A Brief Elderflower Fields History
Elderflower Fields was born in 2012 out of a desire to create a new festival in Sussex which started with families and kids first, and then built the rest of the weekend around them. In our first year we really didn’t know what to expect. Intending to produce a party for a few hundred friends and family, our plans snowballed and before we knew it, we had sold over a thousand tickets. What is more surprising is that everyone loved it! The sun shone, kids played and we danced in the beautiful surroundings of the Bentley estate.
It was so popular that we did it again in 2013 and this time twice as many people came – largely encouraged through word of mouth from the previous year’s customers. We had more kids activities, more music and more delicious local food & drink. And the sun even came back too!
In 2014 we moved to a new, bigger venue, Pippingford Park. It’s beautiful, hilly and wild, and it has become a great home to us.
We intentionally keep Elderflower Fields small – it’s part of what makes it such a safe and special weekend for families. But we also try to increase the quantity and quality of the activities and performances every year, so that there’s always something new and exciting for our guests.
Our ambition for Elderflower Fields is to provide a unique family experience that opens children and their parents’ minds to new opportunities in sport, music, the arts, the environment and food. We want to get more kids out into the beautiful countryside and inspired by new challenges. We’re committed to remaining independent and offering the very best value festival we can.
Elderflower Fields is an independent festival, created by So Sussex and put together by a very small but hard-working and passionate team. Nigel, Stuart, Maria, Dax and Alex are the main organisers who work year round (between other jobs!) to create what we hope is a magical and exciting weekend. We wouldn’t be able to do it however, without a small army of amazing friends, family and volunteers who pitch in, especially in the couple of months before the festival. We are particularly indebted to Anita and Susie, who both helped shape Elderflower Fields in the first two years.
We love hearing the experiences of our customers – it gives us encouragement and shows us how we can improve. If you got an idea, suggestion, or just want to say hi, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch via the contact form here.