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Feed Bellies Not Bins

By | General EF News

We all love food, YES?

Elderflower Fields are lucky enough to welcome some of the finest local food vendors from Sussex and beyond. Food is a big part of our festival and this year we are introducing an exciting new Campfire Cookout zone featuring workshops and demos for foodies young and old. Our friends from Holmes Wood Play will also be back with their messy Mud Kitchen for our youngest guests, and of course, our So Sussex family taster picnic returns.

But what to do when bellies are full? Food waste at festivals can be a big issue but we’re taking steps to reduce what is thrown away. Our fantastic array of food providers offer child sized portions and we are very careful with what is brought in to Pippingford Park by anyone attending. We encourage you to only bring what you really need to the festival and share any surplus supplies of food or drink with your campsite neighbours rather than sending it to the bin.

Last year The Real Junk Food Project Brighton were on site at the end of the festival and we are proud to say that almost all of the excess food from our catering vendors was redistributed. This year there will also be tables in the campsites and at the entrance to the festival on Monday morning for anything that you really can’t use or take home.

In 2017 The Real Junk Food Project Brighton will be back to save any unwanted supplies from going to waste. Any food that can’t be re-distributed at the festival will be used in one of their weekly pop-up Junk Food Cafes at various venues across Brighton. They serve healthy and nutritious lunches on a ‘pay as you feel’ concept encourages people to think about what their plate of food means to them. If diners can’t afford to pay money, then they may want to wash up, weigh some intercepted food, or lend a hand at the Food Hub.

Elderflower Fields has plenty of reasonably priced fantastic food and our General Store will again be selling essentials like milk and bread. You are welcome to bring food to the festival but we do ask you to consider what you actually need and please do support our hard working food vendors as much as possible. Each year our campsite is littered with unopened bread, bottles of fizzy drinks, tins of beans, bags of fruit and even alcohol (all of which are available on site). All abandoned by campers, which presents a real recycling problem for us and a dreadful waste. We are working hard to make Elderflower Fields a greener event.

The Real Junk Food Project will be on site on Bank Holiday Monday, but we’d love your support to make the job of redistributing food at festivals a thing of the past.

More about our food vendors here. And read more about the amazing work of The Real Junk Food Project Brighton here.

 

Access Starts Online

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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

Happy Christmas!

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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

Easy Camping Options

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We want your wild adventure with us to be a relaxing and stress free family experience. Each year we look at ways of making camping with kids as easy as possible. The introduction of trolley hire to assist with luggage, improved campsite showers and toilets, and our popular buggy service for tired legs are just a few of these. For those that are looking for an even easier camping experience we also have some premium glamping options available, and new for 2017, pre-erected tents from Tangerine Fields.

Glamping options at Elderflower Fields offer extra comfort and a spacious and relaxed Boutique Village with its own toilets, showers and water point. Boutique guests can take advantage of a dedicated buggy luggage service direct from the car park to their own beautifully furnished tipi or bell tent without the hassle of setting up camp.

Our popular Loveabell tents return after several successful years offering bell tents at Elderflower Fields with prices from £280. These sell out every year so book early to avoid disappointment.

Black Dog Tipis will also return and create a gorgeous tipi village in the exclusive boutique camping area. Sleeping 6 people in comfort and style, prices start from £450 for the weekend.

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Both options come in a range of furnished and unfurnished packages and provide a luxury, hassle free way of enjoying your adventure in comfort. Guests can enjoy our relaxed boutique corner of the main family camping field.

Tangerine Fields join us for the first time in 2017 and provide simple, pre-erected tents sleeping up to 8 guests. Take the hassle out of pitching up and make the most of your full weekend at the festival. Based in general family camping, Tangerine Fields’ packages allow you to book with large groups of friends if you wish, and arrive any time knowing your tent is already erected.

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For guests in motorhomes, campers, caravans, or those who wish to camp with their car or friends, limited pre-bookable live-in vehicle pitches are available for £40.

All premium camping options are limited and have been very popular in past years. All options are likely to sell out.

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Into The Trees kids

Into The Trees – WIN our last Elderflower Fields family ticket

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Elderflower Fields 2016 is a sell-out!

Well, almost. We have just one remaining family weekend ticket up for grabs. We’d love to invite you all to our second event Into The Trees this September, and give you the chance to WIN the last Elderflower Fields family ticket too. Everyone who books tickets to Into The Trees before 24th May will be in the draw. An advanced family day ticket is just £22. Don’t worry if you are already booked for Elderflower Fields 2016, if you win you can gift the ticket to a friend or we’ll swap it for Elderflower Fields 2017 instead!

Into The Trees

Into The Trees is a fascinating day of discovery for parents, grandparents and kids of all ages and will take you into the amazing world of trees, woods and forests. One of the south of England’s most amazing landscapes, Pippingford Park offers the rare chance to explore and enjoy protected ancient woodland in the Ashdown Forest.

Six diverse woodland zones full of activities to discover:

Working in the trees – demonstration and craft workshops from skilled blacksmiths, toolmakers, trug and basket makers, and more.

Playing in the trees – explore the tree canopies and play in the branches with climbing and slacklining. Enjoy woodland storytelling and games in the trees.

Art in the trees – create wonderful works of art with your family from wood and browse beautiful work from local artists.

Living in the trees – explore ways in which we can live within the trees. Get mucky with the kids and try mini mud hut building or check out the tree tents or Woodland Hut Company or Mark’s True Tiny House.

Wildlife in the trees – Join some of our brilliant experts from Sussex Wildlife Trust and other partners to learn more about the wonderful wildlife in the woods.

Surviving in the trees – discover ways in which we can survive in the woods with bushcraft skills, foraging and more.

Into The Trees tickets on sale now – Book your ticket before 24th May to enter the prize draw to WIN a family ticket to Elderflower Fields (2016 or 2017) worth £300.

Into The Trees 3rd or 4th September 2016 day ticket prices:

Family from £22

Adult from £8

Child from £5

Under 5s FREE

BOOK TODAY TO ENTER

Into The Trees kids

Term and Conditions: Every email address used to purchase tickets to Into The Trees 2016 before 24th May will automatically be entered into this prize draw (including tickets already purchased). 1 winner will be randomly selected and notified using the email supplied and has 1 week to respond or another winner will be selected. The prize is a family weekend ticket to Elderflower Fields Festival 2016 (2 adults / 2 kids) on 27-30th May. Prize can be gifted but not sold and may also be exchanged for a family ticket to Elderflower Fields 2017 (26-29th May 2017).

ARRIVAL

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Arriving at a festival can be stressful, especially if you’ve got excited kids after a long journey, all your camping gear and it’s chucking it down… This post explains what to expect when you arrive at Elderflower Fields this year, which will hopefully help you plan to make the arrival experience as smooth as possible.

1) Check where you’re going. The post code for Pippingford is TN22 3HW. There will be yellow AA signs along the A22 as you approach the entrance. Once off the road, stewards will direct you towards the parking.

2) Have your tickets ready. Either printed out, or on your phone. You may be asked to show them as you come into the site.

Arriving by car. Staying in family camping or boutique camping.

3) You will be shown where to park by our friendly stewards – give them a wave and a smile. Once parked up you should make your way, with your tickets, to the ticket tent, where wristbands and a few other bits will be issued.

4) Once you are all wearing wristbands, you can head down to the campsite and get set up!

5)a) There are two ways to do this. Follow the signs and walk with your stuff. It’s less then 5 minutes downhill from the ticket tent to the family camping fields. You can also hire a trolley from the car park to help with all your gear too.

5)b) The second way is on the Elderflower Express. Next to the ticket tent there will be a bus stop where you can load your family and your gear onto one of our buggies who will shuttle you down to the main camping areas. Please note, that especially at peak times, there will be queues for the buggies. If there are long queues when you arrive, our advice is to walk :-)

Arriving by Camper van. Staying in the Camper van area.

3) Make sure you have your camper van booking confirmation printed out and ready to show the stewards. They will then direct you to the camper van area – please remember to drive slowly – 5mph max please :-)

4) The end of each row will be marked with it’s letter. Find your row and drive in. The pitches are individually numbered and marked. Find your booked pitch and park up.

5) Once settled, send at least one grown up from your group, with your tickets, to the ticket tent, where wristbands and other bits will be issued.

6) Set up camp, get settled, head off to explore the festival site and perhaps pour a well earned drink!

Welcome to Elderflower Fields 2016!

Inspired by – Moths by Michael Hall School

By | General EF News, Kids

If you go down to the woods this May you’re in for a big surprise…

The year six students from Michael Hall Steiner school in Forest Row have been working on an exciting art project with Elderflower Fields Festival.

The Steiner curriculum looks at the life cycles of different plants and animals helping children to relate to human reproduction from both a grounded and universal perspective. Elderflower Fields have invited the children to create something for our magical woods at Pippingford Park and the children have enthusiastically responded with huge 3D moths. They have spent time studying the reproductive cycle of the moth and designed and created these wonderful structures from willow and tissue paper as part of an art installation.

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The creation of these sculptural forms also fulfils the 12 yr-olds’ developing ability for design. They have studied the different forms of moths and worked out how to transform the precise geometrical forms and colours of the images of real moths into sculptural forms that will not only look stunning but withstand the weather.

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The students have successfully combined accurate design, teamwork and biology into one activity that will be displayed for us all to enjoy and perhaps inspire more of us to get outside and be creative. Thank you to all the students and teachers involved – we can’t wait to see the moths in flight!

EF2016 Site Map

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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.

Boutique Camping Set to Sell Out

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We understand not everyone loves the sheer joy of a completely wild time sleeping on the floor. The great British weather can fill some parents with dread at the thought of sleeping under a sheet of thin nylon. Glamping options at Elderflower Fields offer a little bit of extra comfort.

New for 2016, Black Dog Tipis will create our first Tipi village in our exclusive glamping area. Sleeping 6 people in comfort and style, prices start from £450 for the weekend.

Our popular Loveabell tents return after several successful years offering bell tents at Elderflower Fields but are unfortunately already sold out.

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Both options come in a range of furnished and unfurnished packages and provide a luxury, hassle free way of enjoying our 5th birthday in style. Guests can enjoy our relaxed boutique corner of the main family camping field. The glamping area offers its own toilets, showers and water point with a dedicated buggy service direct from the car park to the boutique area to carry your luggage.

If canvas in any form still fills you with fear, then our premium camping pitches offer space for you to pitch up in motorhomes, caravans or anything you like, provided it fits within your spacious 6×9 meter space. Pitches can be booked here.

Glamping has been very popular in past years and all options are likely to sell out very soon.

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Real Junk Food Project Brighton

Welcome The Real Junk Food Project Brighton

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The Real Junk Food Project Brighton intercept food destined for landfill, and this May we are super excited to welcome them to Pippingford Park to help us reduce our waste. With all the delicious grub on offer at Elderflower Fields, we have always been keen not to waste a single mouthful. Unfortunately, as with most outdoor events, food waste is something we will never be able to eliminate entirely.

We have some of the finest local food vendors joining us this year and The Real Junk Food Project will be on site to collect anything that isn’t used at the end of the weekend to feed people who need it at one of their weekly pop-up Junk Food Cafes in the city of Brighton. The revolutionary ‘pay as you feel’ concept encourages people to think about what their plate of food means to them, if they can’t afford to pay money, then they may want to wash up, weigh some intercepted food, or spread the word about the project. Food is a basic amenity that should be available to EVERYONE regardless of financial status and the project provides healthy meals, not just for homeless people, but low-income families, students and anyone struggling financially.

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Elderflower Fields has plenty of fantastic food for sale and our Sunday taster picnic offers a communal chance for your family to sample something different from independent suppliers. With so much food already on-site we encourage guests to think about what they bring. Each year our campsite is littered with unopened loaves of bread, tins of beans, bags of fruit and cans of alcohol abandoned by campers, which presents a real recycling problem for us. Season’s General Store will again be selling essentials like organic milk and bread and although you are more than welcome to bring your own camp food we ask you to consider what you will actually use.

The Real Junk Food Project Brighton will be on site on Monday collecting anything they can reuse but please do think twice about everything you pack. We hate waste and are working hard to make Elderflower Fields a greener event. You will see other signs of this around the site this year. Reusable water bottles will be on sale if you haven’t brought your own, and a deposit scheme for reusable cups will be in place at the bars.

Let’s really work together to make Elderflower Fields a greener festival.

More about our 2016 food vendors here. And read more about the amazing work of The Real Junk Food Project Brighton here.

Relax in our Woodland Spa

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Tucked away in a peaceful corner of the site you’ll discover the Green People Woodland Spa which has been designed to help you fully relax into the festival. A haven of tranquility, the spa offers various 60 minute treatments for £45.
Bookings are now available for sessions starting on Friday at 6pm through till 11am on Monday morning.

Our fantastic team of fully qualified & highly professional local therapists offer a wide range of spa treatments to suit your needs. You will be looked after by the Green People team who we are hugely grateful to for their continued support. Green People are the UK’s most loved natural and organic skin care brand. They offer a range of skin products for all the family and support our therapists with treatments.

And for complete peace of mind, why not book the children into one of our supervised Sports and Arts camps whilst you’re visiting the spa? Head to the activity booking page for more info.

Click here to visit the Woodland spa page for more info and to book

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UK Festival Awards Nominations

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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

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…

The Hot Tub Bus Returns

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

Win Tickets To Eastbourne Pantomime!

By | Competition, General EF News

Our latest newsletter features some alternative gift ideas for Christmas, including of course, festival tickets!

We also feature the Eastbourne pantomime – a firm family favourite at this time of year. From 12th December until 11th January Beauty and the Beast will be showing at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. To book or for more information, call the box office on 01323 412000 or visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.

We’ve got a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) to give away for the pantomime on Tuesday 16th December at 7pm. To enter, head over to our Facebook page and comment on this photo.

To see the full newsletter, please click here.

2015 Tickets are Live

By | General EF News

We’re thrilled to announce that Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale for Elderflower Fields 2015! You can buy them now from the ticket shop here.

We’re super excited about our fourth year and there are some fantastic plans developing for what we’re sure will be the best Elderflower Fields yet. Keep an eye on this news page and if you haven’t done so already, make sure you sign up to our mailing list to be first to hear about all the updates, plus line up news and competition announcements…

Festival Packing List

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If you’ve never been to a festival before, here is some guidance on what you might need. Whatever you do, try not to bring too much – you’ll have to transport it from your car and we want to leave the site as untouched as possible. That means, leave nothing behind… If you forget anything, there’s always the festival shop…

What to Bring:

– Tent (lines/poles/groundsheet/pegs)
– Sleeping mat/sleeping bag/duvet/pillow
– Wellies or sturdy boots
– Waterproof coat and over trousers
– Enough changes of clothes in case you get wet
– Spectacles/contacts and solution
– Ear plugs/cotton wool
– Towel/soap
– Toiletries
– Sun cream
– A reusable water bottle, to fill up from the free taps on site
– Torch & batteries
– Mobile phone
– Camera
– Medications (prescriptions/inhalers/chemist sundries)
– Medical info (allergies etc)
– Money (remember, no cash machines on site)
– Festival tickets!
– Shorts/jeans/skirt/dress
– Socks/tights/underwear
– A warm sweater (it can get cold, particularly if it’s wet)
– Hat/gloves
– Clean clothes to go home in
– Bags (for dirty clothing and footwear)

What Not to Bring:

– Dogs or other animals will not be allowed anywhere on site (except registered guide dogs).
– No sky lanterns, sound systems, firewowrks or open fires. Persons using fireworks will be evicted from site and materials confiscated.
– Only alcohol for personal consumption may be brought into site but no glass please.