insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 20

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT try something wild! Giving something a go comes naturally to small children. Every day is a new adventure, something new to discover, a new experience to be had. As we grow older it’s easy to become less willing to try new things for fear of failing, looking silly, or simply not being very good. Given the opportunity we can all ignite hidden talents and discover new passions. © Kipperklock Photography © Kipperklock Photography Elderflower Fields is a weekend of new experiences for all. Set in the absolutely stunning Sussex location of Pippingford Park over the May bank holiday, it’s a chance to fully relax while hundreds of children enjoy free-range festival freedom and adventure. “It's probably the best thing we have done together as a family, ever.” Anyone that has not experienced the joy of sleeping under canvas may shudder at the thought of a festival. Some can’t stand the thought of noisy campsites, trying to pitch a tent with kids or even just carrying camping gear. Elderflower Fields have added some helpful touches like a dedicated campsite buggy to help transport equipment from the car park and even pre-bookable premier pitches so you can camp with your car. If all this still sounds a bit much then there are also Glamping options plus campervan and caravan pitches so you can enjoying the great outdoors in more comfort. Mud hut building, slacklining, ukulele, science, orienteering, jive dance, high ropes, spoken word, DJ skills, archery, and even something called disc golf are all new experiences for many. These, and many, many more are available as part of a wild weekend here. All activities are provided by a team of dedicated local organisations who inspire and encourage participation. With an emphasis on sport, music, the arts, wildlife and nature, there is something for everyone to discover. Supporting local businesses and individuals is a big part of Elderflower Fields and all the food and drink is sourced from Sussex and Kent. Tickets also include a communal taster picnic full of samples from local small producers. Over 40 performers from across the South East will perform across three stages and some will provide additional workshops for children and adults to take part in. Details of the diverse range of music and theatre can be found on www.elderflowerfields.co.uk. With a woodland cocktail bar and a spa offering luxury pampering and treatments this is a weekend of pure relaxation. Many families have been returning year after year but the event remains small and intimate with plenty of space to unwind. 20 “What a fun holiday! Mud, late nights, yummy food and fun things to try.” Celebrating its 5th birthday this May, the festival has become a moment of inspiration for children, their families, and festival-goers to try new things that then becoming part of their daily lives. For a chance to WIN A FAMILY TICKET to this magical wild adventure visit www.insidesussexmagazine.co.uk/win and answer this question: Where is Elderflower Fields festival held? a) Seven Sisters Park, Sussex b) Pippingford Park, Sussex c) Bewl Water, Kent www.elderflowerfields.co.uk © Kipperklock Photography With more children being admitted to hospital in the last year from falling out of bed than falling out of a tree, giving our next generation the opportunity to try new things and make calculated risks in the great outdoors is becoming rarer.