Lakefest festival & meeting Rachel Stevens

Lakefest festival 2016

Both Hubby and I were never really festival goers when we were younger. I think we both liked the idea of the amazing music and the chilled out vibes – but neither of us fancied the camping part much at all! More recently, since we have had the twins, the thought of a festival has not been on the radar at all either!

So when Bassetts Vitamins kindly got in touch with me and asked if we would like a family pass to the 2016 Lakefest festival weekend at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, I absolutely jumped at the chance! Not only was it on our doorstep (35 mins away) but it seemed geared up to be a superb family-friendly event.

Luckily, Friday was a glorious day; the sun shone all day. The skies were a beautiful shade of blue and it was perfect weather for a whole day outdoors. We got there pretty early (10.30am) and so there were no queues to get in or crowds and so we almost had the place to ourselves for the first few hours.

Our first festival Festival colour A festival of colour Festival flagsColours - festival

What’s on for kids?…

Aside from the music for the grown ups (Primal Scream, The Coral and Newton Faulkner were playing that weekend) there is SO much on for the little ones. I have seen quite a lot of bloggers rave about other festivals but now that I have been myself I can confirm that they really do cater for children. At Lakefest festival there were circus acts, a funfair, bubble nets, ice cream vans, a craft area, face paints and plenty of open space to relax or run around. The twins were happy all day and they thoroughly enjoyed people-watching too. They also loved all the colours from the flags, tents & stalls.

Kids & a festival Festivals sculptures Fun at a festival Things to do: festival Crafts at a festival Eating ice cream - festival food Festival fun Festival vibes

For lunch the twins had pots of fish n’ chips which they enjoyed. I had a pot of chips and Hubby had an Indian spiced wrap. There was plenty of cuisine on selection.

Bassetts Vitamins & Rachel Stevens…

This year, Bassetts Vitamins is continuing its #Life with More Colour campaign for a second year. Bassetts Vitamins conducted a mass Mumsnet trial, in which its 3-6 year olds Strawberry Multivitamin, secured the seal of approval from parents, with a 94% recommendation and Mumsnet rated badge. We absolutely use them in our house; even though I give the twins healthy food I have still been giving vitamins to the twins since they were very little.

We visited their pop-up stand at the festival where the children played, coloured in and dressed up!

Festival family fun Festival fun Family events at a festival

I also had the privilege of interviewing Bassetts Vitamins Ambassador Rachel Stevens (from the band S Club 7, and Mum-of-two) about her involvement with the campaign and her family life. Her gorgeous little girls accompanied her to the event which showed that she is a busy working Mum too! She said that the girls went with her to recent jobs such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice of Ireland.

I asked her what her favourite social media app was and she said Instagram! Great choice! And she asked all about my blog and coping with twins. Harry & Lottie then played with her girls in the Bassett’s stand!

She’s very stylish and I just loved her hair and make-up.

Rachel Stevens - Lakefest festival

Would we go again?…

This particular festival did seem to be on quite a small-scale and so I am not sure we could have stayed for a entire weekend but we definitely enjoyed being there for the whole day. Hubby and I have said that it was one of our best days out in a long time.

The only downside for the day was the toilets as they were pretty smelly and a lot were un-usable, but I suppose that it is all part of the experience?! However, if you do have young children then this could be off-putting. I therefore highly recommend a few packs of baby wipes if you are going next year!

I’m SO glad we got to experience going to a festival because we might not have chosen to do something like this ourselves. We would now do this again for sure. And I highly recommend it to anyone with kids as they love all the attractions, rides, crafts and events.

So here’s a vlog of our lovely day at Lakefest, if you’d like a little peek!

Thanks for reading & watching.

Love, Jess x


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Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. August 16, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Great reveiw Jess — the Bassetts stand looked fab and LUCKY you interviewing Rachel Stevens!! I used to love S Club! Lakefest looks to be on a much smaller scale than the festivals I’m used to — but it’s probably a great one to cut your teeth on, if you’ve never been to a festie before xx

    • Jess
      August 16, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Exactly that! Was really small and so we found it much better to do in a day! Camp bestival maybe next year!!! xx

  2. August 17, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Looks fab! Love all the colourful photos. Rachel Stevens hair sure looks gorgeous. Xxx

    • Jess
      August 17, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      We has SUCH a fab time – lovely event and definitely a great day out xx

  3. August 17, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Wow, it looks like you had so much fun. I’d definitely look into going to something like this with Parker when he is older! So jealous that you got to meet Rachel Stevens, I love her. She’s gorge! xx

    • Jess
      August 18, 2016 / 9:47 am

      She really is – such a LOVELY lady xx

  4. August 18, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Ah it sounds like a great day and you got to meet Rachel Stevens!! I used to be told that I looked like her on a regular basis (this is going back a good few years now, back when she was in SC7 and I was in my 20s) – but of course I didn’t mind… ha ha.

    Like you, I’ve always been put off festivals by the whole ‘camping and toilet situation’ but I’d be happy to do a day like this.

    This is such a lovely post and review, and all the pictures and captured moments are stunning!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx

  5. August 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Looks like a fab day, I am so jealous that you met Rachel Stevens, I loved S Club!
    #mycapturedmoment x

  6. August 22, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Family festivals are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your experience. #MyCapturedMoment

    • Jess
      August 22, 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

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