When it comes to family breaks the Just So Festival should be at the top of your list, full of magic and wonder, it takes place at Rode Hall, Cheshire and caters for the whole family.
We were lucky enough to attend this years event as we had weekend tickets with camping and what a wonderful time we had. Just So is a festival unlike any other, a truly family friendly treat, enjoyed by all. If you are looking for a weekend of music, good food, adventure and fun, read on.
We arrived fairly late on the Friday afternoon and as we were all fairly tired got to work pitching the tent and setting up. There is a small walk from the car parking area to the camping area but you can either hire a trolley or take your own. Mr Green did an amazing job of making sure we were all comfortable and surprisingly I actually quite enjoyed camping. As soon as we were set up we headed off to explore what the festival had to offer.
As we have children of very different ages, finding activities that cater to both is quite a challenge. Just So was absolutely perfect for both children, Baby Green at just over four months thoroughly enjoyed the music, peekaboo tent and camping, in fact she slept through the night for the first time in the tent! The not so baby, grown up member of the Green family is seven and he adored lot's of the activities including finding clues and reporting back to the Detective agency (Who doesn't love a good mystery?), practising his circus skills in the circus tent and finding golden pebbles for our tribe the owls.
Enjoying some Candyfloss
I was so impressed with just how baby friendly the festival is, as it was my first time both camping and at a festival I was a little concerned about how she would cope, however, how well thought out the festival is made it a breeze. For keeping little ones entertained there were all sorts activities taking part in the Peekaboo tent which is sponsored by Weleda. There was everything from baby massage and yoga to getting mucky with paint and clay. Baby Green was a little too small for some of the activities, not because they weren't suitable, but because she spent more time asleep than anything else, but I am so looking forward to next year when she will be able to take part more. What made the trip so easy and enjoyable for me was that there was a feeding tent available on the green, so I would take baby off and feed her whilst Mr Green and son would continue the activities and exploring, which was perfect. There was also a changing tent, really well stocked with goodies from Weleda and Naty. In the evenings there was an opportunity for baby bath time where baby could enjoy some Weleda bubbles and splash around.
The Campfire by night was a truly magical experience
Mr Green and I loved the relaxed feel of the Festival, everyone was chatty and friendly and it was big enough to explore freely without it feeling too tiring or stressful. The food was another highlight, we enjoyed everything from corn on the cob, wood fired pizzas to churros with dipping chocolate, we found stalls got busy in the evenings so tended to treat ourselves at lunchtime instead. Another highlight was the music, there was performances daily, we especially loved the Baghdaddies who we stumbled upon performing around the festival and we could of watched all day! The campfire at night time was a completely magical experience, perhaps one of the most special of the whole weekend and not even the weather, which wasn't on our side managed to dampen our spirits.
The Baghdaddies performing around the Festival grounds, the littlest spectators were keen to get involved and dance!
On the Saturday I had an amazing Weleda Skinfood hand massage courtesy of Denene one of the Weleda advisors for Cumbria, which left my hands so, so soft. Not only were they in the Peekaboo tent but Weleda were also on the green with the fabulous Nice Cream van! A genius bit of marketing if ever I saw it, the Weleda staff (who were all so lovely and friendly!) were handing out samples too.
The Weleda Nice Cream Van
The Skinfood display in the Weleda Peekaboo tent
I feel like we only scratched the surface of what Just So had to offer, we stumbled across so many wonderful experiences and never felt bored, whether it was discovering a live band or a wonderful storyteller there was always something that caught our attention. We loved that people went to so much effort dressing up, some of the costumes were impressive! The fun of the tribal score board really made it for me and we already started planning next years costumes whilst we were at the festival. The whole weekend was one of the most fun experiences we have had as a family, we made so many memories and we can't wait to do it all over again next year. Sunday is when the winner of the tribal tournament is announced and I think it is worth staying as late as possible to enjoy the full experience.
Early bird tickets for Just So Festival 2017 (18 – 20 August, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire) are on sale from Friday 26 August at www.justsofestival.org.uk at special early bird prices of £120 (adults), £45 (child) for weekend camping, £70 (adult), £25 (child) for 2 day non-camping, £40 (adult), £15 (child) for day tickets. Under 3s free.
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