food & wine from local producers (personal tipple of the weekend was Prosecco with raspberry & rose syrup from Hedgerow – sadly can’t find a link for them!); checking out food from several of our fantastic local restaurants (of which we are lucky enough to have more than our fair share!); the “celebrity chefs” strutted their stuff in the oyster shucking contest (which looked pretty dangerous!); lots of lovely gifts, clothes, & jewellery in the bazaar (we ended up with 3 strands of fantastic Disco Beads – they’re so cool and work in a similar way to cats eyes!); really unusual and beautiful art from WhalesongArt; and hoola hooping too - and that’s without mentioning all the artists who performed! 

Saturday night and the marquee was buzzing! Easy Star All Stars are a brilliant reggae collective and they were followed later by The Destroyers who have to be seen to be believed! Crazy, wild, kind of Folk-Rock but like nothing you’ll have seen or heard before! Lizzie was asleep (somehow?!) tucked up in her Buggysnuggle but then approaching midnight Sam started to fade and wrapped himself inside the picnic rug!

ROCK-OYSTER-FESTIVAL-14ROCK-OYSTER-FESTIVAL-5The kids had a fab weekend running around and watching all the acts. Sam’s favourite was the trampoline act Le Botrio – BONKERS!

There are loads of small family festivals running all over the UK so sod the washing & hoovering & get yourself & the kids out there!! 

Other Family Friendly Festivals:

Cornbury Festival July 1–3, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire (http://www.cornburyfestival.com/).

Larmer Tree July 13–17, Salisbury (http://www.larmertreefestival.co.uk/).

Camp Bestival July 28–31, Lulworth Castle, Dorset (http://www.campbestival.net/).

Port Eliot Festival July 21-24, St Germans, Cornwall (http://www.porteliotfestival.com/).

Monday, 6 June 2011

Proper clothes for kids!

fluke_ss11_GIRLS012With the sexualisation of kids all over the news today, and the government considering handing out guidance regarding kids clothing, I thought I’d recommend a couple of fabulous websites, which have gorgeous kids clothing! Flukekids was set up by friends of Claire (who used to work for us) and has really lovely, unusual “quintessentially British garments with a twist, beautiful attention to detail, using top quality fabrics and accessories”. My favourite is this lovely dip-dyed dress – it is truly beautiful!

SHARK-DRESSAnother website belongs to my favourite local shop www.birdkids.co.uk - Bird Kids have stores in Wadebridge and Fowey and sell kids clothing, accessories plus toys, books and all sorts of lovely stuff that you really have to have! I bought this shark dress for Lizzie and she LOVES it.

Both stores sell kids clothing that looks like kids clothing not mini adult clothes which I hate!

If you know any other stores which sell lovely children’s clothing please add them to the comments below – but no Spice Girls/Barbie please!