We spent last weekend at Wychwood Festival, in Cheltenham. We were totally blessed with the most gorgeous weather; it was seriously stunning all weekend, which always makes camping much more enjoyable for me!
Baby overseeing us erecting the tent!
Being situated on Cheltenham Racecourse means that the camping areas were quite flat. There were various different camping spots; quiet, family etc. We opted for family, which was the furthest away from the main site, but the walk wasn’t too far. Being able to take your car near to your camping spot to unload was really helpful and saved our backs.
Our first impressions were that Wychwood was such a friendly festival and all the staff where really helpful. It was smaller than we imagined, but we are used to the scale of Camp Bestival which is vast.
Without a doubt the highlight of Baby’s weekend was this awesome bouncy castle slide. At just £2 for 5 slides it was such a bargain and she totally adored it.
My highlight was this awesome tea bus! I am on the Cambridge diet and can’t eat proper food at the moment, so a few cups of tea were my saviour. It was such a fab place to sit and chill out.
There were lots of great stalls, I could have spent LOTS of money, but I managed to resist temptation and just picked up a floral headband for Baby, because she can never have too many! I love all the vintage and retro stuff, it reminds me of spending most of my youth in Afflecks palace in Manchester.
There was so much yummy food on offer, it was just a shame I couldn’t try any of it! The aromas were divine!
Baby got totally into the festival spirit and armed with her tutu dress and bubbles, just went crazy for 3 days. She ran and ran, until she literally dropped!
Apart from when she was playing with her bubbles that is.
The bands, while perhaps they weren’t as big as at some festivals, provided us with great entertainment and Mr Hubby loved watching Black Honey and Thrill Collins. I loved the sound of The Waterboys, although I was in the tent with Baby when they were on.
There were lots of book readings over the weekend, dance classes, yoga lessons (for kids and adults), and various music stages.
I really enjoyed watching the Jellie Babies, a fab band who covered rock songs that have been used in kids programmes and films. The lead singer (who was also the site manager) was so like Eddie Izzard and I really enjoyed the music and his banter.
Baby loved having a go a slack-lining, she is such a little adventurer and even the crazy costumed person had a go!
A highlight for the kids was definitely Justin Fletcher, his show was as full of energy as you would expect. Baby watched a bit of it, but she is firmly team Disney Jnr/Nick Jnr so she wasn’t as familiar with him as most of the other kids.
Obviously Baby had to have her face painted by Ade The Face-Painting Fairy (as seen on Mr Tumble). There were about 8-9 kids in front of her and she sat like a statue waiting for her turn, such a superstar!
I think it looks amazing! By this point Baby was seriously flagging and she was ready to drop.
Slightly unfortunate as it was just then that our wonderful friend Em and her family arrived and Baby’s craziness was extended by another few hours playing with her little friends.
They had such a ball, rolling in the grass, blowing bubbles, dancing; they are such great friends and the time they are apart doesn’t seem to matter when they get together.
We went with Em et al to watch Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, who wasn’t really my cup of tea, but he put on a good show for his fans.
There are lots of different crafty things to occupy the little ones. I felt most of these were better suited to kids a little older than Baby, but there was a lot for them to do.
With on-site showers and clean toilets (with loo roll) I think Wychwood would be a perfect festival for families looking for a family-friendly venue to take the plunge into attending festivals.
Baby patting the legend Best Mate.
Thanks to Wychwood Festival for inviting us for the weekend. If you fancy going next year the advanced tickets are now on-sale and you can pop 2nd – 4th June in your diaries!
Here is a video I made of our weekend.
Disclosure: We were gifted a family ticket in return for an honest review.