This year’s Q Festival has it all for families – including a baby rave! Yes, you heard that right!

Families who are looking for a festival where the kids don’t have to wear wellies or noise-cancelling headphones might find what they are looking for at this year’s Q Festival on Gateshead’s Quayside.

H and I couldn’t wait to take little Cyrus and his Pesar Khaleh, Esi (auntie’s son) along to this year’s Q Festival today. The fine weather combined with a backdrop of the Baltic and SageGateshead definitely set the stage for success.

Now Pesar Khaleh Esi had travelled up from London and had been told by his better half that he’d better take some pictures of “That Bridge” while he was here. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t know which one he should be snapping with his Samsung S8 – so we took him along to some scenic photo spots along the Tyne and we hopefully captured the right one!

Given that we were Q Festival-bound, it made sense to catch the Go North East Q3 bus to the festival which we are very lucky to have as it gives us door-to-door access to fabulous events and stunning Quayside scenery!

The Q Festival is a collaboration between Gateshead Council and Jesterval Comedy Festival and is supported by Intu and BBC Newcastle.

It will take centre-stage on Baltic Square for 24 days as its unusual 1920s Spielgeltent plays host to an awesome line-up both day and night. There’s something to suit all tastes – and ages!

The festival promises an enticing line-up if the programme of events is anything to go by and we indulged by sampling some of the pop-up street food in Q Festival’s quirky beer garden.

We loved the creativity of it all, everything from the grass-topped seats and bright yellow Q cushions to the pots of coloured chalk for the kids and Q Festival selfie station – ingenious! We loved it all.

It was clear to us that a lot of thought, time, hard work and imagination had gone into bringing this all to life. Just brilliant! Well done guys.

Today H and Pesar Khaleh opted for some Greek gyros from Phi Pie. I was tempted by the Fat Hippo‘s burgers and little C just loved trying a Greek feta and spinach parcel which went down a treat.

While there are a whole host of things to do, I’m counting down the days until Chalk presents: The Breakfast Club Coffee Rave at 10.30am until noon on Saturday, August 5th.

If you’re a new mum over 40 like me, or even a younger mummy, you’ll want to get along to this one as it’s a chance to get down with the kids to hits from The Cure, Bowie, The Smiths, New Order, OMD and the Psychedelic Furs.

I’m sure this is where being a mum of ‘advanced maternal age’ will come in handy when the younger mummies don’t know all the words to such songs!

What’s more, there’s a chance to craft a giant mobile phone, dress up with shoulder pads at a Power Suit Bar and rummage through a dressing up box…photo station here we come!

I’m enticed not just by the coffee, but the fact that there’s going to be a DJ, 80s sensory projections, hula-hooping and a chance to bathe in bubbles! Little C and me will definitely be throwing some shapes on the dancefloor!

The cost is £7 adult and £7 per child. There’s no age limit as such – you just need to bring a baby..or a small child with you. For more information and tickets, check out the website











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