Is Victorious Festival child friendly?
We are lucky enough to have done a few family-friendly festivals and have always really enjoyed taking the children so they can experience the sights , sounds, atmosphere and diversity of a festival before they go crazy on their own! We have also found that more and more festivals are catering towards the family market, offering kid zones and family camping areas.
With Elbow, Rita Ora, Stereophonics, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, and Disney Princesses, the lineup at Victorious looked particularly impressive and was enough to tempt us into the car for a 5-hour journey to Southsea over the August Bank Holiday weekend. So is Victorious Festival child friendly?
We normally always camp at a family festival, as the kids love this element of the weekend. Unfortunately, there is no on-site camping at Victorious and whilst there are various options suggested on the Victorious website we opted for the off-site family camping at Farlington Playing fields as it included free shuttle buses to the festival ( camping for the weekend Friday- Monday circa £120). Other options included accommodation within Portsmouth university, holiday lets and nearby campsites.
Is Victorious Festival a Family Friendly Festival?
It is a shame that there is no camping at the festival as it does add to the experience and make a festival more child friendly. We did miss the convenience of just being able to wander back to the tent for jumpers/ sunscreen as the British weather determines and just for a little “time out” from it all.
We arrived at the campsite late afternoon on Friday, the information on the website and directions got us there with no issues and after the usual numerous trips to the car to unload we were all set up by teatime.
The campsite had a couple of stalls offering food (all day breakfast, a coffee station and healthy eating van with soups, baked potatoes and shakes). We had however brought our own cooking equipment and whilst there was a designated bbq and cooking area with nearby seating, we as the majority of campers did cook by the tent. The staff on site were helpful and friendly and the facilities basic as expected on any campsite.
We didn’t go into the festival on Friday as last entry was 8pm and the shuttle bus takes about 15-20 mins so we just didn’t have time once we had set up camp and eaten. (We only found about the last entry time by word of mouth ) Again this was a bit of a shame, if the camping had been on site, we would have definitely had a stroll into the festival and watched Madness! It did, however, allow us to have a relatively early night ready for the Saturday morning.
Saturday morning we packed day bags and set off early for the bus, which was a couple of minutes walk from the campsite. The busses came regularly and we never had to wait more than 5mins the entire weekend. 5 mins at the other end and we were in a premium enclosure by 10am just as the site was starting to come alive.
For those interested in going to Victorious, I would really really recommend you upgrade your tickets to include the premium area. Without the convenience of on-site camping, this area provided a welcome area of relaxation and chill out from the crowds, noise and bustle which comes with such a massive festival. This was our sanctum, offering a lovely shaded seating area, hammocks and first class toilet facilities. Seriously I would pay the extra just to use these toilets. We always headed to this area first. The kids loved it and were happy to spend time waiting for face painting, making beautiful real flower garlands, watching the entertainers who were happy to come over and do tricks and make balloon models for the kids. All free. There was always a queue for the face painting, with every child, woman and man ( yes the men embraced the face painting) in the queue but it was well worth the wait. Their creations were just amazing, truly beautiful, they were free and we were always complimented on them once we left the premium area. Outside the premium area face painting stalls were there in abundance ( and would cost somewhere between £5-£10), but I didn’t see any as fabulous as the free ones in premium.
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