Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

If you go down to the woods today...
You'll not find a teddy bear's picnic, you'll find something miles better... Tribe Norfolk Festival.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.







Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.












Hidden in the magical grounds of Happy Valley Norfolk; set around a large lake complete with its own island, 9 acres of whimsical woodlands and open grounds; and dotted with bell tents, shepherd's huts, and tree temples was where  the Tribe Norfolk Festival took place over the weekend.

Tribe Norfolk itself is a community of Norfolk's creative people—which we have in abundance and that's one of the reasons I love Norfolk so much. Last year their inaugural festival weekend celebrated this creativity with over 250 people so they decided to go again this year... and I'm so glad they did.

I discovered Tribe Norfolk through Mother Like No Other on Instagram and thought it looked right up my street with the creativeness, the crafting, the wellbeing, and, of course, the food! 

The posts from Tribe Norfolk's Insta made up my mind, so I bought tickets for myself and Ariana, and This Norfolk Mumma who has had a pretty difficult 2019 so far and her daughter Poppy. We set off early on Saturday morning for the most unforgettably magical day.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
It was still quite early when we got there, seeing as we all live in Norfolk too!! It was quite quiet, but that didn't stop the children finding something to play on and using their imaginations to create a new world made from straw bales with treacherous waters beneath. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
We had already decided that one of our priorities when we arrived at Tribe Norfolk would be glittery face paint so we headed over to KT Paints and were not disappointed.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.











Magic was worked and we all looked glittery and etherial and it did wonders for distracting from the tired mum look that we so often carry. 











We met up with some other fab friends and the children found The Swing. 

I'm putting it in capitals because I think that was where they spent the majority of their day. 
I'm thinking of making (a smaller) one to hang from the willow tree in my own garden!
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
(In fact, looking at this photo they found the swing even before we had found the face paint!!)

The whole event felt very family orientated but it wasn't to the detriment of the grown-up's enjoyment which is so often the case. There was something for everyone.

We did Pirate Yoga with the wonderful SuperZen Kids Yoga, which was immersive and entertaining and fun for all ages. They are opening up a studio in Norwich for children (and adults) in September. Well worth a look. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
There were also Hip Hop Yoga classes being run by Santosha Yoga  and Astrology Yoga classes being run by Yoga with Lucy. As well as massages and palm reading and callisthenics and sound healing. All found in the wellness tent. 

I think next year I shall have to stay for the whole weekend so I can make more classes and workshops in the wellness tent!
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
But actually what was most heart-warming for me was seeing how much fun the children were having.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
YoYo the giraffe and Poppy posing as BeWILDerwood characters!

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
We had a mini photoshoot with the wonderful Mim Howell who made us feel all at ease and relaxed in a quiet part of the woods. So excited to see the pictures. Turns out she also shot my (ex) Sister-in-Law's wedding last year and those photos are beautiful. Very talented person indeed. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
We then all had a go at Macrame—which is a form of textile making using knots. Looks amazing. It's really blooming hard to do properly. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
The wonderful Pretty Cactus Plants made it look super easy, then tried to teach us. She must have the patience of a saint!
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.


Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.


Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
We decorated lip balms with magic pens!!Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Just look at those beautifully grubby little fingers.

And shot some arrows.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
And all while live music was belting out from the barn with a jolly vivacity.
We didn't get to see any of the bands as we were too busy outside, but we certainly appreciated their music.  
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Soon enough it started to get late, so the girls changed into their pjs and we settled down for some dinner. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
If there is one criticism (and I hate to say negative things so this is just an idea for next year if you're reading, Tribe Norfolk) and that's the food. It looked and smelt amazing. There were pizzas and toasties and chips and tacos—all super duper vendors with delicious offerings. But, with a coeliac and a gluten intolerant in the family, there was nothing savoury on offer for us. I had to pack a picnic which was quite heavy to carry around all day and Ari got a bit sad that she couldn't join in with the food.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
We did eat an amazing cheesecake each, offered to us by the fabulous Bespoke Cheesecake Creations  I tried to take a photo of Ariana's chocolate concoction but she ate it too quickly!!
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Yummy!

Quick play on the hay bales. 
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best. Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best. 
Then it was time to settle down with a bedtime story told by the BeWILDerwood gang and some bedtime yoga.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.




Then I had to prise open my eyes for the drive home.
There were so many other exciting workshops and stalls that we missed this time around so we'll have to camp next year and stay both days!
Thank you Tribe Norfolk for the best day we've had in a long time.Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.
Same again next year?Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.



Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.Tribe Norfolk Festival: Norfolk At Its Family Best.

2 comments

  1. Loved this day so much. Your writing makes it magical all over again! Love you guys xxx

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  2. Love this blog, makes the day magical all over again! Love you guys xxx

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