2017 was the third time the James family have been to Wychwood which is testament to how good it is!
This year was a little different, as since my separation last year, I was attending with the kids and my new partner Gareth.
I knew there would be plenty on offer for the kids and parents alike, and we would have a ball. I was lucky enough to get half price tickets after I was emailed a special offer code which made it really affordable. It cost just over £160 for all us to go which I think is amazing.
The top three things I love about Wychwood
1, Its Stress Free!
You can drive your car on site, there are no queues and the arena is a short walk away. There are plenty of clean toilets and showers. The site is lovely and flat and there is plenty of open space for the children to play. There is a family campsite area which is relatively quiet at night and the vibe is very laid back and family friendly. Its definitely a family affair and the small scale of it really appeals.
2, The Amount of Activities on for Children
Your children are never bored at Wychwood. There is a whole field dedicated to family activities and there is such a wide range of things going on, from Circus workshops, African drumming, clowns, fire shows, children's authors, art and craft. It really does have everything. Not an iPad in sight!
3, The Music
You don't tend to get the big headline acts that you do at some of the bigger festivals but that is part of its charm. We really loved discovering some new music and also listening to some old favourites like Billy Bragg and OMD. Smoove and Turrell were a new discovery and we will definitely be catching them again. There is plenty to keep the adults entertained too!
A few minor points about the festival this year.
1, The Hot Tubs.
We really missed the hot tubs that used to be in front of the stage. The kids and I love splashing about in the hot tubs listening to some of the music but there was no sign of them this year. Please bring them back!
2, The scale of it
It did seem slightly smaller this year and not quite as much going on but we still had a great time.
3, The Silent Disco
We really wanted to try out the Silent Disco after the headline acts had finished but there wasn't enough headsets for everyone. We started to queue but the queue time was horrendous so we missed out. It would be great to have more headsets next year and increase the capacity.
Overall we had a wonderful time again and will definitely be back!