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.


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.


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!

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.

Sports and Arts Camp Bookings

By | Kids

The Sports and Arts camps at Elderflower Fields give your children the opportunity to try a range of exciting sports and games, and to get seriously creative in the safe hands of our experienced coaches and staff.

The camps (like most of the activities) are included free with your festival tickets, but we recommend you book your sessions online in advance to suit your family.

Plenty of our activities at Elderflower Fields are run on a drop-in basis, but these pre-bookable sessions allow you to plan a little time without the kids. Some parents choose to take advantage of our Green People Woodland Spa treatments for total relaxation which are also available to pre-book here.

Our Sports camps are available to children in different age groups so your child can mix with others of similar ability and also meet new friends. Sessions can be booked for over 11’s, 5-11 year olds, and there is a session for under 5’s on Saturday morning. Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch and some younger children may prefer you stay close by if they are not used to being left.

Limited Arts camp sessions will welcome guest authors and other festival firsts. Some sessions are aimed at younger children where parents are asked to stay. Details of these can be found on the booking page.

To make sure all our Elderflower Fields kids get a chance to experience both Arts and Sports camps we request only one session of each is booked per child. There may be additional sessions available during the festival but these will be offered at the festival.




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.


By | Kids, Music

Bring your costumes, peg-legs, hooks and beards and celebrate all things salty this summer!

Captain Al and trainee pirate Stinky are sailing back to Elderflower Fields Festival to take over the main stage!

Following last year’s rip-roaring runaway success we bring you the very silliest in family shows. If you love pirates, sea monsters, cowboys, mermaids, bubbles, slime, cake, singing your head off or just having a good old laugh, this is the show for you!

So get your sea legs on and join the adventure – without you these bumbling fools probably won’t find the treasure!

Saturday, 11am on the Main Stage

**** Songs more catchy than the Chickenpox!
The Latest, Brighton

For more info, visit

Young Bands Run Free

By | Kids, Music

The Elderflower Fields Youth Band Competition is back for a 3rd year.

We’ve always supported new music and tried to offer opportunities for young musicians to perform at Elderflower Fields and this is particularly the case with our Youth Band Competition. An initiative we’ve promoted from our very first year, the competition invites young bands and performers from across the UK to submit recordings to us. A shortlist of the best dozen or so bands is drawn up and the public then vote, via the festival Facebook page, for their favourite.

The top band gets to perform a full set on the main stage in front of a proper festival crowd and in previous years this has been a real highlight of the weekend. In addition runner up bands and a “festival organisers choice” act get to perform on the smaller stages.

It’s an exciting opportunity for young bands and musicians to have a crack at promoting themselves and performing on a big stage with top quality equipment and technicians.

For more information and to enter the competition, young musicians should head to the Youth Band Competition page of the website here.

Colouring Competition

By | Kids

We’re excited to announce our Dragonfly & Butterfly colouring competition!

One lucky family will win a luxury bell tent to sleep in at the festival, courtesy of Loveabell. Inspired by the beautiful insects which will be emerging on parts of the new festival site come May, we’re theming Elderflower Fields this year on dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

Click here to download the template, print it out and then help get the insects ready for summer by adding some colour to their wings. Get creative, use pencils, pens, paints or even turn it into a collage of bright materials…


The details:

  • Entries must be received by 6th April.
  • Post entries to Team EF, 3 Byelaw Cottages, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, BN8 5EF.
  • Alternatively scan and email your entry to [email protected]
  • You may enter multiple times.
  • The upper age limit for entries is 11 years.
  • One winner will be selected by the judges and notified by email.
  • The prize is for a luxury camping package for up to 2 adults and 2 children. You must buy festival tickets for your family separately.