Elderflower Fields Festival at Ashdown Forest

Children can have a wonderful time over the whole weekend.
Children can have a wonderful time over the whole weekend.

The Ashdown Forest hosts a family festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Elderflower Fields Festival has been designed for families with young children in mind, allowing parents to relax in the knowledge they are not only looked after but learning new skills from firemaking to Parkour; from archery to learning a new musical instrument.

Elderflower Fields is at Pippingford Park, Nutley. With urban woods, sports camps, creative arts workshops, environmental activities and new teen focused events on site, organisers aim to keep everyone’s boredom at bay for an entire weekend.

There are partnerships with The Arts Award, John Muir Trust and Sport England’s SpoGo initiatives ensuring that activities are well organised but there’s also plenty of grown-up stuff with more than 40 bands on two stages, woodland spa, cocktail bar and family picnic with Sussex produce.

Nigel Greenwood, co-founder of So Sussex, the company behind the Festival, said: “We have kept ticket prices as low as possible and all the sports, arts and environmental activities are included in the price so there are no hidden costs. We are proud of how quickly this festival has grown and touched to see the enthusiasm of local producers in providing the food, drink and entertainment. We believe in supporting the local economy and protecting and promoting the beautiful Sussex countryside so as much of the infrastructure, food and drink as possible is sourced in the county.”

Camping is included in the ticket price and there will be spacious, designated campsites close to the action, plus ‘glamping’ options too in tents on site for families who want a bit more luxury. You’d need to enquire about prices.

Tickets for the Festival itself (fully inclusive) cost £105 (adult weekend,) £50 (child weekend (plus booking fees) and under fives go free.

Elderflower Fields Festival has been running for three years but this is its first time in the Ashdown Forest (previous festivals were at Bentley near Halland.) Visit: www.elderflowerfields.co.uk or see: www.facebook.com/elderflowerfields