As a family we’ve never been to a festival before. It’s a bit trickier after you become a parent. Childcare may be available for a night out but being gone for a whole day without the kids is almost unheard of! Being able to take the kids to somewhere the whole family can enjoy is a fantastic idea. When I heard about Funk The Family Festival I was immediately interested. When I heard it was on Father’s Day, I just had to be there. What a treat for dad, and one we can all enjoy together!
And a great day out we had! There was so much to see and do.
The first activity that immediately grabbed our attention was a small stall just in the middle of the field called Cassette Lord Live Graffiti. They had this fab idea of getting kids to spray records whilst spinning. A huge choice of different colour graffiti cans and various different spraying techniques later, we had our very own artwork which takes pride and joy in my son’s bedroom already.
We watched the acts in the Cirque du Funk tent, laughed with the clown, admired the acrobats and couldn’t believe the stunts of an incredible yo-yo artist. There was a different show on the hour every hour with loads of different acts from acrobats to balloons to bubbles. We even tried our own skills at spinning plates and diablo. It definitely looks easier than it is and my hubby was the one with the knack and got his plate spinning.
My son was very interested in the science tent; and much to his delight we watched a group of children make their own flowing volcano with the assistance of a real scientist. When it was our turn, he got to make his very own green slime. He loved it! The tent was run by Arthopod Arts, an arts & science shop in Rottingdean who also run workshops for children.
After food, ice cream and obligatory candyfloss, we headed to the story tent to see inspiring illustrator and author Liz Pichon. She wrote the well-loved children’s book Tom Gates and she spoke all about her journey to becoming an author and even showing the kids on how to do a good doodle. She really took her time in answering lots and lots of questions from a captivated audience.
Of course, a festival wouldn’t be complete without music
Apart from the main stage, there was music everywhere with DJ’s set up behind the bar and also at the Club Tropicana tent, with a dance floor undercover perfect for escaping the sun. It was a scorcher of a day!
There was yoga for kids with Tree of Life, face painting, an arts and crafts stall with Amazing Art Cart, scooting with Micro Scooters, and the littlest ones could enjoy the fab Hartbeeps, an interactive session with nursery rhymes and musical stories for babies and toddlers. We didn’t get round to doing all the activities on offer and there was many more.
What we liked most about the day was the relaxed atmosphere we were hoping to find along with some really good tunes and fabulous weather. We got home, thoroughly partied out and almost ready for bed! Can’t wait for next year! 🙂
Find more details about the acts I’ve mentioned and what else was on offer at www.funkthefamily.com. If you follow Funk The Family on Facebook or Twitter, you will stay updated with next year’s dates and have the opportunity to get the cheapest tickets when they are first released.
We were given tickets in exchange for this review. Views and experiences are our own.