Archive for September, 2019

Into The Trees 2019

Guest review from Tor and family. Thanks for checking out Into The Trees 2019.

My top parenting tip is to keep your expectations low. Don’t hope too much and you can’t be too disappointed, right? 

It was with this in mind that me and the family headed Into the Trees last weekend. I was aiming for camping with friends, with a bit of nice stuff to look at and activities for the kids to complain about. As idyllic as the Instagram photos were I knew my family experience wouldn’t mirror the smiles and wholesome activities. 

Into the trees festival

Well. Blimey. It was just lovely. And it lived up to the hype.

To start with, the decorations, signage and set up details were so beautiful you feel like you’re in a well planned photoshoot before you even get to any activities. But the substance behind the style is absolutely there. With knobs on. 

We hit the Schools Without Walls art trail on Saturday morning. Set in the woods, it was inspiring and well organised. My son kept pointing and saying “I want to make that” and “I want to do one of those”. He never says that.

Into the trees festival

The crafts and activities on offer around the festival were varied and easy to do, and quickly effective. After finishing his first craft my son said “more crafting please” and we did four things quickly and easily. It was straightforward to access and plenty of happy crew around to help out a little one if an activity was a little tricky. We flipped between exploring the woods, or sitting down and doing an activity. No pressure. 

We spent Saturday afternoon loafing around the bar and mini stage, nipping off to make lanterns, dancing with other kids to our own music, face and hair painting each other, just whatever came to mind.

We joined in the bat walk Saturday evening but didn’t make the woodland ceilidh. Not getting back out after the kids’ bedtime was not surprising. It was also not a worry. As the focus is on the day time, unlike most festivals with a solid evening entertainment programme, you don’t feel you are missing out if a day with the smalls has taken it out of you..

Into the trees festival

Sunday took us to the Woodland Tribe playground, the barefoot walk (done repeatedly by all!) some more crafting, tree listening, fabulous faffing about in the woods and pond dipping.

A few things across the weekend were timed so it was worth keeping an eye on a couple of must dos. But the atmosphere across the whole event was one of relaxation. I’d just come from 3 days working indoors at a tech conference and after a 10 minute verbal offload on Friday night I settled into the field and didn’t look back. 

We were super lucky with the weather, which of course makes being outside easier. That occurred to me as I wandered round and I found myself planning what I would bring next year to manage all that, if the weather was colder or wetter, as I wouldn’t want to miss out just because the sun wasn’t shining as bright.

Into the trees festival

There were of course fraught moments. Our kids are 5 and 2 and I’m generally a control freak! Getting dressed and meal times were a battleground just like at home. Can’t win them all.

We managed to make so many family memories in just one weekend. I kept trying to remember what the kids said about how much fun they were having but I was so relaxed they kept falling out of my head! Maybe I’ll remember next year! 

See you next year at Into The Trees

Chilled in a Field 2019

Daisy writes…

We have just got back from Chilled in a Field festival where I had an amazing time.

We camped up with children ranging from 2 to 15 and all of them had a great time. We arrived on Friday and watched the opening parade where a very talented man did some tricks and some comedy then we followed him to the woods.

 In the woods we passed the amazing marble run which definitely attracted all ages. We also saw the woodland stage where later on there was a silent disco which unfortunately I missed because it did not start till 11pm!  I was very tired from doing stuff in the day time so really wanted to go. Hopefully, they will have an earlier one next year. 

Something I love about this site is the miniature railway which I went on with some family and friends. It went all the way around the campsite and past the main festival field so you could wave at people as you go by.

I didn’t watch many bands as it was just such a hot weekend out on the main field. Most of the ones I did watch were very good although one was very loud and intense on Friday night which just hurt my head.

There was one girl who I loved to watch called Jolie Skye Phillips because she was only 13 – the same age as me so it was very inspiring to see.

The campsite was very nice and the toilets and showers were also good for lots of people. Where we camped in the campervan field there was loads of space to run around and play frisbee.

There was a lot of food choice and my favourite was the chips from Ollie’s Fish Shack. I also liked the crepes but they were way too expensive in my opinion although there was a voucher where you got one free once you’d bought a few.

Overall I think it’s a lovely chilled festival and will definitely be coming back next year with more friends.

Daisy Ryman, 13


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