We’ve had a busy old week last week, not that I’m complaining, anything which gets the kiddos off their electronics and out in the fresh air is always a bonus.
We began by visiting Sidmouth Folk Festival, not too far away from us. I’ve been promising Daz we’ll dip our toes in the family festival scene soon but in all honesty, this is as much as I’ve managed, trying to find something family friendly is my priority so I will get a wriggle on for next year, especially after reading some of the amazing Camp Bestival blogs (Click here to see You Baby Me Mummy’s, How to survive Camp Bestival with a toddler.)
As if by magic, we were also given the chance to sample a mini day festival in Croyde, north Devon, organised by surf wear company, Saltrock. We didn’t need asking twice, it was just what we all needed to remind us what we’ve been missing all these years. (actually thats a big fat lie as their first email went awol, but you get my drift.)
We’ve been up to Croyde a few times, it has one of the most amazing beaches and a fabulous laid back atmosphere, so I knew a festival there would be a perfect opportunity to chill and soak up the easy going festival ambience. As well as local bands, there was the promise of kids activities, local craft stalls and a display by Saltrock ambassador and mountain bike trials athlete Andrei Burton and Joe Sneddon. Oh and not forgetting local food and beer on offer, so that pretty much ticked every box for our Toddler, Tween and Teenager. As my sister and her crew were staying, we made it a full family affair, our Croyde View Festival convoy setting off early Saturday morning.
I make no apology for the photo dump you’re about to witness, the weather was on our side, the setting breath taking and spirits were high. It was the perfect introduction to a festival for the kids, with id and password secured wristbands, this gave a sense of security meaning we could set up camp with our picnic rugs, buggies and cool bags while the older ones went off to explore. Anumbers were strictly restricted, there was a real sense of space, even allowing for a few ball games.
It wasn’t long before we sampled some of the local food stalls, what was really refreshing was nothing was over priced. The picnic we brought was soon forgotten when we found out that burgers, crepes and ice creams were purse friendly, my late morning coffee setting me back a mere £1!
There were free family games to keep all ages amused, my sister and the little ones enjoyed kite making while the older ones took part in a rock pool challenge using nothing but ropes to move a container from the imaginative rock pool. That was actually a lot harder than it sounds!
Andrei Burton and Joe Sneddon wowed us with their mountain bike stunts during several organised display sets. I’ve been lucky enough to see local Devon lad, Andrei in action several times before but it never ceases to amaze me what he’s capable of. Our boys were simply captivated.
As you can see below , all members of the East Devon crew thoroughly enjoyed their day, while the musical backdrop transported us all away from our daily stresses, the kids could wander and play without the merest mention of the ‘b’ word.
I think the teenagers enjoyed them selves, it’s always hard to tell, but the lure of an evening surf was niggling away as they swooned at the beach below.
So reluctantly, we packed up and headed home after a fantastic memory making day,
We received complimentary tickets, and this is my honest opinion.