April 2018 | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hands Up Who's Going to Victorious Festival?

We love going to festivals as a family. There’s something extra special about hanging out with friends for a few days and letting the kids run wild and free; the excitement of setting up camp and sleeping under the stars, wearing whatever the hell you want, staying up late dancing, drinking gin at 10am (the grown ups) and eating sweets at 10pm (the kids). For the last five years we’ve been to Camp Bestival, which is four days (and nights) of all of the above. But another, slightly lesser well known festival that we go to every year and love equally is Victorious Festival in Portsmouth - and this year I'm super excited to be working with them as an Ambassador.

Victorious Festival isn't officially an overnighter - although there are camping facilities off site with shuttle buses running to and from the event - but if you’re local or can get yourself booked into a nearby hotel for a couple of nights, it’s so worth it.

It’s right by the sea and an easy walk from Portsmouth station (depending on the time of day you get there, make sure you either go down Castle Road and pop into Pie & Vinyl or via Osborne Road and call in to the Southsea Coffee Co). The best bit is that adult tickets for the festival are only £25 a day if you get early bird tickets (kids are £8, with under 5s just £1) which is an insanely cheap price to pay for an entire day of festival fun.

This year looks set to be their best year yet. With a line up that includes The Prodigy, The Libertines, Shed Seven, BRIAN WILSON!!!!, Gaz Coombes, Sleeper and Embrace (and that really is just the tip of the iceberg - see the full line up here) we have every reason to be excited. As well as all the big acts, the smaller stages are always jam packed full of amazing bands and DJ sets - me and the kids dancing our socks off and singing along to Neneh Cherry's DJ set back in 2016 is one of my favourite festival memories to date.

Aside from the amazing line ups year after year, the awesome vintage shopping (there are dozens of stalls to rummage through) and fact it's one of the most chilled out festivals I've ever been to, the other thing I love about Victorious Festival is that all the kids entertainment is ENTIRELY FREE! There are bouncy castles and fairground rides, circus skills to learn, things to make and even the face paints are free… think of all the extra cash you usually have to splash out on all that lot at a festival!

We can't wait to smother ourselves in glitter, eat burritos and pizza and candy floss and hang out with some of our favourite people this August bank holiday. Will we see you there?


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

MONSTROUS! - The New Kids' Festival Coming to London this Summer!

It's a well known fact that the girls and I are fond of a festival or two in the Summer, and this year there's a new kid on the block!

Monstrous is a brand new one-day children’s festival and it's coming to the award winning Printworks venue in London on 29th July! Printworks looks set to become one of the most premier event locations in the UK and makes a perfect location for the festival, as it's so easy to get to by both road and public transport (even the local stations are buggy friendly!).

The festival has an incredible line-up designed to entertain the whole family, including a football zone run by the Chelsea FC Foundation team, the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course (an unbelievable 272m long!), Arcade Alley for the gamers - with over 1000 classic console favourites including MineCraft, Roblox and Pokemon, retro Arcade machines, animation studios and Virtual Reality booths. Then there's Prince, Princess & Unicorn Land offering enchanting walkabout characters, dressing up and selfie zones, beauty parlours and singalong booths, Monty’s Monstrous Disco – hosted by Monstrous Monty himself – playing host to some of the hottest names in kid’s entertainment, giant disco balls, confetti cannons, UV face painters, lazer shows, dance competitions, talent shows, flash mobs and a very special guest appearance! As if that wasn't enough, there's also Inflatable World, the Urban Beach, Magical Fun Fair Town, a petting zoo and the chilled out Baby Garden designed for under 4s.

Monstrous Festival Organiser, said: “We are really excited to be launching Monstrous at the award-winning Printworks complex. As a father myself, I know how hard it is to find quality days out that cater for the whole family. With Monstrous, we’ve created a festival that’s going to keep the kids entertained all day long and create memories that will last a lot longer."

I think it sounds like an amazing day out for all the family, and the best bit is that second release tickets are on sale now and cost just £24.50 per person! Babes in arms can attend free of charge.

For tickets and more information visit the Monstrous website here. You can also follow the Monstrous team on Facebook // Instagram //  Twitter for all the latest festival news!


Monday, 16 April 2018

SS18 at Outfit Kids

My daughters couldn't be more different.

Daisy (on the right) is the oldest, and the quiet one. She likes to read and watch films. She also takes after me and has music playing pretty much 24/7. But she is also super sporty (not like me) and a bit of a daredevil when it comes to climbing trees and jumping off things (also not like me).

There's no doubt about it; Evie (three years younger and on the left) is destined for the stage. She is a total comedian and loves putting on dancing shows for everyone. She can be a bit bossy (wonder where she gets that from!) and has an incredibly fiery temper (ditto!) but she is also a sensitive soul and takes things to heart a lot.

It's not just their personalities that are totally different - when it comes to dress sense they are complete polar opposites as well. Earlier this month we worked with Outfit Kids and the girls got to choose an outfit each. Their differences in the style stakes are very apparent when you look at the clothes they picked out!

Daisy, always either curled up in comfy loungewear or cartwheeling across the field, went for sportswear, and was particularly excited about getting to wear a cropped hoodie! She wears a lot of monochrome so I wasn't surprised when she picked black clothes.

Evie chose a pretty dress and a colourful, cosy jumper. This girl does not wear trousers, and she's not a fan of tights either; she'd go bare legged in the middle of winter if I let her!

Despite liking completely different clothes styles, they actually chose the exact same trainers which made me smile. They're totally gorgeous trainers though, and if they made them in adult sizes I'd have ordered a pair for myself too ;)

Daisy wears:

Evie wears:

All c/o Outfit Kids

Outfit Kids is part of the Arcadia Group. With brands like TopShop, Oasis and Warehouse all under the same umbrella, the Outfit Kids SS18 collection was always destined to be awesome - and it definitely doesn't disappoint. With a huge range of styles, from sporty to smart to boho, there's something for every little fashionista out there, plus it's incredibly well made and very reasonably priced. You can buy in store at selected Outfit, Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams stores (full list here) or online (here).

ps I had to give you a close up of Evie's dress. I just love the detail of the broderie anglaise and those little frilly cuffs!

pps Look at that pose! I told you this one is destined for the stage!
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