Over May half term we were invited to attend the Elderflower Fields Festival for a weekend of festival fun. Elderflower Fields is held on part of the beautiful estate of Pippingford Park in Sussex, aprox 18 miles North-East of Brighton and 32 miles south of London. Here I share our reasons why you should take your kids to the gorgeous Elderflower Fields Festival – a wonderful family friendly festival full of sport, music, arts, and lots of sparkle.
Family Friendly Festivals with kids
We have always loved a festival that is family friendly and try to plan for at least one during the year. There are so many family festivals in the UK and it really can be difficult to choose which one! We had wanted to visit Elderflower Fields last year but unfortunately we couldn’t make the dates work with our trip to Croatia, so I was so excited that we could make Elderflower Fields Festival 2019
We had a long journey down to Sussex after work and did not arrive until really late. Our first tip is to make sure you check the last entry time onto the festival site as we didn’t realise initially that the site closed at 10pm! On arrival the lovely and very helpful car parking stewards directed us to our pitch. We were allocated to a marked pitch in the live in vehicles field – I really liked the fact we were allocated to a pitch in an organised manner.
The following morning we woke to a beautiful bright day, the weather promised sunshine for the day, and the kids were so excited to explore the festival site.
Highlights of Elderflower Fields Festival 2019
Tree climbing, zip wire and rope swings
All three of our children loved the tree climbing, zip wires and rope swings in the woodland area. The area offered a nice break from the sunshine and the kids would’ve quite happily spent all afternoon climbing and swinging amongst the trees.
Trapeze tightrope and circus skills
A particular favourite for my middle one, she loved the circus skills, and as she is completely obsessed with the Greatest Showman, this was top of her list. The instructors were absolutely wondereful with the children and it was open for children of all ages to have an opportunity to try out some of the circus skills under guidance.
Mud kitchen madness
No words here, all I need to say is mud = happiness for my youngest. Needless to say, pack some spare clothes, and shoes 🙂
As crazy as it sounds, children and adults together are able to gather here, and use hammers, nails saws and drills to build the playground of dreams… oh AND then play on it. We were introduced to something similar at the Just So festival last year and the kids thought it was wonderful. It gave daddy a chance to learn a few new skills (Ha ha, sssshhh, I didn’t really say that?!).
So Sussex family picnic
This is such a beautiful idea. The So Sussex family picnic takes place at 12.30 pm on the Sunday and provides an opportunity to sample a small selection of locally sourced produce with a group of friends. The idea is to team up with others to collect a picnic basket to share. A lovely idea to get families together over lunch in the sunshine with some live music!
Face painting and henna
A festival is not a festival without face painting, glitter and a little bit of henna thrown into the mix. This was a payable activity, but something we couldn’t not do…the girls went for beautiful henna flowers on their hands. Festival style at its best 🙂
Tops Tips for Elderflower Fields Festival
- Arrive in good time and note the festival site closes at 10pm.
- Bring plenty of cash as there are no cash points on site, although you could often pay by card.
- Bring snacks, picnic food and water bottles to refill to keep your costs down.
- Pack a picnic blanket so that you can sit down and rest those legs.
- Read the programme beforehand and plan your activities. We seemed to miss quite a few activities as we often float about at festivals!
- Keep an eye out for your email correspondence beforehand as quite a number of activities are pre bookable and we did have some disappointed faces when we found the activities were fully booked.
- Pack plenty of glitter…and suitable footwear for the sports activities that are on offer. The sports camp, climbing wall, skateboarding and rugby tots were popular!
You can find more tips for surviving a festival with kids here
What’s new for Elderflower Fields Festival 2020
Next year Elderflower Fields will also have a second two day festival that will take place the following weekend (29th – 31st May 2020) in the stunning grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.
For more information about Elderflower Fields Midlands, visit the website here.
Tickets for both festivals are available now to book over at Elderflower Fields online
Elderflower Fields – our final thoughts
Elderflower Fields had been on my festival list for the last two years and I am pleased to say it lived up to all expectations. It was a really family friendly festival with a lovely vibe and a beautiful ‘feel’ about it. There were so many great activities for families and so many activities we just didn’t get around to. It is a festival of sports, music, arts and crafts, with a whole lot of glitter magic and happiness thrown in!
Thanks for inviting us Elderflower Fields!
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Disclosure - We were provided with weekend camping tickets to Elderflower Fields Festival. All thoughts and opinions, as always are my own.