Record in­ter­est in Just So fam­ily fest

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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.just­sofes­ti­

An­drew All­cock

Last year’s Just So Fes­ti­val

Or­gan­is­ers Sarah Bird (left) and Rowan Hoban

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