Nozstock 2019 with children: Review

Every year, a farm in a remote part of rural Herefordshire is transformed. For one weekend, Nozstock, the Hidden Valley Festival takes over. Ten stages, hundreds of acts, a dedicated children’s zone, a cinema, food, shops and spaces to chill make this farm near Bromyard the place to be. Nozstock has a reputation for being the biggest party around. Nozstock 2019 was Wizard of Oz themed. We spent a weekend camping at the festival to see how suitable it is for families with children. Little Wonderland Kids Area For anyone visiting Nozstock with children, it’s great to know that there’s…

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Kettler Barcelona Air Go Kart Review

My children love everything on wheels. Bikes, scooters, cars and definitely a go-kart. So, they were delighted to put the Kettler Barcelona Air through its paces. This slick, red and black kart is durable and scratch-resistant. Ideal for boisterous children like mine. Its air-inflated tyres and sturdy pedals allow them to get up to quite a pace on a flat surface. They’ve even managed to suss out reversing. About the Kettler Barcelona Air Designed with children aged 5 to 10 in mind, this kart is ideal for any open space. My girls have mainly been using it on our decking,…

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Thursday photo #271

What a week. We’ve had a weekend break in Devon, the children have been in two stage shows. There’s been illness, awards, a birthday, a smack on the head and a lot of swimming. The last day of term can’t come soon enough for the girls who are absolutely exhausted. Personally though, I could do with a few more days of school. Just long enough to catch up on work and sleep before becoming a full-time children’s entertainer for six weeks. Stage shows and awards On Sunday, the girls took part in a stage show. They’d been practicing for months.…

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A family Glamping holiday with Feather Down at Fountain Violet Farm

Last weekend, we had one of those short breaks that feels like a proper holiday. It was my first experience of glamping but it definitely won’t be the last. What a wonderful way to holiday. All the benefits of camping like being outdoors in the fresh air and that happy, tired feeling at the end of the day. Yet at the same time, you live in the lap of luxury. Comfy beds with snug, warm duvets. A toilet and hot shower, kitchen, dining table, wood burner and a sofa. Better still, Fountain Violet Farm is such an idyllic location that…

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Is there such a thing as ethical fabric?

There was a time, quite a lot of years ago, when I loved shopping. Strolling around the local shops on my lunch break from university or work. Choosing clothes based on what I loved without a thought for how they were made. These days though, I rarely shop at all. I can’t justify the self-indulgence of spending money on me. More importantly though, I worry about how ethical my purchases are. So, I’ve been looking into which fabrics are more ethical. Second hand My first choice when it comes to shopping is to get things from charity shops. If I’m…

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Back to primary school checklist

What’s your back to school style? It seems that most of us are either last minute wonders or super organised. My preference is to buy uniform at the start of the holidays to avoid the early September rush. That said, it’s often sensible to leave it to the last minute to buy shoes. If you buy those early, you can almost guarantee they’ll grow during the school summer holidays. Here’s my checklist for what to buy before they go back to school. What have I forgotten?? School uniform I always buy uniform a little on the large side and either…

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Wild swimming exploration

The thing about wild swimming is that if you love it, it gets addictive. That first swim is exhilarating, you leave the water wanting more. Days later, you’re back. Staying in for longer. Safely pushing the boundaries and getting to know your body. How you cope with the cold, whether you’ll suffer from after drop. Soon, you realise that being in the water is all-consuming. You can’t think of anything else while you’re in there. No phones or technology to distract you. Just you and the water. The feeling after a swim is like nothing else. You feel refreshed, awake…

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