North East Family Fun

An Award Winning Family, Travel & Adventure Blog

Monday, 29 August 2016

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn


Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay

I remember visiting the Tall Ships as a child when they visited Newcastle Quayside. It was a real sense of occasion and something that really sticks in my mind today, so when I found out the Tall Ships would be visiting Blyth which is just a few miles from my home, I couldn't wait to re-live these memories.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

The maritime celebration is now in it's 60th year. 30 impressive ships would be visiting the port of Blyth and there was to be a full weekend of celebrations. I headed over with Chloe on a sunny Saturday evening. We decided to travel via public transport and have to say there were no queues or problems - everything ran very smoothly.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

We walked along Blyth Quayside admiring the ships and taking in the festival atmosphere. There were bands playing, street performers entertaining the crowds, fairground rides and lots of festival food stalls including two of my favourites, Fat Hippo and Zapatista. I love how the festival involved lots of local suppliers like this.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

Ridley Park was a hive of activity with lots of local pop up stalls and activities for kids. You could easily spend a good few hours here.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn

I decided not to take the kids with me as I don't like taking them to busy places when it's just me. I live in fear of losing one of them. We will hopefully pop down on Monday though to watch the ships leave. I had been invited to watch the ships from a private suite by the Commissioners Quay where we had access to a complimentary bar (lucky us). Complimentary drinks and solo parenting definitely do not mix and to be honest it was lovely to let my hair down for a few hours - after 5 weeks of being at home with the kids, I was more than ready for a bit of adult conversation.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - entrance

The Commissioners Quay Inn is a brand new inn that stands right on the Blyth Quayside. Some of the rooms (like ours) feature large balconies and the views of the harbour, quayside and coast are pretty spectacular. The inn offers 40 en-suite bedrooms, homemade food, drinks and a very warm welcome. I loved the simple but classic decor which felt modern yet homely. There is free wifi and free on site parking too and I can't wait to return with the kids after our next trip to Ridley park.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - vip badge

Our host Jackie really looked after us. We started with the most delicious afternoon tea and a couple of glasses of wine whilst we got to know the other guests. I always love the chance to chat to new people and it was a pleasure to share our suite with Chloe, Claire from Impact PR, a very brave soldier who survived an attack in Afghanistan and his wife plus two lifeguards from Blyth beach. Such a diverse group of people and it was lovely to share stories over a few glasses of Prosecco.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - afternoon tea

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - afternoon tea

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - scone

The views from our balcony were wonderful and obviously Chloe and I couldn't resist taking a few snaps.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - view from balcony room/suite

The saying time flies when you're having fun couldn't be more true - before we knew it, 3 hours had passed. It was a HUGE privilege to be invited up to the Commissioner Quay's rooftop alongside the official event photographers in time to watch the 9pm fireworks. Just WOW! It is times like this that I am so grateful for blogging. What an experience.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Quayside fireworks from roof top

The fireworks were just outstanding and genuinely took my breath away. It was really special being able to share the experience with friends old and new. After 20 minutes of fireworks we headed back down to our suite for bacon butties and another glass of Prosecco. The perfect way to end our evening.

Tall Ships Regatta | Blyth 2016 | Commissioners Quay Inn - Bacon Sandwich and Prosecco

A huge thank you to the Commissioner's Quay for inviting us along to share this unique experience. All of the staff we encountered from the marketing team to the bar staff, door staff and even handymen were all genuine, friendly people who really made us feel welcome. The Commissioner's Quay Inn is somewhere I would recommend to anyone visiting the North East - it is super handy for business travellers, wedding guests or just as a base to use for exploring the gorgeous Northumbrian Coastline.

The Tall Ships Regatta is a HUGE event and I think it was extremely well organised. It a real a privilege to have such a massive FREE event for us to enjoy on our doorstep. What a fantastic weekend for Blyth, Northumberland and the North East. It was lovely to see us shine.

There is still time to catch the Tall Ships before they leave Blyth and race towards Sweden. Pop down for around 12:45pm on Monday to watch their farewell parade. Check the Tall Ships website for parking/public transport/park and ride details.
Share:

Friday, 26 August 2016

What's on for children & families in the North East | 27th & 28th August

It's bank holiday weekend! YEAH! I feel sorry for Big Stevie Cool who is unfortunately working all weekend, so sorry to all the shift workers out there for this post - I feel your pain! There is, as you would expect, lots happening in the North East. I am very lucky and have been invited along to the Commissioners Quay in Blyth to watch the Tall Ships Regatta from one of their suites as their guest. I'm going to try and live stream the fireworks from Facebook at around 9pm on Saturday so if you can't make the event yourself, make sure you tune in.

What's on for children & families in the North East 27th & 28th August
A Knight's Tournament at Belsay


Tall Ships Blyth Regatta
Blyth Quayside
Friday 26th - Monday 29th August | 10am - 10pm (5pm on Monday)

Blyth Quayside will be transformed this weekend as they welcome the tall ships to their docks during this FREE festival. There will be fairground rides, street theatre, live music, stalls, face painting, the chance to climb aboard a tall ship, circus acts, fireworks and so much more. See website for further information and transport details. 



Knight's Tournament
Belsay Hall & Castle, Northumberland
Saturday 27th - Monday 29th August | 11am - 5pm

We visited the Knight's Tournament at Belsay Hall last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There will be a Medieval encampment in the castle grounds, the chance to feel the weight of real armour, cooking and skill demonstrations alongside battle re-enactments. See website for ticket information.


Meet Titan the Robot 
Discovery Museum, Newcastle
Saturday 27th August | 12noon & 2pm

If you haven't seen Titan perform before, you are missing a treat. He's curious, funny and unpredictable and will certainly have you on the edge of your seat. FREE entry (donations welcome). See website for details. 



Chris Cross's Castle Escape
Newcastle Castle
Sunday 28th August | 12 noon


Spectators will be wowed as Chris Cross imitates the world's greatest escapologist by attempting to escape from a straight jacket whilst hanging 80 ft in the air from the castle keep in just 90 seconds! Standard admission fee applies and spectators are encouraged to view from street level. See website for further details.



Moscow State Circus
Newcastle Town Moor
24th - 30th August (various times) 


The world's most famous circus is in town! Expect high wire tricks, dare devils, springboard troops and much more in the air-conditioned big top on the moor. See website for more information and tickets.

What's on for children & families in the North East 27th & 28th August


Phew! Let me know what you're up to this weekend in comments and have a good one!
Share:

Thursday, 25 August 2016

When family trips away don't quite go to plan


We've had such a lovely summer full of adventure and plenty of chill out time too. We've travelled up and down the country and abroad and enjoyed some real quality family time together. Sometimes though, family day trips and holidays just don't go to plan and I thought I'd share a few of our disasters with you today...........

Potty training & long car journeys


Why we decided to start potty training Heidi 7 days before a long car journey I will never know. I thought I was prepared and read all sorts of tips online including covering her car seat with a carrier bag. Nothing prepares you for what's in store though. A journey that should have taken 3 hours was more than double that. That moment when your toddler shouts 'I need a poo' when you've just passed a sign saying the next services are 19 miles away will haunt you forever. Cue lots of arguing, sweating, trying to find somewhere to stop, trying to urgently locate the potty in your packed boot, finding out your child actually doesn't need to toilet........then once you are back on the road discovering they do actually need to go and repeating the whole cycle of events. It all ends with you having to sit with a nappy bag by your feet filled with potty contents until you reach the next services......... it's not pretty and not exactly the road trip I had planned!

Potty Training and Car Journeys DO NOT MIX

When kids loudly ask why people smell funny on the tube


Earlier this year we travelled to London with the kids. Harry and Heidi had been a few times before but it was Jack's first time. Jack isn't the quietest of children and during his first trip on the tube during rush hour he asked very loudly, 'Why do people smell funny here?'. I tried to change the subject but he just kept asking and asking and asking.....I didn't have an answer for him but I did want to ground to swallow me up. I am sure I caught a few other passengers smirking at my discomfort. The thing with kids is, they just don't have a filter and just tell it like it is!

Look at Jack's face! It's as if butter wouldn't melt!

When a child escapes at passport control


I will never forget the time we headed to Portugal for the week and my niece who was probably around 3-4 years old at the time decided to make a run for it and dashed through passport control before we'd even checked in......I think we all stayed rooted to the spot in shock! Luckily she returned pretty quickly and we can laugh about it now. Kids certainly keep you on your toes!


 Losing swimsuits going down slides with your kids


I've never been one for going down water slides (even as a child myself), but when your own kids ask you when you're on holiday and they're too little to go down water slides by themselves you just have to grin and bear it. I will NEVER forget the time I went down a particularly fast flume at Butlins and almost lost my swimsuit! CRINGE! So embarrassing for me at the time but the kids found it hilarious.

Monkey wee at Longleat


My final little story is part of Rickelton family legend and my kids like to remind me about it as often as they can. We visited Longleat safari park a few years ago and decided to brave the monkey enclosure. All was fine until a monkey decided to sit on our bonnet and do a big wee. The kids found this highly amusing. Anyway, we exited the enclosure and anyone who's been to Longleat will know that in the next part you can wind your window down and feed some deer from your car. So I did just that......only for the wind to blow lots of monkey wee right in my face! Argh!!!!!! Everyone in the car was crying with laughter - me not so much! Longleat is a trip that definitely did not go to plan for me. The kids even made me a canvas picture reminding me of the incident for mother's day the following year and made me put it on my bedroom wall! LOL

Take my advice - check before winding the car window down at Longleat

So as you can see, travelling with kids is definitely not all plain sailing. I've loved remembering these stories now and it's actually nice to have funny tales like this to look back on. I remember these days fondly now even if it didn't seem like it at the time.

I'd love to hear if you have any tales of when things didn't quite go to plan when you've travelled with kids. 


Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have
volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for
the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. (I
have received a voucher in return for writing this post)

Share:

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality?


I can't believe there are less than 2 weeks of the school holidays left! Time certainly does fly when you're having fun. Although I have struggled with work-life balance at times, overall we've had a fantastic summer break. It's time to start thinking about getting back into our routine now though (oh how I'm going to miss our lie ins!). I've already sorted the kids' uniforms and PE kits but now it's time to start thinking about school shoes.

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality? - Startrite boys' Rhino Shoes Review

I have the same debate with myself every year - should I buy cheap £10 shoes from the supermarket or is it worth investing a little bit more cash and buying shoes of a higher quality that will last? My mum is always quick to remind me that school shoes need a bit of investment and I have to say I agree.

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality? - Startrite boys' Rhino Shoes Review

In my 7 years of buying school uniform, I have learned from my mistakes and now know where you can cut corners and where you need to invest. You can get away with cheaper PE kits and sandshoes, buying shirts from a budget range and inexpensive skirts and trousers (as long as they are crease free) however I think the two things you really need to invest in are a good quality winter coat and a decent pair of school shoes.

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality? - Startrite boys' Rhino Shoes Review

We walk 1.5 miles to school (and then 1.5 miles back) in ALL weathers so it's very important to me that my children's school shoes are comfortable, warm and waterproof. They also need to be very durable. Harry walks to school by himself sometimes and has a horrible habit of scraping his toes so shoes that can withstand this treatment are always going to get the thumbs up from me.

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality? - Startrite boys' Rhino Shoes Review

Towards the end of last term, Harry tested out these Rhino Warrior Black Leather Shoes by Startrite. They are at the very top of my budget at £55 but I think they are 100% worth it. For starters, he wore them for 1 month straight before breaking up from school and there is not a single mark on them. They are definitely super tough. Shoes I've bought him from a supermarket in the past would be falling apart or at least in need of a polish by now. In fact this has just reminded me of the time I decided to try and save a bit of cash by buying cheaper shoes and I was mortified when the sole fell off at school and the teacher had to use an elastic band to keep Harry's shoe together until I picked him up! I've definitely learned my lesson! Never again do I want to be in that situation!

It's time to buy new school shoes - is it worth investing in quality? - Startrite boys' Rhino Shoes Review

Startrite shoes look smart, are breathable, flexible and keep Harry's feet dry - I couldn't ask for more! They are also super durable and I have no doubt they will last a good 6 months - perhaps even longer. So back to my original question, is it worth investing in your children's school shoes? My answer is definitely yes! They are one of the items you definitely don't want to be cutting corners with, especially if you want to avoid your children's teacher having to explain why your son's shoes are wrapped in elastic bands when you pick him up - CRINGE!

We were sent a pair of Rhino Warrior Shoes in return for an honest review. 
Share:

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - circus tent

We were provided with Press tickets to the Just So Festival in Cheshire this year and could not have been more excited. The not-for-profit festival focuses on family arts and seemed to offer something that little bit different to other festivals I've been to in the past. We packed up our tent and travelled along the A1, M62 and M6 and before we knew it we were there. We were able to camp for up to three nights and the campsite was very close to our car which was a blessing. Anyway, we fell head over heels in love with Just So.......here are few reasons why:

1 - We snacked on Corn on the Cobb

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - corn van

My kids love Corn on the Cobb and it was the first thing they spotted when we entered the festival site. It was sweet, juicy and really hit the spot - the perfect festival snack!

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - corn on cobb

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - corn on cobb

2 - The attention to detail was superb

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - lantern
The attention to detail at Just So was simply amazing - I have no idea how long this must take to put together but I am guessing they must already be starting on 2017. From the hand-drawn signs to the twinkly lights and bunting everywhere you turn. The detailing was well thought out and really added to the magic. 

3 - We could dance the night away

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - music on footlights stage at night

The footlights is the perfect place to set up camp, get the drinks in and dance the night away with new friends. A real highlight for us was the huge 'Zombie Congo' which snaked through the field one afternoon courtesy of the Baghdaddies.

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - footlights stage at night

4 - We were captivated by stories around the bonfire

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - bonfire bands and story telling in the woods

It's not often you get the chance to listen to stories by the bonfire and these were by real story tellers who had kids on the edge of their seats and the grown ups laughing at the jokes that went over the kids' heads. The tale about the boggles of Cumbria was or favourite.

5 - There's lots of space to chill out

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - sailcloth city by the lake

Sometimes festivals can be full on but at Just So there were plenty of spots to chill out whether this be by the lake, in Sailcloth city, during family yoga, whilst enjoying an Indian head massage or simply just under a tree. There were lots of places to escape the craziness which was appreciated. 

6 - The festival setting is beautiful 

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Rode Hall Estate Gardens

The Just So Festival is set on the Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire. The grounds are beautiful and very well kept with lots of flowers, ponds, woodland and shrubs. 

7 - We learned all about bees

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Bee Hives

I appreciated the hands on & educational aspect to the festival and my three loved lifting the bee hive lids hidden in the spellbound forest to learn all about these special creatures.

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Bee Hives

8 - We composed our own song using pots and pans

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - pots and pans music

My kids were transported right back to their toddler years and composed their own song using nothing but pots, pans and crockery. Lots of fun!

9 - The staff were all fantastic

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - outdoor story telling

From the roaming actors who stayed in character the whole time to the friendly faces on the entrance gate to the parking stewards and volunteers helping us create our own lantern - all of the staff we encountered were happy, friendly and made us feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble.

10 - We joined the circus

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - circus skills

It's not every day you can join the circus! We loved learning new skills and by the end of our session we were all spinning plates with ease. What an achievement! 

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - circus skills

 11 - We discovered the magic of the forest

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - spellbound forest

The Spellbound Forest at Just So truly is a magical place - from the moment you step through the storybook entrance you can't help but be taken in by the twinkling lights, hidden theatres and secret trails. We even managed to bump into the Gruffalo!

 12 - We enjoyed contemporary dance

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - contemporary dance

Watching contemporary dance isn't something you'd normally find us doing as a family but we actually ended up thoroughly enjoying the performance.

13 - We were immersed in all things crazy

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Les Enfants Theatre

A flying boat, egg heads that crack, stardust, robots, empty planets and vacuums.......all part of one of the truly crazy but funniest shows of the weekend.

14 - Mud and rain were dealt with and weren't an issue

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - wellies

Sometimes rain and mud can cause problems at festivals and hamper the fun - well not at Just So! There are plenty of spots to hide under cover, indoor activities and the mud was dealt with promptly with staff laying down straw to stop it getting slippy. Hats off to the festival organisers for being so well organised.

15 - It was an excuse to dress up

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - fox ears
Some of the costumes at Just So are AMAZING. From grown men in lion suits and dressed as Fantastic Mr Fox to babies dressed as frogs and full mermaid costumes, I REALLY need to up my game next year. Still, it was nice to walk around with a pair of fox ears all weekend and join in the fun. Steve has already started a Pinterest board with costume designs for next year! 

16 - The Tribal Leaders

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Frog Tribal Leader

Before you visit Just So, you should align yourself with a tribe. With our red hair, we naturally aligned ourselves with the foxes. Every tribe has their own leader who spends time walking around the festival and entertaining everyone. The leaders were funny, over the top, always in character and took the time to speak to every single child. 

17 - Inclusive performances

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - woodland theatre

Most of the festival was accessible by wheelchair, there were accessibles loos and many of the performances were also provided with an interpretor and sign language if needed. I loved this inclusive feel to the festival - it felt like nobody was left out of the fun. 

18 - There was candyfloss

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - fairy candy floss
Candy floss is the one thing I'm not keen on my children eating - it is pure sugar after all. The candy floss at Just So though was just irresistible with it's magic fairy dust. We couldn't resist ordering some fresh from the two lovely ladies and indulging a little.

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - fairy candy floss

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - fairy candy floss

19 - We spent time with friends

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - North East Family Fun and Her Come the Hoopers selfie

Festivals are the perfect place to visit with friends - there is plenty to see and do so you aren't on top of each other but then there's also lots of opportunity to enjoy a couple of drinks together or catch a performance. We visited with our friends the Hoopers (who we actually hadn't met in real life until the festival - we were just internet friends) and it was lovely to have someone to share the experience with. 

20 - We camped under the stars

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - tent in camping field

Part of the magic of festivals has to be the camping - the pitches at Just So are very close to the car park (so no great distance to carry everything) and pretty close to the festival entrance. There are clean loos and shower blocks and fresh water is available too. Yes it rained (quite a bit) but there is definitely something special about just embracing the festival vibe. 

21 - There was FREE Soreen

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - free soreen

This was perhaps a little unexpected but we were handed free Soreen samples throughout the day. My eldest was in his element and we actually discovered he loved Soreen so will be adding a bar to his packed lunch when he returns to school. It turns out Soreen is the perfect snack to nibble on and keep you going between performances. 

22 - Something new to see everywhere we turned

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - heron

You could never be bored at Just So - there is something new to watch around every corner and you never know what to expect next from giant Heron's to galloping human horses. We were definitely entertained.

23 - We joined in with crafts

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - free craft, make your own placard

I'll be the first to admit I'm not at all crafty and crafts at home aren't really my thing so when the kids had the chance to create something fantastic at Just So, we really appreciated it. They loved making their 'Team Fox' placards and they now stand proudly against their bedroom wall.

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - make your own placard at the high seas

24 - A little healthy competition and rivalry

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Tribal Tournament leaderboard

Throughout the festival you have the chance to earn special golden pebbles from actors and performers - you then must hand these to your leader and they are counted up at various points throughout the day before a winner is announced at the grand Tribal Tournament finale. Foxes took an early lead but sadly it wasn't our year. The healthy competition was lots of fun though, especially as rumours spread amongst tribe members about how to obtain extra pebbles. 

25 - There was GOOD coffee available from Little Espresso Co

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - coffee from Little Espresso Co

No weak tea or cheap coffee here - only the best for Just So parents which pleased me no end! It was blissful to grab a cup on Sunday morning and take in an outdoor performance with the kids. 

26 - We learned how to become spies

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - spy science

H&H enrolled in Spy Science and learned how to write secret codes using invisible ink - just one of the free spy school workshops available to book. 

27 - We joined in with a HUGE pillow fight on the Village Green

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - pillow fight on village green

The Village Green was home to an EPIC pillow fight on Sunday afternoon, It was so much fun to both watch and participate in and very well organised by the tribal leaders who ensured things didn't get too out of hand. Feathers everywhere!

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - pillow fight on village green

28 - There was time to sit back and watch the world go by together

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016

Sometimes the best thing about spending the weekend with your family is actually spending time with your family. We didn't charge our phones on purpose (there is a charging tent should you need it) and loved the time with our children away from technology and simply having fun.

29 - The Boy Who Cried Wolf

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Animalia and The Fabularium performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Animalia in the middle of the woods was home to the most fantastic theatre company (the Fabularium) we loved gathering around and listening to the beautifully performed Boy Who Cried Wolf.

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Animalia and The Fabularium performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf

30 - We tried something new together

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - acrobatics

I was well and truly pushed out of my comfort zone and joined in with an acrobatics class with Heidi - it was lovely to try something new and as always, fantastic for Heidi's confidence as she was praised by the staff for her flexibility and grace (me not so much - haha).

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - acrobatics

31 - We were captivated by the story of Reynard the Fox

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - Animalia and The Fabularium performance of Reynard the Fox

Another favourite from the Fabularium - the tale of Reynard the Fox. Young and old loved this performance and there were a few jokes in there just for grown-ups too. It was a definite highlight for Jack and I and we couldn't help but fall for Reynard's charm. 

32 - Indulgent treats for grown ups too

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 - festival food

Freshly made curries, fries topped with bacon and cheese, gourmet burgers, local ales and ciders, proper fish and chips......there were plenty of treats for grown ups to enjoy too. 

33 - We ordered our own pizza which was made to order

33 Reasons we LOVED the Just So Festival 2016 -  festival pizza

I love encouraging the kids to do things for themselves and H & H were proud as punch when they ordered and paid for their own pizza for lunch one day. It was delicious too! Most food vendors sold children's meals (typically £5 for a main, side and drink) and food wasn't too overpriced. 


In conclusion, the Just So Festival was everything we expected and so much more. It was fun, inspiring, creative and chilled......all at the same time. Once you pay for your ticket, everything apart from food, drink and concessions is included. I loved not having to put my hand in my pocket when the kids wanted to join a craft session or we signed up to family yoga. Because of this, the Just So Festival really is superb value for money. To get more of a flavour of the festival, please check out our short video below. I promise the pillow fight isn't as crazy as it seems! LOL



Early bird tickets for Just So Festival 2017 (18 – 20 August, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire) are on sale from Friday 26 August at www.justsofestival.org.uk at special early bird prices of £120 (adults), £45 (child) for weekend camping, £70 (adult), £25 (child) for 2 day non-camping, £40 (adult), £15 (child) for day tickets. Under 3s free. 

Disclosure: We were provided with Press Tickets to attend the Just So Festival and write an honest review. 


Monkey and Mouse
Share:
© North East Family Fun | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Designed by pipdig