Just So Festival, 17th – 19th August 2018
A multi award-winning family arts festival has started to reveal its programme of artists, performers, and new areas for families to adventure through, for this year’s event.
Now in its ninth year, Just So Festival is dedicated solely to children and their families, offering astonishing arts and enriching experiences.
The annual weekend-long festival provides an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other.
With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world-class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.
It takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem – to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food and drink plus boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.
New for this year, the intriguing and enthralling ‘Playground of Illusions’ will bring with it a hypnotic fusion of science and art.
As well as that, and celebrating 250 years since the first circus in the world was formed by local lad Philip Astley (from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, just 8 miles from the Just So Festival site), ‘Roll Up, Roll Up’ will showcase a glorious, large-scale lakeside area dedicated to all things circus and seaside.
In this most spectacular and flamboyant area of the Just So Festival, expect tumblers, somersaults and aerial mastery from the best performers in the land including spectacular high wire show Equilibrius and tightrope workshops from The Bullzini Family.
Together with these new areas, festival-goers can also step into the extraordinary Spellbound Forest for tales from storyteller extraordinaire Ian Douglas.
In the magical Woodland Theatre, witness how the lives of a sapling and a child are entwined in ‘Like A Tree’ by Hocus Pocus Theatre.
And head to the eccentric Village Green to be wowed by some of the best new outdoor arts performances created especially for festival audiences in 2018.
And all of that is just a very small sample of what you can look forward to!
Enjoy an incredible array of artisan food and drink at The Social or across the festival site, and experience the stunning boutique camping area in Landpods, yurts, bell tents, tipis and vintage tents.
Just So is set in woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots within the Rode Hall Estate – one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, with limited public access during the rest of the year.
The ticket price includes all entertainment and programming across the festival site, with capacity capped at 5,000 to ensure a magical, relaxing and safe environment for all.
Organisers Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird commented: “We love to plot and plan for the next Just So Festival just days after the last one, when our heads are still full of magic and ridiculousness – what better inspiration than our festival families whose phenomenal sense of tribal community knocks our socks off every year.
“We hunt high and low throughout the UK and beyond to find the very best performers and artists who we think can bring the festival to life.
“We love incorporating Just So traditions with new and exciting ground-breaking outdoor arts which we hope will create the most incredible memories.
“So roll on 2018 and in the words of the great Maurice Sendak: let’s make mischief of one kind or another.”
Just So Festival runs from the 17th-19th of August 2018 at Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP.
Tickets cost £135 for an adult weekend camping ticket, £50 for a child weekend camping ticket, £80 for an adult 2 day ticket, £30 for a child 2 day ticket, £50 for an adult day ticket and £20 for a child day ticket. Under 3’s go free.Local residents are eligible for a £5 discount.
To book, visit: www.justsofestival.org.uk