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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

Best family festivals

Best family festivalsIt’s grey and cold outside and I am dreaming of a field somewhere. Worry-free long sunny days surrounded by gorgeous vibes and happy faces.

To cheer myself up I decided to write about my best family festivals and remember some of my most special moments last summer. Continue reading ‘Best family festivals’

Into The Trees Festival – Win tickets

Image may contain: tree, plant, outdoor and natureLast year we were lucky enough to be one of the few families that spent the weekend at Into The Trees at Pippingford Park, a protected ancient woodland in the heart of the Ashdown Forest.

A relaxed and fun day event for families, Into The Trees is a reasonably new kind of festival exploring our relationship with nature. For the last few years this has just been a day event or guests but this year they are offering a limited number of families the chance to camp in this very special spot.

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Remembering Lost Vagueness

 glastonbury dance tent
For those that remember…
…or those that don’t!
Lost Vagueness was the ultimate party for those in search of a little bit more.

Review: Camp Bestival 2017 – Hunny age 7

festival kid in mudI loved Camp Bestival but it was very, very muddy! We still had lots of fun. The mud makes it really FUN!

Read Hunny’s Camp Bestival kids review:

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Making friends at Blissfields – Daisy 11

blissfields kids review

If you are looking for a small family friendly festival stuffed full of fun and kindness, Blissfields is hard to beat. We last visited in 2015 and fell in love with this great little festival. You can read this year’s full family Blissfields review at Festival Kidz here.

Find out why this is the perfect festival for kids is Daisy’s Blissfields kids review here: Continue reading ‘Making friends at Blissfields – Daisy 11’

Review: Funk The Family by Hunny aged 7

We had lots of fun at Funk The Family.

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Review: Elderflower Fields Festival – By Daisy aged 11

A really fun and family friendly festival. I’ve been before but this year was the best so far because lots of my friends came. Read my Elderflower Fields review here…

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Funk The Format – Brighton’s party of the summer!



Nottinghill carnival 1995

1995 happy days



It’s not often a legend turns up in your local park.

Living in Brighton we’re pretty lucky to have had a fair few legends pass through our fair city. But when do you get the chance to see TWO absolute legends in your own back yard?

I’m more than a little bit excited about this year’s FUNK THE FORMAT in Hove Park this June and I have a pair of tickets up for grabs for one of you.

Continue reading ‘Funk The Format – Brighton’s party of the summer!’

The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The Good Life Experience is a pretty new family friendly festival that we’ve just discovered. It’s held at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Flintshire 16th – 18th September this year. It’s described as a back to basics festival with a focus on craftsmanship and ancient skills and sounds like a perfect way to end the summer. The Telegraph featured it in their top 20 best family summer festivals list

The Good Life Continue reading ‘The Good Life Experience Festival 2016’

Review: BoomTown by Daisy aged 10 ¾

BoomTown is the best festival in the world!

I LOVE BoomTown. It’s the most epical festival I have ever been to and I want to go every year for the rest of my life.

Read my BoomTown family review:

Continue reading ‘Review: BoomTown by Daisy aged 10 ¾’

Review: Chilled in a Field – by Daisy aged 10

A perfectly formed festival for party parents. Chilled in a Field proves that the best things come in small packages and that festivals with kids really can be relaxing.

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Lets get Together The People of Brighton! WIN festival tickets

Together The People Brighton Festival

With the world feeling like it’s turning upside down at the moment, surrounded by unrest and total chaos, it’s a time to get together people.

Let’s try and focus of all that’s great about life, our friends, our family, our freedom to PARTY!

Let’s get Together The People of Brighton!

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Yoga Camp at The Mac’s Farm

Yoga Camp The Mac's Farm It’s not often we find a family weekend where everyone completely relaxes without the need or desire for more fulfilment. Where each of us has time to do exactly as they please and no one feels the need to rush around or take time out with screens and distractions.

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Big Kahuna Festival -Twistin’ my melon man! WIN tickets

Big Kahuna header

The Big Kahuna Festival – ‘You’re twistin’ my melon man!’

Absolutely gutted we can’t make this one.

It’s not often a new festival is announced that blows the socks off others for me. We’ve done our fair share of partying in a field over the years and now have our firm favourites. It takes a lot for us to be swayed from the festivals we know always deliver, but The Big Kahuna look totally f*****g awesome.

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All hail! England’s Medieval Festival! WIN

 warwick castle familyAnd now for something completely different…

We love a good castle in our family. The kids are fascinated by history and when we are not camping in a field somewhere or at a festival we spend lots of time visiting historic sites around the UK. There’s something truly magical about exploring an old ruin steeped in history, or finding out about Kings and Queens of old and the gruesome past hidden in a dungeon.

Continue reading ‘All hail! England’s Medieval Festival! WIN’

Funk The Format Festival is coming Brighton

funk the family festival BrightonLast year we checked out Funk The Family Festival right on our doorstep in Brighton (well Hove actually). Part of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe, the one day family event was a huge success and is back again this May Bank Holiday with a new addition.

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Festival safety for teenagers

Glastonbury 1995 teenager at festivalI read an article the other day about top safety tips for teenagers at festivals and got so cross with it I felt I had to have a rant. (Not like me, I know!)

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Wild Weekend at Elderflower Fields Festival

Elderflower Fields Festival 2016This May Elderflower Fields Festival celebrates it’s 5th birthday and it’s going to be wild! We’ve got a family ticket worth over £300 for someone to WIN and take part in their biggest party yet.

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