Hello all, I had a dream of a weekend at Sisterhood Camp, more on that later. It got me thinking about our family plans for the summer and what we might get up to.
In August the three of us are off to the Just So Festival at Rode Hall in Cheshire. We’ve never been before but over the last few years I have seen several friends take their little ones along, and it always looks like such good fun.
Reading through the Just So Festival website is like stepping into another world – one that is full of magic. For three days in late August, Just So offers a chance to dream, play, get messy, have fun, and step outside day-to-day normality.
We’ve been reading the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. If you aren’t familiar with the series of books, they are wonderful and Bailey is loving them. The story tells the tale of three children and the colourful folk they meet, on their adventures in various strange lands in the clouds above the Enchanted Wood. The description of ‘what’s on’ at the Just So Festival sounds like one of those fantastical lands.
There is a Spellbound Forest with live theatre, poetry readings, and campfire stories and songs. You can meet the fairy queen and weave your own fern crown. Visit the dream library, gaze at stars, and make a lantern for the twilight lantern parade.
There is a great selection of fun workshops to keep little ones entertained. Some that caught my eye, were the ukulele, slapstick, and drawing workshops, with the chance to create a brand new extraordinary beast. I know Bailey will also love all the dance classes too.
From the games tent, to the outdoor cinema, there seems like there is so much fun to be had. Basically anything you might pluck from your child’s imagination, and they have it covered; hula hooping, pillow fights, maypole dancing, mud play, circus skills, Just So Jelly Fight and a midnight feast!
If you are worrying that it all sounds a bit hectic and that you might end up whipping your kids into some kind of crazy frenzy, calmer vibes are of course available, and there is even family yoga, tai chi and mediation. You can also stroll through the large scale sculptures and take a wooden rowing boat out on to the lake.
One of Bailey’s favourite things to do is dress up and throw herself into imaginative play, so I know she will be enthralled by the Tribal Tournament; This is where families choose either Owls, Foxes, Frogs, Stags, Lions, Fish or Bees to dress up as. Throughout the festival (and even before) there are lots of opportunities to collect points for your tribe. With games, and golden pebbles given out to the best dressed. On the last day of the festival there is a Tribal Parade and one of the tribes will be crowned victorious.
How amazing does all that sound?! I’m kind of wondering if it can live up to expectations. I’m sure it will though. What a wonderful opportunity to ditch being a ‘grown-up’ for the weekend and experience life with a childlike curiosity. After all, we could all do with a dose of silliness every now and again. Bring on a weekend full of wonder and joy.
Tickets are still available here.
Photos courtesy of…
Image 1: Just So Festival
Image 2 – 5: Ten Eight