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Festival Fever With Depot in the Park!

The festival vibe has well and truly hit the Allen household, so when we were offered tickets to review Depot in the Park we couldn't wait! Warren and George headed off camping Saturday afternoon, but not before dropping Molly, Nanny Kim and I off at SSE Swalec in Sophia Gardens to share in the delights on offer from Depot!
The sun was shining and the atmosphere as we entered the festival was energetic and really exciting. We received wristbands and made our way towards the centre of the festivities to get an idea of what was happening where. 

The layout was really well thought out, with the food and drink vans in one area next to the large bar area, the children's activities all in one area and the main stage facing the large grassy area, allowing for visitors to settle down with picnic blankets and camping chairs whilst enjoying the live entertainment. 

The SSE Swalec as a venue is fantastic, perfect for this kind of festival, with just the right amount of space, greenery as well as toilet a hop, skip and a jump away from all the fun. There were also large bins placed around the grounds, so rubbish wasn't an issue as we wandered around and enjoyed what was on offer. 

Our first stop was the NoFit State area, where Molly spotted one of her favourite teachers setting up. Once they were ready we all hopped inside the circus-fuelled area and got stuck in with plate spinning and hula-hooping! Nanny Kim was in her element and there was a lot of laughter as we tried out various skills and it was great seeing so many people take part! I love NoFit State's energy and enthusiasm; it spreads like wildfire and makes everyone so excited and happy! 

After the energetic circus activities, we were super lucky to be able to sample some delicious doughnut delights from The Early Bird Bakery van whilst we were there. We were given their popular nutella and apple pots to try out (£5 each) and they are basically fluffy balls of dough with a deliciously thick sauce drizzled over the top. I really didn't know what to expect, they looked amazing, but as we all bit into them we were totally blown away. Molly adored the apple flavoured ones and we didn't get much of a look in, but that's okay because I loved the nutella ones! There's also a strawberry option, one we will have to try another time!

The Early Bird Bakery is such a cute concept, and you certainly get your money's worth! I love that they use locally milled flour, organic Welsh dairy and free range eggs and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for their next event because they're so delicious!

Molly's favourite part of the day was definitely the craft tent. There were different things on offer, such as t-shirt printing (£5), a dress up corner and a chance to be gorgeously glittered up by Dizzy Pineapple (these guys were so in demand!). Her favourite part though was the mask making, where she indulged in glue and glitter and just had a really lovely time. The staff were really sweet and helpful and it's great that most of the activities in this area were free.
There was also a cute storytelling tent, but we didn't arrive early enough to catch it because of all the other great things going on. It looked like it would have been so much fun though, with huge pillows for the children to crash out on whilst listening to their favourite tales…

The music was on a large stage facing the grass and I really appreciated that it wasn't crazy loud, so Molly could actually enjoy herself without her ears hurting. It was the perfect volume and they played pop music in between the live acts. Depot had managed to secure a selection of various performers, from The Sugar Hill Gang to The Limited, there was something for everyone. We sat and listened to it together on the grass in the sunshine and it felt like we were a million away from the real world.

Depot definitely knew what they were doing when they put this day together, from children's activities to entertainment for all, it was well thought out, well organised and so much fun!
I can't wait to see what Depot come up with next!

Disclosure: We received free entry in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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