Win an amazing family weekend at the Wilderness Festival worth £250


 August 12-14 – Cornbury Estate, Oxfordshire

Families in the UK can now experience a magical weekend of fun, games, adventurous escapades and learning at a brand new pioneering multi-arts festival, Wilderness. With the pocket-friendly price of £250.00 for Early Bird family ticket (two adults, two children), not to mention the fact that children aged 10 years and younger go free, this is sure to be a family must this summer.

Wilderness will bring together art, music, theatre and food on August 12-14th, among the parklands and ancient forests of the exquisite Cornbury Estate in Oxfordshire. Family activities are at the heart of the festival with a dedicated children’s area, which will enchant, entertain and educate children across the weekend. The Bristol Institute of Natural History will be leading nature walks and talks at the festival among the inspiring landscape. They aim is to make nature conservation both entertaining and informative and will be getting kids interested in their natural surroundings, with activities such as lake swimming, boating, fly-fishing games and adventurous escapades on the front lawn of the enchanting 800-acre estate.

The team at The Flying Seagull will be providing an array of on-camp entertainment. Based in a beautiful gypsy-esque open sided pavilion tent with vintage horse box and Willy Wonker style stage, the team will be providing a range of activities for children to enjoy, ranging from gypsy dance offs, tight rope workshops, wakey-wakey morning aerobics, balloon-modelling, screen printing, face-painting to magic shows and circus performances. As you pass through the children’s area, look out for the Seagull Wanderers. These guys are anything from lost pirates to friendly fairies and will share a tale or two, or perhaps even a bit of magic! Adding the final twist to the area will be stilt walkers and music. From fantastic fiddlers, tooting trumpets to strolling songsmiths, these walkabout artisans will play away till their hearts are content! Located in the family camping field, the ‘Cubby Hole’ will provide a safe haven community and central escape hub for families to relax, unwind and meet fellow festival-goers, away from the hustle and bustle of the festivals atmosphere.

The ‘Cubby Hole’ will also provide early morning and bed-time activities ranging from yoga and rhyme-time, to storytelling and camp fire songs. And the Cubby Hole will also act as a communal eating area where families can bring their own food and eat with the company of fellow family campers. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not check out Junk! Junk! allows children of all ages to experiment with recyclable festival waste and create and decorate sculptures while learning about permaculture, recycling and waste. Children will also have the opportunity to make their own junk fancy dress costumes. And there’s always Socktopus to try your hand at! Socktopus will be running a variety of craft workshops for adults and children involving the humble sock, to promote creative recycling and provide festival-goers with an opportunity to take home their own creation from the festival. Children can also get their creative juices flowing with workshops in stilt walking and Didgeridoo – there really is something for everyone.

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To enter this BRILLIANT competition for 2 adults and 2 kids to experience the Wilderness Fesatival (camping and activities) simply tell me your top travelling tip with kids.

(For an extra entry, if you want one, simply like my facebook page and tell me you have done so in a seperate comment.)


This competition is open to UK residents only. 1 entry per person. Winner will be picked at random. This competition will end on June 26 at 10. a.m. The prize is allocated  by the PR company and baby budgeting has not yet experienced this festival so its not down to her how fab a time you have! I alos cannot be held responsible for the British weather 😉 




  1. June 11, 2011 / 7:43 am

    Hello my top tip for travelling tip with children is where possible travel through the night, for us it seems to disrupt him as little as possible. We always set off anywhere at 7pm seems to work for us. x

  2. melanie stirling
    June 11, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    When travelling with little ones,a dvd player is great in the car.It certainly keeps them quiet while they are watching their favourite dvds!

  3. melanie stirling
    June 11, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    I am already a follower of your facebook page.:)

  4. victoria wilkinson
    June 11, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    Ive got a baby and a toddler and my advice would be to plan in advance!! Ive also liked your fb page too x

  5. June 12, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    Always have pen and paper as you can play so many great games using both e. hangman, squares, noughts and crosses and you can make animals and objects out of the paper. Both are cheap!

  6. June 12, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    My top tip is take a ridicoulous amount of food for the car/train/plane. And consider sedatives for yourself if traveling any real distance

  7. Kelly Thompsett
    June 13, 2011 / 10:44 am

    My top tip when travelling with our 4 children is to take oodles of supplies. We take an in car dvd player, pens, paper, lego, activity books and munchies.
    Each activity will last about 5 minutes before you hear cries of..”I’m bored, are we there yet?”
    Simple games of spot the yellow car and eye spy are always favourites too.

  8. claire woods
    June 13, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    It’s easier with a 6 year old as you can give them thing to play with. Mine loves playing on his nintendo ds.

  9. claire woods
    June 13, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    Liked your facebook page too.

  10. Donna Gilligan
    June 13, 2011 / 8:22 pm

    If you can’t travel through the night plan plenty of leg stretching stops, or if lucky enough to be on a plane, book a window seat it’s well worth the extra money to pre book one to be certain.

  11. Donna Gilligan
    June 13, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    Also have liked your facebook page

  12. natalie holland
    June 13, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    My tip is – you can NEVER have enough distraction techniques. Make sure you are prepared with what you can to entertain the children whilst traveling – DS’s, colouring books, travel games, ipods, story books and plenty of drinks and snacks. So long as they are occupied, are not hungry or thirsty and have plenty to keep them entertained – they will be no problem!

  13. natalie holland
    June 13, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    I also like your facebook page (natalie holland) 🙂

  14. Hannah Beadle
    June 14, 2011 / 11:59 am

    I love playing the rainbow game find something red , blue etc hard to do with cars when youy get to pink lol I have seen these books at the post office “I spy” books great way for the whole family to enjoy the ride 🙂

  15. Hannah Beadle
    June 14, 2011 / 11:59 am

    I also follow you on facebook

  16. Christine R
    June 14, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    My top tip is to let the children pack a few toys, books etc in a small backpack for them to carry. You should then hide a couple of surprises in the bag for them to find en route

  17. Emrys Peirson
    June 14, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    The best way i’ve found is to have a story tape playing of a childrens book
    (Harry Potter was the last one we used) plenty of snakc and drinks(not too sugary) and some soft toys just to make sure!

    I’ve Also liked your facebook group (Emro Person)

  18. KateS
    June 14, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    My top tip is planning and preparation beforehand – for young children and toddlers take their fave toys and some new toys, all wrapped up individually so that the ‘unwrapping’ is an activity in itself and take lots of snacks

  19. June 14, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    My top top tip is to ignore the Sat Nav and get your child to navigate. I’m serious. After one huge strange 40 mile detour I gave my yr 6 child the map. We are no longer taken down tiny lanes and I’m advised of every junction and what road to take. The child loves the responsibility and at the end of every succesful journey gets a treat. The Sat Nav is still on and the children have the map and sort of compete with her for the best route.

  20. June 14, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    I liked your Facebook page 🙂

  21. Liveotherwise
    June 14, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    Top tip is handheld games consoles, lifesaver on a long journey, including planes.

  22. Liveotherwise
    June 14, 2011 / 9:49 pm

    Liked your page 🙂

  23. Lindsey Wileman
    June 14, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    Extra rear-view mirrors trained on the back seats will allow you to keep an eye on the children without having to turn around, and are particularly useful if you’re driving without another adult. They are easy to get hold of in places like Halfords or online.

  24. Lindsey Wileman
    June 14, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    Have followed on FB x

  25. kushla p
    June 15, 2011 / 12:56 am

    they’ve recently brought out the old ‘i-spy’ books, updated obviously! my son loves these, esp the motorway one. but there’s also classic cars, ordinary cars, airports etc. this really kept him very busy and quiet!

  26. Leanne Dempsey
    June 15, 2011 / 10:23 pm

    I plan on doing all my travelling either at night for long distances and during nap times for shorter distances!

  27. Emma @ Mummy Musings
    June 16, 2011 / 7:18 am

    My tip would be to take a few new toys. Even something cheap from the poundshop will do, as long as its new! Also paper & crayons and snacks such as raisins.

  28. Emma @ Mummy Musings
    June 16, 2011 / 7:20 am

    Already like your facebook page 🙂

  29. dayvisuk
    June 16, 2011 / 10:07 am

    I used to drive my child from the South of England to Scotland to visit relatives a lot.

    Lots of top tips – if kid’s young then travel late so they sleep, always have wipes, hankies and carrier bags on hand for whatever spills out of them, story CDs are always good (free ones often given away with newspapers – if you don’t have them charity shops always do)… oh, i could go on and on…

  30. June 16, 2011 / 11:08 am

    My top tip is incar DVD’s, we always said we wouldnt, but they are fab

  31. June 16, 2011 / 11:08 am

    I also like your facebook page

  32. June 17, 2011 / 7:10 am

    My top tip is have a variety of activities and food for the journey. Also try if possible to factor in a visit to somewhere to break the trip up and let your little ones stretch their legs and have some fun!

  33. June 17, 2011 / 7:12 am

    I have also liked your facebook page

  34. Kate Boardman
    June 17, 2011 / 2:09 pm

    Plenty of fluids, plenty of pitstops (because of fluids), a patient OH and a sing-a-long cd (with earplugs (for Mum). For the ultimate stress free travel….put them in Grandma & Grandads car. Sorted. 😉

  35. Ellie Spencer
    June 17, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    Encouraging children to focus on objects outside the car can help to reduce travel sickness. We play games like I Spy, look out for familiar landmarks, counting things like Christmas lights on the way to Granny’s in December. My older daughter likes to make up phrases beginning with the letters we see on numberplates, while my middle daughter plays “Guess what’s in the lorry!”

  36. Lianne Holmes
    June 17, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    my travel tip is to take one of those doodle pads along for the journey as it keep little ones amused for ages and you can set them drawing challenges to see how fast they can draw something. Also plan your journey well, with scheduled stops. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford portable dvd players then they work great aswell. We also like playing the old classics like I spy.

  37. Sarah Alexander
    June 17, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    I would take a mixture of wrapped up cheap presents.
    They can be used as bribery. Games – guess the present and when all else fails let them open the present and play with it.
    For our last holiday we wrapped magazines, playdoh and crayons.

  38. Paul Green
    June 17, 2011 / 7:42 pm

    I will make a sheet full of everyday things that we may spot on the journey and then put this on a small clipboard, my seven-year-old will sit there for ages trying to spot and tick off his list a yellow lorry or red telephone box!

    I also follow you on facebook

  39. julie west
    June 18, 2011 / 2:30 am

    When out & About with kids rather than buy Ice Cream or Lollys from Vans or Small over Priced Shops pop into local SuperMarket that often do boxes of 4 ice creams or lollys for £1 when you can pay well over that for one lolly when out & about,

    Also follow you on facebook

  40. Laura Bryant
    June 18, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    When booking tickets, make a point of asking for deals for families and young people. In many instances, a family travelcard reduces the cost of ordinary tickets by so much that it’s worth buying one even for a single trip. Such deals are usually restricted to travel outside rush hours. To buy a railcard, you usually need to show identification for one or both parents, and have photographs with you.
    PS I like you on Facebook xx

  41. Valerie McCarthy
    June 19, 2011 / 9:58 am

    With small babies I have taken small bottles of already made up milk (aptamil or cow and gate) to pour in already sterilized bottles.

    You can contact Boots or pharmacy at the airport and collect the milk baby cartons/ bottles already made from the shop through security control when doing long flights. I kept empty sterlised bottles with me.

    I put 100 ml in a milk bottle but had to taste it at security when at the airport. I also took another bottle of hot water cooling with powder.

    When travelling by car on long journeys give babies, toddlers and children a break from the car seat. They need a few minutes to escape the carseat to stretch, run around , etc.

    I always take snacks and drinks for hubby, toddler and myself. I also own plenty of CD’s of favourite children songs that she loves to sing along too. It also will put her to sleep. Make sure you have your sunshields up during spring and summer time.

    You can take your car seat but it has to be able to fold up, so check airlines recommendation.

    I always bring a bag of her favourite small toys ( little people that she can play with). We also play games such as who can spot the farm animals first, or eye spy with my little eye, or colour game with cars that drive by.

    Make sure you bring tissue or toilet paper with you on road trips. Some petrol stations don’t have it available. Take baby wipes, lots of diapers, extra clothes with you.

  42. Caroline Elmhirst
    June 19, 2011 / 10:00 am

    My top tips are to take a small bag for each child which they are ‘in charge of’, which is filled with a collection of small new toys, mini play dough, drawing pads, mobile phones. This keeps them happy for a couple of hours on a plane! In the car they love singing the alphabet song and enjoy finding things out of the window eg the first one to spot a cow or a lorry. On a train we always request a table so they are happy drawing and having a picnic lunch. When camping we try and make sure we are close to the facilities – we learned this from experience due to a middle of the night puddle!

  43. Laura Pritchard
    June 21, 2011 / 12:10 pm

    So many attractions let small kids in free – find these & plan your trip around them so it works out less expensive! @Isis1981uk on Twitter

  44. Laura Pritchard
    June 21, 2011 / 12:11 pm

    Have ‘Liked’ your Facebook page.

  45. Emma
    June 21, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    My top tips for travelling with a toddler are to try and plan at least a part of the journey at a time when they are sleeping. I also take plenty of snacks and books and sing along cds. Plus I think that relaxing and ‘going with the flow’ help to make it a good experience!

  46. libertine
    June 22, 2011 / 11:18 am

    For car journeys….look for cars in each colour of the rainbow song or make up a lotto travel game where kids have to find things on the journey,…stop sign, seagull, dog, motorbike, campervan etc. This game works a treat for us!
    Failing that, sticker books! And the iphone app ‘Cupcakes’!

  47. Kelly Koya
    June 23, 2011 / 7:09 am

    We have a bag of travel games, pens, stickers, small snacks, books, etc.The real life saver is the in car DVD player though! We do very long drives down to Italy, and south of France and the kids are pretty used to it now, and well behaved

  48. Greig spencer
    June 24, 2011 / 7:33 am

    make sure they have enough room and comfort, toilet breaks and snakcs/drinks, and either a ds, a good book or a dvdv player and your fine lol

  49. Tracy Gladman
    June 24, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    I bought usborne wipe clean cards “Things to do on a journey” – keeps my kids quiet for hours. Best investment I ever made.

  50. Tracy Gladman
    June 24, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    Have liked facebook page.

  51. Georgie Warsop
    June 24, 2011 / 5:35 pm

    Don’t take them!

    Only kidding, with four little ones we tend to keep them amused by turning up the music and singing ‘Doe a Deer’! They all join in.

    June 24, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    snacks and drinks, wet wipes and crayons and paper it amuses all 4 of my kids from my 11month old through to my nearly 10 year old

  53. Ian Todd
    June 24, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    A DVD player and an entire series of the Simpson’s satisfied our four kids that range in age from 5 to 16. Great entertainment and not a single ‘Are we there yet?’!

  54. Ian Todd
    June 24, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    I have also liked your facebook page.

  55. Helen
    June 24, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    My tip for holiday travel with children is have a packing spreadsheet, print it off and tick it off as you are packing.
    Make sure you take a copy with you and use as a check list so you don’t leave anything behind when you pack up.

  56. jennie jackson
    June 24, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    My top travel tip is take a nintendo ds to occupy thm with, fun music, and plenty of food and drink

  57. June 25, 2011 / 12:36 am

    Travelling with 3 children.

    Plan in advance.
    Leave as early as possible.
    Dvd players, D.S, books, age appropriate ‘to do’ books (i spy, word search etc)
    I always wrap a few items up to give out when they get fed up such as a magazine.
    Food and drinks on demand !
    Plenty of leg stretch stops, best to a park for fun.
    Car bingo.
    I give them a photcopied map and a highlighter to colour the route we are taking.

    Lastly be relaxed and stress free, enjoy the children’s excitement as they arn’t little for long.
    Helen x

  58. Keshmahinder Mcgovern
    June 25, 2011 / 6:47 am

    Use travel bands to avoid travel sickness.

  59. Keshmahinder Mcgovern
    June 25, 2011 / 6:48 am

    I have liked your facebook page.

  60. san
    June 25, 2011 / 7:44 am

    in car dvds do the trick for us!

  61. san
    June 25, 2011 / 7:45 am

    Ive also liked your facebook page

  62. Jon Payne
    June 25, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    lots of food

  63. Nadine Payne
    June 25, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    dvd player

  64. Jon Payne
    June 25, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    liked on fb

  65. susan willshee
    June 25, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    My top tip is to invest in ‘toilet’ bottles. These are the type of bottles used by bedridden people when they need a wee. The door to door catalogue companies offer an adaptable one that can be used by girls as well as boys. These are a blessing when you are miles from any toilets and the children suddenly decide they are far too shy to ‘go’ at the side of the road. Take plenty of disinfectant wipes too though so they can clean their hands after they’ve ‘been’.

  66. susan willshee
    June 25, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    have also liked your facebook page

  67. Danielle Griffiths
    June 25, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    My top tip is to keep some “home” structure if possible-similar bed/nap times and not too much junk food. It’s very easy to become too relaxed on holidays but I had one cranky son on holiday once due to not enough healthy food and lack of sleep.

  68. emma smith
    June 25, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    I have liked your facebook page!

  69. emma smith
    June 25, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    Lots of healthy snacks and drinks help, not sweets as they will get restless. Books and the DS come in useful and I bought really padded comfy carseats (we found Recaro the best) They were expensive but so worth it for long journeys as they sleep so well in them and are extra safe too.

  70. Deborah Legge
    June 26, 2011 / 8:09 am

    A few days before you go ask them to fill a cardboard box with things they choose. A few hours occupied packing it allows you time to pack and then they’ve got what they want to amuse them.

  71. Deborah Legge
    June 26, 2011 / 8:18 am

    I have liked your Facebook page.

  72. Kevin Waldok
    June 26, 2011 / 8:49 am

    Don’t drive for long periods – plenty of breaks.

    Play car snooker

    Geocaching – good way to keep them amused ….lots of mini treasure hunts and a bit of exercise !

  73. james bolton
    June 26, 2011 / 10:00 am

    My top tip would be to take something to keep them occupied. My toddler loves his little portable magnetic drawing pad. It seemed a good idea at the time, but i tried to show him Angry Birds on my brand new phone on a flight to portugal to keep him quiet…now he knows about that he keeps wanting my phone. bad move!

  74. hayley payton
    June 26, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    liked you on facebook 🙂

  75. hayley payton
    June 26, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    i sit in the back with mine so i can easily play with them, we like to play car bingo – we all draw the pictures of things we could see on our journey swap cards and off youj go marking off the things you spot

  76. deborah davies
    June 26, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    plenty of snacks and drinks and whenever we go away we always take a pack of cards and my son likes to take his nintendo ds also a few books.

  77. deborah davies
    June 26, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    liked your facebook page :o)

  78. julia oldham
    June 26, 2011 / 7:06 pm

    Make sure younger children have something familiar with them, not just a favourite toy, something even more personal, like their pillow or duvet, you will find they settle and sleep far better when they have the ‘smell’ and feel of home with them .

  79. liz martens
    June 26, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    top tip for travelling with kids – for us, having the wheels on the bus playing on the loop in the cd player seems to do the trick! also, on very long flights, pre pack lots of presents and then every hour or so break out a new ‘present’, works a charm! helped us survive a 24 hr plane trip with 2 toddlers

  80. claire woods
    June 27, 2011 / 9:05 pm

    Nintendo DS / colouring pencils/ paper

  81. claire woods
    June 27, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Already like your Facebook page.

  82. Margaret Norton
    June 29, 2011 / 11:18 am

    Invest in a bigger car! Seriously is it only me that finds it impossible to travel light with a baby and a toddler?? My advice is lots of food – but limit the sweet stuff esp if they get travel sick. Also if they are prone to travel sickness try not to let them read as it can make it worse. And if possible travel overnight so there’s a better chance they’ll sleep.

  83. Ella Mar
    June 30, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    Plenty of pocket games ,colours and paper…….it makes the time fly and keeps little minds busy.

  84. Greg
    July 1, 2011 / 10:05 pm


  85. Thomas Hampson
    August 4, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    I’ve liked on Facebook.

  86. Thomas Hampson
    August 4, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    Plenty of distractions to tire them out.

  87. Tattooed_mummy
    June 21, 2012 / 7:28 am

    My top tip is relax, enjoy them, don’t stress. Children make everything fun. Camping us especially great with kids, things you thought were chores become exciting adventures in the eyes of children. suddenly a 5 year old will beg to do the washing up when its outdoors in a bowl! And no messy floor! Everyone wins. What a great competition, the festival sounds fabulous, are you going?

  88. Tattooed_mummy
    June 21, 2012 / 7:29 am “like” you on facebook. Tell no one 😉

  89. Becky
    June 23, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    went last year and loved it but no cxlashes with Butlins!!!!

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