I have a slightly different competition for you today and it’s one I’m totally excited about! We simply can’t afford a holiday this year, so when we were invited to Nozstock, The Hidden Valley, well, let’s just say I almost fell over myself to say yes.

Nozstock is a family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites and grandparents.  It has 8 stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.

The musical line-up for Nozstock 2012, 27 – 29 July, includes bands such as The Proclaimers, The Correspondents and Juan Zelada, among many others. In the Enchanted Glade you’ll find creative workshops and performances specially presented for children.  Little ones muck in for messy play time in the sandpit and they can join in on storytelling, craft workshops, a circus and a UV light disco.

Other activities include:

Tent of Temporary Thought – a new tent to the festival dedicated to storytelling, poetry and spoken word

The Slapstick Workshop – Olly Crick the famous comedian, performer and director, will run an exciting workshop using all the best skills of slapstick comedy, such as those used by Laurelled and Harvey, and clowning worldwide.

Willow Sculptures – Carnival Arts group who ran the amazing children’s area at last year’s Big Chill Festival, will be atNozstock all day Saturday, making a huge giant Dragon and mini fantasy shapes.

The Circus Workshop – Circus performers will be giving the children a taste of circus life through demonstration and participation.

Face Painting – Throughout the weekend face painting will be available, with a variety of myth and legends designs. After all why shouldn’t the kids get their party face on too?

The Craft Workshop – A craft workshop for mini Nozstockers to design and create pieces of UV sculpture and art work that they can take away with them and show off at the UV Disco!

UV Disco – On Saturday Night The Enchanted Glade hosts a UV disco for kids and teenagers to get their groove on. Little ones will be able to bring UV craft they have made earlier in the day to dance and play with.

Gaffer Tape Roses –
The little ones loved this workshop so much in 2011 we have bought it back again! Learning to make gaffer tape roses will keep both young and old entertained for hours!Hula Hooping – Revisit your youth! This workshop is designed for both children and adults, so there is no excuse not to have a go at hula hooping! A fantastic exercise that will get everyone moving and grooving.

Bubbles – Our famous bubble lady will be back at The Enchanted Glade, filling the Nozstock skies with her bubble creations.

Storytelling – Everyday there will be story telling workshops for all ages at bedtime and early in the morning.

The Clowning Workshop – Zaz the Clown loved Nozstock 2011 so much, he is coming back for more, giving us all an opportunity to make fools of ourselves!

Magician and Balloon Maker – Mr Bamboozle the Magician will be showing us the secrets of his magical ways and creating some unusual shapes.

As for accommodation, there’s an exclusive Family Camping Area, set away in a quiet area so children can get to sleep. (This was a selling point to my husband too. After burning tents and rampaging teens at a festival a few years ago, he’s refused to go to any again – till this one!)

Please note that children under age 12 get in FREE.


If you’d like to join us at Nozstock on July 27 – 29, then leave a comment below letting me know what element of the festival you think you’d enjoy most?

I don’t normally give you a million different entry options to enter competitions, but I’m making an exception for this one.

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  1. I would love all of it, but teh kids would love the bubbles, circus skills, willow crafts and UV disco without a doubt!

  2. I think I would really enjoy the camping and getting to see some good bands. it would be great to combine this with some fun activities for the children (18 months, 2 1/2 and 10).
    absolutely fab prize.

  3. To spend time away with my husband and babies soaking up the fun creative atmosphere before the arrival of number 3

  4. I haven’t got twitter so I plus one’d it.
    Rafflecopter seems Ok for organising and seeing who has done what. I don’t know what it’s like on your side of it though. xx

  5. Hello xx
    Hmm. For my enjoyment, I think the craft element would be fun, and the Tent of Temporary Thoughts. Rosie would love the music and the disco and anything where she can play with other children her own age. Be nice to mix with other adults and families who have similar likes to us. The clowns would freak me out if I’m honest and I’ll probably run away from the balloons (it’s called globophobia) but all in all sounds like a lovely festival. Never been to one before so I am very interested. Be lovely to meet up with you there. xx

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