Elderflower Fields Family Festival 22-25 May

Elderflower Fields Festival is a magical weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration. Set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside, Pippingford Park in Ashdown Forest its the perfect location to escape for the May Bank Holiday.  As well as a stunning natural camping location the weekend promises eclectic music, fantastic activities for kids, and great local food & drink.


The So Sussex Sunday picnic is one of the highlights of this family weekend. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends and family (or even strangers), and it’s all included with weekend tickets. Elderflower Fields is the only festival in the world to supply every guest with a free communal picnic filled with delicious tasters of local produce and a very special chocolate cake.


Elderflower Fields has masses of free activities on offer for kids. All run by a dedicated team of professional organisations providing the opportunity to discover new skills and have fun. Rafting, mud hut building, music masterclasses, parkour, science, disc golf, night walks, slacklining, bush craft skills, art workshops, sports camp, kayaking, orienteering, pond dipping, drama workshops, climbing wall and more. All FREE with your ticket.


The Green People Woodland Spa is perfect for a little luxurious festival pampering. You can prebook supervised sports or arts camp session on their website so that the kids are taken care of while you relax. They also boast Double Decker Hot Tub Bus!


Gypsy, folk, blues, rock, cajun, swing, dance and classical. The line up this year looks like it provides something for every taste. Introducing children to music is also a big part of the festival with a unique performance being curated on site by East Sussex Music Service as part of the BBC Ten Pieces, as well as the winners of their Youth Musician Competition.


Some of the finest local food providers at Elderflower Fields this year catering for all diets – especially the kids. Attention is paid to supporting local suppliers and produce where possible. All supplying affordable high quality meals.

There’s a cocktail bar with it’s own stage and late music for the night owls and two further bars serving up craft beers, local ales, ciders and more…

Elderflower Fields is now in it’s fourth year with excellent feed back from guests returning year after year.

Nigel Greenwood, co-founder of So Sussex, the organisation responsible for creating this family festival says:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive comments and feedback received from festival goers over the last three years. Their words sum up the ethos of the festival far better than we ever could and inspire us to improve and make Elderflower Fields 2015 the best yet.

What is really exciting for us is that the festival is becoming a moment of inspiration for children their families and festival goers to try out new things that are then becoming part of their daily lives. This has led us to create a series of articles about people who have been inspired by Elderflower and which kicks off on our news page of the website in January 2015″


“It’s probably the best thing we have done together as a family, ever.”

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“We really noticed a difference in our two daughters being outside and away from screens and technology and just having lots of space to explore. We thought there was an amazing array of activities to keep us all entertained too.”

“Elderflower Fields keeps the focus on back to basics outdoor fun. Despite the rain and a little mud all the kids had a magical time what ever their age.”

“It is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the delights of the outside world.”

“This festival was populated by happy families replete with festival cheer and zillions of small children enjoying their free-range festie-freedom.”

“The sports camp was brilliant for my children and with so many other activities going on over the weekend, it’s hard to fault.”

“The family picnic was a brilliant idea. It was good to taste local produce and chat to people. The food was fabulous and really generous.”

“What a fun holiday! Mud, late nights, yummy food and fun things to do. We loved the face paints, singing on stage, listening to cool stories and learning new sports.”

Weekend and limited day tickets available here.


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