In acres of meadows on the Hereford/Wales border, it was the most beautiful setting for a family led festival.
The Starry Skies festival was all about children running free, having fun exploring, learning and making new friends, while the grown ups chilled out in the sunshine, not worried about what they were up to.
The most beautiful tents were pitched all over the site, and were used for circus skills workshops, story telling and musical instrument making.
Within minutes of pitching our tent, the girls had made new friends and disappeared in to the distance to explore the site, and over the 5 days that we were there, they roamed free, picking and choosing the workshops that they wanted to join in with. They walked to the campsite shop by themselves to buy sweets, they walked to the next field along to play on the rope swings and tree hammocks and they stayed up far too late, watching films in the open air cinema.
While we were there Bella took a favourite activity to a whole new level and climbed a huge tree, sparking a desire to take up climbing more regularly at our local climbing wall.
And Lily overcame some of her problems with maths, by taking herself off to the shop to buy jelly snakes and lollys, giving her the confidence to try and work out what her change would be!
And as if that wasn't enough, the surrounding forest was lit by coloured lanterns, making it all feel even more magical.
And the views went on forever (this is looking in to Wales).
Of course, with all the different activities available, our campsite neighbour's swingball was obviously the most sort after activity of all!
We all had a really wonderful time at Starry Skies. The weather was incredible right up until our final night, when there was a much needed thunder storm, and Jim and I were able to sit around all day, relaxing without feeling that we should actually be doing something else. Which I found a little confusing at first, but managed to get completely on board with as soon as I poured myself that first lunchtime glass of bubbly!
As well as the incredible surroundings, we were also lucky enough to pitch our tent next door to a lovely family, who just made it all the more fun.
It was our first family festival and first proper camping holiday and it was a resounding success. We're all very much hoping that it will be on again next year, because we're going to be first in line if it is.