Enchanted Arts Festival

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Charente-Maritime, France

Size: 1,000

Website: www.enchantedartsfestival.com

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.

Enchanted arts festival 2018

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)

http://www.enchantedartsfestival.com

https://www.facebook.com/enchantedartsfest/

Just So Festival

21st - 23rd August 2020

Location: Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk

Reviews: 2018, 2017, & 2016

” Just So Festival is such a magical place that I feel like I’m in a dream and lost in a book all at the same time!” – Teya (aged 10)

Just So is a small, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. It’s an opportunity for families to share in the most fundamental of life’s pleasures: good old-fashioned fun!
Read more…

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My reasons for going to them have over the years changed and my circumstances have certainly changed. Before it was all about me and my friends, now it’s not just about me and my friends; it’s also about my son and considering my reasons for taking him.

I want him to enjoy going to to festivals and have plenty of wonderful experiences from going, and from those experiences he can hopefully benefit every day.

At the grand old age of 3 (nearly 4) he already talks about and looks forward to his festival holidays. He is unaware of how much he learns from going to them, but such life experiences are hard to find elsewhere.

All this made me reflect on what those experiences can teach him? How can he develop from them?

Read more…

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The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning at any time of year, but while the Larmer Tree Festival is taking place they come alive with the most gorgeous lighting effects and magical artistic treasures, just waiting to be discovered.  Each year my family heads straight to the Lostwood as soon as dusk falls to see what creative genius will await us amidst the trees…

In 2011, an exciting new and special site art project was commissioned, not just for the five-day annual festival, but as a permanent installation…

Read more…

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People often ask me why I take my children to festivals. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that they think I am just dragging them along to something I enjoy and they have no choice but to put up with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The overriding reason we go as a family is because we ALL enjoy it.  The kids don’t endure it – they actively look forward to it. But when I reflect on why I am so keen to support their love of festivals, it comes down to the benefits I perceive them to be getting.

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Enchanted Arts Festival

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Charente-Maritime, France

Size: 1,000

Website: www.enchantedartsfestival.com

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.

Enchanted arts festival 2018

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)

http://www.enchantedartsfestival.com

https://www.facebook.com/enchantedartsfest/

What do children learn at festivals?

vicki and festival kidsI love festivals, everyone knows that!

My reasons for going to them have over the years changed and my circumstances have certainly changed. Before it was all about me and my friends, now it’s not just about me and my friends; it’s also about my son and considering my reasons for taking him.

I want him to enjoy going to to festivals and have plenty of wonderful experiences from going, and from those experiences he can hopefully benefit every day.

At the grand old age of 3 (nearly 4) he already talks about and looks forward to his festival holidays. He is unaware of how much he learns from going to them, but such life experiences are hard to find elsewhere.

All this made me reflect on what those experiences can teach him? How can he develop from them?

Read more…

The beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens…

Larmer Luminaries – hidden doors dedicated to inspirational souls

The Larmer Tree Gardens are stunning at any time of year, but while the Larmer Tree Festival is taking place they come alive with the most gorgeous lighting effects and magical artistic treasures, just waiting to be discovered.  Each year my family heads straight to the Lostwood as soon as dusk falls to see what creative genius will await us amidst the trees…

In 2011, an exciting new and special site art project was commissioned, not just for the five-day annual festival, but as a permanent installation…

Read more…

Just So Festival

21st - 23rd August 2020

Location: Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk

Reviews: 2018, 2017, & 2016

” Just So Festival is such a magical place that I feel like I’m in a dream and lost in a book all at the same time!” – Teya (aged 10)

Just So is a small, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. It’s an opportunity for families to share in the most fundamental of life’s pleasures: good old-fashioned fun!
Read more…

Junkfish – Festival Arts and Crafts

Last summer, we took the Festival Kidz stall to Nibley Music Festival, a small ultra-family-friendly festival in a stunning Cotswolds location.  One of the festival highlights is undoubtedly the huge craft tent run by Liz and her dedicated bunch of volunteers.  The tent has been so popular that she’s decided to turn her skills into a small business and ‘Junkfish‘ was born.  We invited Liz to tell us more about her new venture. Read more…

Get Festivals on the National Curriculum!

Pitta Bread making workshop – complete with Bedouin history lesson

What can kids learn from their festival experience?

People often ask me why I take my children to festivals. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that they think I am just dragging them along to something I enjoy and they have no choice but to put up with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The overriding reason we go as a family is because we ALL enjoy it.  The kids don’t endure it – they actively look forward to it. But when I reflect on why I am so keen to support their love of festivals, it comes down to the benefits I perceive them to be getting.

There is so much opportunity for learning in Read more…