The Big Family Festival's 2nd Year - See how we got on..
The Award-Nominated Big Family Festival Returned For an even Bigger And Better Second Year. The West Midlands’ summer bonanza, Big Family Festival returned to Dunton Hall in Sutton Coldfield, from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July. It was all set out across multiple areas of the field. There was an outdoor Main Stage, Workshops’ Den and another activities tent with a diverse programme of activities and music for all the family to enjoy.
The fun included kids’ favourites Dick & Dom, The Sooty Show and Basil Brush and dozens of sports activities such as rounders, a Move With Peppa fitness class and flag football. Music wise there was a rousing lineup of the finest tribute acts out there, starring Rhapsody Queen, Black Magic Little Mix, Foo5ighters and Only One Direction. There was lots to do for younger children, there was model making workshops plus an outdoor cinema screening a lovely selection of family movies throughout the day. There was multiple ticket options available to fit varying budgets and timescales, from one-day tickets (adults £10 / children £5) to a three-day family-of-four camping ticket (£148). We just went along on the Sunday but we had a nice few hours having a look around and joining in with some of the games.
I took my 7 year old son Ryan along for the day to check it all out. We didn't spend much time around the main stage as it was raining all day but we did have a good look around and had some fun with some of the other things to do. There was a great Circus Area where Ryan got to join in learning some Circus tricks, he had fun stilt walking and riding a magical pedal bike. We spent quite a lot of time in that Zone as he could play quite freely within it.
There was a Police Van that they could go inside and try on some of the Uniforms which was great fun, Ryan loved siting in the front with the Police Woman and setting the Sirens off. It was a great experience for the kids, they even got to go back in Riot Van cages too.
There was a nice selection of Fair ground rides that wasn't too expensive, Ryan went on a few of them. He loved the Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course and the Big Trampolines best.
The Big Family Festival had lots to do and if you have children that like arts and crafts then they'd love it as there was lots going on inside the tents for them to join in with. Children were colouring walls covered in artwork and meeting some of their favourite characters too.
The weather spoiled our day a little as the rain showers got quite heavy towards the end of the day so we didn't stay as long as we'd have liked. The big tents came in very handy for when it did rain. Like most festivals, you'll find a lot of food vans where you can grab some yummy food and treats. We grabbed some burgers and chips and some awesome milkshakes that were available from one of the stands. It was very naughty but very nice.
If you're looking for a nice chilled day out for the children to enjoy, then this is definitely the festival for you. It's all about the children so expect children's entertainment, music and games. It's not all about the kids though, there was a Bar hidden in the Free Radio tent that hosted a beach vibe filled with deckchairs and a live music stage which was really great.
We had a lovely time and would definitely go again next year. I've heard that the festival will be back again next year and tickets are already on sale for those who want a bargain.
Disclosure: We went along to the Big Family Festival as guests. All the words and opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and entirely my own.