Making memories at the Saltrock Croyde View Festival

Making memories at the Saltrock Croyde View Festival

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.

Family fun at the Croyde View Festival

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!

Enjoying a crepe from the food stands at the Saltrock Croyde View festival

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!

Family fun games organised by the Saltrock crew at Croyde View festival

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.

Andre Burton showing his mountain bike skills

Joe Sneddon at the Croyde View Festival 2015

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 want all the ice creams! my toddler neice

checking out the Saltrock camper van

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.

checking out the surf from Croyde View Camping

So reluctantly, we packed up and headed home after a fantastic memory making day,

Making summertime memories with a father and son moment


We received complimentary tickets, and this is my honest opinion. 



  1. 11th August 2015 / 10:24 am

    What a lovely sounding family festival and so refreshing to find the food wasn’t over priced either. Lots of lovely fresh air and good weather for you too, always a bonus. #TwinklyTuesday

    • 13th August 2015 / 10:26 pm

      I think the cheap food really sold it for us, so many times we’ve gone out for the day and had to pay silly prices for a cup of tea!

  2. 11th August 2015 / 12:01 pm

    It looks like you had such a wonderful time….

  3. Carolyn
    11th August 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Looks like a fun-filled day! I’ve never been to a festival before but will probably be looking into it for next year! #twinklytuesday


    • 11th August 2015 / 6:23 pm

      It’s a nice way to get away from it all, I’m looking into a good family friendly one for next year now.

  4. 12th August 2015 / 11:22 am

    Croyde is a stunning location isn’t it? Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • 12th August 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Kate, we’re definitely planning a longer trip back there next year.

    • 13th August 2015 / 10:19 pm

      It’s amazing how much the weather can make a difference to a day. I’m not sure I’d have loved it as much if it rained though.

  5. 16th August 2015 / 8:01 am

    What a fab day out and what gorgeous weather you had. I love it too when food prices don’t make you want to cry! #sundaystars

    • 16th August 2015 / 8:25 am

      It’s so nice not having to worry about spending more on a days food than the weekly shop.

  6. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    16th August 2015 / 10:04 am

    Ali – such beautiful photos! Love the bike action shots, and the last picture is just beautiful. Fab post #sundaystars

    • 16th August 2015 / 10:59 pm

      Thanks Megan, I was so lucky with the light that day. I’ve just ordered a canvas of the last shot as it was such a perfect ending to the day that it has so much meaning.

  7. 16th August 2015 / 10:15 am

    What a great time you had hon. Love that photo of R eating his ice cream – more like wearing it just like my little F 😉 I know just what you mean about wanting to try out some family festivals. I even won tickets to one a few weeks ago, but it was logically impossible and we didn’t go. I was gutted!! #sundaystars

    • 16th August 2015 / 11:01 pm

      I think if I could guarantee the weather it wouldn’t bother me but I’m so worried about the safety of the kids that I need to try out a few before I commit some serious bucks!

  8. Heather Griffiths
    16th August 2015 / 10:37 am

    This looks like great fun! I’m determined to get to a family festival with my little one next summer – thanks for sharing x

    • 16th August 2015 / 11:01 pm

      It was the perfect taster and we were so lucky with the weather.

  9. Emma's Mamma
    16th August 2015 / 11:46 am

    Sounds like a great festival! Love your photos – they’re stunning! x #SundayStars

  10. 16th August 2015 / 11:52 am

    Sometimes you find there’s not that much for adults at a family kid friendly festival but this looks so good, I think I’d love to watch all the tricks on the bikes (from behind my fingers!)

    • 16th August 2015 / 11:03 pm

      With children aged 1 -15 it needs to appeal to us all so I get what you’re saying about not having things for the older teens and adults. I think I’m leaning towards Bestival for our big festival next year.

  11. 16th August 2015 / 4:33 pm

    What a fantastic time! Looks brilliant, I’m so glad you enjoyed it xx #TWTWC

    • 16th August 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks Hannah, it was a lovely relaxing day, Id love to camp next year and stay longer.

  12. 17th August 2015 / 9:49 am

    Looks like a lovely day, I love Croyde it has such a layed back atmosphere. You were lucky with the weather too. Beautiful photos. #TWTWC

    • 17th August 2015 / 9:21 pm

      It does have a fab atmosphere doesn’t it. We’re planning a longer trip next year.

  13. 17th August 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Never apologise for photo dumping, I LOVE photos and these are lovely. The weather looks absolutely glorious too x #TWTWC

    • 17th August 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Lins, It was a fab day and the weather made it even more enjoyable.

  14. 17th August 2015 / 9:10 pm

    This looks like such great fun and I love watching bikes and tricks! Such talented riders. Your photo are gorgeous 🙂

  15. 30th August 2015 / 10:32 pm

    What stunning photos. That festival looks fabulous. What a gorgeous location and so nice that numbers are restricted so there is lots of space. It looks like the perfect weekend away for a family. Made even better by the fact that the food was good. Most festivals or family events charge exuberant prices for food. So it is always pleasantly surprising when this doesn’t happen. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to comment. I have just moved house and have been without WiFi forever. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 1st September 2015 / 8:23 pm

      I think the reasonable good prices were such an advantage, it made a huge difference for us relaxing and enjoying the day knowing we weren’t going to pay for it later!

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