I’ve always loved camping…. the whole ethos of it just excites me. Packing all of the useful contents of your house in mini travel-sized versions, squeezing everything into your car, driving to a field, unpacking (sometimes in the rain) while putting up a tent you’ve forgotten how to put up, then attempting to live a usual standard of live. The whole thing makes me chuckle just thinking of it.

This May we headed for Elderflower Fields, a family friendly festival, for our camping trip…. and we cheated! Yes, we went ‘glamping’… which for us basically meant we hired a bell tent (supplied by the super friendly Claire at Loveabell) which was already put up and was kitted out with rugs, a teeny tiny table, camp beds and even bunting. Yay, such a super start.

Elderflower Fields is absolutely jam packed with fun ideas for children of all ages. On the Saturday morning, Harry and Grace attended ‘Art Camp’ and created all sorts of wonderful animals from clay and beads. On the Sunday morning they went to ‘Sport Camp’ and learnt how to fence, how to play lacrosse, and some martial arts. As well as the camps they did gymnastics in the woods, they went pond dipping, they danced, they clapped, they cheered to all sorts of different musical acts. They listened to stories, they shook tambourines, they did yoga, they played bare foot in hay, they had their faces painted. They potted sunflower seeds, they searched for fairies, they ate Swedish meatballs, they went on a rope swing. They climbed trees, they laughed, they played non-stop….. all in optional fancy dress….

This was such a fabulous event and such great family time. It was like a miniature Glastonbury with no litter and no stinky toilets. There was a cocktail bar, an amazing coffee station, a spa (I had the most amazing deep tissue massage – in a tipi) and hot showers. Seriously what more could you want from a festival?!

Here are a few pictures of our trip all shot on 35mm Fuji 400h film.

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