This month we’ve heard that Glastobury has banned their vendors from selling food and drinks in single use plastic – a rule that one of our favourites, Deershed, has had in place for a few years now, but pleased to see a leading mainstream festival making this important change. We are also pleased and very ready to be saying goodbye to the winter coats and hello to our festival wardrobes. With so many festivals out there these days, we’ve tried to locate those with an environmental ethos… take a look at our top sustainable family friendly festivals of 2019.

Timber Festival

6-8 July, Feanedock, the National Forest

From the makers of Just So Festival, this is arguably THE sustainable festival of the season. Just in it’s second year, this festival is set in the depths of the National Forest and blends environmental appreciation and the arts. This is a festival set up for families – you’ll find immersive theatre, ariel acrobatics from trees and have the chance to unplug and take part in lots of interactive workshops. Who’s coming to spend the weekend in the trees and recharge under the leaves?

Wildside

15 June, 1pm-10pm, Woodside farm, Shipley, Derbyshire

 Staged at the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s farm in Ilkston, this festival is about being entertained whilst getting close to nature. Try a spot of wild yoga, toast marshmallows, go pond dipping and build dens. Don’t forget to catch a lovely line up of music over the weekend and what’s great about this little gem of a festival is… if you don’t fancy throwing yourself into a full festival weekender with camping, this is a day only festival that will give you a flavour for festivals without the sleeping bag experience!

Deer Shed Festival

26-28 July, Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire

Now in it’s 10th year, Deer Shed returns with a birthday party to remember. It now has a full three days of programming, taking your dancing feet from Friday right through to the small hours of Sunday! Deer Shed has the most amount of yoga on offer than we have ever experienced at a festival before, from yoga to The Greatest Showman, to silent disco yoga – this is yoga like you’ve never seen it before, pretty much all day every day! If you don’t find us there, you’ll likely find us by the camp fire, sampling hedgerow gins… who could blame us eh? Check out our review from last year; http://www.helloecoliving.com/2018/07/26/camping-at-deer-shed-9/

Just So Festival

16-18 August, Rode Hall, Cheshire

Just So Festival is the perfect place to immerse small minds in creative memory making. It’s the place dreams are made of, with interactive installations wherever you turn. The Spellbound Forest at dusk is a magical place to be – gather around a picture perfect campfire for bedtime stories, drum circles and magic being made. You’ll find babies well catered for with a line up especially for them – we highly recommend baby yoga and story time is a right treat. Don’t miss out of Saturday evening’s Tribal Tournament where costumes have been handcrafted months in advance and the atmosphere is electric. There’s heaps more on the line up since our last visit, so take a look and plan your trip. 

 

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