Before I went to a festival with my newborn, I scoured the internet for examples of people who’d done the same. I found one website dedicated to kid-friendly festivals and not much else. Which is as good a reason as any to go ahead and write a guide myself!
I’m a fairly seasoned festival-goer and even went to a festival while pregnant with Anaïs (Bestival – not recommended!) but I was apprehensive about the idea of packing my perfect little baby (not literally you understand) and taking her to what can all too often be a debauched affair.
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Add to that a recent growth spurt and some ‘sleep regression’ (FYI I have so many thoughts about this) and I was less than excited about it all. But Oli knows me well and strongly suggested we just go, because: “Wilderness isn’t far from London , so if we don’t have fun we can come home.”
We had fun. So we didn’t come home early!
We honestly had the most fun scampering around, dressing Anaïs up and watching her little face light up when she saw bonkers festival-goers in full fancy dress. And we really didn’t need to take everything but the kitchen sink, although we could have done with a touch more comfort.
In truth, having a newborn seemed easier than having toddlers at a festival.
Family Friendly Fun
Wilderness will be held from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th, 2018 and tickets are currently being sold at the reduced rate of £168.50 (+ £11.50 booking fee). Kids are charged at tiered rates and we paid £6.50 for Anaïs ticket (which is a bit of a joke IMO as she used ZERO facilities…..)
If you want to see my full packing list, head here.