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.
It seems this summer my friends are embracing festivals with their five year olds and I’ve been asked countless times about what to pack. We’ve been on the festival scene since Isabella was potty training, so we’re pretty seasoned in our festival set up. Here’s what we’ve learnt over our last 6 festivals with small kids…
When it comes to festivals and being sustainable, we have a long way to go. So much plastic, from drinks through to food vendors is rife and when you’re locked in a festival environment for the weekend, there’s often few alternatives out there. So, when Deer Shed announced that they were getting #DrasticOnPlastic at this year’s festival, we travelled down to Thirsk in Yorkshire to see what it’s all about.
We can’t wait to celebrate the start of the school holidays with a family friendly festival tucked away in Yorkshire. In its 9th year, Deer Shed hits the mark for family fun – from music, to theatre and adventures in the woodland, there’s no better place to start the summer season!
What we absolutely LOVE about this festival is that is it taking a very bold step of banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and straws for 2018! BOOM! They are investing in better recycling infrastructure and pledging to become a completely single-use plastic free festival by 2021.
So what else can you expect from this festival, taking place in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 20th-22nd July? Music, theatre, science, arts and of course, adventures.
Timber Festival is a brand new, independent festival set in the National Forest and it’s taking place this weekend… 6-8 July… we can’t wait to get back to nature and reconnect as a family. Here’s our Top 10 things to do if you’re heading there this weekend
- Take a journey into the heart of the forest at dusk in the English festivalpremiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance exploring our relationship to trees and forests by leading artist and producer Jony Easterby, with a team of international artists, musicians, performers and foresters. Tree and Wood explores our relationship with the trees and woods we depend on for our survival both past and present through a journey through a series of installations, movement, song and music. Known for his dynamic and immersive sound and light works across the world, Jony Easterby’s recent immersive night time adventure For The Birds has wowed audiences across the UK.
- Explore all the sides of the moon in the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon – an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
- Join composer and sound-artist Jason Singh on a special listening walkexploring voice and technology to mimic nature and birdsong. Gather sounds and create instruments from ‘found’ nature such stones, twigs, leaves and soil. Discover how Jason uses plants and plant data to create music.
- Take part in a very special Masked Ball.
- Witness an enthralling fire-gardencreated especially for Timber Festival by leading artists, sculptors, designers and technicians pa-BOOM.
- Look out for thrilling aerial acrobatics in the trees, bringing ancient tales to life from Whispering Woods and magical Dream Antelopes who will be roaming the site.
- Take part in tree climbing, slacklining, leaf art and mask making workshops. Join Responsible Fishing to create some seemingly impossible stone sculpturesand beautiful geometric land art
- Have some buzzing adventures with Beekeeping experiences with The Bee Farmerand interactive theatre show Bee Cart from Sheffield’s Pif Paf Theatre. Meet Bee Guides Bombus and Borage for much Bee wisdom and surreal fun. Delve into the world of Bees, learn the pollen packing dance and the waggle dance. Try out their Buzz Pollenator, and maybe even get your nose pollinated.
- Take part in natural wellbeing therapy Forest Bathing
- Don’t miss out on the music too! Headliners include Jane Weaver(performing songs from new album Modern Kosmology), This Is The Kit (performing compelling Alt Folk from new album Moonshine Freeze) and the energetic and joyful Hope & Social.
For information and tickets visit www.timberfestival.org.uk
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Now in its 7th year, The Big Feastival is a unique festival experience that blends top musicians with the best food you can think of, along with entertainment to keep the kids thoroughly entertained from morning to night.
Hosted on Alex James’ farm nestled in the Cotswolds, you won’t be disappointed with the music line up with Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Paloma Faith headlining the weekend.
If you’re looking for an eco family-friendly festival to introduce your little person to a world within the woods, then we may have just stumbled across a delightful little festival aptly named ‘Just So’.
Just So Festival is taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, and we simply can’t believe how much is on offer for under 4s. From nappy changing tents to bubble baths before bed, the Peekaboo area will be right up our toddler’s street.
Start your family’s day with some yoga, engage in chello playing and rattle shaking, and that’s all before you’ve started to explore the festival further. You’ll find a Fairy Ball which sounds simply magical, as well the chance to dress up as family ‘tribe’ and partake in the annual ‘Tribal Tournament’ (we’d need to get creative for this one!) As festivals go, there’ll be plenty of music to tap your toes to, and if theatre and dance is more your cup of tea, then head to The Spellbound Forest.
Just So, is ‘just so’ sustainable, making a clear plan to reduce waste, champion reusable nappies and switching off at night where possible. Sarah Bird, Festival Director said: ‘We’re working all the time towards making Just So Festival as sustainable as possible. Everything about the event is geared up to make an incredible weekend of creative adventures for families. We want the festival to have as little impact on the environment as possible and are really lucky to have a festival audience who support this”
Sounds just charming, doesn’t it?
Just So Festival 2015 will take place on 21/22/23 August 2015 at Rode Hall Parkland, Scholar Green, Cheshire.
Weekend Adult with camping :: £110 face value (plus booking fee of £7.15)
Weekend Child with camping :: £50 face value (plus booking fee of £3.25)
Weekend Under 3s :: Free
Tickets are available here.
Though the weather outside may be implying otherwise, summer is in fact fast approaching, bringing with it the long awaited festival season! Here’s our guide to a few eco festivals who are doing their bit to be ‘green’.
We’ll start with the Green Gathering, 1st-4th August 2013. Held in Chepstow in Wales, this small yet cosy festival focuses on the key topic of educating people on how to become sustainable.