Youth Performers Competition 2016

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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.

Elderflower Fields has partnered up with GnERGY

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Elderflower Fields has partnered up with GnERGY, one of the country’s new and upcoming energy firms who are giving the big six a run for their money. Not only are GnERGY intent on keeping things simple when it comes to electricity and gas bills, but because they are a community run organisation they don’t need to make huge profits and consequently are saving us all a few quid. You can even go and visit them for a chat if you want to…

Find out more about the folk at GnERGY at gnergy.co.uk and if you fancy a change of energy supplier give them a whirl. We have.

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.

Relax in our Woodland Spa

By | General EF News

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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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.

BOOK SPORTS & ARTS CAMPS NOW

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Countdown to Christmas Competition!

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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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For full terms and conditions please click here.

WIN tickets to Into The Trees

Kids Competition: WIN Into The Trees 2016 Tickets

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If you didn’t make it to our brand new little sister festival Into The Trees this summer, here’s a chance for your kids to WIN 1 of 3 family tickets to the 2016 event.

Into The Trees is an opportunity to explore the great outdoors and the wonderful world or trees, woods and forests. Our first event in September was a huge success and invited families to discover the ways we play, work and learn in the trees.

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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!

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

Festival Kidz Silver Award!

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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

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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.

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…