Festival season is well and truly happening all around us, and only a couple of weeks ago, we too were enjoying that festival scene at the Larmer Tree Festival.
^^T-shirt and shorts| Polarn O. Pyret
Being Little London’s first festival we wanted to go somewhere that was family friendly but also offered us the experience we have come to enjoy when it comes to a festival.
Larmer Tree seemed to tick all those boxes with its laid back bohemian vibe.
The main music stage saw the likes of Jamie Cullum and Cara Emerald grace it’s floorboards and the large lawn to the front of the stage meant it was easy to find a spot to settle down and dance along to the music.
Although with a mini heat wave happening we personally stuck to the shade and danced under the trees and ate lots of ice cream!
With a small festival crowd per day nothing felt too over whelming or packed, something that makes the experience so nice with young children, and after sussing out the place we knew where everything was located.
^^Massage and therapy area
^^ all other festivals take note…
Including the place to go if you lose your child. You hope it never happens, but it’s nice to know there’s a place you can bring your panic to if it does!
And with a dedicated children’s zone, we were able to enjoy some child specific activities and make sure Little London was fed properly with food he would actually enjoy from the Knitted Pig Cafe.
With toys to play with at the cafe and lots of books to keep little ones occupied it was a great area for non stressful feeding!
I spent a long time heading in and out of the pop up vintage shops perusing the rails for gorgeous wardrobe additions, while Little London eyed up a pen of balloon animals.
The pug won his affection.
With colourful dancing parades and loads of classes you could join in on, the festival was brimming with life and excitement.
But to make the most of it I would suggest having an itinerary on you so you know exactly what’s going on throughout the day in all the different areas.
There’s so much happening it’s easy to miss out if you’ve decided to relax and soak up the atmosphere. I did think we’d get an itinerary at the entrance, but we didn’t so we made do with stumbling around finding things.
Being quite a distance from home, we decided to book ourselves a local B&B for the night, although camping is a possibility. But being as unprepared as ever, firstly we didn’t realise quite the distance from London (about 2 and a half hours), and secondly we didn’t have any camping equipment. Oh well something to learn for next year!
For those that don’t like camping we stayed at The Museum Inn, which is about a 20 minute walk from the festival and having somewhere with a good bath and a great breakfast was definitely worth it in my books!
This is a festival I will definitely return to with Little London, the vibe was exactly what I was after.
This year we took it at quite a sedate pace… next year I’m going gung-ho and planning the day from start to finish.