Elderflower Festival – QUALITY Sussex family fun

EF-tweetbirdJust booked up my May Bank Holiday weekend. Organised hey?

Quality and festival rarely go together.

But last year we stumbled upon Elderflower Fields.

Never again will I accept that festivals plus kids equal 3 days of soggy chips, missing all your favorite music and hovering small bottoms over swamp infested portaloos.

Arriving last-minute and just by accident, courtesy of some friends that couldn’t go, it was more like pulling in to a village fete than a festival. No grumpy security, massive queues or unnecessary strip searches of children and buggies.

The kids were given a glass of elderflower cordial and we had an elderflower champagne cocktail.

Don’t mind if I do!

We even got a goody bag with some camping goodies.
We were in a camper van but even our friends with tents had just a leisurely stroll from their car while the kids ran free.

imageThe entire site was completely manageable with half of it in the woods (great for shade as it was a scorcher) and half of it in the open field. The woods were by far my favorite  lots of cute little sound systems and bars plus lovely woodland spa treatments (a little expensive but that seems to be the case at all festivals).
There was loads of free stuff for the kids to do including crafts and a great skate ramp.

9 out of 10 from us (overpriced very popular tattoos frugal mummy had to part with £6 for – so they lose a point but guess I could have just said NO).
We had such a great time. Camping with friends, meeting new people and giving the kids the freedom they crave.

On Sunday the festival excelled itself by asking campers to group together with 10 people and send someone to the main stage. A treat when our team-mate returned with a local produce picnic hamper for us to share (especially as we were down to the last tin of beans!). Local bread, cheeses, pâté, cake and all sorts of other goodies to enjoy in the sunshine while chilling to some music. Doesn’t get much better than that.

We were sad to say goodbye to all our fellow campsite friend old and new, but packed up and were home in time for tea…
How very civilized!

Set in the stunning grounds of the Bentley Estate near Lewes, Elderflower Fields Festival is a relaxed family camping weekend with the added bonus of being slap bang in the middle of a festival in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Tickets are still available but going fast. I’ve got mine. elderflower

9 out of 10 from us.

An amazingly well organised first year. See you soon @afieldsomewhere


8 Responses to “Elderflower Festival – QUALITY Sussex family fun”

  1. 1 FestivalKidz.com (@FestivalKidz) February 27, 2013 at 22:29

    Sounds lovely!! I’m adding a link to your review onto our listing for Elderflower Fields – I think other families will enjoy reading it. Thanks for sharing your experiences x

  2. 2 Pete Holmes March 1, 2013 at 21:17

    Excellent review afieldsomewhere! Concise and beautifully written. Makes me wanna try and go this year but probably can’t afford it. Hopefully next year when the kids are 9 and 5. Be great to document the weekend too photographically.

    • 3 a field somewhere March 3, 2013 at 08:07

      Thanks for dropping by Pete. It’s a really beautiful site so do bring the camera along if you happen to make it down to Elderflower Fields this year. If not, see you in a field somewhere soon…

  3. 4 Lulu March 3, 2013 at 13:51

    Hiya,which dates exactly?

  1. 1 WIN family tickets to Elderflower Fields Festival 2014 | a field somewhere Trackback on November 18, 2013 at 23:14
  2. 2 Win a family ticket to Elderflower Fields Festival!!! | Gammon and Chips Trackback on May 6, 2014 at 16:19
  3. 3 Champagne, pies and hot tubs | a field somewhere Trackback on May 29, 2014 at 00:05

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