Five years ago, a few weeks before Tom and I first clapped eyes on each other (on a well known app may I add 😉) Glastonbury took my Festival virginity. Followed in quick succession by Bestival and Kendal Calling. Then I quickly grew tired of muddy fields and sleeping in a sweaty tent and hung up my wellies at the grand old age of 28.
But, this weekend I donned them once more and hopped a few miles down the road to give Ace his first festival experience. Albeit for 4 hours and a clean, dry cot to sleep in at night.
But who cares! A festival is a festival in my eyes, and a flower crown is a mark of respect for such an event. So let me introduce you to ParentFolk and Family at the Farm!
Who are ParentFolk?
Based in the North West, the ParentFolk ‘family’ not only host a whole range of events, they distribute a print newspaper filled with a whole host of companies and individuals ‘doing parenting their own way’ It’s a good read and often available in family friendly outlets such as Hickory’s.
Where was it?
This weekends event was held at the wonderful Claremount Farm on the Wirral. Being a local, I’ve been to a number of food festivals here as well as picking up local produce in their farm shop and attending classes, such as Little Lambs First Aid, in their event space. Located just off the M53, it’s easy to get to with parking and public transport links nearby.
Thanks to this weekends monsoon like weather, parking was moved to the local hospitals concrete car park apposed to the original field, which to be honest was so much better. Yes it was a few mins further to walk, but it gave us a chance to work the mud off the pram wheels!!!!
What was there to do?
What wasn’t there! There was around 7 food outlets to suit all tastes. We opted for an Original Joe and dirty fries from local restaurant Burger Joes, which was absolutely delish. And we couldn’t go home without some treats from Squidges Bakery which were simply the BEST brownies we’ve EVER tasted!!!
But aside from filling your tummies there was so many family friendly activities, with something for all ages.
Ace is only 7 months, so he enjoyed a sing song with Jenny Mini Magoos Sensory Play and playing with the messy play area. But we also talked to Puddle Ducks and Douglas Tree Forest School which we wouldn’t have had the chance to do without attending.
For toddlers through to tweenagers, there was lots to keep them busy, the silent disco welly walk being the firm favourite!! But there was also family yoga, face painting and arts and crafts.
Would I go again?
Absolutely. In fact, I’m looking forward to taking Ace year after year, knowing that every time there will be more for him to enjoy.
We booked our tickets in advance, at £6 per head (and free for under 3s) with ALL ACTIVITIES included in the price. On the door it’s £10 each.
Super gutted that we can’t go, but the next ParentFolk event is on June 22nd at Chester Races, and you can grab your tickets here .
Have you taken your little one to anything exciting this summer? I’d love to hear about it!