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Let's talk about Gin

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Festivals are the perfect time to relax and have a drink. Any camping is really, the joy of having nowhere to go, the relaxing sound of babbling brooks or bird song or the wind in the trees..or music drifting across the site...

At Camp Bestival Josie has previously treated us to a very 'Highgate mums' style cocktail garden with cute caravan bar, which just immediately makes you feel like a yummy mummy as you sip on something that probably contains at least one of your 'five a day' (I am a huge fan of a spicy Bloody Mary with celery)

This year we are leaping onto the gin lovers bandwagon as Rob and Josie have a Gin festival planned! A festival within a festival.


OVER 50 LOCAL & INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS GINS & A SERIES OF GIN MASTERCLASSES!
An unmissable destination for any adult with an adventurous palate and a must for the dedicated gin enthusiast at Camp Bestival, take some time out from traditional festival pursuits to sip a delicious gin & tonic or try a de…

Coping with weekend after weekend of festivals

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People have asked me how I cope with so many festivals in such a short space of time each summer. Is it amazing advanced planning? Spending loads of money or a wild and carefree attitude to life?

I'd say it's a mix of all of those. Most summers I do four or more festivals and as summer is fairly limited in the UK, in practice this means I usually have little or no time between the festivals. Every year there are festivals I can't go to because of clashes...choices must be made. This year the top picks are Camp Bestival,Cornbury, Boomtown Fair, and England's Medieval festival. (I also squeezed in a one day festival and ComicCon)

I have managed to get a week between some of the festivals I'm going to this year, so I can get the washing done! But what planning do I do?

First I plan what I (and my daughter)  are going to wear. I tend to take a fair bit of 'fancy dress', underwear, a pair of jeans, some T shirts and a jumper, fleece and waterproof coat. Wellies …

Eating Vegan at Camp Bestival

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Not to be confused with eating an actual vegan...

My lovely teen has recently embraced the vegan lifestyle and so while I am still looking forward to pulled pork, brisket baps and a bacon buttie or three at Camp Bestival, the teen will be in search of less murderous fayre.

And no creamy mash or cheesy chips of course. So what can she expect and more importantly will she have enough choice?

Well, yes. Because of course Camp Bestival is not only about music, fun, kids, and fancy dress, no! It is also about food! (and cocktails but shh, right now food is our theme)


In 2018 at the Camp Bestival Feast Collective there will be a whole vegan (and vegetarian) section, with YOUNG VEGANSBIFF’S JACK SHACK , ARANCINI BROS , HAPPY MAKI , and MILGI

Now if, like me you clicked through on any of those links you may well be drooling, because they all sound amazing. I don't think lack of choice will be an issue, I think being able to try everything might be!

Young Vegans focus on a truly British …

Nozstock Festival in Herefordshire

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Hello festival fans, I'm here to tell you about another festival, don't panic though, this time the tickets are not a million dollars!

No the tickets for Nozstock are a snap at £115 for adults


Nozstock The Hidden Valley has revealed a wave of artists, performers, and entertainers performing at the festival's 20th anniversary this summer.

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2017, the family-friendly festival celebrates two decades of mesmerising get-togethers on a working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire. Curated by the father and daughter duo of Pete and Ella and their huge extended family, Nozstock has flourished over the years into one of the country’s weird and wonderful odysseys.

Artists newly revealed include We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Reginald D Hunter, Honeyfeet, Mad Dog Mcrea, Jalen N’Gonda, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, Uncle Dugs, Mollie Collins and many more, along with an abundance of further performers across the festival, taking place at…

Review of the first PDSA Petlife festival

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I hope the PDSA Petlife Festival becomes a regular event. Blessed with glorious sunshine the festival was a riot of doggy fun. Plenty of shady spots and paddling pools for the pooches to keep cool, and enough space to wander comfortably, the festival felt spacious and well managed.


Water bowls were placed almost every 5 metres, free snack samples (for dogs), agility courses, lectures, vets on hand for chats and advice, police dog displays, the list was endless for doggy fun, there was even dog diving in a large deep pool!


If I have a moan (and no festival is ever going to be perfect) the organisers need to remember to enforce their own rules fairly. Declaring 'no chairs' and 'no picnics' to be brought in is fine, but extremely annoying when you later see people that appear to have come in with both!


And on the subject of picnics, if we are not allowed to bring food in then organisers need to think more about people food! While dogs were extremely well catered for, the …

Cornbury Festival

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Cornbury festival is a new festival for me. All I knew about it before I investigated it a bit more this year was what I had read in the Guardian, and that was that David Cameron went to it. So I am imagining a festival that is slightly posh I think! Maybe my ballgown won't be dressy enough...


I'm looking at photos online from previous years, to get ideas as to what is the dress code, Wilderness festival is very much a sparkles and glitter festival, Camp Bestival is a silly 'any thing goes' sort of festival, but will Cornbury be tea dresses and lounge suits or fancy dress and jeans?

The Travel Loving Family blog make it look rather like a giant summer fete or picnic, smart casual wear, a relaxed feel and gorgeous weather! I hope that continues.

Festival Kidz review seems to suggest the same, with plenty of crafts to get involved in, I hope having a small child isn't essential to take part as I love a bit of crafting and I'll be with my teen.

Emma and 3 has cheered…

Secret Soltice Festival, Iceland, offers a VIP offer that has to be seen to be believed

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I'm off to Iceland later this year but I'm not (sadly) going to The Secret Solstice festival there in June. If I was though, would I be getting the ultimate VIP ticket?


Well many festivals now have VIP options, an extra bar, maybe posh showers but  the Secret Solstice festival has gone to 11...because they now offer the most expensive festival ticket in the world..with some of the most amazing 'extras' to go with it.

Iceland’s Secret Solstice Announces $1 Million Dollar Ticket With All New Perks The world’s most expensive festival ticket is back and better than ever.
Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, set in 96 hours of continuous daylight June 21-24, is excited to once again present the world’s most expensive festival ticket retailing at $1 million USD with all new uber luxurious perks.

From private jet travel to extravagant Icelandic dinners and luxury sightseeing to private parties with headline artists, this is without a doubt the most exclusive festival pass ever …