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    A Weekend at Cornbury Festival 2018

    As we drove through winding roads and pretty little villages on our way to Cornbury Festival 2018, I felt increasingly more relaxed and chilled with every passing country pub and hanging basket. The sun was shining, our car was packed full with our camping gear and the toddler car seat was noticeably empty. We were off on our first baby-free trip away, and I couldn’t quite believe we were finally getting some time to ourselves.

    Ahead of our Cornbury Festival experience, we debated whether to go as a family or not. On the one hand, I’d read some wonderful reviews from fellow parenting bloggers that made me feel reassured that Cornbury caters very well for the family market, but I also knew how much LPD and I could do with a break away just as a couple. Unlike our time at Timber Festival, there were artists in particular at Cornbury that I would have been distraught to miss – and the one thing I’ve learned in my time as a parent is that you can’t guarantee being present for anything. I’d have cried hot bitter tears of resentment and anger if we’d have missed Marc Cohn’s set, and I didn’t want to risk it. With the offer of weekend babysitting from my parents, it didn’t take us long to make up our minds. We were doing it. We were turning back the clock and going to enjoy the weekend without needing to parent. read more

    Camping, Lifestyle, Reviews, UK Travel
    / July 22, 2018
  • The camping field at Timber Festival with the glamping pods in the background

    Timber Festival 2018: our first family festival

    I’ve found my new spiritual home. And it’s Timber Festival. Nestled in the National Forest on the edge of Derbyshire and Leicestershire, last weekend was it’s inaugural event and we felt very lucky to have experienced it. I kept saying all weekend: in years to come, we’ll be really proud to say we were at the very first Timber Festival. And I know it won’t be our last visit.

    The Ethos

    When I first read the email about Timber Festival, I knew straight away that it would be right up our street. read more

    Aged 2+, Camping, Countryside, Culture, Days Out, Lifestyle, Reviews, UK Travel
    / July 12, 2018
  • Image Credit: Ben Phillips Photography

    The Family-Friendly Festivals on my Radar

    As someone who’s been camping every year of my life, it’s probably quite difficult to believe that I’ve never been to a festival. Not once. No wild weekends as a teenager at V Festival. No jumping in muddy puddles at Glastonbury. And no late night music sessions under the stars at Bestival. I didn’t used to think they were ‘for me’. I’m not much of a party animal, and from what I knew of music festivals, they were loud, expensive, alcohol fueled all-night parties without the ability to shower, and nothing about that sounded appealing to me. But as I’ve gotten older (and some would argue wiser), I’ve realised those aren’t the only type of music festival around. There are literally festivals to suit all tastes, styles and interests, and it’s definitely time to experience one for myself. Here are some family-friendly festivals I’ve got my eyes on.

    Timber Festival

    When I first heard about Timber Festival, I couldn’t believe just how up our street it sounded. read more

    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / June 25, 2018
  • Pickle in a camping field having fun

    Why Go Camping with a Toddler?

    This is a sponsored post.

    As someone who spent weeks every summer in a tent or caravan, I’m a huge believer in camping being one of the best family holidays you can go on. Especially as our lives become more technological and digital, it’s so good to get away from it all for a bit and reconnect with nature (and hopefully, each other!). Whenever I tell people we’re going away in the tent, I’m met with one of two reactions: 1) ‘Oh, that sounds amazing! What a wonderful weekend you’ll have.‘ or 2) ‘Really? Camping? Wouldn’t you rather, you know, just be at home?‘. read more

    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / June 10, 2018
  • Standing in front of the Dovecote at Le Manoir Hotel

    My 2018 Travel Bucket List

    This is a collaborative post with Destination2

    As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but look back over the last twelve months. It’s been our first full year as parents, and I can’t quite believe how quick it’s gone! I find myself wondering¬†what have we done?¬†And the answer is: quite a lot of little things, actually. In the preceding years to this one, we’ve done a lot of ‘big things’: we got engaged, we got married, we honeymooned, we got pregnant, we had a baby – all undeniably major events. But 2017 was a year of the ordinary moments. It’s the year we first ventured to Bluestone, went on our first family camping trip, Pickle’s first birthday, he learned to walk, and since then the weeks have rolled by filled with baby swimming classes, Rhythm Time and Talking Tots. read more

    Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / December 21, 2017
  • LPD and Pickle on New Quay beach

    Our Family Camps – New Quay in Scrapbook Style

    After building up to it for so long, our week’s camping in Wales has been and gone in a flash, and I can’t believe it’s been over a month since we went. Whilst I could probably write for pages and pages about everything that we did, the lessons we learned and the things we’d do differently next time, this is more a post for me just to write about the things I particularly want to remember and to share some of my favourite holiday snaps. I’m calling this a ‘Scrapbook Style’ post… it’s mainly going to be a collection of photos with a spattering of memories and captions. Let me know what you think!

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    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / September 12, 2017