Want to be Chilled in a Field?

Child in a field festivalChilled in a Field has been right at the top of our bucket list for several years now but one thing or another keeps getting in the way. 2016 is going to be our first year to get totally Chilled in a Field!

Now entering its seventh year, it’s easy to see why families keep returning to this small and perfectly formed weekend of chilled out fun. Voted ‘Best Tiny Festival’ in the 2015 public awards at FestivalKidz.com plus a gold a silver award in 2014 and 2013, it’s a firm favourite with festival loving families.

chilled in a field festival crowd

Grown from the ’90’s London party scene, Chilled in Field is a small, independent festival for ex-clubbers and their kids, so sounds like the perfect weekend to relive our misspent 20’s.

Clubbing and outdoor raves were a big part of my youth, and only now do I fully appreciate what a wicked time it was to be part of. Just hearing a certain tune can transport me right back to those butterfly feelings, squashed in the back of a MK2 Escort on a magical mystery tour round London looking for some random club or party.

chilled in a fieldRun as a not-for-profit social enterprise by volunteers, Chilled in a Field helps people from all ages and backgrounds learn the ropes in events management and other parts of festival organisation.

This year the festival moves to The Hop Farm in Kent with more room to ‘play all day and dance all night’.

chilled in a field

With endless entertainment for little ones, plus a proper grown-up festival experience in a totally stress-free safe space, Chilled in a Field 2016 sounds like it’s going to be wicked.

Family-friendly features include:

  • Permanent clean flush toilets, and priority toilets for kids
  • Free hot showers
  • Earlybirds’ family campsite that’s quiet at night
  • Small open site where it’s easy to keep an eye on little ones wherever you are
  • Capped capacity (max 3500 people) to keep the festival feeling safe and lovely
  • Free activities: sand bouncy slide and castle, crafts, science, DJ and dance workshops, interactive theatre, a Ceilidh and glitter wrestling!
  • Glamping, and campervan pitches with electric hookup (no really… electric hook up!)
  • Street food village offering child portions.

chilled kids

And for adults:

  • The festival bar boasts a weekend-long ale and cider festival including local brew
  • Music is eclectic with festival favourite headliners The Egg, Tankus The Henge and Cocos Lovers joining a packed line-up of acoustic and live acts
  • The festival takes its dance music seriously, with sounds provided by some of the UK’s top DJ crews and a late night silent disco woodland rave.

Tickets for Chilled in a Field – Kent’s Hop Farm 29-31 July 2016 available now from www.chilledinafieldfestival.co.uk with special offers for those on benefits and carer tickets.



55 Responses to “Want to be Chilled in a Field?”

  1. 1 charlie pope March 4, 2016 at 21:45

    a safe but fun atmosphere with plenty to do!

    • 2 Rachael Jess March 30, 2016 at 13:34

      Not commenting to win, but commenting to say MK2 Escort = LOVE!
      Oh how I wish I had one now! They go for a song!!!
      I too am a child of the ‘hunt the location’ rave days xxx

      • 3 Sarah Ryman March 30, 2016 at 13:55

        Our escort had a really leaky roof and actually had things growing in the carpet from some old bits of pasta that lived there. Not sure it would be worth much these days!
        Kids don’t know they’re born with mobile phones and gps these days. All that motorway services excitement is something they will never experience. Totally different times but feel like yesterday.

  2. 4 Stephen Fowler March 7, 2016 at 10:00

    What makes a perfect family festival for me is having all 3 children and all 6 grandchildren together with me. http://ygtbiitwi.com/

  3. 5 Plum March 7, 2016 at 11:03

    This looks like so much fun! I’d love to treat the kids to something like this. We have nothing like this here and could never afford it, to be honest. The sort of thing they’d remember forever 🙂

  4. 6 Hannah Bee Griffin March 8, 2016 at 10:11

    Sunshine laughs lots to see and do and spending quality time together making family memories that will last forever

  5. 7 Michelle O'Neill March 8, 2016 at 14:44

    i havent taken my grandaughter to a festival yet x

  6. 8 Katherine Teff March 8, 2016 at 20:53

    Somewhere that is safe and not overcrowded.

  7. 9 Alison Joyce March 8, 2016 at 21:05

    Lots of children to do and a nice safe space

  8. 11 Angie83 March 9, 2016 at 08:14

    This sounds great. I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this festival before!

  9. 12 Angie83 March 9, 2016 at 08:15

    This looks amazing!

  10. 13 amy gonzalez March 9, 2016 at 14:42

    a safe fun enviroment

  11. 14 Joanne Baldwin March 9, 2016 at 19:06

    Lots of activities for the children, and a family camping area where we can sleep without people partying in the next tent!

  12. 15 Michael Aspin March 10, 2016 at 08:02

    Not heard of this before but it looks right good. If I don’t win the tickets I might buy some. Good for my 1 year old I reckon

  13. 16 Charlotte Bell March 10, 2016 at 15:21

    Not too rowdy and nice and close to home

  14. 17 Sam McKean March 10, 2016 at 19:46

    This looks amazing, perfect…things for kids to do…stuff for grown ups too…perfect!

  15. 18 Sarah Kane March 11, 2016 at 18:26

    love chilled!
    would love to win tickets for my bestie and her family

  16. 19 Debs Beck March 12, 2016 at 07:22

    Looks fantastic, can’t wait to take my one year old to his first festival and his dad would be pleased with the flushing toilets.

  17. 20 Rebecca Pickering March 12, 2016 at 09:41

    Plenty of chill out time, and good weather

  18. 21 Gemma Massey March 14, 2016 at 10:33

    This looks so much fun music, dancing, campsite, campfire, BBQ, camping 🙂

  19. 22 Zed March 15, 2016 at 11:56

    This looks awesome! Would love to go 🙂

  20. 23 Linda Curtis March 17, 2016 at 16:59

    love that its a family affair and so much fun for everyone from young to old
    it would be fab to go along and enjoy it

  21. 24 Rebecca Roberts March 18, 2016 at 21:00

    Familys make the perfect festivel xxxx

  22. 25 Ally Willis March 19, 2016 at 21:58

    Would love to take my family, including three children to this festival so they can experience the wonder and brilliance of chilling out in the outdoors.

  23. 26 Lauren | Belle du Brighton March 27, 2016 at 22:00

    Would you believe my husband has never ever EVER been to a festival. He’s almost 30! I have been to a few but not since having kids and this looks like the perfect one to start us off on our festival journey! Talking of boogeying with kids have you ever been to Whirlygig? Not sure if it is still going as I sort of stopped raving when I got pregnant but it was under the arches near london bridge station and was child friendly!

    • 27 afieldsomewhere March 29, 2016 at 17:17

      We used to go to Whirlygig at Womad every year when it was in Reading. Many a happy night spent massaging some random stranger under that parachute! Slightly cringing about it now though. Never made it to the London ones though. Good luck. X

  24. 28 rebecca smith March 28, 2016 at 12:27

    lots of different things to do for all age ranges

  25. 29 ChenelleO March 28, 2016 at 16:56

    Tolerance of all the little quirks of children, as well as plenty to do for all the family. Music, campfires and a chilled out atmosphere 🙂

    • 30 afieldsomewhere March 29, 2016 at 17:18

      What a pleasant way to describe it. ‘Little quirks’. We just call them ‘massive meltdowns’! Good luck.

  26. 31 Claire Jacobs March 28, 2016 at 20:49

    looks like something my little boy would love to do!

  27. 32 Claire McHugh March 29, 2016 at 19:35

    Whens there’s something for everyone and a happy, friendly atmosphere.

  28. 33 Nicola Andrijauskas April 6, 2016 at 19:10

    Lots to do and a family friendly atmosphere

  29. 34 leanne perrett April 9, 2016 at 16:47

    keeping the kids ebntertained for as little money as possible

  30. 35 donna l jones April 10, 2016 at 12:28

    keeping the children entertained

  31. 36 Victoria Gillings April 10, 2016 at 15:17

    Sounds great would love to take my family

  32. 37 Kat Allinson April 10, 2016 at 21:05

    Where there is lots to keep the children entertained, parents can relax without having to worry about the children being judged for any unique behaviour and just being themselves

  33. 38 Pam Francis Gregory April 11, 2016 at 17:44

    A secure setting with lots of room

  34. 39 Kellie McIntyre April 11, 2016 at 20:48

    Entertainment for all ages, oh & great food!

  35. 40 Oksana Fitzgerald April 11, 2016 at 22:19

    Good weather and good mood!

  36. 41 katharine April 11, 2016 at 23:00

    looks great, chilled out and safe, summer fun food and play

  37. 42 Amanda noble April 11, 2016 at 23:09

    A fun ,safe atmosphere with plenty to do for both adults and kids alike..of course i have girls so a few stalls selling various items would be nice too x

  38. 43 Jennifer Rhymer April 11, 2016 at 23:10

    Lots for all the family to do, food that children will love and a relaxed, fun atmosphere 🙂

  39. 44 Jean Vaughan April 12, 2016 at 06:49

    With all ages attending together in a safe, fun environment with lots to do for everyone

  40. 45 louise Evans April 12, 2016 at 09:43

    Secure friendly environment

  41. 46 Ruth Wollerton April 12, 2016 at 11:55

    Great music and my family big and small; in the best location, having fun makes the best festival of ALL. Thanks

  42. 47 liz ferguson April 12, 2016 at 12:13

    a group of family and friends all being there, too x

  43. 48 Nancy Carter April 12, 2016 at 12:50

    We would love to try this festival!

  44. 49 tammi nutting April 12, 2016 at 14:47

    great music .NO RAIN

  45. 50 Kellie Bolton April 12, 2016 at 16:37

    Sounds like a fab fun way to spend our first camping event as a family 🙂

  46. 51 benhamslc April 12, 2016 at 19:32

    Looks like a good time lots of friends and lots of fun, love good music and a good laugh.

  47. 52 Philip Underwood April 12, 2016 at 20:14

    Just having fun!

  48. 54 Tracey S Anderson April 12, 2016 at 20:24

    Having all my family together 🙂 Laughter and taking lots of photographs to reflect upon and remember the happy joyous moments we all spent.

  49. 55 Nicola Lang April 12, 2016 at 22:30

    Lots of sunshine and laughter and knowing that the kids are safe and having a super time.

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