Latitude Festival – The Verdict!

So we got back from our first full weekend family festival experience on Monday! We survived! (Yippee!) I’ll be writing a family festival survival guide post later this week but for now I thought I’d give you a quick review of the festival in the meantime.

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We chose Latitude Festival mainly because of it’s location (less than 2 hrs away and near where I grew up) and because we knew it was family friendly. The Kid’s Field isn’t quite at Glastonbury standard but the fact that it has one at all is a bonus! The variety of stuff available for kids is pretty impressive for such a (relatively) small festival – even my 22 month old was easily entertained! The baby chill out tent (manned by volunteers from a youth club who offered free refreshments and fruit to kids and parents) and Angel Gardens were our regular hang-outs.
Most of the activities were free – including a fab sticker tent where we made stuff out of sticker misprints. The tent had a gentle hum of kids and parents quietly beavering away, all absorbed in their projects.

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We made a guitar – I forgot to get a photo! 😦

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Getting around the site was pretty easy – especially with the wagon! But there was a pretty steep hill from family camping to the kid’s field so when it was muddy we took an easier route to the main arena. Overall we didn’t spend as much time in the main arena watching bands as we would’ve done pre-kids but if the kids had something nice to eat or somewhere to run about for a bit we could catch half an hour of a set here and there.

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This sometimes meant listening to stuff from outside of the tents! 🙂

We also tried going back to the main arena with the kids in their PJs in the evening in the hope that they’d go to sleep and we could see some music. Unfortunately this didn’t work for us as the kids just got super silly tired but not sleepy. We abandoned this plan and returned to camp to let the kids sleep. Fortunately we were able to hear the headliners from our camp – maybe that’s clever planning or just the luck of the wind?! Either way, it worked for us!
I’d definitely recommend Latitude to families – particularly if you’re looking for a balance between a regular festival experience and fun for the kids. We’re already planning to go next year!
I’d suggest they had a bar nearer to the kid’s field, but other than that it was pretty spot on! 🙂

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Perfecting my Festival Look – Head!

With just over a week to go until my little family head off to the depths of Suffolk for our first family camping festival experience at Latitude Festival I’m getting super excited and starting to plan. Naturally, this planning extends beyond the practicalities and into the aesthetics – things (i.e. me) have to look pretty. As a mummy of 2 under 4s I don’t really get out much, so a weekend of letting my hair down means I want to look the part!
Now when I say ‘letting my hair down’ what I really mean is ‘cover my hair up’! I have a short, high maintenance bob – so 5 days without my straighteners isn’t ideal. But I’m not one to let a tiny detail like that get in the way!!!
I’ve explained in a previous post that I’m going for a vintage style – so a victory roll and a cool headscarf or 2 will hide a multitude of unruly hair sins! 🙂
I was struggling to find any bandanas or headscarves that would fit my head – so I asked some lovely #psbloggers for their advice. They didn’t let me down! Emily from Em’s Trends and Mel from Upon the Sea suggested I try Lush! I didn’t even know they sold scarfs – but they use them as sustainable gift wrap! Amazing! (And big enough for my giant head!)
I’ve bought two so far – and have another one on the way (found on eBay) so here’s an un styled first attempt:

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What do you think?! 🙂
Right. Now I’m off to zumba! 🙂

Overcoming Glastonbury envy!

I’ve totally got ‘Glastonbury envy’ tonight! I’m watching the TV coverage and wishing we were there! 😦
Well… I’m kinda there in spirit – my mate Russ has been there for weeks painting bins and he painted my family this amazing bin:

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It’s got an amalgamation of all our names on it! To be fair, if I was there I’d be spending my waking hours on a bin hunt so I guess it’s a kind of blessing we’re not there this year.
My husband and I are pretty keen festival goers – I started going to festivals in 2002 and have made it to Glastonbury 4 times as well as lots of others. Even managed a day festival in 2010 at almost 8 months pregnant (I didn’t want to miss Stevie Wonder!)
This year we’re taking the kids to Latitude Festival this year for their first ever camping festival experience! With only a month to go, I’ve started to make a bit of a wish list of the stuff I need to buy to prepare (including my festival wardrobe!).
We’ve bought the kids this amazing wagon (from Amazon), which I’m in the process of pimping up:

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I’ve painted the wood with blackboard paint so the kids can draw on it while we’re waiting for bands. I’m also making a little mattress so they can have a snooze if need be. We can use it if they need to shelter from the elements (rain or shine!). We took it for a test drive at the 3 Foot People Festival in Chelmsford this week and it was fab! Looking forward to putting it through it’s paces for real!
I’ve also had to upgrade my wellies – so I’ve ordered these beauties from Simply Be:

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I’m hoping the wide fit and the gather on the calf will mean I can get away with a 6! But for £12 I thought it was worth the risk! 🙂
I’m also planning just to take a few of my beautiful dresses (including my Lady Vintage faves!) so in order to make a statement I want to get myself a full, frilly underskirt to wear underneath! (Suggestions welcome!)
And I’ll be rocking my inverted victory roll under a bandana (I’ve been practicing!):

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I can’t wait! 🙂

Still wish I was at Glastonbury though… anyone else?!