What is a Family Friendly Festival?
‘Deer Shed’ have the answer….. It’s when there is something for the whole family and everybody in the family is catered for and get to enjoy themselves in a safe FRIENDLY environment. It’s the attention to detail that Deer Shed do so well and their clear understanding that a family is a collection of different ages, needs, interests and tastes. The title of the festival has a collection of themes and states ‘THE FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSIC, ARTS AND SCIENCE FESTIVAL’ which it delivers with bags of enthusiasm.
Putting the festival to the test!
The festival clearly states one of their key policies is to ‘encourage family participation’ so we were ready to throw ourselves into every part of the festival and put this to the test.
My family, comprising two adults in our late 30’s, who hadn’t been to a festival in many years, and two boys aged 7 and 9 who had never been to a festival or even a music gig. Concerns before going ranged from; ‘Will I get any sleep?’ to ‘Which child will we loose first?’
The moment we arrived we could quickly see that this festival was very organised and every detail had been thought through. Camping with a family is not a lightweight affair: a giant family tent fully equipped with the comfort of airbeds and of course don’t forget the pillows and portable kitchen. Ta da! …why not hire a trolley or for that matter why not hire one for the whole weekend as this trolley can be a seat, bed for small children, carrier for tired legs or pack horse for all the things a family needs for the day.
Advice: book a trolley on line in advance as the booking for a trolley closes one week before the festival and on the day trolleys can be hired for unloading the car but it is first come first served (£5 per hour, but deposit of £50)
‘Billy Bragg’, ‘The Wedding Present’ and John Grant all delivered, however we loved ‘Seafret’ and ‘Cattle & Cane’. The slick change overs and great technical set up made a very smooth running music programme. The Beat Boxer was excellent and we all learnt some sounds in his demonstration section.
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