Last month, there was a local Rail and Ale festival taking place atnarby Market Bosworth. I wondered whether a beer festival really would be appropriate for children. Surely it would just be full of old men getting sloshed as they worked their way through the 80 odd barrels. Never the less, we had nothing else to do so we thought we’d pop along for the afternoon.
As we only wanted to stay for the daytime not for the evening entertainment, it was really cheap entry. Lined up as we went in were lots of antique steam engines all puffing away. They poured out smoke and heat and smelt fantastic.. And The girls were fascinated and loved looking at these.
In the main tent, you could buy or hire commemorative tankards in which to sample the brews. There was a Pimms stand and loads of ciders and perriers for the non ale drinkers. The atmosphere was very welcoming and we had fun looking at all the ale labels and numbers and choosing which ones Daddy should try.
For me, as the designated driver, there was a little cafe serving snacks and hot drinks. I opted for a cream tea which was a little odd for the occasion but suited me perfectly. Two littlies were more than happy to help mummy eat the scone.
As a fab bonus, this event was held on a working rail line with vintage steam trains running between the two closest station. We took the opportunity to take the girls on their first train ride and it was fantastic. The individual carriages were in great shape and we all practiced our best train noises.
clickerty clack clickerty clack – wooh woo wooh woo – chug chug chug
At the next station we had half an hour to look around the tiny museum, visit the ticket office and explore the train before we headed back. There were quite a few families and the atmosphere was lovely. Clearly we weren’t going with the intention of getting trollied. In my opinion, so long as there is a responsible sober parent, I can’t see why these events shouldn’t include children.
As we were leaving a bouncy castle was being set up. This was for the evening and following days I presume. I’m not sure I’d take my toddlers to the evening event as I’m sure as the amount of ale sampled increased so people’s inhibitions would decrease. Maybe I’m wrong and it’d be fine.
What do you think? Would you take your child to an ale or beer festival? What about an evening event?