The family friendly Just So Festival – and what is new for 2018

The family friendly Just So Festival – and what is new for 2018

Walking along the path I look up to find a few people dressed as sheep coming towards me….. Our girls are jumping around dressed in their usual tutu, head garland and wellies combination, there is a man walking around on stilts, and I can hear the buzz from the campfire songs and trumpets in the distance. I wander passed the Spellbound Forest and smile as I head to the High Seas. We can only be in one place…..The family friendly Just So Festival. A place where imagination comes to life.


Our year is not complete without a weekend of mayhem, magic, music, dancing and lots of imagination at the Just So Festival. The kids have a blast, we have a blast, and it is an opportunity to step outside of our lives for a few days to enter a magical wonderland of stories, arts, theatre, music and creativity.

We have been invited along to the Just So Festival 2018, and I can honestly say I am beyond excited. We have been fans of Just So for many years now, and we love everything about it.

Just So is a multi-award winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus. Now in its 9th year, the festival is held on 17th 18th and 19th August 2018 at Rode Hall in Cheshire. It is a not-for-profit arts festival – the ticket price includes all entertainment and programming across the festival site and the capacity is capped at 5000 to ensure it remains a safe and relaxing environment. It offers a weekend of mayhem, mischief, magic, music, dance and imagination. Think pillow fights, fairy trails, wishing trees, midnight feasts, campfire songs and circus skills and you will be on the right track…..

I always try to research a festival and plan before we go, just so we don’t miss anything. The Just So Festival has a really handy guide for first timers to the festival which includes packing tips, the programme, and the very important stuff…  the Just So traditions – which include;

Pillow Fight

Midnight Fest

The Just So Festival Bake Off

The Tribal Tournament – Will the foxes retain their 2017 title?? Grab some costume ideas and join the fish, frog, fox, owl, lion, stag or bee tribe ….I can tell you that lots of people dress up…… oh and may the best tribe win!


What’s new for 2018?

The Playground of Illusions

A new area packed with mystery and trickery from the Travelling Light Circus. Look out for “The Gravity Vortex Floor,” and the “Pendulum Wave Machine,” and “The Forever Speeding up Rhythm!”

Roll Up Roll Up

Roll Up, Roll Up will be a wonderful lake side area dedicated to all things circus and seaside.  This year expect tumblers, somersaults and aerial mastery!

The Flamingo Lounge

The Flamingo Lounge is a new area with all things dance and tripping the light fantastic. Take part in the Swing Circus and Film Dance performances and workshops, the 80s Anthem Yoga (I am loving the sound of this one!) and stick around for the evening and boogie the night away.


Deep in the woods you can expect to indulge in relaxation, tranquillity and rejuvenation at the brand new Idlewood area.  Here you will find ukulele and singing workshops, family yoga, tai chi and the opportunity to take part in the Twilight Chorus. Relax in the Tentsile tree tents and hammocks and enjoy the live music and performances. (I think you may find me here all weekend!)

Don’t miss……

Custard Catwalk

Spectacular high wire show Equilibrious,

Seek, Find, Speak, (the outdoor theatre companion to The Lost Words),

The Peekaboo Garden especially for 0–4s,

Lantern Parade

Photo Credit Mark Carline



The family friendly Just So Festival runs from the 17th-19th of August 2018 at Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP and tickets are on sale now.

For more information and to book head over to the Just So Festival online 


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Featured image – Photo credit TenEight


**Disclosure - We have been provided with weekend passes to the Just So festival 2018, but all thoughts, opinions and snaps from our visits over the previous years are my own**


  1. May 1, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I have been told many good things about Just So. Maybe next year we’ll venture north to this one. Enjoy lovely.

  2. May 2, 2018 / 9:51 am

    This sounds so fairytale – perfect for younger ones like my daughter who love this kind of world of imagination too.

  3. May 3, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Iā€™m still yet to go to a festival- I need some a bit closer to us. This line up sounds amazing and looks like all needs are catered for!

  4. May 3, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    This looks like a fabulous family friendly festival!

  5. May 4, 2018 / 6:39 am

    That pillow fight looks like a lot of fun! Love the pics x

  6. May 4, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Just So looks so much fun, and I’m gutted I’ll be missing it AGAIN this year! I like the sound of the pillow fight, in particular.

  7. May 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I still haven’t been to family festival but Just So really does look magical. We are going to Boing later this year, so I hope we have a good time as you guys x

  8. May 5, 2018 / 6:28 am

    I have been wanting to go to the Just So Festival for YEARS! It looks fantastically family friendly and fun. I bet you’ll have the best time šŸ™‚

  9. May 5, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’m VERY tempted indeed. This festival sound wonderfully enchanting and a perfect first festival experience!

  10. May 7, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I love the sound of Just So, it really appeals to me, and the extras this year sound excellent! Hope to make it at some point! šŸ™‚

  11. May 8, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    We are planning on heading to Just So Festival for the first time this year, and I can’t wait to see what the girls make of it. It sounds like a great festival program

  12. Mother of 3
    May 8, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing!! I feel like you all have so many more family friendly festival opportunities in England than we do here in New England. Maybe I just don’t know where to look but I just love all these wonderful festival posts.

  13. May 9, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    This is so fun! Festivals always make the best memories for kids.

  14. May 13, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Wow! This sound really awesome! I really like the pillow fight. I’ve never been to one before and I think the kids will love it too! I must check this out – ASAP! Thanks for sharing! x #ExplorerKids

  15. May 13, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Oh wow, this looks and sounds so much fun. We love festivals and my son would love it here šŸ™‚

  16. May 14, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Oh wow these looks so magical – ive never been to a family festival but heard so much about them. These photos do it so much credit!! I want to go!

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