Wife and I are taking our three year old to End Of The Road in September, realise it’s going to be VERY different to festivals we’ve been to in the past.
We’ve just bought a new tent which is MASSIVE, planning on rocking up Thursday evening to get a good spot in family camping and depending on the headliners may leave early-ish on the Sunday so we’ll have a good few days. We’ll do a ‘warm up’ camping trip a couple of weekends before in the New Forest just to get her used to sleeping in a tent. Not sure what our days will be like…she loves music and dancing so will hopefully be able to watch a few bands. I really want to see The Comet Is Coming and she always dances to their last album so hoping that will be one we can enjoy together but WHO KNOWS.
What are your experiences good / bad / ugly of kids at festivals? Any top tips to share? Any must have item that I will definitely forget to pack?
Can’t really offer advice for a three year old, because we didn’t start taking our daughter to festivals till she was nine, but the good news is that I’ve never seen a kid having a bad time at a festival. Most of the ones I go to have specific kids areas and activities as well, so you can sit there and do some crafting with them while your partner gets to watch their favourite band unhampered.
As @aggpass says EOTR is very kids friendly, if that puts your mind at ease at all.
Saw quite a lot of parents making these kinds of trolleys kid friendly (think blankets, fairy lights) for toddlers who clearly got a bit knackered. There’s usually plenty of space around the back of the main stages that they don’t get in the way at all, it’s not a very crowded site
Whilst I’ve never taken my kids, a couple of friends have taken theirs in the past and had a great time. That said:
Year one with one not really walking kid - fine.
Year two with one walking and one not really walking kid - Not too bad
Year three with both kids walking - They looked constantly exhausted and I believe went home early on Sunday
They’ve been back since without the kids and I don’t know if they plan to ever bring them again.
This is EOTR by the way. It is very child friendly.
We also use the trolley service for carting our stuff up to where we camp. I think it’s a 50 quid refundable deposit and then a tenner an hour or something. We always massively overload it and then struggle to get the thing up the hill to our camping spot near the Tipi Tent.
Ah, thanks for this thread, I had loads of questions about taking the kids to Green Man this year, but some applies to any festival so better to go here.
The trolley hire looks good, though we did get a friend offer to lend us theirs. Really depends if we’ll have space in the car. Thing is though we’re at the GM Settlers field for the whole week, and they only hire them out from the Friday evening. So, for Settlers do we get to park relatively nearby? Or will we still have a ways to go with our stuff?
Ah, I’ve just noticed a weird one. Our 5 year old is currently still down as an under 5, which is free, because he would have been under 5 for GM20. Is this going to be an issue? It says they might ask to ID the kids, will he be restricted in any way when we’re there if we don’t upgrade it? I’m kinda on the fence with this morally. I mean, we did book for GM20, not 21.