Camp Kindling: A summer camp festival mash-up

The Young Londoner went along to Camp Kindling and had a wholesome time.

Set in a stunning forest location, just 40 minutes on the train from London, Camp Kindling is a mash-up between an American summer camp experience and a British festival. The festival is small and manageable so great as an introduction to festivals with kids.

The setting is magical and the proximity to London (the Heritage Pine Forest in Sevenoaks) makes it really accessible for Londoners and their little people. Throughout the three days families can get involved in more than 100 pre-booked activities that include arts, crafts, circus skills, biking, team sports, hot air ballooning, den building, tie dye and loads more. You can get involved in everything or kick back and take it as easy as you like.

We particularly enjoyed the hot air balloon and trapeze skills where we got out of our comfort zone as a family and got involved. There is also lots of free fun to enjoy throughout the site such as mini golf, sand pits and crafting areas.

By participating in activities, families can learn new skills (having lots of fun along the way!) and also earn points for their chosen Patrol: Squirrel, Badger, Hawk or Fox. We decided to join the hawks (mainly because our friends were hawks and we wanted to get involved!) At the end of the weekend one of the team wins and there are celebrations to close the weekend off.

Come evening time is where the British festival part kicks in and you can enjoy dancing along to tunes with the family. This year we enjoyed Rylan (DJ) as well as Junior Jungle and the youngest DJ in the world (Guness World Record holder) – Dj Archie. It was epic.

The festival crowd is super friendly and as the site is relatively small it means you are likely to make friends with people attending the event throughout the weekend. The evenings can also be spent catching comedy shows or watching a magician.

Camp Kindling was a blast. Go for the family fun, the great woodland setting and all the activities. Register now and be the first to hear about tickets for 2022.