Edited 12/05/17 – I posted this article the night we returned from Wychwood Festival last year. It was the first festival we had ever taken our boys to and we absolutely loved it, as you can tell from this gushy post!
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Wychwood Festival Review 2016
Wychwood Festival you ROCK! We have had an incredible time today! Whilst it’s still fresh in my mind I’m going to share my top tips for a memorable weekend at Wychwood and hopefully persuade you to attend with your family next year!
Wychwood Festival is Britain’s most popular family festival according to the Sunday Mirror and it is easy to see why. The event offers a fabulous line up of music, comedy and children’s acts. We headed over this morning in time for Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble opening the festival at 11am. His show was energetic and entertaining. He performed to a large crowd all dancing along with him and his backing dancers… mums, dads and kids were all having a blast! After joining in the hokey cokey with Justin we made our way over to the children’s village.
The photos below show just a few of the activities on offer at Wychwood Festival. Our kids were spoilt for choice with dancing classes, ukulele sing along sessions, book readings, fun science experiments, a circus school, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, giant dragon making, time travelling and a thoroughly entertaining show by Mr Wow. Although the sky was overcast at times, the sun made an appearance and by mid afternoon it was pretty warm!
Wychwood Festival Top Tips
1. Our first top tip is definitely go! I don’t think the website is particularly inspiring for this festival however do not judge the event based on its website check it out for yourself! Tickets are available from the website from just £47 for an adult day pass, and under 5’s are FREE.
2. Load up your car with picnic blankets and picnic chairs and join everyone else in setting up a camp! Unlike other family events we have attended, the car park facilities are very close and so make the most of it. Leave layers etc in the car and return later when the temperature drops.
3. We didn’t experience any major queues for any of the children’s activities today, it was busy but not overly busy. However if you wish to practice your circus skills or take part in any of the arts and crafts whilst it is quiet head over when a big act is on the main stage! (We headed over when Justin was still on this morning and we had the children’s village to ourselves).
4. Write your mobile number on your child’s wrist band in case they get lost in the crowds. I spoke to one mum today who had written it in permanent ink on her daughters arm, it may not come off for a week but at least her daughter will be quickly reunited with her if they get separated!
5. There is a range of delicious looking food on offer although if you wish to save yourself some money pack a picnic and just stop by the food stalls below for extra treats!
5. Take your sunscreen. (Apart from some of the children’s activities most events take place outside).
6. Be aware that the bouncy castles and inflatable cost extra (£3 for ten minutes) as does the slack lining (similar to tight rope walking).
7. Pack your hand sanitiser. The portable loos were kept very clean but hand sanitiser always comes in handy when you do not have access to running water:)
8. There were some seriously cool looking people at the festival today! If you wish to look the part wear your coolest festival hat or buy a flower garland from one of the many stalls (I saw them for sale today from just £3).
THOUGHTS FROM ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL LAST NIGHT!
We returned to the festival last night to enjoy the music acts on the main stage. The atmosphere was amazing. Young and old having fun together. We stayed at the festival until 10pm with our 5 and 2 year old and there were lots of children still present when we left! If you have young children it is worth taking along ear defenders to protect their little ears:)
Disclaimer – We were provided with complimentary weekend press tickets for the purpose of this Wychwood Festival review. All opinions are as always our own.
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