Last weekend we went to our very first festival as a family, actually it was my first ever festival full stop! My husband went to loads when he was younger but I never thought that festivals were my kind of thing. But given that Tramlines is just a two minute walk from where we live and we could take the kids with us, we thought it was worth a look.
We bought our tickets last year and I believe we paid around £80 each for me and my husband, kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. This was for a full weekend ticket which is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We couldn’t go on the Friday in the end as my husband was working but it actually worked out fine as the weather was terrible that day.
We spent a few hours there on the Saturday, had a few drinks, some food and a mooch around. My youngest hadn’t been well so we didn’t stay for too long which meant we didn’t catch any acts that we wanted to see but it was still an enjoyable few hours.
Sunday was the highlight for us, it was much busier than it had been on the Saturday but there was such a great atmosphere. We started off by getting face glitter, because are you even at a festival if you don’t have a bit of sparkle going on?
There was plenty of rides and activities for the kids to get involved in and even an outdoor cinema, how cool is that?!
“Into the Trees is our dedicated family area and we have pulled together some absolute treats to keep the young ones entertained. Responsible Fishing will be taking the reins on Saturday and Sunday’s activities by bringing their woodland workshop that runs throughout the weekend allowing for a little peace and tranquility – whether it is rock balancing or foraging for materials to create woodland crafts. Jamboree Arts will be hosting a circus school both Saturday and Sunday. Walk the tightrope or try your hand at juggling and acrobatics in the big top!”
In terms of acts, we got to see Lewis Capaldi, The Rifles and Rag N Bone Man. We stayed well back from the stage as we were with the children but it was still a great atmosphere and the kids absolutely loved it.
We had a fantastic time at Tramlines and were really pleasantly surprised at just how much the children enjoyed it. There’s plenty for kids to do and I think it’s great that under 12’s are free. Yes, you do have to play for rides etc but I think that’s to be expected at this sort of event. We had a great weekend and already have our tickets for next year, we can’t wait!
The next Tramlines Festival is taking place on 31st July – 2nd August in Hillsborough Park. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Did you go to Tramlines this year?
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