Thinking of going to a festival this year? Then look no further as Kids of Bath Co-Founder Sophie gives us the goss on Shindig, Bath’s local family festival for party lovers…
Growing up going to festivals as a kid I vividly remember the sounds, the colours, the general happy atmosphere that filled the four or five days camping every summer… my favourite memories are of these times, the endless fun and entertainment that festivals provided.
So, as an avid festival goer for many years of my life, (Glastonbury festival was home from home every year for a week), it’s surprising that I haven’t dipped my toes into a bit of festivalling with my kids, 17, 8 and 4. It’s not through lack of willingness, but most likely because I just haven’t grabbed the bull by the horns and committed when I’d wanted to! Well this plus the prospect of organising my small army to camp (including the husband) anywhere other than one or two nights here or there has always seemed like a daunting task!
However once I read what was going on at Shindig this year then I knew this was the year to embrace the full on craziness of a festival with the kids. Recently debuting at the Number 1 spot in the Guardian’s 20 of the Best Music Festivals for 2019 and heralded as the ‘Best for family raving’ by Festival Kidz, Shindig has grown from strength to strength, year on year.
Founders Will Lardner, Simon Clarke and Jeff Luther, along with the fantastic Shindig team can be found plotting in their local HQ on Walcot Street… from humble beginnings, the festival started as a party for the friends of the Ghetto Funk record label, it grew to accommodate friends of friends, and then some more friends which is from what I’ve been told how you’ll find it today… and as a local myself the more I asked about, the more I realised that this is so true… so many people I knew are going too!
By far the best thing about it for me is that by the looks of it there’s so much planned for the kids, they have their very own Kid’s Kingdom boasting a plethora of activities to entertain all age groups, from climbing walls, painting wars to learning how to breakdance or trapeze, the folks at Shindig really seem to have thought about it all.
And there’s even more… The Kings of Ping are hosting a table tennis championship, Ringworld have a mahoosive inflatable play station to add to the mix plus the fantastic folks from Aardman are bringing their skills down to the festival for a model making workshop!
There are also shows and entertainment aplenty, one of my ‘must sees’ are the fantastic performers from The Flying Seagulls Project; you may have heard of them before as their story is truly heartwarming, these are the guys who take their skills all over the world, they visit hospitals, refugee camps, communities and slums to bring ‘smiles and laughter’ to the people, “We believe that it is everyone – man, woman or child’s – right to put aside the cares of life and smile for a while.” How awesome is that?
Another thing ‘must do’ is a ‘Junior Jungle’ party with DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch, the kid participatory rave scene, because after all a good skank with kids in tow is a prerequisite to any festival, right? Have look here if you’re interested!
But if it’s a bit of ‘down’ time and calmness you’re after then Shindig still have got all bases covered… the day kicks off at 10am with children’s yoga and end winds down with a film in their very own cinema from 5pm….
Well done Shindig, my family can’t wait to go!! And remember 12 and under GO FREE!!!
Tickets are still available now head over to https://shindigfestival.ticketline.co.uk/ Options available are 3rd Tier Adults £145, Teens £85, 12 & Under Free, Live In Vehicle £50, Car Park £15.