Valley Fest – Delilah’s first festival

Though it was only at the beginning of last month, Valley Fest now feels a long time ago. If you’re anything like us, though, you’re already daydreaming about festivals for next year. Maybe this will give you some inspo.



We opted to spend just a few hours at the festival on the Saturday as we didn’t want to overdo it with a newborn. It was pouring with rain and really put our waterproofs to the test! Luckily the babe I was sheltering with a broken umbrella was fast asleep for most of it.

We hung out for a bit in the green energy tipi where innovations were on display and they gave us some fascinating demonstrations on energy harvesting. I was particularly interested in the compostable tent, Comp A Tent, which biodegrades, offering a solution for those who abandon tents at festivals. We happened upon this tipi by accident because we weren’t given a map or any information, which we really could have done with but no matter, we muddled through.



Then we hit the big tipi to take in some folk music before grabbing crepes and boardgames and a trundle back to the car in the mud. It was wonderful being out in Chew Valley, overlooking the lake. It’s a great spot for a little festival like this and close enough to Bristol that we could have gone home for the night if we fancied. Actually, we opted to go stay with my in-laws who live in a village nearby. Another year, we’ll camp.


We made it over earlier on day two and it wasn’t raining so we took in bands both in the tipi and at the main stage. Talitha loved getting her hair wrapped in what we’re calling a festival braid – I can’t remember if it’s actually called that! She still has it in now! Ophelia had her face fully painted for the first time and actually fell asleep while it was being done, sweet girl.

The rest of the time, we wandered around Valley Fest, taking in the sights. We were fortunate enough to bump into Eleanor and her daughter from The Bristol Parent and hang with them for a bit. Ophelia and Delilah were pretty worn out by the end but Talitha was completely in her element. I think she could easily have stayed for longer.



That makes me look forward to hitting a festival or two next year. We may even come back and do this one as it’s a bit smaller and less hectic but still with lots of good stuff going on.

We were given tickets for Valley Fest in exchange for coverage.


  1. October 8, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I’d have loved this festival as a kid – looks like a great size and more manageable with tiny ones in tow. My dad used to fish at Chew Valley, I had no idea there was a festival there now!

  2. October 8, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Bless her falling asleep getting her face painted!! We went to this one and did camp although the weather on Saturday night wa a little scary!

  3. October 8, 2016 / 10:08 am

    It looks like a lovely festival. I hope you had a fun time! x

  4. October 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I really wish we had managed to come to this festival as it looks perfect for kids and a great introduction for babies. I remember taking my youngest to Just So, I think he was around 4.5months old and it was great having him there

    Laura x

  5. October 17, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    oh it looks like a great festival!

  6. October 17, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    This looks so great! I love family-friendly festivals. Interested in the abandoned tent project – it’s something I always worry about leaving a festival site!

  7. October 19, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Oh my goodness she is just adorable! Absolutely love that photo with her ear defenders on bless her! This festival looks so cool…I really want to take Elsie to something like this next year x

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