On Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Little Miss H and I headed to Pippingford Park in Uckfield to attend our first family festival. Our visit had been arranged by Auntie B who was also coming too. She’d suggested that we join up with some of her friends and attend Elderflower Fields Festival. Apparently, Elderflower Fields is the ideal festival for small children. And a brilliant starter festival.
I have to admit that I was quite anxious before we went. I was worried that Little Miss H wasn’t going to enjoy camping. That she would hate the noise and the crowds at the festival. I feared that she would get upset and want to go home. But I needn’t have worried at all as we had an absolutely wonderful time.
Little Miss H is a free-spirit and she loves running and dancing in muddy fields and wearing a princess dress with flowers in her hair. I should have known that she would love the festival. And that Elderflower Fields was the ideal first festival for our little girl.
Elderflower Fields Festival – Our First Family Festival
Elderflower Fields Festival
This festival was made for Little Miss H and she had the most amazing time (as did Auntie B and I). From dancing in the moonlight, chasing bubbles, making pom pom headbands and learning to be a fairy there was just so much to do. Here are some photos of our fabulous time at Elderflower Fields festival.
Our Festival Essentials
I really didn’t know what to pack for our first festival. And I hadn’t been camping since I was in my late teens. So that wasn’t any help. What do you pack for a festival?
Thankfully, Auntie B and some lovely companies came to my rescue. They made suggestions and we were even sent some products to try during the weekend.
1. Camping equipment
You definitely need some decent camping equipment when attending a festival. The friends of Auntie B’s that we camped with had the most amazing tents. They made camping seem thoroughly civilised and luxurious. But if you can’t afford a fabulous tent then you will still need some camping basics. A tent, roll up mats for sleeping on and some sleeping bags are essentials.
We were lucky enough to have the most wonderful weather when we were at Elderflower Fields. It was warm and sunny. However, I had been warned that it could get very cold at night. So I packed layers for both Little Miss H and me. We had vests, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, onesies, dresses and leggings. I think we had the perfect clothes for the festival. And always pack a pair of wellies. Even in beautiful sunshine, it was very muddy underfoot. So Little Miss H and I lived in our wellies.
3. A backpack
A good sized sturdy backpack that you can use during the day really is a festival essential. We used our backpack every second of every day. Little Miss H kindly allowed me to put my purse and phone in her fabulous Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack in Blossom Butterfly*. This backpack was the perfect size for everything we needed for a day at the festival. And the whimsical details meant that this bag was just an extension of our fancy dress. Plus, Little Miss H loves the butterfly design and the fact that this backpack is pink and purple; her two favourite colours.
4. A refillable water bottle
Elderflower Fields festival prides itself on its culture of sustainability. As a result, they had banned single-use water bottles and these could not be purchased on site. I imagine this is going to become the norm at festivals. And so a water bottle that you can fill up regularly is hugely important. Once again, Little Miss H kindly let me share her bottle with her. We were sent the Skip Hop Zoo Straw Bottle in Blossom Butterfly* and it was a lifesaver during the hot weather. Plus Little Miss H loved the fact it matched her Blossom Butterfly Backpack.
5. Travel-sized toiletries
Elderflower Fields had some nice showers. So if you’ve decided against embracing the dirt and want a shower or wash then you’ll want to pack some travel-sized toiletries. Grace Cole sent me their Luxury Travel Essentials in Vanilla Blush and Peony* to help keep me smelling sweetly during the festival. The bottles were the ideal size and come in a very handy bag which I could easily carry to the showers. The set included a Hand and Nail Cream, a Bath and Shower Gel, a Hand and Body Lotion and a Body Mist. Exactly what I needed to help me remove all the glitter and grime of a day at the festival.
6. Swish To Go
I have to say that I wasn’t convinced by Swish To Go* when I first tried it. However, it’s ideal for a festival. I often forgot to take my toothbrush and toothpaste with me when I walked to the toilets. But I still wanted clean teeth and fresh breath. So I reached for a sachet of Swish To Go. And then I poured the powder onto my tongue. This powder then turns into a liquid which I could swish around my mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing the liquid. It’s a genius product. Swish To Go is available to buy from Boots and has to be included on my list of festival essentials.
7. Glitter and fancy dress clothes
If you’re going to a festival then embrace the festival vibe and cover yourself in glitter. And wear fancy dress. It’s the law! (It’s not really law, but it should be. Everyone is happier when they’re wearing glitter and fancy dress).
Have you ever been to a family festival? What would be on your list of festival essentials?
The products marked with a * were sent to me for the purpose of this post. But as always all my words and opinions are my own and are 100% honest.