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2017 Site Map

By | Uncategorized

We love sharing our site map in the run up to Elderflower Fields each year, and hope that it helps you get even more excited for your arrival at Pippingford Park…

Here is a first look at this year’s festival site map, showing where all the amazing activities will be taking place!

Click on the image to view a large version.

Pre-order the new EF T-shirt!

By | General EF News

We’re very excited to reveal a beautiful new t-shirt for Elderflower Fields this year. The wonderfully talented illustrator, Emma McGowan has created a unique and charming design which will also feature on this year’s festival brochure.

A limited run of t-shirts will be printed, prior to the festival this year by the brilliant team at the Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre. CHEC was opened in 1995 to provide a professional working environment for young, physically disabled people who had left formal education and experienced problems accessing open employment because of their disability.

T-shirts cost £7.50 if you pre-order before the 7th May. There will also be a limited number of t-shirts available to buy at the festival, from the Info Tent for £10.

To pre-order your t-shirts, visit our ticketing page using the link below or via the menu at the top of the website. Select the number of t-shirts you would like and then click “Order Now”. You will be asked to choose your required size for each t-shirt during the checkout process (please see size guide at the bottom of this page).

Pre-ordered t-shirts will be available to collect from the Info Tent at the festival.

Size (age): XS (3-6) S (7-11) M (12-16) L XL  XXL
Chest (to fit): 30/32 34/36 38/40 42/44  46/48  50/52

Access Starts Online

By | General EF News

At Elderflower Fields we try to improve accessibility every year, so that as many families as possible have the opportunity to enjoy our festival. This year, we have signed up to Attitude is Everything’s Access Starts Online campaign, and updated our accessibility information accordingly. We’re proud to support this campaign and the excellent work of Attitude is Everything and we look forward to continuing to improve Elderflower Fields for everyone.

You can find out more about Attitude is everything on their website here: attitudeiseverything.org.uk

2017 Colouring Competition

By | Competition

Enter our 2017 colouring competition for a chance to win a family ticket to Elderflower Fields this May!

After the success of our half term colouring competition last year, we’ve decided to run it again. If you’ve seen one of our 2017 flyers out and about, you may have already spotted that on the reverse side is a beautiful wild colouring pattern for the kids (or grown-up kids…). Perfect for a bit of distraction on a rainy half term day!

To encourage you to get your mindful colouring hats on, we’ll be giving away a family ticket to this year’s festival worth over £300 to the best colouring in we see with a runner up prize of a family ticket to our sister event Into The Trees in September. Anyone can enter, but children are strongly encouraged – winners will be picked at random once the competition closes. And don’t worry – if you already have your festival tickets for this year and you’re lucky enough to win, you can roll the prize over to 2018!

To enter, simply send us your masterpiece before midnight on Sunday 16th April. You can do that by either Tweeting a picture to us @ElderflowerFest or tagging us on Instagram @ElderflowerFields – in either case, use the hashtag #ElderflowerFields. Or you can email us a photo or scan to [email protected] Don’t forget to include the artists name and age. Happy colouring!

Don’t have a flyer? Download the colouring in pattern here: EF2017 Colouring Comp

Full competition terms and conditions here.

Happy Christmas!

By | General EF News

Merry Christmas to all our friends and wonderful Elderflower Fields families. We hope to see you all in May back at Pippingford for what we’re sure will be our best festival yet!

And, if you’re still looking for that perfect last minute Christmas gift, there are always EF tickets you know… Here are a couple of downloadable images which you can print out in case you’re planning on gifting festival tickets this year and want something prettier to give.

EF Joins the Energy Revolution!

By | General EF News, Tickets

We are very happy to have signed up this year to the Energy Revolution – a festival industry collaboration that turns your fossil-fuel travel miles into a direct investment in renewable energy. Together we can turn millions of miles of travel into clean energy and turn a problem into a solution. Now, when you purchase your Elderflower Fields tickets, you’ll be given the option to donate a small additional amount which Energy Revolution invests in sustainable energy initiatives to replace dirty, non-renewable forms of energy such as oil with sustainable, clean energy solutions such as wind and solar energy.

At the moment we are only offering a fixed donation option when you buy your festival tickets, but soon we hope to be able to use the Energy Revolution’s travel carbon calculator so you can see exactly what impact your journey has.

If you like, you can use the calculator and donate directly on the Energy Revolution website here.

And for more information on how it works and where the money raised so far has been invested, visit their website, energy-revolution.org.uk or check out the short video below.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

EF2016 Site Map

By | General EF News

Here is our Elderflower Fields 2016 site plan. Check it out & get excited! Not long to go now…

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Click the image to download a PDF version of the site map.

Spotify Playlist

By | Uncategorized

We’ve got some great performers lines up for you in May and we’re starting to get excited here at EF HQ as this year’s festival approaches. To help get you in the mood we’ve started a Spotify playlist featuring some of the great acts you’ll be able to hear at EF2016.

Youth Performers Competition 2016

By | Competition

Our popular youth performers competition is back for a fifth year!

Once again we’re encouraging talented youngsters from across the South East and beyond to share their skills and win the opportunity to perform in front of a festival crowd. This year, we’ve decided to open up the competition to performances of any kind. So whether you play in a rock band, perform spoken word poetry, play classical piano or are part of a street dance group, we want to hear from you!

The deadline for entries is Friday 15th April. For full details and the competition application form, head to the Youth Performers Competition page of the website here.

2016 Colouring Competition

By | Competition, Kids

Enter our new colouring competition for a chance to win a family ticket to our fifth birthday festival in may!

If you’ve seen one of our flyers out and about, you may have already spotted that on the reverse side is a beautiful wild colouring pattern for the kids (or grown-up kids…). Perfect for a bit of distraction on a rainy half term day!

To encourage you to get your mindful colouring hats on, we’ll be giving away a family ticket to this year’s festival worth over £300 to the best colouring in we see with runner up prizes of family tickets to our sister event Into The Trees in September. Anyone can enter, but children are strongly encouraged – winners will be picked at random once the competition closes. And don’t worry – if you already have your festival tickets for this year and you’re lucky enough to win, we’ll refund you!

To enter, simply send us your masterpiece before midnight on Sunday 10th April. You can do that be either Tweeting a picture to us @ElderflowerFest or tagging us on Instagram @ElderflowerFields – in either case, use the hashtag #ElderflowerFields. Or you can email us a photo or scan to [email protected] Don’t forget to include the artists name and age. Happy colouring!

Don’t have a flyer? Download the colouring in pattern here: EF2016 Colouring Comp

Full competition terms and conditions here.

Countdown to Christmas Competition!

By | Uncategorized

To celebrate our upcoming 5th birthday, we’re launching a very special competition in the run up to Christmas. Every week for four weeks you can win some fantastic prizes, courtesy of our festival partners. To enter, simply head over to our Facebook page, then like and comment on the competition photo.

You can enter once per week – and each entry gives you a extra chance of winning, so if you enter every week, you’ll have four chances at winning the final prize!

Check out the fantastic prizes below, plus every week there will be a runner up prize of a bottle fizz from award winning Blackboys Vineyard.

Week 1

Glow Wild at Wakehurst Place

A family ticket to the wonderful lantern trail around the gardens of Wakehurst Place. For more details, visit the event page here: www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst/whats-on/glow-wild.

Closes: Thursday 3rd December.

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Week 2

A selection of books from Ivy Press

Six fantastic kids books designed to inspire and delight. If you don’t win, all titles are available to buy from: www.wordery.com.

Brain Twisters: £9.99, ISBN 978-1-78240-204-6
Christmas Paper Play: £9.99, ISBN 978-1782402473
Build! A Knight’s Castle: £12.99, ISBN 978-1782402732
Secrets of Winter: £10.99, ISBN 978-1-78240-277-0
Insects in 30 Seconds: £9.99, ISBN 978-1-78240-284-8
Weather in 30 Seconds: £9.99, ISBN 978-1-78240-285-5

Closes: Thursday 10th December.

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Week 3

Mr Fox Lemongrass & Ginger Body Wash and Body Lotion

One of three lovely gift sets from Green People.

Pop over to the Green People website for lots of brilliant Christmas gift ideas from the UK’s most loved natural and organic skin care brand.

Closes: Thursday 17th December.

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Week 4

A family ticket to our fifth birthday festival!

Come and join us at Elderflower Fields for a magical weekend of wild family adventure.

Don’t worry if you have already purchased your tickets, we can either refund you (a nice little Christmas bonus!) or offer you a free family ticket to our 2017 festival…

AND… a second prize of a family ticket to the brilliant Peter Pan at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne on Friday 15th January.

Closes: Thursday 24th December.

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Every Week

A bottle of bubbly from Blackboys Vineyard

Every week there will be a runner up prize of a bottle the 2011 Blanc de Blancs – a 100% Chardonnay sparkler, white gold with pale green lemon highlights with an intense and prolonged fine bead and mousse.

The nose is clean and citrus with a hint of fresh bread. The palate continues with the fresh citrus theme with crisp acidity, hints of melon, cucumber, thyme and orange blossom. A long, vinous finish.

This is a well structured and classy Blanc de Blancs Sussex Chardonnay, at its best from a great vintage.

Blackboys Vineyard is a small, family owned and operated vineyard just 10 miles from Elderflower Fields. A regular at the Sunday afternoon picnic, Blackboys Vineyard is proud to support Elderflower Fields.

www.sussexsparklingwines.com

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- Click here to enter! -

For full terms and conditions please click here.

UK Festival Awards Nominations

By | General EF News

We’re thrilled to announce that Elderflower Fields has been nominated for Best Family Festival at the 2015 Uk Festival Awards. We’re also nominated in the Best Small Festival, Grassroots Festival Award and Best Toilets categories!

It’s amazing to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the much bigger and established festivals, so we’re smitten just to be nominated. But, if you could take a few minutes to vote for us, it would be the absolute world! To entice you a little, when you vote you can opt to be entered into a draw to win tickets to all the winning festivals next year!

To vote, head over to the Festival Awards site and click the “vote now” button.
www.festivalawards.com

Thank you!

By | Uncategorized

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make EF2015 such a lovely weekend – we had a blast and hope you did too!

We’ll be posting some photos here and on our Facebook page very soon, plus we’re going to launch a photo competition to win tickets to next year’s festival – keep an eye on the Facebook page for that too.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear about your experience of Elderflower Fields this year. If you could spare 5 minutes to fill in our brief survey, it would really help us to continue to improve things for future years. We’ll also pick one entry at random from all feedback received before the end of June to win a weekend family ticket to Elderflower Fields 2016.

13 Marvellous Magical Things Not To Miss

By | General EF News, Kids

With only a couple of weeks to go we thought we’d let you know about just a few of the magical moments you can enjoy at this year’s Elderflower Fields.

1. Make Believe – Transport the kids to another world with one of our captivating storytellers. Discover the enchanting storytelling area in the woods and listen to tales from near and far. Folk tales and fairy tales, myths and legends, or take a nice little holiday with a snail and find out where they go when the sun shines.

2. Mini Beasts – Join Sussex Wildlife Trust and discover the hidden beasts around Pippingford Park. Take a nightjar walk with our experts or try and spot of orienteering with your family to find some of the hidden gems in Ashdown Forest.

3. Masquerade and Moustaches – Last year we had bears in the woods, this year we are going a little more up market. Saturday night we invite you to dress in your finest attire and join us at the cocktail bar for a martini or two. Pop in to the craft tent early evening to work on a moustache and fluff your feathers and we may even have a prize or two for the dandiest. (Bears are also welcome too)

4. Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – A legend of chap hop, this guy is guaranteed to get everyone bopping to his cheeky little ditties. Get down to the main stage on Saturday for some of England’s finest.

5. Mouth-watering Morsels – The famous chocolate cakes are back. Don’t miss the chance to sample some of the finest local tasters at the So Sussex Sunday picnic. Join us on Dragon Fly Hill with a blanket and your smiling faces. Make some new friends, pick up a picnic, and enjoy.

6. Mud Hut Building – Get stuck in and muddy. We’ll be building a traditional mud hut over the weekend. Come and get messy!

7. Mini Musicians – Elderflower Fields is proud to work with some amazing organisations providing opportunities for kids to learn about instruments in our Youth Music Zone. Try a music master-classes with special guests or even join the BBC 10 Pieces performance on the main stage on Sunday.

8. Move the Tale – Make sure your little movers make it down to this dance and story workshop. Movement Warriors are back and this year in collaboration with Ghislaine from Twisting the Tale to bring kids these exciting new sessions.

9. Mr Marvel – Back with his mind-blowing magic, Mr Marvel will delight the little ones. Don’t miss it.

10. Maleficent – Just one of our magical family movies on show in the Elderflower Fields cinema this year.

11. Magical Memories – Elderflower Fields has provided some truly magical moments for us over the years. Some of those most memorable have been performed on our unique and intimate woodland stage. Take an adventure in to the deep and see what you discover.

12. Me Time – Take advantage of one of our brilliant prebookable sports activities for your kids while you enjoy some me time. Perhaps time for a Woodland Spa treatment or a visit to our wood fired hot tubs.

13. Making Monsters – under 6’s and their siblings can enjoy one of our Arts Camp sessions with author Leigh Hodgkinson and her new Monster Snorey Book, then make their own monsters. On Sunday we’ll be making big monster costumes too.

There’s plenty more amazing things on offer this year. We hope you enjoy discovering some of the hidden gems on your magical journey at Elderflower Fields.

5 weeks to go, 5 great reasons to join us in the sunshine…

By | Competition, General EF News

1: The Picnic

The So Sussex Sunday picnic has become something of our trademark and is one of the highlights of the weekend. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends and family (or even strangers) and it’s all included in your ticket. We are pretty sure Elderflower Fields is the only festival in the world to supply every guest with a free shared picnic filled with delicious tasters of local produce. And then there’s the legendary chocolate cake…

2: The Activities

Elderflower Fields has more free activities on offer per child that any other festival we know. All run by a dedicated team of professional organisations providing kids with the opportunity to discover new skills and have fun. Rafting, mud hut building, music masterclasses, parkour, science, disc golf, night walks, slack-lining, bush craft skills, art workshops, sports camp, kayaking, orienteering, pond dipping, drama workshops, climbing wall and more. All FREE with your ticket.

3: Spa and Hot Tubs

The Green People Woodland Spa is now taking bookings for luxurious festival pampering. You can also prebook supervised sports or arts camp session so that the kids are taken care of while you relax. And of course the Double Decker Hot Tub Bus is back too!

Visit our Facebook page to enter our current hot tub competition…

4: The Music

Gypsy, folk, blues, rock, cajun, swing, dance and classical. We’re super excited about the line up this year and think we have something for everyone.

We also welcome a unique performance being curated on site by East Sussex Music Service as part of the BBC Ten Pieces, as well as the winners of our Youth Music Competition.

5: Food and Drink

We have some of the finest local food providers at Elderflower Fields this year. Some regular favourites and a few new surprises to enjoy. All supplying affordable high quality meals. We’ve worked hard with suppliers to ensure all diets are catered for – especially the kids.

The cocktail bar will be back with a new stage and late music for the night owls and two further bars will be serving up craft beers, local ales, ciders and more…

This Year’s Playlist

By | Music

We’ve made a playlist on 8Tracks. Have a listen to a few of the musicians and bands who will be performing at Elderflower Fields 2015.

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The Hot Tub Bus Returns

By | General EF News

WE’RE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE BEAUTIFUL WOOD-FIRE HOT TUB BUS FROM BATHING UNDER THE SKY!

Start your festival in style or perhaps enjoy a mid-way recharge as you bathe in the hot tubs on the top deck with a complimentary glass of fizz, taking in the stunning views over the Ashdown Forest. Relax with a steaming shower or sauna on the lower deck before heading back to the main stage…

For more information, see the hot tubs page here

Inspired by Elderflower #2

By | General EF News

The second of our Inspired by Elderflower stories from Jo, who was inspired to start her own festival!

“Hello! My name is Jo and I am part of a small team that organises a festival called The Be Free Festival based on the edge of Epping Forest in Essex. I am going to tell you how Elderflower Fields Festival 2012 inspired our festival….

In 2014 we ran the first Be Free Festival. It is a beautiful space for people with learning disabilities, their family, friends and supporter workers to explore, be adventurous, be still, be brave and to face fears, to be free and equal, be creative, laugh and make connections with people.

It was the idea of Sally, the Managing Director of Paradigm (an organisation that campaigns for equality for people with learning disabilities and the right to an ‘ordinary life’) as a way to challenge how people with learning disabilities too often get ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ and just don’t get the freedom to experience ordinary moments or make basic choices that many others can. It challenges people to look at what good support is and it gives people a chance to experience going to a festival and try new things from lighting their first camp fire to staying in a tent for the first time.

At Be Free people get a chance to chill by open fires roasting marshmallows, take moonlit walks, watch a late night movie, camp in bell tents (often for the first time) or try all sorts of adventure challenges like zip wires and 3G swings. There is graffiti in the woods and we have a Big Picnic where people have to make a group of ten, are given their picnic bag to go off to eat together, people can try their hand at DJing with Nick Carling’s ‘Kiss My Disco’, they can try the silent disco and listen to bands. Can you spot the connection now?  Yep! Many elements inspired by the lovely Elderflower Fields Festival!

You see Elderflower Festival 2012 was the first festival I ever went to (with my family) and we just loved it. We loved the warm welcome, the woodland paths lit with fairy-lights, the random sofa and room in the middle of the woods, gathering people together in groups of ten to have a gorgeous picnic of local food, the skate park in the woods for kids, the fun silent disco, the yummy food stalls and the chance my kids had to light camp fires…it was quite magical.

It is this experience that I draw on when I help to shape The Be Free Festival 2015 with my lovely colleagues (I’m on the right, with Lore and Sally to my left).

Be Free Team

Everyone has a right to these magical experiences. So thank you Elderflower Fields for inspiring me, for inspiring my children and for inspiring so many elements of The Be Free Festival. Here’s to Being Free in 2015 and Elderflower Fields Festival 2015. Here’s to the beautiful moments in life that we are lucky to have!”

If you or your kids have a story you’d like to share about what has inspired you at Elderflower Fields in the past, please get in touch here.

Win Bluebell Railway Tickets!

By | Competition

Our latest newsletter highlights some of the amazing and inspiring activities you can expect to find at this year’s festival, plus a few suggestions of great family activities for half term from some of our friends, including the wonderful Bluebell Railway.

And we have a family ticket for a day of fun on the steam trains there to give away!

To enter the competition, simply send us a photo of your family doing your favourite half term outdoor activity to [email protected]

Email us your photo as an attachment, no larger than 5mb. Please enter “Bluebell Railway Competition” as the subject line of the email and include your full name.

Entries must be received by midday on Thursday 26th February.

For full competition terms & conditions, please click here.

Inspired by Elderflower #1

By | General EF News, Music

I am Hannah, I am 11 years old. I am learning the Piano, Viola, Guitar and I also sing in two choirs. This is what I think of the music at Elderflower Fields Festival.

Hannah

I like the way that you can have short instrument lessons, taught by proper musicians, because it inspires you to start learning at home or school. Listening to all the bands is really good because you can hear and learn how different instruments fit together.

The bands are very interactive with the audience and involve them in some of their songs, for example they might ask them to clap along to the rhythm. There is a band for everyone and different bands for different ages.

For the first time I saw the electric harp played was by one of the members of a band called The Moulettes. I was so inspired by their great music that I went to see them again when they played near my home. When I went to buy the Moulettes album at the festival, they were really friendly and they all signed my album and they asked me about any instruments I played and the violin player told me that she also plays the viola and the cello player told me that her name was Hannah too and her triangular cello was made for her by her dad! It inspired me to practice harder and eventually reach my goals (like passing my grade 5 piano with distinction and getting a music scholarship to my high school).

Last year a musician called Richard Navarro did a workshop at the festival. He got me up to play a few chords on the piano and then sampled them for the song he was writing in the workshop. He explained about sampling and loops and how he uses them on stage and when composing. He demonstrated it in the workshop. I was inspired to have a go at home and make my own loops on an App called GarageBand and try making music using the built in samples and also by recording myself on the piano and then recording singing with my sister.

If you or your kids have a story you’d like to share about what has inspired you at Elderflower Fields in the past, please get in touch here.

Festival Kidz Silver Award!

By | Uncategorized

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We’re thrilled to start the new year with news of our first ever festival award!

Festival Kidz, the excellent online family festival guide, felt Elderflower Fields worthy of their Silver award, which is especially gratifying given some of the challenges we faced moving to a new site last year and dealing with torrential rain!

Festival Kidz state: “We considered and rated the festivals in the following categories: Toilets, Camping, Quality of Children’s workshops, Entertainment for Adults, Children’s food options, Value for Money and Green Credentials.

To win a Silver Award, a festival had to be exceptional or good in most categories and may have scored poorly in one of the categories.

Because we considered so many more festivals in 2014, we needed to be harsher at judging them – so some festivals have slipped from Gold to Silver through no fault of their own. All our Gold and Silver winners are wonderful festivals that we highly recommend to families.”

As a small, independent organisation, it’s exciting to be held in the same light as big, established festivals like Camp Bestival and Wilderness. A huge thanks to all who’ve helped develop the festival over the last three years and here’s to a brilliant and sunny EF2015!

First 2015 Acts Confirmed

By | Music

Just in time for Christmas, we’re thrilled to announce the first few confirmed acts for Elderflower Fields 2015! We’re working hard to bring you the best and most diverse line up yet, including awesome bands, spellbinding storytellers, theatre, magic and much more!

Head over to the performers page here to find out more about acts including the frankly splendid, Chaphop rapper extraordinaire, Mr. B, The Gentleman Rhymer, and Americana folk rock heroes, Danny and the Champions of the World.

Last minute Christmas gifts

By | Uncategorized

Less than two weeks to go until Christmas. If you’re looking for a couple of last minute stocking fillers then we’ve got great recommendations from two of our festival partners.

For those of you in need of a little pampering this winter, our friends at Green People have got some great natural product ideas. We are looking forward to seeing more of them in the Woodland Spa at EF2015. Check out their Christmas store here.

Marina and her colleagues at Circle Of Life Rediscovery who provide many of the brilliant woodland activities at Elderflower Fields have recently written a book jam packed with amazing family outdoor activity ideas. Click here for more info and to buy.