This weekend I grabbed the small people and off we went to the Dalriada Festival. I’d never been before but the website made the whole thing look pretty great so I was over the moon when our local radio station Cool FM gave me some free tickets.
We were only able to make it up on the Sunday and it was tipping it down when we arrived but the small people were too excited to care. The setting of the festival was beautiful! I wish I had been able to bring the proper camera to take photos of the scenery but sadly you are going to have to make do with some phone photos as I didn’t want to risk getting it damaged in the rain.
We took a quick look at the map and decided our first port of call would be the Punjana Tea Party. It was set in an open tent with some beautiful ladies performing songs we were able to sing along to. In an effort of reducing our waste at the event we brought our own picnic along and munched on it while sipping our tea. I was pleased the cups had no caps, one less bit of waste however I was sad that the buns my mum decided to buy came on a polystyrene plate. I’d love to see them change this to real crockery or paper plates in the future.
After our lunch we wondered through a tent filled with stalls the kids tried strange and wonderful flavours of cheese including strawberry cheese and seaweed cheese. Annabelle loved it and so we bought some seaweed cheese for her to enjoy at home. She then spotted a stand full of American sweets and what kid doesn’t love American sweets? I was also pleased to see a Tropic skincare stand. I managed to try their sunscreen which I have been itching to try for a while. It smelt beautiful, a little coconut like. Ingredient wise it is pretty amazing looking too, Tropic are an all natural range of products with are proudly cruelty free and vegan.
The main stage had some great fun acts on and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves having a dance (as did my dad). Matt Cardle was playing in the evening which would have been wonderful to see had the kids been able to last that long. I can imagine if you were staying for the weekend the main stage would be guaranteed fun to dip in and out of.
With a whole lot of the festival dedicated to the kids having fun we spent a good amount of time and money putting the kids on rides. There was a great selection available and you could no doubt spend a clean fortune but they did have other things for the kids to see such as the PJ Masks and Tractor Ted.
Let’s not forget this is also the home of the wife carrying contest, a course of hay bales and paddling pools for men to run through while their wives hang over their shoulders. All looks a bit mental but it’s all in good fun.
So I guess once you know what all was going on you would wonder “Would you go back?” – well the answer is a big fat YES! Yes I would go back again and I fully intend to bring the kids again next year but with a caravan to make the most of the weekend rather than a day trip. We left early this year due to the kids being tired out but had we brought a caravan they could have taken a nap and gone on to have so much more fun. Who knows, we might even bring the fur baby with us as they allow dogs into the festival so long as they are on leads. We adored seeing everyone’s dogs and stopped to talk and pat so many dogs it was an animal lovers dream.
We were sad to leave but until next year Dalriada, we will see you for #DalFest19 .