ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM LOCAL FAMILY WEEKEND EVENT JUST SO FESTIVAL

JUST SO FESTIVAL REVEALS A COMPLETELY CRACKERS CELEBRATION OF FODDER.

18 – 20 August 2017, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire www.justsofestival.org.uk

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 festivalgoers 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 

Start the weekend off in style at a very special Just So Binner Party on festival Friday evening. Join the incredible Real Junk Food Project Manchester (who tackle food waste and food poverty) led by renowned Head Chef Mary-Ellen McTaguewho will be cooking up a storm in their special a la carte waste food pay as you feel restaurant.

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 Socialarea 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.

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 Streaza 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 festivalgoers 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. 

THE BEST OF THE GLORIOUS REST – THE NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2017

Step into the extraordinary Spellbound Forest for Theatre For One from Horse & Bamboo, tales from our storyteller extraordinaire Ian Douglas, and tickle your senses further with a new Sound Garden and Barefoot Walk experience. Don’t miss campfire tales, bonfire bands and an invitation to a special Wedding Feast here as dusk falls and the woodland magic really begins.

In the magical Woodland Theatre award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho will reveal the mysterious rules of The Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow and how to fold up your gran.  Laugh until you fall over at a new show from comedian James Campbell and learn birdsong and get ready to take flight for the first time in Flit Flap Flyby Fine Chisel. Don’t miss Goblin Theatre’s brand new musical take on Peter And The Wolf with animal antics a plenty.

Adventure into Tales of Animalia to encounter lands, creatures and characters beyond your wildest dreams from the strange imaginations of our friends The Fabularium. Deep within the forest find Away With The Fairies, an enchanting secret fairyland. Visit the Fairy City, spy sprites making mischief up in the trees, meet the Fairy Queen and make woodland crowns.

Head to the eccentric Village Green to meet some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors in the Just So book tent. Experience the best new outdoor performance for families including Matthew Harrison’s The Actual Reality Arcade – a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by classic arcade games. Keep your eyes peeled for Baba Yaga’s House by contemporary circus and theatre company Dizzy O’Dare – a ramshackle old cottage which roams the land on chicken legs while Baba flies in her giant pestle and mortar – she might tell your fortune, or then again she might just eat you.

See new show The Jukeboxes from Bootworks Theatre and meet Wilford, a rockabilly tree planting anarch-nomad in Seed, the brand new show from Pif-Paf. Head to the new, glorious Games Tent, do a spot of Maypole dancing and hone your circus skills on the Green too. Visit the special Just So Post Office - send a letter to a new pen pal at Just So Brasil.

The Village Green is also the nerve centre of the Tribal Tournament and where festivalgoers can encounter a sports day with a difference - toddler jousting or pillow fighting anyone? Throughout the festival join the Fox, Frog, Owl, Fish, Stag or Lion tribes to compete in ridiculous games and all manner of unexpected shenanigans to earn coveted golden pebbles. Find your tribe on festival Sunday and take part in the Tribal Parade, a Just So highlight.

Dance like wild things to the outstanding line-up of over 20 brilliant artists and bands on the Footlights stage including the UK’s current award-winning queen of country music Laura Oakes, an explosive show from the six piece theatrical Carny Villains, the carnivalesque Bramble Napskins, folk artist Rob Ritchings, award-winning children’s songwriter David Gibb, and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. Don’t miss footstomping to Circe’s Diner, upcoming Cheshire band Cassia, The Baghdaddies and Cut A Shine here too. Do some more wild whirling and swirling at Jitterbug where more unmissable music and dance performances and workshops include CanCan, Charleston, Circus Swing, Flatfooting, Bollywood, Ballet, Tap and Jive.  When evening comes, dance the night away at the DISCO.

Contemplate the universe at The Observatory with brand new performance How I Hacked My Way To Space by Unlimited Theatre and be wowed by Spanish contemporary trampoline circus show Anyday by Max Calaf Seve.  Learn about the constellations withStar Gazing sessions led by an astronomer, play our Eye Spy in Space game weave stars for Woollen Constellations to form a tapestry of beautiful stars lit up at night and make an array of star and moon shaped lanterns to parade against the twilight sky.

Step through a verdant archway into the new Weleda Peekaboo Garden – an area of botanical bliss and innovative performances, activities and right royal facilities for 0-4s in a new location close to the family campsite. Experience some huge adventures for little people connecting us to our natural world.

Look out for the curious bubble-loving snail Snigel in brand new inspirational performance The Adventures of Snigel and Come Rain Or Shine imaginative family sculpture workshops from the team at the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park. From the early morning until night, music, dance and movement, paint and clay workshops, baby book club, baby massage and baby yoga will ensure the littlies doze off to the sound of our bedtime lullabies to soothing live beautiful harp music as dusk falls.

Visit a living Weleda garden to discover more about the amazing properties and powers of our native plants. Join the Weleda team for a Mad Hatter’s tea party and sample Weleda’s pure and 100% certified natural products including their multi-award winning baby and pregnancy ranges.  Flex some creative muscles together in flower crown and seedbomb making workshops (advance booking) and enjoy some grown-up relaxation time with complimentary Weleda Skin Food hand massages.

Enjoy airy baby changing and relaxing baby bath time here with complimentary Weleda Baby products, the Just So baby-feeding boudoir, sponsored by Medela, pregnancy yoga, a Sling Library support and advice on hand from trained midwives and Cheshire East NCT and high chairs and bottle warming facilities across the buggy-friendly festival site.

Make your way to the calming High Seas on the Left Bank of the stunning Rode Pool lake for relaxation galore. Walk through Between Stillness and Storm, a newly commissioned, mesmerising, large-scale sculptural installation by renowned artists Aiden Moesby and Tim Shaw and experience changing sound, light and motion made by a range of historic and contemporary instruments for “sensing” the weather.  Enjoy family yoga, tai chi, meditation and take a wooden rowing boat out on to the tranquil expanse of water.

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.”

START YOUR ADVENTURE NOW

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.

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