Just So Festival 2016
Having been to Just So Festival in 2015 as a complete newbie to family festivals and absolutely fell in love with it, we were super excited when their creators, Wild Rumpus, invited back to their 2016 offering.. One questioned remained though…. would this years event be just as much of a success as the previous year…
Having only just returned from our family holiday abroad on the Monday beforehand, I have to say that coming from a sunny 36 degrees to the prospect of a festival weekend weather forecast predicting rain and 16 degrees, I wasn’t filled with instant joy and the thought of spending a couple of nights in our friends kindy lent tent without home comforts was a fall from grace but thankfully the magical family experience we had when attending the previous year meant that I had come to the conclusion that I owed it to Just So to jump into it with two feet as a thank you giving us these memories previously.
And of course Just So Festival 2016 did not disappoint…
This year, unlike last, we attended from the Friday afternoon through to the Sunday ensuring we covered all three days meaning we were able to experience “JUST SO” much more… (see what I did there?) particularly the Spellbound Forest in all its magical surroundings from singing songs around campside fires through to melting marshmallows on sticks, watching intimate fairytale performances with such detailed costumes and treasure hunts too.
As usual the Footlights area produced family friendly, sing along, good vibe kind of music from bands such as Thingamabob and The Thingamajigs (no that really is their name and their songs are incredibly catchy too).
There was also the High Seas which this year saw the introduction of rowing boats on the lake at the Rode Hall in Cheshire venue and we were really looking forward to enjoying a nice gentle row had it not been for the wind and rain. Although looking at the #JustSo2016 hashtag on twitter and instagram I did noticed some lucky festival goers spotted their chance when the weather occasionally went nicer. A new addition for this year was the Travelling barn which although I didn’t directly participate, I did notice some epic country dancing going on in the masses…. It may have been something to do with the fact I was too busy enjoying a chilli and lime Corn on the Cob instead… nom nom nom!
As usual, the tribal tournament didn’t disappoint with masses and masses of families fantastically dressed in their chosen tribes, be it Frogs, Foxes (our favourite), Fishes, Stags or the Owls. We really need to be better prepared for next year as H kept asking if we could be Foxes just like our favourite football team… :-/
When the sun sets (or in this year when it got dark and the rain stopped) that doesn’t mean the end of the day as many families would make use of the baby bathtime tent in the Peekaboo area in order to get their littlest ones ready for bed and settle them into pushchairs or mesmerisingly decorated pull a long wagons, complete with fairy lights, allowing the older children to continue the enjoy the evening stories and sing alongs around the campfire, a dance in the disco tent within the Jitterbug area or back to the Footlights to enjoy another band all which go on into the night but equally are away from the tents incase you needed to rest those active minds for the next day of adventures and fun.
Just So has so much for everyone and if they could only control the weather they would truly be invincible… that said we still managed to create some magical memories and this year will be remembered for….
1. The Lantern Parade
Having made our very own lantern earlier in the festival we gathered with what felt like the rest of the festival goers to parade around the site on the Saturday evening. A truly unique experience to both see and be involved in.
2. Campfire Songs
Supping away at a hot the whilst H melted marshmallows on the campfire and we all sang along to songs we’d never heard before until that weekend. Family time at its best.
Watching D dance away in front of the stage to some of the catchy belters from this band from Runcorn…. “Runcorn…Everybody loves Runcorn”
4. Temporary Tattoos
H has been dying to have one for soooo long and we let him have one at the festival which he was so proud of and loves showing it off
5. Corn on the Cob
This stuff was beyond description, it literally melted in your mouth….
6. Candy Floss
As big as your head in complete with glitter!
We love this festival and its atmosphere so much and although the weather was quite frankly awful, the magical, mystical, expressive and adventure that Just So manages to produce each year is just so addictive. We’ll be back again thats for sure… why not join us…
Early bird tickets for Just So Festival 2017 (18 – 20 August, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire) are on sale from Friday 26 August at www.justsofestival.org.uk at special early bird prices of £120 (adults), £45 (child) for weekend camping, £70 (adult), £25 (child) for 2 day non-camping, £40 (adult), £15 (child) for day tickets. Under 3s free.
Until next time
NB: We are Wild Rumpus / Just So Festival Ambassadors and were provided with tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are that of mine and the rest of the OneDadOneBlog family