We have always enjoyed a festival but since having our daughter, we’ve only ever attended for the day rather than staying for the duration. This year we got married and as a fabulous wedding gift, my best friend paid for us to attend The Big Feastival in the Cotswold’s as well as staying in a Bedouin Tent Yurtel. Totally amazing gift and something we will look back on for years to come.
If you have never been to Feastival then let me fill you in on the details. It’s a foodie heaven and rather than your typical gristly burger and fried food, it’s proper gourmet dining but from a pop up van. The volume of food variety here is the best I’ve ever seen at a festival and also at a reasonable price.The music style is maybe not as current as something like Glastonbury or Leeds/Reading but it’s also not as obscure as somewhere like Latitude, where you often find the bands are more up and coming and slightly unknown. You’ll definitely know the line up and can guarantee some absolute bangers will be played to get you feeling all nostalgic.
Camping options are varied and you can either pitch your own tent or campervan or if you fancy something a little more up market you can hire their bell tents. We were very lucky and stayed in a Bedouin Tent Yurtel. These are pricey and had it not been a very lavish gift, we would never have been able to afford it. I think these are normally around £1800 for the weekend.So what do you get for your money? The tents are huge. It’s not even really like a tent, more like an actual room. The inside is decorated with thick pile oriental rugs and swags of mustard coloured material are draped over the inside of the canvas to create a real Aladdin’s cave vibe. The tent blocks out all light so no fear of waking up in dazzling white sunshine. The tent also keeps very cool which, is great in the summer however we weren’t blessed with great weather and the nights were absolutely freezing!
The beds are king size and our daughter was on a large blow up bed. All very comfortable and the duvet and pillows were thick and luxurious. I would advise taking warm pyjamas, thick socks or extra blankets though. The air is icy cold!
The festival has a wonderful family vibe and there are also performances from some well-known CBeebies acts. We saw Mr. Tumble, which blew our daughters mind!This festival is from the Friday to the Monday but you can of course get day tickets if you don’t fancy the whole weekend. It’s super chilled, family focused and feels very safe. I cannot praise the security and bar staffs’ friendliness. Everyone was polite and helpful.
If you are thinking of heading to feastival next year then read all about it here. I highly recommend it and hope to return another year albeit in a 3-man tent rather than a luxury yurtel!