As an avid festival goer, music lover and someone who is usually found throwing shapes all over T in the Park, I feel like I am somewhat missing out this year. Being a new mum changes your perspective on everything. However, I will be making it to one festival this year!
Doune the Rabbit Hole is the obvious choice for me because it is family friendly and really caters for everyone. Even your dog!
This years line-up is also the best yet.
Featured on The List’s top 5 family friendly festivals and quoted by The Guardian as one of the best family friendly festivals in the UK of 2016, reporting:
“A tiny and independently minded festival set amongst ancient oak trees in central Scotland that is so family friendly, under 12s go free. There is a family camping area and kids’ activities including games, crafts, a jelly slide, free play area and workshops in which they can make their own festival costume and learn circus skills…”
With a 10 year old stepson who is a keen gymnast but whom I am relentlessly trying to distract from Minecraft and YouTube, this sounds like just the ticket!
If I pluck up the courage to take my 6 month old, there are ample baby change facilities available. There are also plenty of clean toilets, including toilets specifically for kids. In fact, last year, the signs to the kids’ toilets were made by kids themselves. There is also a toddler tent where breastfeeding is welcome. In fact, the whole site is breastfeeding friendly if you are brave enough. And if you fancy camping, there is also a dedicated family campsite.
Check out the very reasonable ticket prices and safe parking fees. (Over 6’s are now charged a small ticket price, and a little more for over 12’s). However if you fancy a bit of volunteering in return for your entry fee, have a look here: http://dounetherabbithole.co.uk/become-a-volunteer/ Why not seize the opportunity to do your bit for a great festival which supports independent music and arts whilst saving yourself the ticket fee. But don’t think you can apply to volunteer and then sneak away on a jolly. They have a cunning plan in place where you pay full ticket price and receive it back on completion of your shifts. But they really do look after you in terms of keeping you fed and watered.
This year is the 8th Doune the Rabbit Hole festival and I am ashamed to say, this will be my first visit. Based on the stunning Cardross Estate featuring the backdrop of the tranquil Lake of Menteith. Scotland’s only lake by the way. (The rest are lochs) What’s not to love? You can still be a parent and be cool right?
Hopefully we’ll see you there… I’ll be the one throwing shapes with the kids.