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. An extraordinary new camping festival exploring the transformative…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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