Just So festival announces a new creative space in association with The Week Junior.

The multi award-winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus, has just announced that it will have a new area for children aged 8 and older, in association with acclaimed current affairs magazine The Week Junior.

The Forgotten Courtyard will be set in Rode’s Italian Garden in the atmospheric ruins of the Old Tenants’ Hall and will provide a creative space for inquisitive young minds to stretch their knowledge of the world around them through challenging and exhilarating workshops, provocations, debates and talks.

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 like no other as it is the only camping festival in the UK dedicated solely to children and their families.

The announcement of the exciting new area means that festival-goers will step through the cover of The Week Junior magazine and into a packed programme of events including photography and writing workshops and the chance to take part in a topical debate with The Week Junior team.

Some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors will be leading interactive sessions revealing more about the creative process behind their storytelling and sharing the best new books out this year. Blue Peter book award-winner Kieran Larwood ("Podkin One-Ear") will be providing guidance on how to invent your own world and design your own fantasy world map and join Costa Children’s Book Award shortlisted Ross Montgomery ("Perijee & Me") on an interactive discovery session exploring his magical worlds and stories.

Mike Brownlow ("Ten Little Dinosaurs", "Monsters", "Pirates and Princesses" book series) will be sharing the process of making a picture book (from first scribble to art work, TV series and animations), how his ideas are generated, how to get started and make a story of your own. "Froggicorn" author and illustrator Katy Jones will be leading a session on devising strange creatures culminating in the creation of a brand new Extraordinary Beast. Debut author Amy Wilson will also be sharing her inspiration for her critically acclaimed "A Girl Called Owl" and Sarah Mussi ("Snowdonia Chronicles Trilogy") will be leading a session on uncovering fact and fiction behind the legends surrounding the dragons of Wales and the tales of Merlin.

Adventurer, author ("The Everest Files") and award-winning Director Matt Dickinson (who has survived avalanches and killer storms) will be sharing his thoughts on what motivates explorers to take risks in the extreme corners of the planet and the current challenges faced by indigenous people who live in the highest, coldest and most dangerous regions on earth.

Important issues such as why so much food goes to waste will be discussed with Join Corin Bell, Director of the incredible Real Junk Food Manchester; you will be able to learn what they are doing to eradicate it, and how to play your part. There will also be fun experiments with researchers from the London School of Tropical Medicine, around topics such as mosquitos and why some of us get bitten more than others.

Young festival-goers can also stretch some musical muscle and write and perform top tunes with award-winning songwriter and storyteller David Gibb and through a Bramble Jam session with the carnivalesque band the Bramble Napskins.

Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Just So Festival say “we are huge fans of The Week Junior and are thrilled to be working together to present The Forgotten Courtyard. It will give our older Just So family audience the chance to experience some incredibly stimulating events which will complement the other adventures perfect for curious minds across the festival site such as evening lakeside cinema, learning bushcraft, circus, dance, singing, yoga and tai chi skills, staying up late for the midnight feast, dancing to bands on the footlights stage and experiencing some of the most exciting new outdoor theatre and comedy shows in the UK today.”

Anna Bassi, editor of The Week Junior says, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Just So. The festival’s brilliant and inspiring mix of events and experiences will provide the perfect accompaniment to our workshops. We’re looking forward to welcoming curious young festival-goers to The Week Junior’s walled garden, and hearing what they have to say!”

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. The whole festival is underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, and, on top of the vast array of experiences and events, there is also top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.

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