We spent Friday afternoon wandering around the WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival in Reading. Kids went on some rides and we meandered around tons of stalls selling all kinds of interesting things. R* loved it as a newbie shopaholic ("Can we buy this?"). The festival is very child friendly and even has children's activity tents.
It's a more alternative festival geared to "free spirits" compared to other music fests. Lobbying groups were out in force so we chatted with some of them and I signed a few petitions. The Simultaneous Policy looked interesting as did Tourism Concern.
We then settled in front of the main stage and watched The Dhol Foundation. They were excellent and got the audience well involved. Think bhangra and Bollywood music and you'll have the right idea of what they sounded like. Afterwards, we grabbed a quick bite and went home. It's a bit of a shame we didn't catch more shows but I've learned it's better to leave while everyone is in a good mood.
We went the previous year and I look forward to going again next year.