Quality Sussex family fun at Elderflower Fields Festival

Published On June 5, 2014 | By Sarah Ryman | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews, Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

Pippingford Park
East Sussex
TN22 3HW

23rd – 26th May 2014

Unlike many ‘family friendly festivals’ Elderflower Fields keeps the focus on back to basics outdoor fun. There is no heavy sponsorship and you won’t find a giant Postman Pat or Hello Kitty anywhere on the gorgeous countryside site in Sussex. Just acres of rolling valleys, wooded glades and lake side walks. There are no market stalls or fun fair rides so you can keep your wallet firmly in your pocket (at least until you get to the cocktail bar!)

We spent an otherwise wet and dreary weekend at Elderflower Fields in Ashdown Forest with around 15 kids, and despite the rain and a little mud they all had a magical time what ever their age.

The organisers put effort in to the little details that make a big difference to people with kids. Letting you drive right to the campsite to unload doesn’t sound like a big deal unless you have ever attempted to camp at a festival with small kids in the rain but believe me, it matters. They also allow you to set up and chill before you collect your wrist bands and enjoy an Elderflower cocktail on the house.

There were plenty of activities for the kids to get involved in. Everything was on offer from raft building and tree climbing to DJ workshops and lantern making. Most of our kids chose to spend their time just ambling and enjoying the unique thing this small and perfectly formed festival provides so well.


To read a little more about the ‘adult fun’ in a field somewhere at Elderflower Fields check out my blog post ‘Champagne, pies and hot tubs’


About The Writer

Sarah is a Brighton based freelance marketeer specialising in the family market. A mum of 2, Sarah blogs about her quest to find that perfect family moment @afieldsomewhere