Very happy campers

The Jewish Chronicle - - Travel -

THIS FAM­ILY arts fes­ti­val, launched in 2010, is a week­end-long fes­ti­val of ac­tive creativ­ity aimed at kids and their par­ents. In fact, it is the only UK camp­ing fes­ti­val de­signed just for fam­i­lies (cou­ples and sin­gles may feel outof-place). The ex­pected 4,500 vis­i­tors will be able to delve into art, mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture in the beau­ti­ful woods and park­land of Rode Hall in Cheshire.

Huge art in­stal­la­tions, gypsy bands, top-name au­thors and creative work­shops il­lu­mi­nate the arts and ev­ery­one can en­ter the jaws of a gi­ant me­tal whale to be ser­e­naded by a lovesick sub­mariner, taken on a sur­real jour­ney on a fan­tas­ti­cal fly­ing ma­chine and charged with sav­ing the world from be­ing gob­bled up by the allde­vour­ing piggy bank of doom by theatre com­pa­nies Talk­ing Birds, Pif Paf and Teatro-saurus.

Each evening, Forty Winks will cel­e­brate bed­time with aerial dance per­for­mance Fly by Night by the Bare­toed Dance Com­pany.

Part of the charm is that all these events are wo­ven into the land­scape of the wood­land adorned with ‘mag­i­cal

Al-fresco work­shop

dec­o­ra­tion’ in clear­ings and nooks and cran­nies adding a sense of mys­tery and dis­cov­ery.

Week­end Tick­ets (with camp­ing) costs £85 for adults and £35 Chil­dren. Un­der 3s go free. Day Tick­ets £25 Adults, £12.50 Chil­dren, un­der 3s free. www.just­sofes­ti­val.org.uk

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