9th - 12th June 2023
Location: Raehills Meadows, St Anns, Nr moffat, Dumfries and Galloway DG11 1HQ
Eden is a welcoming, atmospheric, family friendly festival, located in the stunning Raehills Meadows. The whole aim behind the festival is to provide a celebration of music, dance, colour, culture and community built on an ecologically sound and carbon friendly set of principles and to exhibit live music hand in hand with stunning decorations and surroundings.
2012 Eden Festival Weather: It was very,very wet. The main area near the big stage got muddy. The roads into the site have hardcore so you can drive in and out easy. However when it’s wet and not cold or windy you will get midges so prepare!
Review by: Ellen (with 3 kids aged 6, 10 and 14)
Getting to the festival and setting up:
We arrived by bus, 2 adults and 3 kids. We were worried about getting to the site but it was fine we got dropped off at the top of the road and it was about 5 min walk to the main gate and it only took that long cause the kids stopped and sat down.. From the main gate it was another 5 mins walk to where we camped.. we were there when the main gates opened so didn’t have to wait to get in.
Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:
The entertainment was great for the kids age,10 and 6. The 14 year old met friends straight away and I hardly ever seen her but the other 2 were excited the whole time – they never once said they were bored. 6 year old loved the kid’s tent making fairy wings, clay models watching puppet shows and lots of other things, 10 year old enjoyed some of the activities but she loved the circus skills bit so she spent a lot of time there. The kids also done a few workshops and loved making jewellery. We were so busy we didn’t really see many bands during the day. I was too busy playing. At night we went in to the Furry Chillum tent a few times. On the Friday night we all had a great time and didn’t leave till around midnight when the fire show was on. My whole family loved that – it was magical.
What would you change or do to improve the event?
With some of the bigger festivals cancelling this year, here is a selection of my favourite smaller and more alternative festivals offering something a bit different from the mainstream:
2000 Trees has great music and plenty on offer for kids: musical instrument / mask-making, face painting, juggling, bonfires and nature walks (although sometimes all kids want is an open space to run around in, and they certainly have that too). twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
The Green Man Festival is a medium size festival set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music tends to have a modern yet folky edge. You can camp for a week to make the trip into a holiday. greenman.net