Best family festival 2013

family at glastoNow summer is well and truly behind us and G&T’s in a field somewhere are a distant memory, we’ve been invited to vote for our favorite festival of 2013 by Festivalkidz.

We’re lucky enough to have been to our fair share this year through work or fabulously generous friends.

All have been great in their own little ways.

You can vote for your favorite family festival on the FestivalKidz website. It’s a great resource if you want to check out what other parents think before you take the plunge. You can also vote for festivals in general at UK Festival Awards for a chance to win some tickets next year (however I was disappointed that 3 of our all time favorite festivals are nowhere to be seen on their list of nominees).

So which was the best for us?

My vote for 2013 family festival goes to Shambala. A relatively new discovery for us (read last years review here).

They did an outstanding job this year on pretty much every count (perhaps the compost loos could do with a little attention, but they are compost loos after all).

I love that they are the first ‘no plastic water bottle’ festival with FREE chilled water at every bar. This year prevented 10,000 plastic bottles heading to land fill and raised £3k for water aid charity.

shambala group

Brilliant recycling scheme encourages pretty much no rubbish across the site.

shambala hottub

An outstanding spa for a little escape and luxury.

shambala friends 2

The silliest of entertainment.

Shambala kids

Fabulous non stop fancy dress.

And smiley happy people.

Another outstanding year @Shambala

11 out of 10 from us.

Best SMALL family festival for us was Elderflower Fields in Sussex. A lovely small family affair where the kids could run free (our review here).

(this is not a sponsored post. We were luck enough to go to lots of festivals this year including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Shambala, LoveSupreme Elderflower Fields, Over The Moon, and a couple of other and this is just our personal family opinion)

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8 Responses to “Best family festival 2013”


  1. 1 Cheryl (@CherylInTheUK) October 8, 2013 at 08:53

    Sounds fun. I love the idea of cutting back on the number of plastic bottles. Neat idea. It would get my vote on that alone!

  2. 2 mummytries October 8, 2013 at 10:52

    Looks like it was so much fun! And what a fab initiative to have no plastic water bottles, it’d be great to see other events cottoning on to this! #letkidsbekids

  3. 5 Karen Bell (@karenattwinlife) October 8, 2013 at 11:22

    Looks like great fun. I love the fancy dress! Not so sure about the compost loos?!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. 7 Celesse (Nom Monster) October 8, 2013 at 12:20

    Sounds like an amazing summer!

  5. 8 Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill) October 14, 2013 at 19:27

    What a fab festival – lots to keep both the young and old alike happy. I love the idea of the free water to prevent the plastic wastage. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.


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