Friday, 23 February 2018

2018 Family Friendly Festivals

I need to look forward to sunnier times and happy events we have coming up this year.  This winter has sucked since the new year with illness after illness in our household and it's getting me down.  Big time.  I am running on empty.  Lack of sleep and work stress aren't helping so I need some things to look forward to and as we're attending a few festivals this year, I thought I'd do a little round up of what's on!  If there are any we don't have listed below, please let me know, we're always looking for new adventures to try!  We'll be attending all of these below and I can't wait!


You can read my reviews of each of the ones we've been to previously and check out how much fun we had and what to expect.  Here's a list in consecutive order with the first one being in just over a week!  Some of these are free events too!


The Big Cheese Festival - 3rd March 2018 - (Kids go free)
This is it's first year in Brighton, I can't wait to check this out, mmmmm, cheeeeeese!


Elderflower Fields Festival -  25th-28th May 2018
We had a blast at this last year, our first family festival and we loved it, triggering our thirst for more!  We booked our tickets for 2018 just a week after last year's event.
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/07/elderflower-fields-family-festival.html




Woodlands Festival - 8th - 10th June
A fairly new festival but we haven't been before so this will be our first year!  Check out my preview post to see more: http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2018/01/woodlands-festival.html




Firle Vintage Fair - August 11th & 12th 2018
Technically a fair but with a festival vibe and plenty going on, we loved Firle Vintage Fair last summer.
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/08/firle-vintage-fair-review.html



Brighton Kite Festival - 7th - 8th July 2018 - FREE ENTRY
An amazing free event in Stamford Park, Kalyan was in heaven and we all had an amazing day out!
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/07/brighton-kite-festival-review-by-bex.html



Eastbourne Hot Air Balloon Festival - TBC - 20th - 22nd July - FREE ENTRY
The balloons got rained winded(?) off last year but we still had a fab time and it was perfect kite weather.
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/08/eastbournes-hot-air-balloon-festival.html



Uckfield Festival - 6th - 15th July 2018 - FREE ENTRY
Uckfield's very own week long festival starting off with BIG Saturday on Luxford Field, stalls and fun galore!
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/07/uckfield-festival-2017.html



Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst21 & 22 July 2018 (The Science Festival was included with Wakehurst entry.)
This was an amazing weekend of scientific fun!  There were so many activities to do we went back on the second day for more, the twins had a blast!
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/07/kew-science-festival-at-wakehurst.html
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/08/wakeshursts-kew-science-festival-full.html




Weald on the Field Festival - 4th August 2018 - FREE ENTRY
Gosh, I still haven't blogged about this one but it was fab having a food festival in Uckfield, I loved the Vietnamese stall!  Will update this asap ;)

England's Medieval Festival - 25th - 27th August 2018
Such a fun weekend of Medieval themed games, events, food and drink (mmmm, mead)!  This was our first family camping experience and we can't wait to do it all again!
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/09/englands-medival-festival-review.html



Into The Trees Festival - 14th - 16th September 2018
Such a great weekend getting back to nature at the gorgeous Pippingford Park, this is Elderflower Fields' sister event and although smaller, it's just as fun!
http://www.olivedragonfly.com/2017/09/into-trees-festival-event-review.html

Priya's gorgeous rainbow stick in the Art Trail at Into the Trees Festival.


So there you have it, quite a busy festival schedule this year!  I love that there are so many family friendly festivals to enjoy and all very local!  Will you be going to any of these or do you know of any we should be adding to our itinerary??

Monday, 12 February 2018

Sunday Lunch at The Crown Inn, Newick - review by Bex

You may have already seen this one if you get Uckfield Matters magazine as it appeared there first.  

As part of my Local Roasts series of reviews, I went along to check out Sunday lunch at The Crown Inn in Newick with Nik, the twins and my in-laws.  It had been recommended by a friend and didn't disappoint!


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Photography school - a review of Unraveled Academy

Back in June last year, I heard about Unraveled School which was just starting up and I joined as one of the first fifty as part of their special offer and I got their presets pack for free which I love!  I started writing about it back then on my Bexphoto blog but never actually finished writing about all the awesome stuff involved and now I love it so much I wanted to share it here too in case any of you guys fancy learning new ways to improve your own photography, I can't recommend it enough!  It's $15/month which really is a bargain for everything that's included, you can find out more and sign up at Unraveled Academy here.

The school is run by awesomely talented and super friendly Coleen Hodges and Sarah Driscoll, both photographers I admire, even more so as I've gotten to know them better through various ways over the last few months.  The school has so many avenues for learning, I'm finding a multitude of ways to improve my photography and they've got a fab new offer too so keep reading to find out more!

My most recent feature on the Unraveled blog.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Wassailing at Oast Farm Buxted

We'd never heard of wassailing before we moved here.  You'll probably already know how much we love visiting Oast Farm shop & cafe and it's there we first heard about the wassail.  Until now, it's always clashed with Nik's weekend at work or the twins' nap time but this year we made it along and we loved it!


If, like us, you haven't heard of this ceremony before, it's basically a way to bless the orchard to ensure a good harvest come autumn.

The awesome Bob in his crown, excited to get wassailing

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Toothy Tips - Fantastic Fluoride

We've already talked about brushing tips for toddlers and being careful with sugar but if you're wondering about the importance of the fluoride in your toothpaste, here's a bit more information.

Most patients I come across accept the role of fluoride as it's so widely used in toothpastes but there are those who avoid it and buy non-fluoride toothpastes.  There's also the controversy around the addition of fluoride to drinking water which is only done in certain areas so I'll talk about the benefits as well as reasons to be cautious with fluoride but I wouldn't be afraid of it and recommend using fluoride toothpaste.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Potty training twins - our tips and techniques

So, the big toilet conundrum!  I've been very nervous to toilet train K & P but started in earnest last Saturday (lord knows why I chose a day when I was on my own with them but I did and it was probably a good thing to be honest).  There will be poo chat here so if you're not interested in kids or potty training, best just scan through the cute pics or skip to a recipe or something else to entertain ;)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sunday roast inspired afternoon tea at East Sussex National Resort - review by Bex

Last Sunday I took the kids along to East Sussex National to sample their Sunday roast inspired afternoon tea in the Pavilion restaurant.


The cake stand was loaded with lovely treats as promised in the promo email I received below and the chef explained each tier.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sunday Lunch at The Royal Oak, Newick - Local Roasts review

As part of my Local Roasts series, Nik, the twins and I went out for Sunday lunch at The Royal Oak in Newick last weekend.  We called on the day to book and had no problem getting a table at 1:30pm.  We were slightly late (as is often the way when wrangling two small humans) but were greeted warmly and asked to sit anywhere we liked.  We chose the corner table by the window and settled in.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

My Sunday Photo - Buxted Village Barber

For My Sunday Photo this week I've chosen my favourite photo from the last week of my 365 project.


I took Kalyan for a haircut at Buxted Village Barber.  This time we had to wait for his turn and the twins were fascinated by the window decals so I nipped outside to grab a photo.  As always, Denise did a great job and Kalyan loved the experience, he really seems to like the clippers although they do sometimes tickle him.  Priya had a haircut recently so she just had her hair brushed as she wanted a turn in the chair and I wanted to avoid a tantrum.  She keeps asking for a "proper haircut" like Daddy and Kalyan, I think because she hates having hers brushed!

The first 12 days of my 365 project.

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