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Location: Merrist Wood, Guildford, Surrey
Size: Small and intimate, around 500 guests
Sun & Moon Festival began in 2015. A totally different family wellbeing event with the focuses on activities and workshops to educate as much as to entertain.
What makes it different
The Sun & Moon Festival lasts over a whole week in August and is more about the activities than about partying. This makes it a perfect place if you wish to enjoy the community and adventure of a festival without the late night noise, something which will be a relief to many parents!
There is a huge program of activities and courses for children. Sporting pursuits include a full football training camp, as well as cricket, tennis, climbing and more. Creative pursuits include music, singing, dance, craft workshops, den building, martial arts & circus skills.
Children’s activities are divided into age groups so they will feel comfortable amongst their peers; parents are encouraged to participate as much as they like – or to go off and enjoy themselves. To see a list of all the amazing things on offer, go to their website here: www.sunandmoonfestival.com
Older children can be left with the supervisors once settled, but smaller children should be accompanied by an adult.
A toddlers space for children aged up to 3 years old is provided, but children should be supervised at all times by their parent or guardian.
Musically, the festival delivers a diverse (& divine) program, with acts performing across lunchtimes and in the evenings.
Come and see the animals
The site has a state-of-the-art Animal Care unit which houses a huge variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibian, birds and fish. The Animal Care area also makes full use of the College’s 600-hectare farm with its range of livestock including cows, pigs, sheep and horses.
For bigger “kids” the festival provides a wonderful space for self-development.
Join in with activities from both the adult and the children’s program, or pursue your own interests – with art and sport facilities open to them at all times.
There will also be a specific teen program with activities such as climbing, song writing, dance and learning to DJ!
Children are FREE!
Festival entry for children up to the age of 14 are free! That doesn’t include camping or food, both of which are optional and priced to make it easy for you to come with your kids.
Parents won’t miss out
So the adults don’t miss out on the wellbeing workshops available, children’s activities start 10 minutes earlier. And they will look after your little ones until you get back!
Accommodation and Food
One of the special things about this festival is there is no need to sleep in a tent! Accommodation is available a 14 minute drive away so you can stay in a proper room. Be aware that camping costs extra, but campers have access to real toilets and showers. You also have the opportunity to pay in advance for full meals while you’re there, which takes the effort out of camping.
Rooms and full catering cost a bit more. You can go for the luxury festival version – your own bedroom, 3 incredibly delicious meals per day (vegan, vegetarian & meat options at each meal) and endless workshops to indulge in and learn from.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
The Sun & Moon Festival discourages all drugs and drinking to excess – most people will be heading to bed before midnight and they ask people to keep noise to a minimum if you are staying up late. At last, a chance to get some real sleep at a festival!
“We have actual buildings as well as nature at Sun and Moon Festival. There’s camping yes, but there are also bedrooms, indoor showers, toilets, and more importantly for us – 17 workshops rooms. We convert these into dance studios, yoga and Pilates studios, and other rooms for running the huge number of wellbeing workshops we have programmed”
Did you attend the Sun & Moon festival? Please comment below and let us know what you thought!