Pillow Fight at Just So Fesival courtesy of Chris Payne

Just So Festival 2019

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor

Just So Festival is one of the world’s best festivals and it’s right on our doorsteps (although you could always travel to its sister festival in Brazil and we wouldn’t be jealous – honest).  Now in its 10th year it offers astonishing outdoor arts and unique experiences solely for children and their families.

Underpinned by a love of stories, childhood escapades and the totally bonkers Tribal Tournament (pillow fighting anyone?) at just 5000 capacity it’s an intimate and visually stunning affair. Expect the best literature, theatre, comedy, dance, live music and creative pursuits to enjoy together over an entire weekend in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape of rolling parkland, lakeside spots and incredible forest at the Rode Hall Estate.

Far from resting on its laurels it continues to push the boundaries of what a family festival can be like each year with many new areas ready for adventuring through in 2019.  We can’t wait to seek out the Garden of Delight in a section of the estate never previously open to the public, Fire Gardena whole new pyrotechnic “marvel of light and heat” set among the trees of a new orchard and author talks, music workshops and night-time DJ sets in new area Wonderland.  We’ll also be heading to the New Curiosity Shop to learn amazing art skills like stop motion animation, illustration or textile crafts in workshops led by expert artists.

Child dressed as a fairy

Don’t forget your dancing shoes for the footstomping line-up of live bands at the Footlights stage and dance workshops and discos in kitsch wonderland The Flamingo Lounge, before satisfying all competitive natures at the Ministry Of Games.

Just So has a fiercely loyal audience and it’s not hard to understand why – with the best arts and facilities for the tiniest festivalgoers (the Peekaboo Garden solely for 0-4s) alongside enchanting creative workshops, and mindbending mayhem for tweens and teens.

Be quick! The last few weekend tickets remain. Oh, and did we mention there’s a beach?

 

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Families 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

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