Last year we attended our first festival as a family, in fact it was a first for me too. I had always loved the thought of dancing around with flowers in my hair and the kids running wild but then worried about the realities of rubbish weather and missing children.
I bit the bullet and went with my heart and decided we would just visit one for the day to see how it went.
I came across Elderflower Fields which looked perfect for our first festival as it was smaller than some of the others I had considered.
It was even more wonderful than I ever imagined and was actually surprised at what a fabulous time we had. So much so that we will be returning this year to have our first time under canvas!
I wrote a post a while ago about how outdoor play is on the decline and it is a subject that is now very close to my heart and try to spend as much time outside with the little ones as I possibly can. What could be better than a whole weekend in the middle of the beautiful countryside with no technology, the great outdoors, good food, great music and lots of activities to keep them all amused.
Take a look at what we got up to last year and keep an eye out for how we are going to get prepared over the next few weeks!
With a horrible week of colds in this house we were all going a little stir crazy and needed to get out so the children could let off some steam.
Normally we would opt for somewhere outdoors on a Sunday but still not being 100% I couldn’t face the cold weather and the usual rainy day option of soft play is a no no for us at weekends as my blood pressure can’t take it!
Number four had been taking about rock climbing for a while now but I couldn’t find anywhere there had anywhere suitable for his age as he has just turned four until I came across White Spider.
It is a fantastic centre offering climbing and bouldering in a super cool space with a cafe serving yummy refreshments and a separate area for younger children called Spider Castle which is what we went along to have a look at.
The castle has a climbing wall attached to the outside and several levels inside to climb up and slide down.
I took my youngest three and they all had a fabulous time exploring everything the castle had to offer whilst my husband and I could keep a close eye on them while having a really good coffee!
We spent a good few hours here and the children had a fantastic time. Number three and four are keen to come back and try the main walls and the bouldering really caught my eye.
The only issue I had was that a few of the staff were less than child friendly which was a shame as the whole place is set up to be really family friendly.