Last year Big Family Festival was an Award-Nominated festival, this year there was pressure upon them to meet that standard again.
I was so excited as it was also our very first family camping trip as well. My O.H. doesn’t like camping but in my hopefulness – I have a mission to convert him.
The day before, we were sent an email by the organiser of what to pack and what to expect for the event once we got there.
We set off late at midday as my O.H. couldn’t get off work earlier on Friday and we arrived at the campsite at 2pm. The weather was a little dreary, with spells of rain lingering in the air.
Putting a brand new Mountain Warehouse – 6 persons tent up that we both had no experience off before had took its toll. Us being a total novice and all – it only took us an hour and a half figuring out how to put the tent up.
Once the tent was up, we went to check out the festival. Yep, it was drizzling, but still there were people there dancing in the rain or sitting to watch the entertainment at the outdoor cinema – even though it was a little cold. E&E had never been to the cinema before, and they were in awe watching the big screen.
Adjacent to it was a Steak Pie Shop, severed by the most friendliest people and the price (£3) for a pie was reasonable too. Ethan said it was the most delicious steak pie he had ever had! That’s what you want isn’t it on a rainy day – a nice warm steak pie to fill up your belly.
Gosh! What a night! Heavy Rain and wild wind was not quite the vision I had in mind for an ideal first family camping trip, but lucky our Mountain Warehouse kept us alive and well.
Once, we had breakfast – we were ready to set off for another adventure at the festival. The sky was beaming sunshine which was perfect for E&E to go and enjoy their rides. The rides prices ranges from £2 – £3.50. This is exceptionally very reasonable compared to some of the seasonal fairs we’ve been to.
When we had enough of the rides, Evelyn could hear “Let It Go…” singing away from the big white marquee. Her enthusiasm running across the field has never been seen before! She sprinted across so fast I was having a hard time catching up with her. Eventually, when she made it, she was in such spellbound to the Disney Princesses. And of course – she had to take a photo or two with the Princesses, and a brief hug too!
This is also when we had a little sit down while the kids go off and did some colouring on the walls area provided.
There were also a PlayDough Model Making Workshop going on but it was fully booked and so the next sessions after too. A little disappointed – but never mind, I don’t think E&E are quite ready for for model making with all of this fun going around.
We decided to come back to our tent and test out the Mountain Warehouse stove cooker. So in went the packed noodles and sausages into the family pot. This kind of food was perfect for camping. Its quick and easy. Its warm and delicious too!
For the afternoon entertainment, we took to the stage where Ethan wanted to meet the Star Trek Characters up close. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Stormtrooper were all there. I had no idea that my boy is such a fan! Things you learn about them that you never knew. lol!
I also enjoyed The Little Mix Show too. This time with my full pint in my both hands. Haha! They were extremely good! Both The Little Mix Show and the pint – though the pint was rather expensive, (£6).
When the evening arrived, I just left the boys to it at the festival and Evelyn and I came back to the tent. We had a bit of a mommy & daughter time whilst the boys were having theirs. We played with the Mountain Warehouse Flying Missile and a few games of Catch balls. It was good fun. I enjoyed that. I enjoyed our time together.
OH-MY-GOSH! You think the first night was bad, but last night was the mother of all rain! It just kept pouring non-stop from 8pm right through to 8am. It was pretty miserable. E&E kept waking up and it was ridiculously difficult to get them back to sleep.
Today’s sky seem to have two minds – one minute it was bursting out with heat and the next it was tipping it down – such a typical British weather this is.
Anyhow, today was our last day at the camp – so we decided to pack up before we check out the festival for the last time before we head home. Packing up the tent was definitely quicker than setting up. See I’m a pro now. Haha
E&E had a few more goes on the rides and it took me by surprised that Evelyn wanted to have a go at the Free Circus School. Ethan on-the-other-hand has no interest in it whatsoever.
Sing was on the big screen and E&E wanted to watch it. Of course we couldn’t leave without an opportunity to have more steak pies for one last time and huddled up in front of the talking animals in front of us. I haven’t seen Sing before and I must say I rather enjoyed that.
To Sum Up…
- I love that it is not overly crowded and that there were room for the kids to run around freely and safely.
- There were hardly any queuing. It was such a friendly and chill atmosphere.
- The rides were at reasonable prices.
- The Music Festival area was well organised & Amazing!
- The ticketing entrance system and car parking assistances were well organised, friendly and efficient.
- You will received a wrist band which you can come in and out anytime.
- The security there is on top form. You would need to write your mobile phone number and name down before placing it on your child’s wrist. In case, your child is missing – they can contact you.
- There were plenty of food and drinks stalls at the venue.
- Plus there were local stalls of full of lots of handcrafts stuffs and vintage things too.
- There were plenty of room for camping at the camping site, which was great for children to roam around – freely and safely.
- The potable loo was surprisingly rather clean than expected and never rans out of toilet tissue paper ether! (Though I always carry some spares – just in case.)
- There was floodlights at the campsite – this meant we can see at night an navigate to the toilets – just in case nature calls!
- You would need to book in advance if you wish to do any workshops. It gets full up rather quickly.
- The pints were a bit pricy. Perhaps, pricier than London?!
- There was no designated washing area to wash up the utilities – only a water point. This meant that all the soaps and washing up liquids would go straight into the ground. Hence, Bad for the environment!
- The RAIN!
Would we go again?
Yes! Not just E&E had a fantastic time there – we all did. Well… almost… my O.H. still thinks I must be crazy camping in the rain! lol!
Ethan loves the big screen. He wishes to have one at home. Haha And – of course the steak pies. (Note to self: find out how to make steak pies.)
For Evelyn, her highlight was again meeting the Disney Characters and giving Elsa a huge hug. Though she begged me to go on the Crazy Jungle for the third time. lol!
For me – the musical festival area totally rocked it, plus I love how relax the total atmosphere was overall.
My O.H. seem to agree with me on that one.
We would definitely go again but perhaps this time, please can you summoned the sun to shine! xx
Here’s a little vlog to sum up our weekend at the Big Family Festival.