I love Brighton. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live (in the UK that is).
Brighton is full of crazy non-stop fun and no time of year is that more true than May.
The sun starts to shine, deck chairs unfold, and the sound of busking drifts thought the Pavilion Gardens like the smell of vinegar soaked chips on the beach. Disco Pete dusts off his white gloves and familiar faces start to appear on the streets of Brighton.
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Anyone else starting to stress out about Christmas?
Am I the only person getting sick of buying plastic toys that never get played with?
Continue reading ‘Give moments not things’
I love having parties at home for the kids.
I know most mums shudder at the thought of a house full of screechy small people who leave a trail of jelly and ice cream on your carpets. But I have always really enjoyed a good old fashioned parties at home.
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Strawberry Cornetto please
You know when you do something, and as you are doing it you are thinking, ‘this isn’t such a smart idea’.
Taking a hot tray out the oven and forgetting the tea towel.
Jumping in a pool without checking how deep it is.
Continue reading ‘I never really liked strawberry Cornetto’
We were recently invited to check out the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival which has taken over Black Rock on Madeira Drive.
Now I humbly class myself as a bit of a sand master. I have spent many happy hours building master pieces or turning the kids in to mermaids. But this is something different.
Continue reading ‘Can you guess what it is? Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival’
This weekend we went to our first festival of the season Elderflower Fields.
We had a fabulous weekend of family fun and I hared some of my ‘top tips for taking kids to festivals’ with lots of new families who were taking the plunge with their first family event.
I also had a column in the Argus featuring a Sussex Family Festival round-up.
Get me, a column in the Argus!
If you’re not quite ready to do a full weekend at a festival with kids I included some day festival suggestions in my recent column (now that I am officially a journalist and all that!)
Whizz Bang Pop Festival is one of the great day festivals I recommend and the lovely organisers have not only donated a family ticket to one of you lucky people but also the chance to DJ IN THE DISCO SHED!!
Continue reading ‘WIN family tickets and DJ slot at Whizz Bang Pop Festival 26 July!’
Does anyone actually like January?
Pretty depressing isn’t it?
Christmas come down, cold and wet, everyone skint, and nothing on TV but holiday ads reminding you of a life you can’t keep up with.
You can’t even cheer yourself up down the pub as everyone sets themselves ridiculous new years resolutions.
January is always detox time in our house. The one time of the year my husband does the shopping. Filling the cupboards with cardboard crackers that sit there till the following January.
Continue reading ‘January blues? Let’s go camping!’
Published November 18, 2013
family , Family activity , festival , parenting
Tags: Elderflower fields festival, festival with style, magical weekend of family fun, May bank holiday fun, relaxing family fun, Sussex festival, Win festival tickets
Is anyone else struggling through these dark winter days, dreaming of a sunny G&T in a field somewhere? Well I may have just the thing to add a ray of sunshine to your life.
It’s my very first competition at A Field Somewhere!
One of you lucky people will WIN a family ticket to Elderflower Fields Festival worth £310!
Continue reading ‘WIN family tickets to Elderflower Fields Festival 2014’
Although we’ve lived here for 13 years it’s easy to forget just what a fantastic place Brighton is. Now we are immersed in the world of school runs, mortgages, work and back to back episodes of Breaking Bad we rarely even make it to town. The days of non-stop partying and all day Sunday recovery lazing in the warm sunshine on the pebbles, now a faded memory. Continue reading ‘We Love Brighton’
Now that we are firmly back in the ‘real’ word of school, work and all that other boring stuff my heart is starting to sink a little. The seasons are changing and someone has already mentioned to dreaded ‘C’ word.
So I thought I’d cheer myself up on this wet and dreary day and reminisce about where our amazing summer holiday started this year.
Continue reading ‘Freedom HA HA’
Just had a fantastic family weekend at Glastonbury courtesy of some very kind and lovely friends.
After being told several times over the weekend that I must be MAD, it suddenly struck me on Sunday, that perhaps I actually am.
Continue reading ‘Too old to trapeze?’
According to Wiki, a group of children is either a “flock,” or a “bundle”. Doesn’t sound right to me. Surely some of the other group names feel more fitting? A ‘mob’ of Emu, a ‘crash’ of Hippo or even a ‘colony’ of bacteria!? Anyway, we’ve just got back from a fabulous weekend at Elderflower Fields Festival with some lovely friends and a ‘flock’ (or ‘bundle’) of kids. Our squawking ‘flock’ consisted of about 12 kids or various ages between 1 and 11. They all got on so well, not a squabble or moan all weekend. Continue reading ‘Letting the ‘flock’ fly free’
For those that know me, you’ll know that Hunny and I have had our moments in the last 3 years. To say she has challenged me is an understatement. I love her to the moon and back but we have struggled to find a happy balance that seems to come to others so naturally. She is spirited and I adore her for that.
Today is International Earth Day and we pledged to plant a tree over on the new KalliKids blog last week.
The kids had already added themselves to the Face of Climate campaign and we decided to make a green pledge.
Continue reading ‘Pledge to change – International Earth Day’
Published March 6, 2013
family , Family activity , parenting
Tags: Charlie's emporium, date with my child, every child's dream, once in a lullaby, somewhere over the rainbow, the best day ever, where has my little girl gone?, Wonka
…there’s a place that i dream of, once in a lullaby.
Four and a half years, every night without fail, I sang this song to my little Daisy. But then number 2 daughter arrived. BAM! I tried to spread my attention between them at bed time but it became easier for me to take care of baby and leave Daisy to her daddy.
Last week it suddenly hit me, where has my little girl gone? Have I lost her without realising it?
Just booked up my May Bank Holiday weekend. Organised hey?
Quality and festival rarely go together.
But last year we stumbled upon Elderflower Fields.
Never again will I accept that festivals plus kids equal 3 days of soggy chips, missing all your favorite music and hovering small bottoms over swamp infested portaloos.
Continue reading ‘Elderflower Festival – QUALITY Sussex family fun’
Published February 15, 2013
family , Family activity , festival , parenting , weekend away
Tags: a field somewhere, family festival, kids field, laughter and happiness, love, parents behave like toddlers, seriously silly family fun, shambala, shambala festival, shambolympics, strumpets with crumpets
I’ve been going to festivals for years, since the care free days of hurling myself over the fence at Glastonbury with nothing but a fur coat and a bottle of vodka. Think I’ve pretty much been to most of them in one way or another, working, playing and having fun. There’s nothing quite like it, and even since I had kids I still feel happiest in a field somewhere….. surrounded by smiles.
Published November 17, 2012
budget break , family , Family activity , Family holiday , holiday parks , parenting , Uncategorized , weekend away
Tags: camber sands, cheap family break, gin, pontins
Well, my very first blog. Inspired by my amazing friend Maddie who is (and always will be) way ahead of me in the world of technology.
I somehow managed to talk some friends in to a weekend at Pontins Camber Sands. £39 for a family of 4. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a bargain hunter but this was ridiculous – £3.25 per person per night. Right?