Ever since we booked our End of the Road tickets, Ramona was SO excited and asked daily “when are we going to the music festival?” And then suddenly, 4 months later, we were finally able to say “in 3 sleeps it’s time for the music festival, yippee!” A car full of camping gear, a few hours later and we pitched the tent under the light of a beautiful full moon – a great start!
And then the music began. And carried on for 3 days and nights. Ah, I’m getting old! What happened to the all day and night parties my generation is renowned for (rave /free party era)? Guess living the quiet life in the countryside has put paid to that! There were some great bands and lots of lovely kids craft activities and Ramona and Eomer both rocked out to the kid’s party in the woods. We must have walked miles that long weekend, from family camping to all the main sites and back again and it was great to let the children stay up a little later (they slept a little later too, phew, 7am rather than 5.30!).
Anyone who has ever taken children camping must know the treacherous guy rope falls! No matter how many flags you can drape over them, one always cunningly conceals itself to trip unsuspecting participants in ‘round the tent tag’…still, nothing like a muddy ground to cushion the falls!
We were blessed with warm, pretty sunny weather until the last day but by then nothing could dampen spirits. Ramona valiantly tried to master the poi and spinning plates while Eomer was keen to adapt the juggling sticks to become bashing sticks, whoops! And of course I snuck a little try on the old hula hoop…there has to be something of the young party girl left somewhere! It was a great experience to share and made me realise how much I do love camping and how we need to make more time for it in our year whatever the weather. The semi-constant background music drone can stay at the festival though; few waterfalls and a small campfire will be ambiance enough.
However, we are looking at Shambala in Northamptonshire for next year – anyone with other chilled, family friendly festival ideas, do let me know! It’s always lovely to hear of new places to try.
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About the Author
About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.