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GUEST,Chris Murray Butlins Great British Folk Fest 2011 (90* d) RE: Butlins Great British Folk Fest 2011 28 Nov 11

It's just a different sort of Folk Festival - and it's run by Butlins who run dozens of these weekends so it's just a way of making money out of season to them. I've often thought that they shouldn't call it a British Folk Festival as it's not really British (this year's acts and last year's were mostly English) and it's not a festival as most of us understand the term.

Most folk festivals have entertainment and activities for children as the organisers have realised that festival-goers want to bring their families. Provide something for the kids and you get the parents to attend. Butlins don't want to cater for the kids - and that's up to them. I don't know much about these things, but I would presume it would cost them a lot more to provide accommodation, insurance and entertainment for kids. I don't think they provide anything for the kids at any of their specialist weekends. It's not that they don't like kids (this is Butlins, for goodness sake!!) - they just don't want them at their weekends.

I enjoyed not having kids there - but that doesn't mean that I don't want to see kids at most of the summer, camping real folk festivals - which this one isn't!!

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