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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:34 am 
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DC wants to go to Reading Festival in August - DC will just be 16 (July born)

I am reluctant to say yes; correct me please those in the know and with experience but is it just a drinking/lads week-end and if so i think they are too young,
DC is not particularly sensible or silly but i think anything can happen when away from home, no adult, under influence of friends and with alcohol in abundance

Maybe i am old fashioned but i was likewise shocked at price - ticket and tent pp 369 (the sign looked euros which i hope it is as bad enough if £s)

Any thoughts?
Thanks :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:51 am 
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The festival will be full of teenagers due to the timing. The queues at the bar and prices limit the drinking somewhat!
Usually the main issues are tents/gear being stolen rather than more serious trouble. There is a fair amount of security to keep an eye on things but I can understand your concerns - we always make plans to be somewhere other than Reading for that weekend as the traffic is awful and if it is raining then town is full of smelly, muddy teens trying to clean and warm up.
Weekend ticket is £200


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:05 am 
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Do they have to go for the whole weekend? Couldn't you get just a day ticket?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:11 am 
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It seems to be a rite of passage around here. Thankfully my DD was not interested and so I did not have to face the decision. I may have to with DS1 though. Part of the issue is cost - none of mine would be able to afford it on their own and I'm not paying for it :). Many do it as a "Well done for working hard in your exams" or "Happy 16th birthday". And yes, I'm afraid it is a weekend of drinking and losing phones, from what I gather. Sorry not to reassure you, but I do think 16 is too young (ask me again next year when DS wants to go). Day ticket would be better.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:12 am 
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You seem to have 2 threads the same, you might want to ask for them to be merged. Also, aren't the tickets all sold now?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:33 am 
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There are a lot of 16/17 year olds there. You can't buy alcohol inside the arena unless you have an 18+ wristband, and you need proof of age for that. You can't take alcohol from the campsite into the arena. So the amount of drinking depends on whether your child or their friends can buy much outside to take into the campsite. Also depends on how into the music your child is, or whether they would be mostly going for the social experience!

The campsites further away from the arena are the quieter, more civilised ones. Last year I did a bit of salvage afterwards at one of camping fields nearest the arena, and it was truly disgusting - looked as if no one took anything home with them.

My dd has been for the last 2 years, but just for each day (she was 14 and 15, June birthday), and she's going again this year. Last year she said she was going to camp this year, but over the year she's decided to come home each night again - helpfully, she is going with a friend whose parents didn't want her to camp! We are close enough that it's probably quicker to walk back to ours than to the further away campsites that she would have wanted to stay in :) I would have let her camp, but I'm glad she's not.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:01 pm 
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Definitely start her off with a day ticket, then she can totally blame you for looking g uncool if she really wants to come home later, plus all the drinking etc is on the camp site, so she would miss that, as day ticket holders not allowed on camp site...she would of course need a like minded friend.

I went for first time at 17..to glasto... predictably got stoned, drunk and robbed, but I hope to think they are a little less gung ho than they were then.

There are loads of smaller, local summer festivals for her to get the feel of camping at events, before the big squashed up ones, have a search on line in your area....You could even join her!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:05 pm 
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A lot of post GCSE teens feel it's a rite of passage!

We said no - partly the cost and partly logistics - and I daresay we're going to have the same conversation with DS2!

I know of a lot of parents that have allowed themselves to be "bullied" into buying tickets for their DCs - but as DS1 wasn't able to pay for it himself and needed new kit for his new school - that took financial priority and was an excuse/reason he could appreciate! He soon got over not going!

As for not buying booze on site - most of the underage kids I know that have gone load up at supermarkets etc before going into the campsites.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:12 pm 
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This is when I am really really glad that I have kids that don't want to do it. I suppose I would say yes, though probably not to camping there at just 16, but I am glad I don't have to. I would be up all night worrying I think. My lot do Scout camps instead and while I don't delude myself that it is all singing 'Ging gang gooly' round a camp fire, I don't have to face the s ex and drugs and rock'n'roll just yet, thankfully. And my kids are funny about alcohol too so that wouldn't appeal - consider drunk teens 'sad'. Like Scary I definitely wouldn't pay for it (at those prices that would probably be the end of that) and if I were you I would try and book the family holiday to somewhere irresistible to escape it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:22 pm 
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We take our kids to a couple of festivals a year....guess we are fuelling the fire! Two love it, one gets bored and annoying unless he has his mate with him. I know this will sound sad, but we will probably be in the old farts field, when it is their turn for reading, as we often go any way..texting him every hour to make sure he is alive, and embarrassing him by bringing food to his tent! Have to fess up, even when camping, I pop hone for a shower and to use my own loo...have done ever since I got my own car at 22!


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