Just So Festival, 18 – 20 August 2017, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
The multi award-winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus, will have a new programme of events around food and sustainability to fuel the body and minds of family festival goers in 2017.
Now in its 8th year and recently awarded Best Festival by the National Outdoor Events Association, Just So is an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival – an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other as the only arts camping festival in the UK dedicated solely to children and their families.
Dare you munch a mealworm or crunch a cricket? Consider how the future of food might look and try a creepy crawly for a snack with Insect Eating then adventure into the woods to forage with James Wood, author of The Forager’s Cookbook and cook and taste wild foods including flowers, roots, nettles and mushrooms.
Who says you can’t play with food? Keep your vegetables / eyes peeled and prepare to get messy for more anarchic edible activity around the new Social Barn at The Social area of the festival including the inaugural Just So Jelly Fight, Jellybean architecture challenges (don’t eat all the bricks), Vegetable Skittles, Vegetable Juggling and Vegetable Jenga. Don’t miss the chance to make and play your very own instrument in a Vegetable Orchestra and of course, the famous Just So Midnight Feast and The Great Just So Bake Off.
A very special Just So Binner Party on festival Friday sold out to existing ticketholders within minutes with the incredible Real Junk Food Project Manchester (who tackle food waste and food poverty) led by renowned Head Chef Mary-Ellen McTague who will be cooking up a storm in their special a la carte waste food pay as you feel restaurant.
To sustain energy levels over 30 of the best artisan food and drink vendors will be serving food from across the world (with kids’ portions and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options). Sustainable seafood from The Fish Bar and The Mussel Pot, Indian street food from Chaat Cart, notorious hot dogs from Piggy Smalls, award-winning ice-cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, delicious breakfasts from Mama Muesli, vegan cake from The Cake Doctor, wood fired pizzas from Streatza and Proper Pizza Co and Mediterranean street food from Castaway Kitchen will be served in a glorious array of vintage vehicles and other sublime structures. The incomparable Rode Hall Tea Rooms will also be open for homemade breakfasts, lunches and cakes made from the organic produce grown on the estate.
Even the tiniest foodies are catered for at Just So with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party hosted by the world-renowned Derbyshire based holistic, natural health and beauty brand Weleda in the Peekaboo Garden, the Just So baby-feeding boudoir, sponsored by Medela and high chairs and bottle warming facilities across the festival site. Meanwhile grown up festival goers can look forward to craft ale, artisan gin, heavenly bubbly and blissful botanical bars.
With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together. Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.
Just So is set in woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, with limited public access the rest of the year.
A not-for-profit arts festival, the ticket price includes all entertainment and programming across the festival site, with capacity capped at 5000 to ensure a magical, relaxing and safe environment for all.
Winners of Tourism Experience of the Year, Festival Kidz Gold Award and Inclusive Tourism Award, Just So Festival aims to create memories treasured by families year-round and has a pioneering approach to accessibility, enabling families with all needs and preferences to enjoy and participate together.
Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird, Directors of Wild Rumpus who produce large scale immersive outdoor family arts events in natural landscapes, set up Just So Festival in 2009 to create a spellbinding weekend where families could step out of their day to day lives, be immersed in incredible stories and moments of wonder together, and experience world class, breathtaking outdoor arts.
They say “thank you to all our incredible audiences who have adventured together at Just So to help us make it one of the best family festivals in the world today. Spending time together as a family, exploring the woods, venturing to the Lake at dawn, singing around the campfire, eating under the stars, dancing like wild things to incredible foot stomping bands and listening to stories that will fill us full of awe and wonder at the magical world around us….what’s not to look forward to. We can’t wait to share Just So 2017 with you soon.”
Families planning to come to Just So 2017 are being advised to buy tickets earlier than usual this year, with tickets selling at a record rate for the 5000 capacity August event.
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Family adventurers should keep their ears to the ground for more adventures and surprises to be revealed each month.
For information and tickets visit www.justsofestival.org.uk.