Record interest in Just So family fest
AMACCLESFIELD social enterprise is set to hold its latest family friend festival.
Around 5,000 people are expected to attend the Just So festival at Rode Hall next month.
It is organised by Wild Rumpus, set up by directors Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban after meeting at a Macclesfield book club in 2009.
They say tickets for the event, which runs from August 18 to 20, are selling at a record rate.
They are promising an ‘intimate, an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other’ as the only arts camping festival in the country dedicated solely to children and their families.
This year the festival has have three new areas, the Silver Screen cinema, The Social Barn, which will host a jelly fight and insect eating, and The Week Junior Forgotten Courtyard, a creative space for children aged eight and older to challenge their inquisitive minds with debates and talks and photography and writing workshops.
Now in its eighth year, the event was recently awarded Best Festival by the National Outdoor Events Association.
The group is set to take the event overseas with a festival in Brazil in October 2017 and the inaugural Just So New Zealand taking place in February 2018.
Rowan, who lives on Catherine Street and used to run Button and Skein wool shop on Church Street, said: “Spending time together as a family, exploring the woods, venturing to the lake at dawn, singing around the campfire, eating under the stars, dancing like wild things to incredible foot stomping bands and listening to stories that will fill us full of awe and wonder at the magical world around us….what’s not to look forward to?”
Former Macclesfield Waterstones manager Sarah, of Jordangate, has said the aim of Wild Rumpus is to ‘take families out of their everyday life’ and ask them to ‘suspend their disbelief’.
Tickets are £140 for an adult weekend camping ticket, £50 for a child weekend camping ticket, £80 for an adult two day ticket, £30 for a child two day ticket, £50 for an adult day ticket and £20 for a child day ticket. Under three’s go free. Local residents are eli- gible for a £5 discount.
The ticket price includes all entertainment and programming across the festival site.
To book visit www.justsofestival.org.uk.
Last year’s Just So Festival
Organisers Sarah Bird (left) and Rowan Hoban