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    A Weekend at Cornbury Festival 2018

    As we drove through winding roads and pretty little villages on our way to Cornbury Festival 2018, I felt increasingly more relaxed and chilled with every passing country pub and hanging basket. The sun was shining, our car was packed full with our camping gear and the toddler car seat was noticeably empty. We were off on our first baby-free trip away, and I couldn’t quite believe we were finally getting some time to ourselves.

    Ahead of our Cornbury Festival experience, we debated whether to go as a family or not. On the one hand, I’d read some wonderful reviews from fellow parenting bloggers that made me feel reassured that Cornbury caters very well for the family market, but I also knew how much LPD and I could do with a break away just as a couple. Unlike our time at Timber Festival, there were artists in particular at Cornbury that I would have been distraught to miss – and the one thing I’ve learned in my time as a parent is that you can’t guarantee being present for anything. I’d have cried hot bitter tears of resentment and anger if we’d have missed Marc Cohn’s set, and I didn’t want to risk it. With the offer of weekend babysitting from my parents, it didn’t take us long to make up our minds. We were doing it. We were turning back the clock and going to enjoy the weekend without needing to parent. read more

    Camping, Lifestyle, Reviews, UK Travel
    / July 22, 2018
  • The camping field at Timber Festival with the glamping pods in the background

    Timber Festival 2018: our first family festival

    I’ve found my new spiritual home. And it’s Timber Festival. Nestled in the National Forest on the edge of Derbyshire and Leicestershire, last weekend was it’s inaugural event and we felt very lucky to have experienced it. I kept saying all weekend: in years to come, we’ll be really proud to say we were at the very first Timber Festival. And I know it won’t be our last visit.

    The Ethos

    When I first read the email about Timber Festival, I knew straight away that it would be right up our street. read more

    Aged 2+, Camping, Countryside, Culture, Days Out, Lifestyle, Reviews, UK Travel
    / July 12, 2018
  • The strawberry plants at Clive's Fruit Farm are raised off the ground - a toddler's paradise to run underneath them!

    PYO Strawberries at Clive’s Fruit Farm, Worcestershire

    I’ve always loved the idea of fruit picking, but always seem to miss when the fruit picking farms are open – or maybe I just haven’t been playing close enough attention. This year, I was determined not to miss it and so on a rare Saturday when we had no plans, I packed us a picnic and we set the sat nav to Upton on Severn, Worcestershire for a visit to Clive’s Fruit Farm.

    Where is Clive’s Fruit Farm?

    The farm itself is just outside of Upton on Severn, very close to the Malvern Hills. Most of the route is the same way we’d travel to Ross-on-Wye and there’s something about that whole area that I just find simply beautiful. It was a little further away than we first thought, but it gave Pickle a chance to have a good snooze, and once we got off the M5, the views either side of the car were gorgeous. It’s the stomping ground of my fellow Johnson’s Baby Ambassador Danielle who blogs at Someone’s Mum – how lucky is she to live there? read more

    Aged 2+, Countryside, Days Out, Parenting
    / July 2, 2018
  • Image Credit: Ben Phillips Photography

    The Family-Friendly Festivals on my Radar

    As someone who’s been camping every year of my life, it’s probably quite difficult to believe that I’ve never been to a festival. Not once. No wild weekends as a teenager at V Festival. No jumping in muddy puddles at Glastonbury. And no late night music sessions under the stars at Bestival. I didn’t used to think they were ‘for me’. I’m not much of a party animal, and from what I knew of music festivals, they were loud, expensive, alcohol fueled all-night parties without the ability to shower, and nothing about that sounded appealing to me. But as I’ve gotten older (and some would argue wiser), I’ve realised those aren’t the only type of music festival around. There are literally festivals to suit all tastes, styles and interests, and it’s definitely time to experience one for myself. Here are some family-friendly festivals I’ve got my eyes on.

    Timber Festival

    When I first heard about Timber Festival, I couldn’t believe just how up our street it sounded. read more

    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / June 25, 2018
  • Pickle in a camping field having fun

    Why Go Camping with a Toddler?

    This is a sponsored post.

    As someone who spent weeks every summer in a tent or caravan, I’m a huge believer in camping being one of the best family holidays you can go on. Especially as our lives become more technological and digital, it’s so good to get away from it all for a bit and reconnect with nature (and hopefully, each other!). Whenever I tell people we’re going away in the tent, I’m met with one of two reactions: 1) ‘Oh, that sounds amazing! What a wonderful weekend you’ll have.‘ or 2) ‘Really? Camping? Wouldn’t you rather, you know, just be at home?‘. read more

    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / June 10, 2018
  • Pickle in his stripey jumper in the midst of a patch of bluebells on the way to Arrow Valley Lake, Redditch

    The Ordinary Moments – Feeding the Ducks

    This week, whilst I worked on the local election count, I got chatting to a family friend. Her lovely family feels like part of our family, and she told me that she always reads my posts and is glad I’m taking the time to document as much as I can of Pickle’s early life. She told me these memories are so precious. And that I’ll be so glad of them in the years to come. It’s easier to remember the big moments: the birthdays, the big days out and the holidays. And it’s all so easy to forget The Ordinary Moments. Which is why I make sure I write about them whenever I can.

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    #TheOrdinaryMoments, Countryside, Parenting
    / May 6, 2018