22nd - 25th August 2019
Location: Near Market Harborough, Northamptonshire - exact location only revealed to ticket buyers!
“Good morning, Shambala, it’s really good to see ya, Good morning Shambala, we’ll have lots of fun. Playing and dancing and singing songs, Shambala is where I belong!”
This is the song my children have been singing all year from the moment we left Shambala festival last August – the song they sing in the Family Yurt every morning of the festival.
Location: Hailsham, East Sussex
Size: About 5,000
Over the Moon was a celebration of life described through the arts. Held over the New Moon at Autumn Equinox in a beautiful field in the Weald just a stone’s throw from the Sussex Downs. Over the Moon Festival was a 3 day family friendly eco festival.
Family holidays are without a doubt one of the largest contributors to most households annual carbon emissions. Even if you are a hardcore eco-warrior doing all you can day to day to reduce your impact on the planet, when the summer holidays arrive it’s very hard to make low carbon plans.
In comparison to overseas holidays, choosing to spend time closer to home is obviously better for the environment. Camping is a relatively low impact choice providing you aren’t buying lots of equipment or single-use items, and good quality second-hand supplies are easy to come by. Festivals, however, are very rarely able to claim they are ‘low-carbon’ due to the simple fact they are for such a short period of time, plus all the infrastructure and individual travel involved.
Green Gathering is different. One of a few UK festivals who can really make the ‘eco family festival’ claim, it is not only a super fun family holiday, it’s also leading the way in sustainable events.
Festivals are a big strain on the environment. Huge amounts of waste are created by events every weekend in the UK, sending hundreds of tons of extra waste in to landfill or off for incineration. But eco-friendly camping is not that hard.
For many families who live eco-conscious lives at home, the good efforts go straight out of the window when camping. There seems to be a disposable version of almost everything these days, and our throw away society is all too apparent when you see the piles of camping equipment and rubbish discarded on a Monday morning after a festival.
Wood Festival is an absolute gem in the UK festival scene.
Imagine a festival where everyone seems relaxed, where there are no children being scolded by frazzled parents, where people feel equally free to dance or to snooze, where you never feel over-crowded or uncomfortable, where Red Kites circle overhead and the sound of laughter fills your ears.
Imagine a place where you can feel the proximity of nature and allow your children the time and freedom to immerse themselves in the pure pleasure of being outdoors, and where you can discover new skills and interests.
Imagine all this alongside a backdrop of great live music, clear blue skies and fantastic freshly cooked local food and you have pretty much imagined WOOD 2014.
As small festivals go, WOOD is one of the best.