4 Family Festivals to Get You Outside this Autumn
Festival Season is over… (or is it?)
So, the festival season is coming to an end, right? Wrong! There’s a bunch of post-summer festivals left to attend before the dark nights set in and we all officially get the winter blues. Some of these festivals are perfect for families to attend.
We love attending festivals together as a family; the kids love the range of activities on offer and the freedom, and we love the atmosphere of festivals – the feel good, feel happy – be happy vibe that permeates everywhere, and even infiltrates even the queues to the toilets.
On a serious note, outdoor festivals play an important role in, well, getting people outdoors! We are unashamedly advocates of the outdoors and all that comes with being outside, whatever the weather. And let’s be honest… we all need to spend more time in the outdoors, don’t we? … for our own wellbeing and happiness.
And when it comes to the younger – screen addicted generation, the issue of getting outdoors takes on a new dimension.
“Kids really need to get out more!
Too many kids are not encouraged to balance their screen time with green time, and the result is a generation disconnected with nature and more worryingly, not appreciating or valuing the natural world.
This is what takes us to festivals, and motivates us to go beyond just attending but to take the scary step to stand up and contribute, often to talk about the outdoors, and family adventure, or run bushcrafty-type activities.
4 of the best family festivals
Here are 5 festivals we will be visiting (and contributing towards) this Autumn; we’d love to see you at one or all of them.
We’ll be there talking about how families can make more time for adventures in the outdoors and sharing lots of ideas for families to take away and try. We’ll also be running a a fun bush craft workshop on mini raft making which involves learning some knots and lashings. The completed hazel rafts can be taken home and sailed in the garden pond or even in the bath! Amy and Ella will be demonstrating some simple steps for drawing animals in their very own drawing workshop for children.
Date: 2nd & 3rd September Location: Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF Website: Gladfest - https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladfest
The Good Life Experience
With our ‘Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champions‘ hats on (wooly ones if it’s chilly) we’ll be running a beginner’s map reading workshop that concludes with a fun treasure trail challenge around the festival site. Prizes (provided by Ordnance Survey) will be given out to those that complete the trail.
The girls are also being interviewed on stage about their Clear Plastic_UK campaign, raising awareness of the negative impact single-use plastic has on our environment and their hopes to convince supermarkets to offer alternatives to plastic bottles on the shelves. An interactive ‘Water Table’ with information and hands-on demonstrations about the issues associated with single-use plastic will be on display throughout the weekend.
Date: 16th - 18th September Location: Hawarden Estate, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3FB Website: https://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk/
South West Outdoor Festival (National Trust)
We hope it be trying out a few of the outdoor activities as well as offering our own contributions: a family talk on getting out on adventures as a family and a couple of bushcraft workshops involving making mini-rafts and cordage (bracelets) from natural materials.
Date: 23rd-25th September Location: Heddon Valley,Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4PY Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionsouthwest/south-west-outdoor-festival
This year the girls are involved in helping the festival to become the first Plastic-clever festival; there will be no single-use plastic bottles, cups or cutlery. They will be promoting this and their Clear Plastic UK campaign in an opening-night talk as well as through their ‘Water Table’ throughout the weekend. We, but particularly the girls, will be involved in Dream Camp, a magical corner for youngsters, giving talks, leading workshops and interviews as well as playing games!
Date: 21st-23rd October Location: Chichester College, Brinsbury Campus, North Heath, Pulborough RH20 1DL Website: http://sayyesmore.com/yestival/
And should you not be able to make any of these events…
We’ll be giving two talks entitled “Screw work (and school); it’s time for family EdVenture” in association with Ellis Brigham. During these talks we will offer insights and advice to others based on our experiences (and mistakes), and whilst doing so cover some of the following themes:
- How to focus more on the 5 to 9, not the 9 to 5 and enjoy more fulfilment
- Why kids really need to get out more
- Why disposable time is the most valuable of commodities (so spend it wisely)
- If you live for the weekends, then you at least should make them worth living for
- How to have mini BIG adventures and reach new heights (often literally)
Come and join us, ask questions, and find out how a brave decision to live differently has opened lots of doors and presented exciting opportunities that they never could have expected.
7pm – 8:30pm
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Here’s the link if you want more information.
Image credit: Good Life Experience image by xantheberkeley