We have just had our first family festival experience at Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham. I was not really sure what to expect. And to be honest, Husband had assumed it would be too crowded, we wouldn’t see any of the acts and that we would probably lose Dubz (at barely three, that little boy runs pretty quickly). But Husband was wrong on all counts.
Arriving at Wychwood, we were able to park within a two minute walk to the entrance, which was a nice surprise. Inside Cheltenham Racecourse, it was busy without feeling overwelming. We were able to watch Thrill Collins in the Electrocity tent without any of the usual pushing craziness at a normal festival (they were ace, by the way!). We spent most of our time sat down by the main stage listening to music, eating and letting the kids dance. Dubz and his dad spent a lot of time by the stage listening to The Edwin Star Band (who were fab!). I was lucky enough to meet up with the gorgeous Em from Brummy Mummy of 2 and we enjoyed some Pimms whilst chatting and singing. Check out her blog post and vlog for the two of us having way too much fun.
Besides music, food and shopping, there is a lovely section for kids at Wychwood. There is the Waterstones book tent which has different authors throughout the day, tents with various music/dancing workshops, puppet shows (which my kids found hilarious), croquet and musical instruments. There is also another music tent in this area so you can still hear the music while the children play.
We loved Wychwood. If it had been closer, Cheltenham is a 2 1/2 hour drive from South West London, we would have gone back today. Husband and I have said that we would like to go again next year and camp. All the big headliners play in the evening so we missed out on The Proclaimers last night as they were on at 7.30pm and we had to get the kids home to bed. Also, next year we would bring a picnic (I brought drinks and snacks for the kids) but still spent close to £30 for lunch, and we were not that impressed with the food.
In hindsight, we would have gone to the kids section first to find out the times of the different activities. I feel like we missed loads of things whilst listening to music. It would have been nice if there had been a programme of the authors and various activities. But we loved the music, despite not knowing who most of the artists were. And thought it was great to expose the kids to different kinds of music. All in all, we thought Wychwood was a fab family festival.
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We were given tickets for Wychwood for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.