Saturday, 1 September 2018

Beautiful Days as a Family Friendly Festival

We booked to go to Beautiful Days festival a little last minute and it wasn't our original choice but on our quest to find a festival that is both family friendly and has good music playing, the name popped up and ticked all the boxes.  It is set down in Escot Park in Devon  and this year's headliners were Feeder, The Manic Street Preachers and The Levellers (who actually organise the festival).  It turned out to be a great choice and we all had so much fun that we are thinking of going back again next year.

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We arrived on the Friday and the best spots in the family camping field were already taken.  Unfortunately the only place we could find to pitch our six man tent was down near the bar and stage (which was oddly placed in the family camping field).  This was about the only negative about our weekend as the bar played music loudly until midnight despite the fact it was nearly always empty.  There were taps for drinking water, shops and food stall and a lovely little kids area with a play tent, a book tent and some outdoor climbing equipment too that all opened around 8am.  It was lovely having somewhere for the little two to play in the morning before we headed across to the main arena.  

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beautiful days, family friendly festival, themummyadventure.com

Inside the main area, the family area was pretty central.  We went to Wilderness last year and the kids area was off round a corner.  At Beautiful Days you couldn't miss it as it was right in the centre and there was a huge soft play and toy tent for under 5s where you could supervise your children as well as watching and listening to the main stage.

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beautiful days, family friendly festival, themummyadventure.com

The little two loved this area and spent hours playing in there and in the sand pit and mud kitchen outside.  There was a baby tent for baby massage and sensory sessions and the big two practiced circus skills in the big open area and loved the lego tent which was full of trays of lego for them to make their own creations.  The festival was small enough to be easy to get around but big enough to have plenty to do for everyone and we didn't have to walk far at all to get from our tent to the arenas.

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beautiful days, family friendly festival, themummyadventure.com

beautiful days, family friendly festival, themummyadventure.com

beautiful days, family friendly festival, themummyadventure.com

There was a children's tent with back to back shows throughout the day that were funny and the boys loved the magicians.  It was a great place to chill out whilst they were entertained and there was plenty of variety.  There were rides aimed at little children, food stalls and a fantastic atmosphere all around.  For older children there was a teens only tent with activities like henna as well as plenty of space to just chill out with beanbags everywhere.

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The whole vibe of the festival was perfect for families, even young ones like ours where the children are all under 7.  I would really recommend Beautiful Days as a family friendly festival and I hope we can return! Next year I would try and get there a little earlier to ensure a better camping spot though!

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