12 ways to create a magical lockdown music festival in your garden
Festival season is fast approaching and while we won’t be able to see our favourite bands on stage this year, we can recreate the fun experience at home.
Huge events including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Isle of Wight Festival are the highlight of the summer for music lovers across the UK, but they have all be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
So we will have to do things a bit differently this year and get crafty and creative at home.
From putting up your tent in the garden and sipping on cans of cider to rocking the bumbag look and slapping glitter all over your face, we can enjoy everything festival life has to offer, but in lockdown.
Plus, as you’re in control of the music, you can tailor it to suit your taste.
So sleep under the stars, put up the fairy lights and create magical memories whatever age you are.
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From toddlers prone to temper tantrums, to teenagers struggling to adapt to the abrupt closure of schools and separation from their friends – we’ve got it covered.
If you’ve got a garden put your tent up and kit it out with a blow up bed, sleeping bag and cosy blankets in case it gets chilly in the evening.
If you haven’t got a garden, create a makeshift tent in your lounge using bed sheets.
2. Glitter and face paints
As the saying goes, when in doubt add more glitter.
This is great fun especially for children and you can order both glitter and face paints online.
You could also paint your nails with glitter varnish.
3. Denim shorts
They are the ultimate fashion statement in a muddy field.
If you haven’t got any, you can make your own by cutting up a pair of old jeans.
The more frayed the better.
It’s the classic festival drink.
And if you can get hold of a fruity number, even better.
Make sure you have plenty of cans chilling in the fridge.
You could buy some paper cups and decanter the booze in them for the real outdoor experience.
For little ones, swap for apple juice.
From rock to pop, create a playlist on your phone or laptop with your favourite tunes and get the party started.
You could write a small programme detailing what will be playing on the hour every hour.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 30 degrees and sunny, it wouldn’t be a festival without wellington boots.
Dig them out from the garage or loft and complete the festival look.
For extra fun for the kids, make up some drink tokens simply with pen and paper so they can ‘buy’ their apple juice from a drink station (kitchen).
Pop them in their bumbag for them to use when they get thirsty.
If you’re feeling extra creative, make your own wristband.
Use ribbon, beads, string or whatever you have lying around the house and make sure everyone in your household wears one.
You could even make a lanyard.
The festival look
(Image: Iain Findlay)
9. Fairy lights
They are not just for Christmas.
They create a magical experience all year round and will make your tent look extra pretty.
Don’t forget to take lots of snaps during your lockdown festival.
You could make a scrapbook with them afterwards or frame one as a special family memory.
11. Tuck shop
As with the drink tokens, make snack tokens and a little tuck shop filled with treats from popcorn and ice cream to dinky donuts and candy floss.
12. Silent disco
So that you don’t annoy your neighbours, when the sun goes down pop in your ear plugs and dance the night away in the garden at your very own silent disco.
It is great fun to watch other family members dancing to different beats.
Dad dancing beware!