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 page 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. For those that came last year, the ticket tent is a bit further down the hill, located more centrally in the car park.

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 1 minute down hill to the first family camping area and only 5 minutes downhill from the ticket tent to the main 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. At the top of the car park, about a minute walk up the fill from the ticketing 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 or Caravan. Staying in the Camper van area.

3) Make sure you have your camper van booking confirmation printed out and ready to show the stewards and note your pitch number carefully. 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 2017!

What to Bring

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The idea of bringing kids to a festival can seem a little daunting if it’s your first time. We’ve all been there with wet wipe disasters and forgotten flip flops. Here’s our little suggestion for what to bring and what to leave at home, to make your festival experience a success.

Your tent. Unless you’re lucky enough to own a camper van or have treated yourselves to a lovely bell tent or tipi, you’ll need something to sleep in. Plus sleeping bags, pillows and maybe some extra blankets. It’s worth remembering that it can get surprisingly cold in the middle of the night at this time of year, so bring something warm to sleep in.

Clothing. Ah, the great British summer! It will be sunny, hot, showery and cold at various times over the weekend if past experience is anything to go by. Bring waterproofs, wellies, layers and suncream!

Dressing up. Festivals are all about fancy dress and outrageous costumes. Dressing up is strongly encouraged! There is no specific theme this year, but we’d love it if you dress fabulously and colourfully, especially on the Sunday afternoon when we want to see a full fancy dress picnic!…

Food & Drink. We have some of the finest food and drink in the area available on site. There is something for everyone and the prices are quite reasonable. Please see our Food and Drink page for more information. The bars stock a good selection of drinks but make sure you bring a water bottle to refill at the taps or buy a festival bottle from the Info Tent. If you bring snacks for the little ones or a camping stove to cook meals please do your best to minimise waste and do not bring any glass on to site.

Pack light… Our single best tip is to pack light. It’s a five minute walk down from the car park to the main camping field and although there is the Elderflower Express on hand this year (see our guide to arrival here) you’ll still have to trek across the campsite at least a little, so having less definitely makes life easier! If you forget bits and bobs there is always the festival shop which will stock snacks, camping essentials and milk etc.

What not to bring. Finally, please remember, no pets, no sky lanterns or fireworks, no sound systems and no glass…

Young Photographers

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We have a team of fantastic photographers on site each year capturing our wild weekend in the beautiful Pippingford Park. Thank you to all of you who have provided so many wonderful memories of Elderflower Fields over the years.

This year we’re welcoming five talented new young photographers to the team, all on a mission to fulfill briefs of their own making. Meet them here:

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When you go down to the woods

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The woods at Elderflower Fields are places of magic and mystery, adventure and discovery and this year we have created our first Elderflower Fields Art Trail. Discover interactive works of art and have a go activities designed to bring out everyone’s creativity – what ever your age.
So Sussex’s Schools Without Walls team has worked with local schools and artists to create this exciting Art Trail. As well as discovering the interactive art works there are various spots along the trail where you can experiment with materials to create your own work. Drop in sessions with artists will take place over the weekend so pop along and get creative with clay, experiment with colourful threads and wood, or take a seat on the forest floor and have a go at creating something amazing.

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2017 Site Map

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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!

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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

Feed Bellies Not Bins

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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.

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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

2017 Colouring Competition

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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!

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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!

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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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WIN A HALF TERM ADVENTURE

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What adventures do you have planned this half term?

As the seasons change, it’s easy to go in to hibernation with the kids. Turning to screens and indoor activities, rather than getting outdoors and your daily fix of wild time.

Our team are busy planning next years big adventure at Pippingford Park in May, but we love to take time out to hear from guests. We’ve read some wonderful stories from adults and kids who have taken a little piece of the Elderflower Fields magic home with them.

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Have your family been inspired?
2016-09-03-11-06-51We’ve heard from children who have taken up new instruments and sports after trying them at Elderflower Fields. A mum who’s faced her fear of spiders and camping. Kids who have joined new sports clubs or discovered new passions. A young explorer who’s been inspired to find out more about bugs and build them a home in her garden.
So many new experiences for young and old.

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What’s inspired you?
Tell us your story or share a photo on our Facebook post here.
We have a family ticket to Branching Out Adventures for one random entry drawn on 19th October.

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Branching Out Adventures

Why not discover this brilliant outdoor adventure park based near Lewes in Sussex this half term? Branching Out Adventures introduces your family to the thrill of treetop activity and adventure in a safe and professional environment.

Have a great half term all!

Grow and Show your sunflowers

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This year at Elderflower Fields, our friends from Wakehurst shared their expertise and helped plant sunflower seeds in our fantastic new woodland potting shed built by Sandy and her talented team from The Woodland Hut Company.

Many of you have been planting sunflower seeds at home and at Elderflower Fields. We want to see how they are going!
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WIN tickets to Into The Trees and Wakehurst

We’ve got a family ticket to both Into The Trees 2016 AND a to Wakehurst for two lucky gardeners. Share a photo ofyour sunflowers and two winners will be selected. One winner will be drawn randomly from everyone who enters and another will be judged on successful growing.

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Into The Trees is the second event from So Sussex and takes place on the 3rd and 4th of September at Pippingford Park in Sussex. A chance for children, their parents and grandparents to be inspired to spend more time outdoorstogether. Two fascinating family days which take you into the amazing world of trees, the woods and forests and explores ways in which we can play, work, learn and explore amongst the leaves branches and trunks.
Wakehurst

Wakehurst is a stunning botanic garden located near Ardingly, West Sussex and managed by RBG Kew.  Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion. Learn about the essential conservation work of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, enjoy afternoon tea and have fun in the natural children’s play areas for a great family day out.

Share your pics to WIN!

Tweet, Facebook or Instagram tagging Elderflower Fields and using #ShowMySunflower or email your photo to [email protected] before 20th July.

Happy growing everyone!

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*Terms and Conditions: Ends 20th July when 2 winners will be selected. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all entries and the other will be judged on successful growing by our green fingered experts. Both winners will receive a family day ticket to Into The Trees either 3rd or 4th September AND a standard entry family ticket to Wakehurst to be used within 1 year and not inclusive of special events or shows. Family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 kids. UK only. Competition is run by So Sussex and not endorsed or promoted by Facebook or any other social media platform.

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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

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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).

Inspired by – Moths by Michael Hall School

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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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A taste of Sussex

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Elderflower Fields is all about trying new things. After overwhelmingly positive feedback our So Sussex Sunday taster picnic is back. It’s a chance to sample new food and introduce kids to some delicious local produce, but above all, a chance to meet new friends and come together as a community.

All our activities at Elderflower Fields encourage families to join in and give things a go. Seeing children enjoy new experiences and become part of our magical community is what makes our event so special for us.  The family picnic experience invites you to collect a picnic bag and enjoy the delights inside with a group of 12 festival guests.

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Congratulations colouring winners

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Thanks to all of you who took the time to enter our Elderflower Fields colouring competition recently. We really enjoyed looking at all of the amazingly creative entries and they are now proudly on display to keep us smiling during the busy build up to the festival.

Congratulations to our overall winner Jasmine Kirkus Hislop (aged 8) who wins a family ticket to Elderflower Fields 2016 this May. Also to our runners up Leon Watson (aged 9) and Lena Komaier-Peeters (aged 10) who win family tickets to journey into the wonderful world of wood with us at Into The Trees this September.

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We hope you all enjoyed the colouring and look forward to announcing our next competition in May. Here’s a little clue to get you thinking.sunflower

Spotify Playlist

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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.

Priory School design Kids HQ

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So Sussex, the creators of Elderflower Fields festival have been working with students from Priory School in Lewes on another exciting competion for this years festival.

Last years two year 9 students from the school won ‘Design an Elderflower Fields app’ and this year pupils have been invited to design the festivals ‘Kids HQ’. The winners will see aspects of their own designs come to life at our 5th birthday festival this May.

Priory School has run the new Elderflower Fields competition for pupils to be involved in the design of 3 connecting, themed geodesic domes that promote the festival ethos: nature, art, music and sports.

Once the winning design is selected a team of Priory students will be helping construct the geodesic domes on site at the festival and the winning designers will enjoy a family weekend at the event.

So Sussex works closely with school’s and young people through the School’s Without Walls programme providing outdoor learning and experiences that are both fun and stimulating. So Sussex are keen to involve school’s and young people in Elderflower Fields and our sister festival Into The Trees.

We aim to provide exciting and unique family experience that opens children and their parents’ minds to new opportunities in sport, music, the arts, the environment and food in the great outdoors

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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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.