Fam­ily arts duo aim to bring a lit­tle magic to Lost Car­ni­val show

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A FAM­ILY arts event group from Macclesfield is set to launch an ac­tion-packed year with a ma­jor fes­ti­val show.

Wild Rum­pus, based at Rode Hall, will ap­pear at The Lost Car­ni­val later this month and aim to give fam­i­lies and chil­dren a ‘mag­i­cal and en­chant­ing’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

The so­cial en­ter­prise was set up in 2009 by di­rec­tors Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban af­ter meet­ing at a Macclesfield book club, where they dis­cov­ered a shared pas­sion for fam­ily arts events in wild, nat­u­ral land­scapes.

The group will now take part in The Lost Fes­ti­val, a theatre, cir­cus and mu­sic show in Bury which is ex­cepted to at­tract 10,000 peo­ple.

Dur­ing 2015, Wild Rum­pus hope to em­ploy more than 200 staff, free­lancers and vol­un­teers to cover a se­ries of events in­clud­ing the Dig the City Fes­ti­val and North­ern Fes­ti­vals Net­work.

They have pre­vi­ously pro­duced the award­win­ning Just So Fes­ti­val, now in its sixth year, and con­trib­uted to the fam­ily pro­gramme at the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val each year.

For­mer Macclesfield Wa­ter­stones manager Sarah, of Jor­dan­gate, said the aim of Wild Rum­pus is to ‘take fam­i­lies out of their ev­ery­day life’ and ask them to ‘sus­pend their dis­be­lief’.

She said: “We both dis­cussed how fes­ti­vals that al­ready ex­isted, if they had a fam­ily el­e­ment at all, it was just a bit of stick­ing and glu­ing in the cor­ner and all the money was spent on head­line acts.

“We has this idea that we could have a fes­ti­val where all the money was spent on fam­i­lies in­stead.

“The ter­ri­fy­ing thing for par­ents at fes­ti­vals is los­ing their kids in a crowd so we wanted to cre­ate a place where fam­i­lies could re­lax and en­joy them­selves.

“There is an ex­cit­ing cul­mi­na­tion at the end of the evening too which I can’t re­veal yet.”

The Lost Car­ni­val will be the first ever large scale event to be held at Burrs Coun­try Park in Bury.

Rowan, who lives on Catherine Street and used to run But­ton & Skein wool shop on Church Street, said: “We’ve heard whis­pers for many years of a Lost Car­ni­val, and have of­ten hoped that it might reap­pear in our life­time.”

The car­ni­val will run from May 22 to May 25 from 4pm - 9.30pm. Tick­ets are £10 and free for un­der 3s. To book visit th­elost­car­ni­val.org.uk.

●● Sarah Bird (left) and Rowan Hoban from Wild Rum­pus, who are ap­pear­ing at The Lost Car­ni­val

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