5 Things You Do As a New Mum at a Music Festival

I have been so busy with moving house, starting a new job and generally being a working mother that I haven’t had a chance to write a post about my wondrous festival experience at Secret Garden Party Festival that happened back in July. I would highly recommend this festival to anyone. It has everything for every type of person, it’s classy (besides the toilets) and I had the best time of my life. Hands down, best festival I have ever experienced. 

Anyway, my festival experience has changed slightly since having a child as I’m sure you are all aware, as a parent your priorities change. But what’s funny is that it’s carried over into everything that you do….including going to a festival even when the baby is left at home with the grandparents! So here is what it’s like going to a festival as a new mum……

Teach your mother-in-law how to send photos through the iPad so that you can have regular updates of your baby

Secret Garden Party Festival was four days! This was the longest time I had ever been away from my little smiley, adorable, contagiously snuggly Bear (..I can taste the cheese in my mouth..). While this was the most amazing experience ever, I missed him A LOT. On the second night when my boyfriend and I returned to the tent to….do the dirty….. we instead, snuggled up in big spoon little spoon position and looked at photos of our son! Major LOLs. Who have I turned into?! We used to have crazy, annoyingly loud for the neighbours rambunctious sexy time, now we look at photos of our son and fall into a snuggly warm position and drift off to sleep!

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Breast pump in the tent

Oh man was this annoying, not only for me but the people sleeping in the tents all around us. They either thought I was blowing up my air mattress with an electric pump or using a vibrator! I would pump before bed and in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon, so if they may have thought I was a bit rambunctious! Luckily I had already been slowly weaning Bear off of the breastmilk because I work full-time, so three times a day wasn’t too bad. It is strange pumping after a night of drinking though….the milk comes out much slower and randomly, not going to lie I was slightly freaked out. 

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Break up a drug dealer fight and yell, “can’t we all just get along?”

Okay I didn’t really break up the fight, but in my drunken state I envisioned going over to the two shady looking men, giving them each a hug and saying, “there, there, have a sip of milk” and the fight being resolved. They both smile at each other and say I’m sorry. #Mothered

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(I didn’t get a photo of the fight but thought this was funny of my friend….this was 15 minutes before the fight began…jokes)

Show pictures of your baby to prove that you are over 21

For some SILLY reason every single time I tried to order a drink they IDed me. While this may be a compliment for some, this is THE most annoying thing for a person that is in dire need of a glass of prosecco. I literally took the bar man through a photo album of my son in order to prove to him that I am in fact over 21. Sadly he just said, “you could be a young Mum!” After the fifth time of this annoying experience I refused to go to the bar anymore. On a positive note, this turned out nicely for me because my boyfriend had to order drinks the rest of the festival. A nice little treat for me ; ).

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Get a massage

Prior to becoming a mother being pampered at a festival was definitely not a priority on my list. I was more concerned about who was playing, doing jagerbombs and finding hot men to make out with. This time around I spent the day in a part of the festival called The Sanctuary. It was heaven. This festival has everything for every type of person, it’s amazing. I had a massage by a magical man who currently lives in Thailand but works during festival season. I went to take an actual shower with organic products that smelled delicious. I met my friend in the “pamper room” and we put glitter on our faces. And finally, we headed to the champagne tent where we sat luxuriously in white beach chairs and watched the drunk people dance in another tent nearby. It was a glorious afternoon.

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30 thoughts on “5 Things You Do As a New Mum at a Music Festival

  1. Haha, yes I outmode in a tent the first time I went away without my son! It was hot an horrible! And yep, the constant demand for photos from the grandparents..and updates. I think my in laws were fed up of me by the end of the first day.

    #stayclassymamma

  2. 4 days child free with prosecco ? Sounds awesome. But then you do find yourself talking about them all the time and looking at photos .. The parenting paradox ! #stayclassymama

  3. It sounds like you had a great time doing proper grown-up things – something I need to do more, for sure. I love that you used a breast pump in your tent – that’s hardcore! Probably not hardcore in the way that you used to be, but pretty hardcore for a mama. #stayclassymama

  4. A place to be pampered and drink champagne!?? Where do I get my ticket for next year? I think I could just about get over my hatred of camping for this and a couple of child free days during which someone thinks I could be underage hhaha! #stayclassymama

  5. Glad you had a good time and leaving the baby went so well. I love getting IDed -hasnt happened in a while. The Sanctuary sounds fabulous. I am quite looking forward to being one of those mothers who pulls their child around in a cart at a family festival. #Stayclassymama

  6. Oh wow it sounds like you had so much fun! I did laugh at the idea of you wanting to break up a drug fight, I’m sure in my drunken state I would have felt the same! It’s lovely being away on your own though isn’t it? We had a wedding last week and I was just so excited to be out without the kids that I got more than a little bit carried away and drank my body weight in champagne!! #stayclassymama

  7. Yea I definitely think it could be fun bringing my son but only when he’s a bit older, I saw a few mums there with baby carriers and just thought…that can’t be too much fun having to look after a baby and try and party with your friends : /, thinking age 6/7 would be good!

  8. Agreed. I don’t like camping either and the portable toilets were not great, BUT (and this is a big but) I was free for three days, the music was great, the food was delicious, the champagne was ace and the overall experience was amazing!

  9. YUP. I’ve been to a few festivals now but this one was my definitely THE best because it wasn’t a bunch of 17 year olds running around doing balloons. It was a bit classier, a bit hippier and had a whole range of stuff to do.

  10. By the end of it I was really sick of pumping! I would say for a mum I went pretty hardcore lol, one of the nights my boyfriend and I were still partying until 6am while my friends (non-parents) went to bed ooooooh yea! (I secretly died the next day)

  11. OK I’m a little bit jealous of you right now! What a treat?! Oh and I’m hugely jealous of the looking younger than 21! Glad you had fun lovely xx #DreamTEam

  12. This festival sounds amazing! I swear my sister went to it about 8 years ago and there was certainly no mention of champagne tents or spas – just drugs I am so glad you had such an awesome time, you deserved it. And breast pumping in the tent – fair play!!! #DreamTeam

  13. Glorious festival times!!!! Glad you had a fab time!! Pumping in the tent, what a joy ! Can’t wait to get my festival assign gear…but will be next summer now probably with all the kids and Hubs (obvs!) in tow….I feel the need to glam rather than camp – not full glamping but maybe the next level up from tent in a puddle scenario!! ⛺
    #stayclassymama

  14. Love this! Sounds like you had a fab time – I love that festival so very jealous that you went this year! My fave is you (almost) breaking up a fight…how things have changed since I’ve become a Mum that I would probably do that too haha xx #stayclassymama

  15. Haha! Before you wrote it, I did wonder what others would have made of your breast pump noise. I know someone who went to that festival, it sounds so much fun, so a second I thought you had brought the little one *opps. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam x

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