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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 thoughts on “Want to be Chilled in a Field?

    1. Rachael Jess

      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

      1. Sarah Ryman

        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.

  1. Plum

    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 🙂

  2. Hannah Bee Griffin

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

  3. Joanne Baldwin

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

  4. Michael Aspin

    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

  5. Debs Beck

    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.

  6. Linda Curtis

    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

  7. Ally Willis

    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.

  8. Lauren | Belle du Brighton

    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!

    1. afieldsomewhere Post author

      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

  9. ChenelleO

    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 🙂

    1. afieldsomewhere Post author

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

  10. Kat Allinson

    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

  11. Amanda noble

    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

  12. Ruth Wollerton

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

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