31st July - 4th August 2019
Location: Cwm Cayo Farm Abergavenny Road Llancayo Usk Monmouthshire NP15 1HU
Edition seven of Starry Skies will takes place between 31st July – 4th August on a
family farm in the Welsh village of Usk. Brought to you by the team behind Shambala
Festival, Starry Skies is designed especially to give free-range kids and their grown ups
all the best bits of a family festival and camping holiday rolled into one.
Starry Skies has a petite capacity – no scary crowds here. This also means that nothing is
too far away – not even the children. This rustic farm is complete with rolling meadows,
ancient woodlands and even an iron age fort, the perfect setting for four glorious fun-
filled days of freedom, under the stars. Swap minecraft for bush craft and screen time
for family time!
There are more workshops on offer than you can shake a Starry stick at, and unlike
many family holidays, these are included in the ticket price. BigTopMania will teach
trapeze, entertain and inspire all budding anarchic acrobats. Budding outlaws can get
stuck into archery, axe throwing and the adventure-play wonderland that is The
Woodland Tribe, where kids (and their grown ups) get stuck into building their very
own adventure playground – hammers and saws at the ready!
There are big adventures for smaller people too, with Forest School for toddlers, and the
very littlest festivalgoers can enjoy the calm and cosy surroundings of Bub-Hub for baby
yoga, massage and bath time!
Pitch yourself against your camp neighbours in the great tug of war, get crafting in the
site-wide scarecrow competition, greet the rising sun (fingers crossed) with the dawn
chorus campfire singalong and battle it out in the great Starry Skies water fight, where
nobody is safe from weapons of mass drenching!
Adults can get their kicks too, in the form of learning and libations. There’s wine tasting
with Avery’s of Bristol, and crusaders of the craft cider movement will be encouraging
everyone to sample the finest local tipples and cheeses. Starry Skies’ very own Craft
Beer Wizard will also be on hand to take you on a journey of UK’s best small breweries –
expect your taste buds to be zigzagged across counties in a matter of mouthfuls!
Once the sun has set, the Centre Camp Barn hosts live bands and DJs, with music for
kids, adults and the whole family. The honeyed sounds of The Boogaloo String Band are
a must-see, as is (((ON PA))), a collaboration of Japanese musician and inventor ICHI
and contemporary English folk artist Rachael Dadd.
Sid Sharma, co-founder of both Starry Skies and Shambala Festival says:
“Starry Skies was born from our own realisation that going on holiday with the kids can
turn into an expensive battle of endurance – and, once the sun goes down it at a festival it
can feel that everyone without kids is having a much better time. With this in mind, we
wanted to blend the best bits of both. Seven years later we’ve created a really friendly
community and many happy memories!”
Why not take a four-day escape from the pressures of modern life:
Exhale, unwind and reclaim precious time with the family under those starry skies.
Adult tickets are priced from £165 plus booking fee, children’s ticket (3 years+) are £45
and can be bought from www.starry-skies.net