A Blast From The Past To Get You Up Dancing: Penn Festival

I’m EXCITED.

You might have noticed that after my ‘why family festivals are fab‘ post and ‘what to wear to a family festival‘.

It’s quite likely I could become a bit of a festival bore!  Nah, you love me anyway don’t you?

(If you are actually loving it, make sure you keep an eye on the sidebar  of my blog or Facebook page over the weekend: I’m going to be posting loads of photos and hopefully a couple of funny videos!)

It’s potentially a bit daft getting excited about camping with two young kids in the rain and dealing with big melt downs when I really want to be listening to some music.  However, I’m going to chill, not worry about getting wet/cold (I have hot water bottles!), and hope that the music will heal all ills!  (Plus I have a big box of wine, which will work if nothing else does!).

So I thought I’d share with you some of the line up for this weekend’s Penn Festival (BTW Friday night is FREE – so come on down!).

I bet it’s going to bring back some memories and get you jigging this wet friday morning!

 

First off the fabulous ‘Soul to Soul’ (I could never work out how many were dancers and how many were actually singing in this video!)

 

SNAP! were apparently brilliant and I’m really looking forward to seeing them:

 

Hows about a bit of SKA from The Beat (Curly Headed Boy is going to love these guys)?

 

A classic is Rozalla’s ‘Everybody’s free’

 

Or a bit more chilled is ‘The real thing’

 

And not one could forget ‘Altered Images’

 

Check out Penn’s Facebook page to see some of the other bands who might be less well known, but sound fab.

 

Are you going too?  I’d love to hear from you if you are; say hi on twitter!

 

 

 

 

 

Family Festivals are fun to dress for

What To Wear To A Family Festival?

You’re packing the picnic basket, ear defenders for the kids and maybe even the tent if you are brave like us.

Perhaps you were inspired by my post on why family festivals are great?

But what’s worrying you is ‘OMG what am I going to wear to a family festival?

It’s not exactly glastonbury, and you probably don’t want to wear teeny shorts any more, but if you go in plain old boring stuff you might feel just as odd.

Here are my rules:

1) Colour is a must, but pick one that will mix and match for the whole weekend and NO white!

2) Flat shoes only! Wellies, Crocs, daps or pumps

3) Leggings or Skinny jeans (don’t get messy in the mud)

4) Lots of thin layers: vests, tunics, cardigans, coats, pashminas etc

5) Dress for summer and winter and wet weather: sun tan lotion, hats, water proofs and jumpers!

6) Pack wooly hats for the kids in the evenings to keep warm

7) Consider flower garlands, feather boa, wings, and face paint if you are feeling brave!

Last year I rocked the flower garland, feather boa, sparkly fit flops, gypsy shirt and short skirt + leggings combo, and my mate looked fab in cropped jeans, daps and a pretty skirt:

What I wore to a family festival

 

This year I’m planning on wearing this to the Penn Festival (Buckinghamshire) this weekend and probably again for the Just So Festival (Staffordshire) in august.

What to wear to festivals

The ‘luscious’ navy leggings, stripy top and pretty red flowy top are from Joe Browns.

The blue and red (I’m being brave this year) skinny jeans, with the two tunics are from Next.

What shoes and coats to wear to family festivals

 

The cropped jacket is gorgeous and is from Joe browns again.

The blue mac is from New Look (not sure if it is still available)

The blue cardigan, wellies, daps (I’ve actually got the non-ankle version) and bag are from Next.

The crocs (mine are pink) are from crocs obviously; I’ve always been a hater of crocs, but I have to admit these peep toes work (I was given them for winning a Brilliance in blogging award).

UPDATE: I’ve added a blue hoody with a zip and fleecy lining in a bigger size as I’m a bit worried about the weather!!!

 

Don’t like those?  There are loads more ideas for you on my Pinterest boards:

 

This is what the Little Dimples wore last year to Just So:

Family Festivals are fun to dress for

 

I was moaning that Next had let me down and there were no tutu’s this year when the Fairy Glass guys (the guys who I bought the pink wings from at Just So) offered to send her some new wings and tutu for this year (the blurring is her waving her matching wand – see it’s proper magic!):

 

Wear Fairy wings to festivals

 

Have you got any tips for what to wear?  I’d love to know?

Feel free to add links to your posts or Pinterest boards!

Or what about what NOT to wear?

 

p.s. I wasn’t given anything to mention these clothes in this post, but I have been given tickets to the festivals and the tutu and wings for Little Dimples