Just so is a multi award-winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus, who are now promoting the Just So name internationally with Just So Brazil taking place for the first time in 2016 and Just So New Zealand planned for 2018.
Now in its 8th year and recently awarded Best Festival by the National Outdoor Events Association, Just So is an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival – an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other as the only arts camping festival in the UK dedicated solely to children and their families.
With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together.Expect midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options.
Just So organisers have now announced many new areas for 2017's edition. The glorious lakeside Silver Screen glade is a new large-scale area dedicated to all things cinematic. Recreate famous dance scenes from favourite films, join a musical chorus line or become extras in a Just So epic production. Also, bring a blanket while night falls to the beautiful outdoor cinema here and snuggle up to watch the best silent movies and family classics together.
The new Social Barn will be dedicated to celebrating food. Located next to The Social (with its incredible array of artisan food and drink) expect insect eating, foraging, the inaugural Just So jelly fight, peculiar picnics, barmy dinner parties, a food funny face challenge, the famous Just So Midnight Feast and The Great Just So Bake Off.
Then there's new Forgotten Courtyard. Tucked away in the ruins of the Old Tenants’ Hall is Rode’s beautiful Italian Garden. Here, you and you little ones will stretch your knowledge of the world around you and take part in workshops, debates and talks.
There will also be lots of new outdoor performances for families including brand new show, Baba Yaga’s House, by contemporary circus and theatre company Dizzy O’Dare and Matthew Harrison’s, The Actual Reality Arcade. Experience the extraordinary Theatre For One from Horse & Bamboo, tales from our storyteller extraordinaire Ian Douglas, and tickle your senses further with a new Sound Garden and Barefoot Walk experience. Don’t miss campfire tales, music and songs as dusk falls and the woodland magic really begins.
In the magical Woodland Theatre award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho will reveal the mysterious rules of The Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow and how to fold up your gran. There will also be a new show from comedian James Campbell and a chance to learn birdsong and get ready to take flight for the first time in Flit Flap Fly by Fine Chisel.
Tales of Animalia will ingnite your children's imaginations, with the Fairy City, spy sprites making mischief up in the trees and a chance to meet the Fairy Queen. Also try the Village Green which will host some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors sharing the best new books out this year. The Games Tent, will offer Maypole dancing and circus skills and the special Just So Post Office is where you can send a letter to a new pen pal at Just So Brasil.
The aforementioned Tribal Tournament is where festivalgoers can encounter a sports day with a difference. Throughout the festival join the Fox, Frog, Owl, Fish, Stag or Lion tribes to compete in ridiculously silly and take part in the Tribal Parade, a Just So highlight.
There will also be an outstanding line-up of over 20 brilliant artists and bands on the Footlights stage including the UK’s current award-winning queen of country music, Laura Oakes, Bramble Napskins, and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, The Baghdaddies and Cut A Shine. Dance performances and workshops include CanCan, Charleston, Circus Swing, Flatfooting, Bollywood, Ballet, Tap and Jive. When evening comes, dance the night away at the DISCO here too. Other highlioghts include, The Observatory, The Pekaboo Garden, for the tiniest visitors and High Seas. There's also the chance to enjoy family yoga, tai chi, meditation and take a wooden rowing boat out on to the tranquil expanse of water.
This not-for-profit arts festival has a capacity capped at 5000 to ensure a magical, relaxing and safe environment for all. Families planning to come to Just So 2017 are being advised to buy tickets earlier than usual this year, with tickets selling at a record rate for the 5000 capacity August event.
For information and tickets visit: http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/