‘Most spectacular’ Just So Festival ever in 2019


Just So Festival, 16th-18th August 2019, Rode Hall Estate


Organisers of the Just So Festival have revealed details of the new areas included in their 2019 event.

Festival organisers Wild Rumpus promise ‘the most spectacular Just So ever’ in what is the event’s tenth outing.

Just So is dedicated solely to children and their families, offering astonishing arts and enthralling experiences.

The annual weekend-long festival brings together an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other.

With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, the Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day-to-day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.

Introduced for 2019 are new areas including the Fire Garden, a pyrotechnic marvel of light and heat, set among the trees of a brand-new orchard.

Festival-goers can also delve into the mysterious Garden of Delight, a palace of secrets in a section of the estate that has never previously open to the public.

Other elements this year include the opportunity to head into the woods to enjoy author talks, music workshops and a night-time DJ set in ‘Wonderland’.

The new Curiosity Shop offers a space for learning art skills like stop motion animation, illustration or textile crafts in workshops led by expert artists.



There will be new locations for some festival favourites.

Footlights – where young and old alike can dance like wild things with a packed line up of live bands – will move to the lakeside, so now you can watch the sun set over the water as you and your family show off your best moves.

The tenth Just So Festival will also see the return of festival goers’ favourite programming from the past decade.

This includes the Ten Favourite Acts (the ten acts or events that have brought the most to Just So across the ten years).

There’s campfire storyteller IanDouglas, award-winning musician David Gibb, the ‘riotously odd’ musical outfit Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers plus family comedian James Campbell, ceilidh dancing from Cut A Shine, as well as Thingumabob and the Thingumajigs’ unmistakeable good time music.

The Flamingo Lounge returns after its triumphant debut last year – and when the night falls, the neon comes out and the party can really begin!

Tickets for the not-for-profit arts festival include all entertainment and programming across the festival site – with capacity capped at 5,000 to ensure a relaxing and safe environment for all.

Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird, directors of Just So Festival, commented: “We’ve been doing this for ten years, and every year we’ve been amazed by the exuberant energy our audience brings to the festival.

“To celebrate our first decade, we’re making sure that this is the most incredible Just So ever. 

“We’re bringing back old favourites, but also making sure to pack the festival with surprises you’d never expect. We can’t wait to share this extra special Just So with everyone!”

In celebration of the festival’s tenth year, a limited number of free weekend tickets are available for ten year olds.

For full details and to buy tickets, visit the Just So Festival website.



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