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Back down to earth after a weekend at Bluedot Festival

We’ve just landed back down to earth after an amazing family weekend at Bluedot festival, Cheshire.

Having never visited Bluedot before we had soaked up as much info as possible ahead of our weekend roadtrip, but nothing quite prepared us for this unique opportunity to camp under the stars alongside the Lovell Telescope and to explore such an eclectic programme of music, science, arts, technology, culture food and film.

With my TweenagerFolk in tow, it was time to kick back, regroup, get silly, and enjoy the first of our summer ’17 weekend festival trips.

The family camping area was perfectly positioned (check out our morning view).

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Morning Bluedot.

On arrival there were heaps of stewards and hi-vis brigade all offering up help to pitch a tent and lend a hand. Security was tight on arrival; at the main entrance, and at all the area entrances across the site, reassuring but non-invasive, there was a lovely atmosphere and it made a refreshing change to be at a festival were the security staff and stewards were so courteous and chatty, especially with the kids. 

Bluedot had a great vibe. Laid back, quirky and totally up for it. It was a weekend for inquisitive minds with Dot talks across the weekend such as ‘Edible Climate Change’ by Sarah Bridle and Our Plastic Oceans; Sources, Fate and Risks of Marine Litter by Erik van Sebille. Then there were the amazing spaces to discover like the MIRACOCO luminarium.

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MIRACOCO Luminarium

One of the highlights of our weekend was poet Tony Walsh taking to the stage to get the Saturday line up underway. Delivering several of his poetry masterpieces, including the moving ‘This is the place’, with all of the raw emotion, grit and pace we’ve come to love from this Manchester artist. (Meeting him later that day didn’t disappoint either, a true gent). 

This was a festival curated so beautifully. Yes, a festival gives the chance to party through the night, to leave all inhibitions at the door and to walk around like a half-naked glitter bomb without anyone batting an eyelid, but there’s an element to today’s festivals that focus on your wellbeing too, and Bluedot was no exception.  The ‘Elevate’ area was in a tranquil setting, daily yoga sessions, gong baths, indian head massage, reiki and massages. Much needed re-charging of the batteries and a few moments out of the high-octane festival activity.

When you go anywhere with kids food is always a consideration, clearly it had been more than a consideration for Bluedot as the food line up was spectacular. From the The Fruit Salad Bar for breakfast to the afternoon churros, and the odd cheeky Almost Famous burger, there was plenty on offer. It was great to see so many alternatives to fast food too, Falafel, Castaway Kitchen, Katsu – all delicious.

The most memorable moments across the weekend were just being present with the kids,  mixing with other creative festival souls, sitting in the sunshine, eating the most amazing array of festival foods (big hooray for Katsu curry!), and just going with the flow. Bluedot had so much on offer for kids from science experiments to star gazing, but it was the spontaneous moments of bellying laughing, the midnight feasts under the canvas as the rain showers fell on Friday night, dancing with wild abandon in front of the stage to Leftfield, Orbital, GoldFrapp, and making memories right there in the moment.

This was the first of our summer’17 festival weekends and Bluedot you set the bar high. Now, can someone please give us tips for getting this tipi back in that tiny carrier?!

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Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire







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