Festivals

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Everyone looks forward to the Summer when you have a choice of festivals darted around the country.

In my opinion, the king of festivals has to be Glastonbury in Somerset.  People come from around the world just to be part of the excitement and this muddy existence for 4 or 5 days.  My husband and I have been taking our daughter since she was 5 years old and she absolutely loves it, I mean what kid doesn’t like mud.   
If you have a child, you are able to stay in family camping which is safe and a luxury in my opinion.  There is always plenty of space around your tent and loads of kids for your children to play with.  I dread to think about coping in the other areas where tents are literally on top of each other.
 
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TIPS

Toilets

An absolute must is to purchase some TravelJohnshttp://www.traveljohn.co.uk/travel-john-products.htmlbefore the festival. They act as portable loos which are a lifesaver especially in the middle of the night if you don’t want to travel to the toilets in the dark. The family size is the most cost effective (so 9 in total). Don’t worry about the adult vs kids ones (I think they were all the same size just in different colour boxes – so no real difference).

Trolley

Seriously, don’t bother with anything else (wheelbarrows, sackbarrows, tiny wheeled trolleys).  Invest in a good garden trolley with pumped up tires.  This is the ONLY item that will transport your camping gear through the mud better than anything else.  2016 was the muddiest Glastonbury I have ever been to and the trolley held its own.

Charging

Unless you want to queue for the charging tents wasting valuable time and missing bands, invest in a good charger for your phone.  Anker 15600 was incredible. Used it for the full 5 days and even had charge left over.  This was the first year ever we didn’t have to run around to find a tent or caravan to charge your charger.

Children

The site has a dedicated area for all children and their parents call Kidz Field. It is such a magical place, a sanctuary almost, for weary parents who have walked miles and miles with camping gear and kids in tow. Take advantage of the free face painting, rock climbing, aerial runway, arts and craft and shows they offer all day.  Sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics.  In the past my daughter sat quite neatly on my shoulders – not so much now that she’s growing up.  She is almost as tall as me, so going to see bands is not an issue as I am hobbit size.

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A great festival in London is SW4 (if you are a fan of house music).  It runs the weekend before the August bank holidays (which is handy).  As the name suggests it’s in SW4 (Clapham Common).  Various tents play have different DJ sets and there is one main stage which is not covered.  So if the rain comes, everyone makes a dash for the tents usually.  The fact that it finishes at about 11pm is great if you are a parent. You can get home at a reasonable time at least.
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Author: Townie Jax

Doing London on the cheap

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