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Farm Fest, Bruton

For the last few years we have been regulars at the IoW Festival however, now that we have Tallulah we have been to several VW shows and decided to investigate a smaller, more kiddy friendly music festival instead.

There are plenty to choose from (i didnt realise quite how many!) but we chose Farm Festival nr Bruton as it had some good reviews, was convenient for us and some friends in terms of location and dates and was very reasonably priced for campervan tickets – £35 per adult and £15 for a campervan.

With Tallulah loaded we headed west to Bath to visit friends/family then headed south from there to the site.

The campervan field was at the very top of the festival site and we chose the far edge of the field as it was slightly flatter and less exposed, in the shelter of a large hedge and even larger tree.

We put up our awning and unpacked everything we needed then waited for our friends to arrive. It didn’t take long for our son to make friends so with him happy we opened the first of several ciders!

The music started a little later at which point we went for walk too see what was what.

Everything mentioned on the web site was indeed present, 4 stages (actually 1 main stage and 3 other very small ones inside marquees, all quirkily decorated) lots for the kids to do, local produce etc, and one or two extras, however it was far from the largest festival we had ever been to.

That said, size isn’t everything, and it meant that everything was very close and we could let the kids roam free without ever losing sight of them.

The music was good even though we had only ever heard of two of the bands listed, and there really was plenty for the kids throughout the weekend.

There seemed to be two main groups at the event; mid thirties couples with young kids and mid to late teens on a mission to drink as much as possible.

Everyone was very friendly and in good spirits and we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend, however this was partly due to the friends we had staying in our awning and we probably wouldn’t go again unless taking friends with us.

In all, a small but very well organised festival, great for kids and very relaxing when with friends, and all at a very reasonable price – other festival organisers should take note!

Cheddar Mendip Heights

Our first trip with friends – the three of us in our Vdub camper and the four of them in a 6 man tent – was planned at Mendip Heights, a Caravan and Camping Club site in the middle of the amazing Somerset countryside near Cheddar.

As normal we took the scenic route, following the A4 west out of Reading then across to the A303 via Aldermaston and on to Stone Henge. From there we took various A and B roads zig-zagging our way to our destination for around 11.30am.

The campsite was very easy to find and everyone was very helpful and friendly. The site has a combination of hard standing and grass pitches in 3 or 4 fields separated by low stone walls. Most of the pitches have a gentle slope, but there were plenty of bricks and pieces of wood to aid levelling and we were setup within the hour and ready to help our friends pitch their tent.

The kids went to explore the play area and the adults sat down for a catch up and glass of wine.

After some food we all went for a nice long walk – there are several recommended walks of varying distances, the site shop even sells a handy walking guide book.

The site shop was excellent, selling a wide range of essentials as well as local produce and a pre-ordering service for fresh bread and croissant for breakfast. The showers/toilets were equally as good, very clean and well maintained.

We were only staying for the one night so after settling the kids into their sleeping bags we finished another bottle and settled down for the night.

In the morning we enjoyed our fresh croissant immensely then did a leisurely pack-up ready to leave the site at noon and head back to Reading once again.

Cheddar Mendip Heights is an excellent site, great location, fantastic facilities and very reasonably priced. It’s a Caravan and Camping Club site, but non-members are welcome, and is very friendly and family oriented.

We will definitely visit again.