I’m not really a fan of festivals – I always imagine muddy fields, tents and music not to my taste. But my other half was googling for things to do at the weekend and discovered the Caversham Music Festival and Readipop – a free FAMILY festival at Reading on July 10th – 12th. It sounded quite fun with all the family activities, so we thought we would check it out on Saturday. I am soooo glad we did, it was brilliant! We were lucky enough to find a parking space on Cardinal Close, just by Christchurch Meadows where the festival was at. We first saw a very picturesque scene, with canal boats along the River Thames, ducks and geese – but where was the festival? Ahh, we looked to our left, and you could not miss it haha!
It was such a buzzing atmosphere, with stalls along the edge, and a whole side of amusements – helter skelter, a punch and judy stand, bouncy castle, ferris wheel, families sat on the grass and a little tent in the middle with a band singing. We were a little hungry, so got some Sweet n Sour noodles from one of the food stalls. Tyler had some pasta that we brought with us.
We set up at picnic spot and had our little picnic. Tyler, then full of energy, just ran around in circles around our patch.
It was there we noticed another sectioned off part of the festival. This was were the main part of the festival was held, with the music acts. There was a £2 donation entrance fee, and we were in. There were more adults in this section, but still loads of families too with young children and babies. We went to the rock tent where a young band were playing and Tyler was mesmerised. He looked so cute standing next to the adults, watching the band.
Then we moved to the centre, set up our little area on the grass, and had milkshakes from another stall. I had an Oreo Cookie Milkshake and G had a Mint Aero Milkshake and Tyler drank from both of ours!
The ‘Otter’s Hall of Optical Illusions’ was to our left, and suddenly there was a huge crowd, so something was happening. I saw a girl on a giant box through the crowd. Not something you see every day.
We moved to the front and chilled out on the grass for ages. We lay back and watch the clouds in the blue sky, while Tyler played with his cars around us. An act started in the main tent, announcing he was going to educate us on ‘roots’ music. It was sort of sleepy caribbean music with a bass. Children were dancing around us, grown-ups were having a drink, a really happy, relaxed atmosphere. I could have fallen asleep in the sun.
After a while, we went back to the family area. There was a stall selling little trains with letters that caught Tyler’s attention. Each train cost 80p, so we bought his name for £4. We thought we’d go for a walk along the river before we headed back home. Amongst the boats was the Sweetie Barge – what a cool idea to sell retro sweets in a jar from a boat.
The walk was so so pretty, with blue benches dotted along the way. Tyler said hello to practically every duck and goose – and there were loads.
I’ve really changed my mind about festivals now, and would definitely take my boy to more family ones – especially seeing how much he enjoyed the music. Looks like we have a little rock fan here. And it just shows, you’re never too young.