New experiences announced for Just So Festival 2018



Just So Festival, 17 – 19 August 2018

Now in its  ninth year, Just So Festival is dedicated solely to children and their families, offering astonishing arts and exciting experiences.

The annual weekend-long festival returns in August, with new areas for 2018 unveiled recently by organisers…



Enter the intriguing and enthralling Playground of Illusions, a new area full of mystery and trickery from Travelling Light Circus – see the world in a new light in this hypnotic fusion of science and art.

Explore and play together in a mysterious collection of giant experiences that each contain an illusion and make incredible things happen.

Look out for “The Gravity Vortex Floor”, “The Utterly Convincing Mirage” and “The Forever Speeding Up Rhythm”.

Then – be mesmerised by the magical, mechanical movements of the hypnotic Pendulum Wave Machine.



Celebrating 250 years since the first circus in the world was formed by local lad Philip Astley (from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, just eight miles from the Just So Festival site), Roll Up, Roll Up will be a glorious large-scale, lakeside area, dedicated to all things circus and seaside.

In this most spectacular and flamboyant area of Just So, 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.

Don’t miss the chance to shimmy your way down the inaugural Just So Custard Catwalk! Can you walk fast enough to reach the end or will you wobble and sink?

Look out for the brand new show from Ramshacklicious, The Band At The End of the World, featuring raucous brass music and existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate.

Meet curious characters at sideshows galore, try your hand at all manner of circus amazement with Circus House, take part in the wickedly fun L_ve Hangman with Mufti Does Games, and relax and play together on the stunning lakeside beach.



The Flamingo Lounge is a new area filled to the brim with all things dance and tripping the light fantastic. Take part in fast-paced Modern Warrior from Rosie Kay Dance Company.

Channel your inner Bruce Lee, pick a side and learn exciting and dramatic sequences as two opposing groups meet in an epic stand-off!

Take part in the unmissable Swing Circus and Film Dance performances, and workshops led by Stephen Salinger and Lana Williams (choreographer for Strictly Come Dancing no less), strut your stuff at Silent Discos from Our Kids Social, and summon all strength for 80s Anthems Yoga.

Don’t miss the riotous madness of Remix Reeling – a ceilidh with beats and bass from Cut A Shine, flatfooting and ballet workshops too.



Head into the woods to indulge in relaxation, tranquillity and rejuvenation at the brand new Idlewood area.

Enjoy ukulele and singing workshops, family yoga, tai chi and take part in the Twilight Chorus. Unwind in hammocks and Tentsile tree tents suspended up high between the boughs.

Experience dreamy live music and performance together including Canopy of Stars performed in the trees from Whispering Woods and harpist Nancy Elizabeth who will transform the stories of your dreams into songs.



Head to the new Ministry of Games barn for the ultimate board and parlour games experience. Settle down on a sofa and get your game face on.

Hone and learn powers of cunning, dexterity, strategy and (ahem) fair play together.  Roll the dice, choose your counter, deal the cards, pick your pieces and come and play some of the best games ever. Quick or slow, little or large, there’ll be games for all.

Don’t miss the famous Just So Midnight Feast here too. Held at midnight on Just So Saturday, expect this year’s feast to be ever so playful with beautiful stories and songs from Ian Douglas, Gary Bridgens and Dieter Wadeson.


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