27th - 30th July 2023
Location: Kentchurch Estate, Monnow Valley, Herefordshire
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 keeps the numbers low, so no hoards of festival goers, and no tramping for miles between tents; nothing is too far away, not even the children. For Edition Eight, they’re going back to their roots, on their original site in Kentchurch, nestled in the middle of an International Dark Sky Reserve (hence the Starry Skies name!) This means a return to star gazing, a return to lantern lit paths through wooded
glades, a return to their beautiful wooden roundhouse, lush meadows, rippling wheat fields and a return to THAT iconic view of light hitting the rolling hills of the black mountains.
Expect the best bits of a family camping holiday, mushed together with the best bits of a family friendly festival in a safe, beautiful, intimate environment full of likeminded families, free play activities, top notch facilities, delicious food, a well stocked bar and fantastic live music that winds up in time for a good night’s kip.
Taking the kids to a festival can feel like an endurance test – it’s loud, it’s busy, you don’t want to lose them in a crowd, you don’t want worse-for-wear folks stumbling into them and you keep missing all the best bands because it’s bedtime.
Taking the kids camping is wonderful whilst the weather holds but can feel a bit isolating if the kids get bored, and before you know it you’re handing over the iPad to keep them entertained so you can finally sneak in a chapter of your book.
You bring the kids, your tent or campervan or caravan and a sense of adventure… They’ll bring the forest school, the adventure playground, the zip wires, the mud kitchens, the football tournaments, the communal campfires and the live music.
No need to stress planning a schedule, their nature-based activity programme for all ages runs throughout the day so you can drop in and out at your leisure.
Starry Skies’ independence and non-corporate nature means no sneaky brand activations or feeling like you’re being quietly marketed to by corporate sponsors.
Just good old fashioned fun in the great outdoors, scaling trees, building dens, stretching out with family yoga, kicking back with a beer to watch the talent show and then throwing shapes at the legendary family disco, or a stonking live performance from a brilliant band or artist, before winding things down with a sing song, cocoa in hand, round the fire and padding back to camp, through the woods and into the
“The best thing about it was seeing the joy on my son’s face at being able to run wild and unsupervised – a sense of freedom I took for granted at his age but, where we live at least, is now sadly missing.” – The Guardian
Exhale, unwind and reclaim precious time with the family under those starry skies.
Tickets and further information from starry-skies.net