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

Festival Wellies - Crocs Boots

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 […]

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 […]

10 Best: Family-friendly festivals

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Yay! Festival season is upon us, so here’s our annual round-up of our favourite family-friendly weekenders. It goes without saying that the behemoth that is Glasto has excellent provision for little ones, but the time-consuming ticketing process, term-time timing and cost make it prohibitive for many families – plus it’s been sold out for months! […]

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival

This year the two-day Victorious Festival (23rd & 24th August) has moved from Portsmouth dockyard to Southsea Common. Great move. This year promises to big bigger and better than ever before. Kids’ activities include circus skills, performances by the ultimate street performer, Will Gibson, stilt walkers, balloon modelling, craft garden, storytelling, music workshops and more. For […]

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 […]

Camp Bestival: part one

Camp Bestival Castle 2013

So we’re back from yet another amazing weekend at Camp Bestival, featuring friends, music, fireworks, picnics, dancing, glitter, laughter, a lot of corn on the cob and a massive helping of magic. I’ll be posting in detail about our experiences this year next week (with the addition of a special video) but for now I […]

The BG Guide to… festival essentials


It can’t have escaped your notice that it’s Glastonbury weekend, so from now until September there’ll be a festival a week to attend, should you be that way inclined. We’ll be checking out Camp Bestival as always – this year with toddler Kitty in tow (can’t believe she was just five weeks old when we […]

Brighton & Hove Children’s Food Festival


I’m no domestic goddess, but thankfully Alfie has inherited his dad’s love of cooking. Which is why we’re heading for the Children’s Food Festival this weekend. Part of the main autumn Food and Drink Festival (which boasts the most excellent market – my tummy is rumbling just at the thought of it), it runs over […]

Cool Spot: Camp Bestival 2011

Camp Bestival Welcome sign

Now I’ve washed the last load after the weekend in children’s paradise that is Camp Bestival, I can tell you about it. In case you don’t know (where have you been?) it’s an annual four-day festival organised by Rob and Josie da Bank, the husband-and-wife creative team behind Bestival, held in the stunning surroundings of […]

10 Best: Festival Essentials


We’re heading off to kids’ paradise, aka Camp Bestival, next week and I know lots of you are too, so in preparation I’ve put together a checklist of things you might need for festivalling with under-fives. Firstly, transport. Last year, we were jealous of everyone at the evening gigs with sleeping children in carts; this year, […]