Chilled 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.
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.
Run 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’.
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.
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.