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How to dress like the paparazzi at Camp Bestival

The theme for the tenth Camp Bestival is rock and roll and pop stars.  The boys have a David Bowie outfit each, made up of seriously fun eye masks from Dazzle and Fizz and matching t-shirts that I picked up from the local factory shop for £2 each. We decided that with all these rock stars at the festival there needs to be some paparazzi presence.  We have made some cameras for each child and we are going to screen print some t-shirts with press badges attached. The cameras should be fun for the boys to play with and were very easy to make.  July is no plastic month and we have been trying to encourage the whole family to think about recycling and reusing rather than buying things all the time, so we did not buy anything for our cameras and used what we had. Here is how to make a camera for the kids to play with. 1. Raid the recycling bin and arts and crafts drawer 2. Get a small box and …

Festivals with kids – here’s what you need to know

Glastonbury recently kicked off festival season; Camp Bestival is the next big one for families. Last year, I took the three boys for the first time. I was really quite unprepared (we did have a tent but not much else camping wise). When people asked how long we were going for I was pretty vague, thinking that after one night we would pack up. What really happened was that we stayed for four nights, had the time of our lives and were so fast asleep in our tent on the Monday morning that we were one of the last families to leave. Here is what you need to know about festivals with kids: You may think that you are really prepared, but you will forget something important. That important something will be forgotten about soon enough (unless, like us last year, it’s a pillow – you don’t forget about a stiff neck all day). Festivals are an opportunity for parents to ditch their routines and mealtime schedules and let the whole family go with the …

Farmer Butcher Chef – organic, sustainable food at its very best

Farmer Butcher Chef is a new restaurant, located next to the Goodwood Hotel, just outside Chichester.  Mr P and I were lucky enough to have a rare night away childfree last weekend, we ate, drank and were blown away by the taste sensations presented to us throughout the evening. I have never been to Goodwood before.  Friends have been to revival, others to the races, all of which look like good fun but have seemed out of reach to me with three kids in tow. It turns out that I was wrong.  Goodwood have a playground next to the race track, kids are welcome at revival and love dressing up in their outfits and the festival of speed motor racing is a day out for all ages. There are junior golf camps in the Summer, a family race day and many more activities on offer. This is the first trip of many to Goodwood, next time we will go as a family. The farmer Tim Hassell, butcher John Hearn and chef Darron Bunn all work very …

Camp Bestival research at The Science Museum

Two weeks to go until we head to Dorset for our first ever family festival at Camp Bestival.  I am already beginning to get stuff out for camping (yes, really…blog post to follow with a camping essentials list I have put together with some seriously hardcore campers). We are thinking about outfits because this year the theme is space.  J and I headed to the Science Museum in London to check out their space exhibition. J had never been to the Science Museum, always choosing the draw of the dinosaurs next door in the Natural History Museum.  I was over the moon when we arrived at the Natural History Museum where the queues were at least an hour to get in, it meant that I could pull him away next door into the Science Museum (no queues at all, we walked straight in). I used to love The Science Museum as a kid, we went to London once a year to visit our cousins and would usually take a trip there, I hadn’t been since …

4 Tips for the best park days with kids

I love getting outdoors with the boys.  To be honest, it’s not even a choice as they need to be outside come rain or shine. Over the last six years we have explored many parks around the country; from motorway service stations (M40 Beaconsfield has an amazing outdoor play area with woodlands) to National Trust properties, often with no play equipment but heaps and heaps of space to run free.  Here is a round-up of some tips for things to take with you to make days out relaxed and stress free. Take a change of clothes Chances are the kids will be having loads of fun in the park. Most parks with big enough trees have rope swings, which can mean mucky jumps and time spent landing in the muddy ground. Ditto kids finding puddles (which they obviously can’t walk past without a major splash), mud and roly poly hills (such a simple but fun game, try it again as an adult; it’s just as much fun as when you were a child). Going to the …

What to do for the perfect father’s day

What have you got planned for father’s day this year? A pub lunch, followed by a country walk?  Breakfast in bed with handmade cards?  Maybe nothing quite yet.  Some dads love to celebrate fathers day with a full family day out, others… well quite frankly they want to maximise the one day of the year where their requests are met guilt free and my husband is one of those dads.

Summer ready with Hema

I live one road from the beach. In fact the boys have counted how many steps it is from our front door to the pebbles (225 steps with their little legs).  We are very lucky to live this close to the sea. We have started our beach days already this year (remember that sun that we had…) and have swam in the sea a few times.