The Wychwood Music Festival children and adults. Recent years have seen children’s authors and illustrators
I was once told: “If the children are happy, then the parents are happy.” The Wychwood Music Festival offers a weekend where the children can’t help but be happy. And the parents? No problems! The festival offers a wide variety of music, literature and games for both including Korky Paul, Ian Whybrow and Shoo Rayner reciting stories, answering questions and illustrating copies of their books. Other activities include the Roald Dahl activity tent (where children can be entertained by Revolting Rhymes and make their own BFG ears), the bubble tent (can you have a festival without bubbles?), a wide range of art and craft activities, puppet shows, circus skills, and much much more. When the children have enjoyed a full day of fun, it’s time for the parents to watch the headline bands and enjoy some local food and beers. With a quiet campsite specifically for those with children, I think this has to be one of the best family festivals in the UK. Dave Roberts Friday 31 May until Sunday 2 June 2013, Cheltenham Race Course www.wychwoodfestival.com
IN THE WOODS
New for 2013 – Free-range Hen and Stag Dos For years brides- and grooms-to-be would celebrate their forthcoming rite of passage with a debauched night laden with L-plates, blow-up dolls and pink limousines, and most likely a hangover to match some hazy memories in the morning. At Outback2basics, a small Shropshire-based organisation offering bushcraft and primitive skills to all, we want to encourage both hens and stags to get back to Nature, offering a weekend to really remember!
Your experience begins with afternoon tea in the woods to gently start the weekend. You can choose from a selection of activities including fire lighting, spoon making, felting and even building a survival shelter in which to brave out the night. The evening is spent around a roaring fire with gourmet food and a glass of champagne – after all, some traditions should never change! Cosy up in luxuriously furnished bell tents, complete with sheepskins and blankets to nest in. Wake in the morning to a delicious cooked breakfast, served as you rise, to prepare and pamper you for another day of your chosen activities. Start your new journey with a truly meaningful rite of passage, celebrating with friends in Nature. Naomi Walmsley 01952 878 135 www.outback2basics.co.uk
The Big Lunch 2013 – what will YOU bring to the table? The fifth annual Big Lunch, which will take place on Sunday 2 June 2013, is a one-day get-together for neighbours and communities, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by the Eden Project. The idea is simple: encouraging as many people as possible to come together with their neighbours for a few hours of food, friendship and fun. Eden sowed the seed of the idea in 2009 and since then thousands of Big Lunches have been shared. In 2012, 8½ million neighbours joined in, many holding a Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Big Lunch is a great way to bring all ages together, to encourage new ideas and the swapping of items, skills and stories – all of which help us to live more sustainably together. You may be surprised how keen people are to connect; they’re often just waiting for someone else to start things off. Big Lunches come in all shapes and sizes and yours can take place in the street, garden, local park or community venue – just about anywhere you can get together with your neighbours. Fancy joining in? Simply request your FREE Big Lunch pack to help you get started at www.thebiglunch.com, call 0845 850 8181 or befriend us on Facebook and Twitter @thebiglunch. Gráinne McCloskey