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Everything You Need To Know About Vantastival Festival

Everything You Need To Know About Vantastival Festival

Everything You Need To Know About Vantastival Festival
Vantastival Festival is returning in the summer to Beaulieu House in Drogheda, Co. Louth on the June Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, 31st May to Sunday, 2nd June. The festival is now in its tenth year and its popularity is continuing to grow.
As one of Ireland’s most unique independent music festivals, Vantastival has earned its reputation as a comfortable and welcoming festival with a strong line-up, boasting a mix of Irish acts that will appeal to everyone.
Most importantly, Vantastival Festival is a family friendly event, ideal for parents who love festivals and want to include their kids. Not forgetting, there are food stalls with some delicious choices, good camping options and traders on site to ensure everything you and your family need is on hand.
There is also the option of day tickets which permits access for two parents and two children aged up to 12 years old.
Family Friendly HQ spoke to Louise Tangney, one of the main organisers of Vantastival Festival about the family friendly events and she said, “Myself and my husband, who are the main organisers of Vantastival, have three kids ourselves, who have accompanied us to many festivals and so we know what’s important to make the weekend a good experience for both kids and parents.”
Louise said, “As always, we’ll have our beautiful walled garden with scheduled kids’ activities all weekend. Kids can do everything from learning circus skills to arts and crafts, hoola-hooping, yoga, sports and so much more.
"Outside of the walled garden there is also plenty to do for kids and families, with games, a funfair, various talks and workshops, and even an open mic session just for kids.
"We have a family campsite in a quiet area, but still just a short walk from the main arena, and we find that the kids at Vantastival also just love watching the music on all our stages.”
Louise explained that the Vantastival Festival title sponsor, Firestone, will also have games for all ages around the Firestone Music Station, while the Cully & Sully Campervan Cook-off is one of the most popular events for the whole family.
The Vantastival Festival BYOB policy not only makes the festival so much more affordable, but it has a knock-on effect on the festival as a whole. Having a BYOB policy throughout the site means they have much fewer barriers and security checks and results in a much more relaxed vibe which suits the family-friendly nature of the event.    
And just in case you need any more convincing to gather the kids up and head to Drogheda for the festival, the stellar line-up this year doesn’t disappoint with King Kong Company, Afro Celt Sound System, Sharon Shannon, Join Me In The Pines, Wallis Bird, Lisa O’Neill and Cry Monster Cry.
David Keenan will be there along with Topso who is returning to the festival; other acts confirmed include, I’d Fight Gandhi, Pillow Queens, The Young Folk, Thanks Brother, We Cut Corners, Jinx Lennon and Finnian to name a few.
Full details including the line-up, family activities, food traders etc and prices can be found here.
Emma Hayes is a thirty-something mum of two girls aged 16 and 10, planting her right into the teenage and tween-age years! Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaHayes25.