Elderflower Fields Festival, Midlands
Elderflower Fields Midlands (29-31 May) is a three day festival, designed especially for families – think art camp, circus skills, flag painting, mud pie making, bird box making, weaving, singing, eating, dancing and more.
It’s the new little sister of the award-winning Sussex fest that’s been running for almost 10 years.
Here’s six reasons why you must visit.
Held in Leicestershire’s Stanford Hall, near Lutterworth, this stately home is a Grade 1 listed country pile, set in 750 acres of surrounding parkland with the river Avon flowing through the grounds. It’s the perfect location for a wild weekend of adventure and discovery and we can’t wait. Festival Director, Nigel Greenwood studied in Leicestershire so when he was thinking of a suitable location for a fest in the Midlands, it was a no-brainer to hold it here.
The aim of the fest, is to get more families outside to experience the beautiful and diverse natural world, so it’s incredibly important to minimise any potential negative impact our activities and events have on the environment. So this year, bring a bottle (no vendors will be selling disposable plastic bottled water) luckily you will be able to fill them up (for free of course) at all bars and there will also be water taps at the venue to make it easier for you to refill. There’ll also be reusable glasses (£1) for all drinks – just remember to return your glasses when you leave to get your dosh back.
THE SUNDAY FAMILY PICNIC
A local picnic like no other! You basically get your friends and family together, grab a picnic and enjoy it together. The catch is that you can only enjoy the picnic if you’re a group of eight! This means that you’ll have to find people to make up the numbers if you’re in a small group. The idea is to make new friends – buddy up with your campsite neighbours, chat to the person in the ticket queue behind and in front of you. If you can’t find anyone, the team will do their best to buddy you up on the day. The picnic will include some delicious snacks and this year you can enjoy cheese, cakes, pies, cordials and more – all locally sourced.
Housed in their very own ‘Baby Big Top’ Jitterbug Circus will be on hand offering a wide range of circus skills. So if you have a budding juggler, stiltwalker, tightwire walker, plate spinner or limbo dancer then this is the activity for you! It’s fun for the entire family so just drop in and take part.
There’s tonnes to get the kids creative juices flowing. They’ll get the chance to make a short animated film from plasticine, Art Camp for kids to paint, draw and create amazing works of art whilst giving parents a chance to dump the kids and nip off for a sneaky cocktail or two. If they’re a bit more daring, they can try learning a new traditional craft skill and learn greenwood working techniques to make your their very own wand to take home – Harry Potter eat your heart out! Plus lots more.
Of course, no festival is complete without music and this one has it in spades. Performances from Mr B, the Gentleman Rhymer, Sugarmoon, Tinker’s Lane, Maya Lane, Chloe Lawrence and more more more!
Elderflower Fields, Midlands, 29-31 May
Stanford Hall, Stanford Rd, Lutterworth LE17 6DH.