The Tribal Tournament, Pillow Fight and Midnight Feast at Just So Festival

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Just So fish festivalgoer courtesy Teneigh
Just So fish festivalgoer courtesy Teneight

Just So Festival at Rode Hall, 17 — 19 August 2018 Tickets from £20 — Book now

There are many good reasons why early bird tickets to Just So Festival sell out each year before the outdoor arts and music line up are even announced. Legendary moments and goosebump experiences form the backbone of the festival each year including the Tribal Tournament, Pillow Fight, Midnight Feast and Campfire Stories.

If you are a Just So first-timer you may wonder why everyone is togged up with fox ears, owl feathers, fish scales and lion manes. The Tribal Tournament is what makes Just So Festival unique – a ridiculous competition that runs through the weekend which makes big and little kids do things you never dreamed of doing (in a good way … honest).

Head to the eccentric Village Green to view a humongous scoreboard and meet the curious Tribal Leaders of the fox, frog, owl, fish, stag, lion or bee tribes (who also roam around the festival throughout the weekend). Align yourselves with a tribe and take part in bonkers games and unexpected shenanigans to earn golden pebbles which go towards your tribe’s score.

Points can be awarded for anything from best dancer to the grubbiest baby or most impressive stag antlers. Unmissable highlights are big moments such as the Just So Festival Pillow Fight (be warned – this lasted for two hours in 2017), the Tribal Games with tug of war, ridiculous racing and suchlike and the Tribal Parade (festival finale) on the Sunday evening. Seeing motley tribes of animals dressed up and parading from different directions to find out who will win the Tribal Tournament is simultaneously nuts and amazing.

Froggicorn at Just So Festival courtesy Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller
Froggicorn at Just So Festival courtesy Claire Hall – Tin Box Traveller

As families have a real role in determining the outcome of the festival, we love that it makes you feel more part of the event itself rather than passive audience members.  And that you find yourself hi-fiving or being rude to (within reason – we are talking about blowing raspberries or thumbing your nose here) other random festivalgoers on site. We also love that you can dip in and out as you feel with the wildly competitive making it the backbone of their whole Just So experience (you can even win points in advance on the Just So facebook page) or you can just dip in and out on the way. Be warned though – once you have that first golden pebble in your hand it’s more addictive than you think!

Campfire Stories at Just So courtsey Chris Payne
Courtesy Chris Payne

With storytelling at its heart, this festival is true to its ethos round-the-clock. After a full day of being enthralled by outdoor theatre, curious walkabout characters across the festival site and meeting some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors with the best books out this year, the Spellbound Forest is where it’s at as afternoon becomes evening. Campfire Stories and Bonfire Bands from leading performers ensure you continue to be transported into other worlds every night of the festival.  On Saturday do not miss the literary inspired Midnight Feast. Held at midnight in a twinkly barn, a triumverate of master storytellers (Ian Douglas, Gary Bridgens and Dieter Wadeson) regale wide-eyed families, dizzy with the magic of being up at midnight, with bewitching tales and song.

 

Just So Festival at Rode Hall, 17 — 19 August 2018 Tickets from £20 Book now

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Cheshire
Tourist Attraction
Little Moreton Hall

A magical, higgledy piggledgy Tudor house, said to defy all structural logic that it can still be standing.

The Wedgwood Institite, Burslem summer in stoke on trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Tourist Attraction
Burslem Town Square

‘Mother town’ of The Potteries, Burslem dates back to at least 1085 when it appears listed in the Domesday Book. Today, the wealth and fortune generated by the boom in global demand for Staffordshire pottery can still be seen reflected in the town’s many fine red brick buildings and grand displays of civic pride.

Middleport Pottery
Stoke-on-Trent
Museum
Middleport Pottery

Built in 1888, the beautifully-conserved grade II* listed Middleport Pottery has been producing its world-famous Burleigh pieces for over 120 years. Today it is the only working Victorian pottery left in Stoke-on-Trent and a multi award-winning visitor attraction.

Crewe Hall
Crewe
Hotel
Crewe Hall

Crewe Hall is a 17th century mansion and Grade I listed hotel surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Cheshire.

Quaker's Coppice
Crewe
Park
Quaker’s Coppice

A beautiful area of ancient woodland on the edge of Crewe. It feels ancient and has a special atmosphere. Make sure you take your camera. There is always something worth looking at and enjoying whether it is the trees or the wildlife.

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Cheshire
Bar or Pub
The Sydney Arms

The Sydney Arms in Crewe is a Robinson’s community pub, set in beautiful greenery and with a large and secure beer garden.

Axis Arts Centre

The Axis Arts Centre is the home to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts at the Cheshire campus in Crewe. The centre hosts a programme of performances, visual arts and creative exhibitions.

Platform Theatre Company
Crewe
Theatre
Platform Theatre Company

Platform Theatre Company is an innovative theatre dedicated to promoting new work and voices in the cultural sector.

Crewe Heritage Centre
Crewe
Museum
Crewe Heritage Centre

Steam into 175 years of railway history at Crewe Heritage Centre with exhibits that tell the story of Crewe’s train building days and the locomotion connection.

Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse
Crewe
Bar or Pub
Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse

Bar and brewery based in Crewe that serves a variety of beer, cider, cocktails, gin, rum & wine. LGBTQ+ inclusive, #everyonewelcome member. Dog Friendly, child friendly until 8pm (not in main bar).

Crewe Market Hall
Crewe
Shopping Centre
Crewe Market Hall

Crewe Market Hall offers shopping and dining under one roof, bringing street food, fresh food produce and independent retail together.

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