New Camp Bestival Festival Guide for Parents

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If you’re heading to Camp Bestival for the first time next week, you might be interested to know that I’ve updated the parents’ guide over on the Camp Besti Blog. There’s advice on what to pack, how to cope with camping with children, what and where to eat and drink and a teeny taster of […]

The BG Guide to… Family-friendly festivals


We’re well and truly into festival season now and if you’re panicking how you’re going to keep the children entertained over the summer holidays, you could do much worse than throwing a tent (and a few other bits – see our packing guide) into the car and heading off to a parallel universe for a few […]

Five Fab Festival Wellies

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Yay, festival season is here and because we can’t guarantee sunny days, here’s five fab festival wellies for children. Bergstein Blue Rubber Wellie boots, £21, Liquorice Laces. A great choice for Infants and my own personal favourite wellies. Made in real rubber, with cotton lining, they’re flexible and easy to walk in for first walkers. CeLaVi […]

The BG Guide to… What to pack for a festival


I’ve written a fair few of these festival essentials posts now, but there are always so many new products coming onto the market I think it’s worth doing a new round-up every year, even though I have my absolute must-haves that don’t change from year to year. Let’s start with those. My tent recommendation is […]

Ear Defenders for Babies and Young Children – Festival must have

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We first published this post in 2011 and as the content is as valid and valuable now as it was back then, we’ve given it a little update and republished. Remember, it’s not that long until festival season starts! After having to sit with my hands over Betsy’s ears at the tame volumes of Giffords […]

Camp Bestival Guide for Parents

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The site’s nearly ready, the weather’s looking good and excitement levels are rising. If, like us, you’re heading for Camp Bestival tomorrow, check out our guide for parents on the Camp Besti Blog, covering everything from what to pack, where to camp, eating and drinking, plus the tricky subjects of festival toilets with toddlers, to […]

The BG Guide to… Festival Camping


It’s July, so all thoughts in our household have turned to Camp Bestival. Wellies are being unearthed, circus costumes coming together and ‘essential’ bits and pieces keep jumping into my basket at Tiger Stores. Anyway, for anyone else heading off to a festival with kids this summer I thought I’d put together a survival guide. We’re […]

Camp Bestival 2013

Camp Bestival castle

So, 2013 marked the fourth trip to Camp Bestival for Harry, Alfie and myself and the second for Kitty, who was just five weeks old at last year’s event. We had a new addition this year, too – a fabulous Pukka Tents bell tent, a birthday present from my wonderful friends and family, which definitely made […]

Imagine Children’s Festival: 10th-26th February at Southbank Centre


Celebrating children’s literature and performing arts, the Imagine Children’s Festival is back for a fortnight this February with 53 free and paid events for kids of all ages including opera for babies, a musical tour of the animal kingdom with Carnival of the Animals, a craft pavilion, and a 5 minute live performance of an […]