I’m Excited About…

Last week I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of emails that made me very, very happy. They were both invitations to events run by Wild Rumpus and I am so excited about both of them, so let me tell you more…

A Day at the Lake

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A Day at the Lake is a major outdoor event 30 April – 2 May 2016, reimagining Rudyard Lake near Leek for one weekend only as it was in the late 1800s as a cultural destination for up to 20,000 day trippers a day to take in the spectacular outdoor arts of the age. Now a sleepy beauty spot it was once known as “the Blackpool of the Potteries” and “the Geneva of the UK” and was one of the first examples of mass daytripping to rural beauty spots in the UK. It will include the recreation of the famous “African Blondin” tightrope walk (drawing huge crowds just 30 years after the abolition of slavery) and mark the other feats that took place there including Captain Webb’s aquatic fete, fresh from swimming the channel. It was on a trip to this beauty spot that Kipling’s parents met and took inspiration for their future son’s name. It is the first event of this scale to be held at the lake for over 100 years.

They pretty much had me here at late 1800s as I do adore history. And how amazing does this all sound, something totally unlike anything that we have experienced before and I am intrigued to see what it will be like. I can imagine that the children will love the fun fair and the many performers, whilst I’m keen to soak up the atmosphere and will no doubt have a browse of the craft and vintage market and we’ll all enjoy tasting the street vendors wares.

You can find out all of the details at A Day at the Lake.

Just So Festival (19-21st August 2016)


An annual, intimate, weekend-long camping festival for children and their families the Just So Festival provides an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other, showcasing the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre for families in a wondrous landscape of woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire.Just So was awarded Best Festival in 2015 by the National Outdoor Events Association and is the only combined arts festival dedicated solely to families in the UK.

With an incredible mix of regional, national and international artists and performers, it promises to take you on an expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, raucous pillow fights, tribal tournaments, curious creatures and breathtaking beauty.

With intrigue and trickery as the theme for 2016, family adventurers should keep their ears to the ground for new and exciting experiences to be announced and further instruction from the brilliantly bonkers Just So Bureau.

Inquisitive explorers can expect to tour the most curious of lands and encounter creatures and characters beyond your wildest dreams.

Oh. Wow. My children were made for ‘intrigue and trickery’ as I’d guess most kids are! I just love the concept of this, the setting looks beautiful and the event looks jam-packed with things for us all to see and do. Can’t wait!

You can find all of the details at Just So Festival

Both events looks to be brilliant for families and I am looking forward to seeing what my kids make of both of them. I will report back…..

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9 thoughts on “I’m Excited About…”

  1. These look great, and the one in Leek, more than a little interesting. I love the late Victorian period as well, and my grandmother was from near there, so history a-plenty! Maybe this could be our first festie as a family of four?

    *starts listing all the baby travel essentials needed* 🙂

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