Sunday, 21 August 2011


A few months ago, Sarah Bird, one of the organisers of the 'Just So Festival' was a guest on 'Toddler Talk', my radio show on Redshift Radio. She came on to promote this years festival on 19-21 August. Sarah and Rowan organised the first one last year, their vision was to organise a family friendly festival offering music, theatre, workshops within a wonderous and beautiful landscape near Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.

I had never been to a festival before and decided to visit for a day rather than the whole weekend camping. We made our packed lunch and set off bright and early yesterday to sunny Leek, in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Our first delight of the day was seeing the Gruffalo, I was more excited than Luke! There were various workshops taking place, Pirate workshops, lantern making, painting and other craft activities. Many children were dressed up as fairies, pirates and superheroes, including our own little batman donning his knights sword. For those with small babies, there was a sensory area and a feeding tent too. We had our picnic at a man-made beach where there was also Punch & Judy, Ice creams and puppet shows.

The highlight of our day was the Clown workshop, we spent an hour playing games as a family, we had great fun and was great to see Luke running around and mixing with complete strangers.

Just walking round the forest, being in the outdoors and joining in with the spirit of things will stay in memory forever. I can't wait for next year and from all the comments friends made about my photos on Facebook, I'm sure they will be joining me too.

Well done Sarah and Rowan, I hope you managed to enjoy the weekend, you did an amazing job!


Tracy at Cariad Hypnotherapy said...

Glad you had a lovely day Sharon! It was lovely to see you in the forest. The whole weekend was fabulous - the camping was all part of the fun for the kids.
Tracy x

Sharon said...

Lovely to see you too, Tracy. Was a fantastic event, we really enjoyed it. Can't see us camping, especially as it would mean leaving our four legged friend which I am always reluctant to do!