I am excited. Next month we will be taking the children to their very first festival. In fact, I think it’s the Husband’s very first festival, too.
We’re off to Wychwood festival at Cheltenham race course at the end of May.
There is so much to do there, and so I’ll share a little of it with you here, to give you an idea why I’m so excited!
There are live bands, as you’d expect. There are over 100 bands on 4 stages over the three days. Acts such as Boney M, UB40, Dr and the Medics, The Proclaimers, and the act that’ll clearly be a HUGE hit with my two, Justin Fletcher!
The Wonder Stuff acoustic will be playing, too. I was a huge Stuffies fan back in the day, and in fact the last festival that I went to was to see them playing their, at the time, last ever gig. Happy memories.
There’s a children’s literature festival, in association with Waterstones. We’re really keen to see Paul Stickland, as we love Dinosaur Roar, and there’ll also be other fabulous names there like Anna Wilson, The Shapeshifter series creator Ali Sparkes, Petr Horacek, Giancarlo Gremin, Steve Antony, Steve Cole, Chris Edge, John Dougherty, Cathy Cassidy, Philip Adagh, Tracey Corderoy, Matt Brown and Tony de Saulles. I want to listen to them all, of course.
There will be artists and makers to see at work, which I think will be fascinating, stalls to browse, a roller disco and 6 areas of workshops to explore and experience. With the themes Seaside, Forest, City, Hillside, Meadow and Mountain Side, they’ll include drama, dance, comedy, puppetry, magic, creative crafts and more. If I know my kids, we’ll be spending a lot of time in these areas.
There’ll also be lots of of different foods on offer, so I’m looking forward to trying something new, a Real Ale festival and comedy acts.
With so much going on, I’m not sure where we’ll start first, so I’m thinking I’ll let the children take the lead and we’ll get involved with whatever they fancy doing. Should be fun!
The festival runs for three days, the 29th-31st May, and you can buy both weekend and day tickets now. Pop over to Wychwood Festival’s website for the full information and maybe I’ll see you there?
Disclosure: We have free tickets to the festival. Clearly, all words and excitement are my own.