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Location: Charente-Maritime, France
What is it? An intimate, family-friendly festival in the grounds of an historic Chateau in Charente-Maritime, western France, offering contemporary art, theatre, storytelling, dance, live music sets, TED-style talks, panel discussions, workshops, wellness and foodie experiences. The festival promises to inspire the entire family.
The organizers spotted a gap in the French market for a summer festival experience that works for all ages and wanted to create a space where people can come together. The festival promises to inspire the entire family.
Location: The Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is located in western France in the triangle between La Rochelle, Niort and Saintes.
Capacity/size: Small and intimate – 1000 people.
Highlights for families: A laid-back, bohemian and friendly atmosphere is promised. In the Chateau grounds there will be inspirational arts and crafts on site, street theatre, magicians and pop-up concerts, storytelling in the woods and cookery lessons. Families can also take a horse and carriage over to the nearby donkey farm, or go boating on the river. Come nightfall, kids can stargaze and witness a total lunar eclipse.
Highlights for grown-ups: As well as the music on offer, adult festival goers can attend workshops and seminars. Guest speakers will include journalists, bloggers, commentators, environmentalists, actors and activists. There are also visual (film) and contemporary artists, TED-style presentations and opportunities for audience participation in discussions as well as healing and wellness events.
Music: DJs Spinning Sprite, Julie Lojkine and daDA. Line-up of musicians to be announced soon.
Food and drink: Organic food trucks, cafes and pop-up bars across the village.
Site and accessibility: The site stretches across the Chateau grounds and into the village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. The village is accessible for buggies and prams. A special toddlers’ and young children’s quiet area will be created so that families with young children can enjoy plenty of downtime and run-around-time.
Travel: By car the Chateau is a 1h,40 from Bordeaux, 1h30 from Nantes and 4.5 hours from Paris. Nearest airports are Bordeaux, la Rochelle and Nantes. Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe all fly from the UK to Bordeaux.
Accommodation: Free camping area included in the purchase of weekend festival tickets with dry toilets on site. Municipal camping also available in the village with a shower block with baby changing facilities (contact the organizers for details). Glamping options are available via the website, with the glamping field enjoying its own showers and toilets. Water points will be dotted around the village.
Tickets: Adult day entry to the chateau is 20 euros + fees. Children, 12 euros + fees (13-17); Children 0-12 (free with proof of age)