Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Meadowlands Festival – Children’s Area - Activities and Areas for the Bumbling Bambinos


Meadowlands Festival returns this summer from the 1st – 3rd June 2012 for the third year to East Sussex, for a weekend of cultural carnivalesque celebrations, jam-packed with great music, comedy, and family fun.

Set in the idyllic grounds of an Elizabethan manor house, near the beautiful village of Glynde, within three miles from Lewes and just 10 minutes outside of Brighton by train, Meadowlands Festival looks set to be the go-to boutique festival of the summer. 

This year, Meadowlands Festival will play host to a range of children’s areas from Workshops For The Imagination to Juggletastic circus classes, Stick It On DJ slots and storytelling for under 5’s, this dedicated area is the place where children can be entertained and safe.

The Purepotions Baby Changing Area
This year Meadowlands will have a superb baby changing area managed by Purepotions – a completely natural skin care range who will provide a safe and fresh environment in which to change your children.

Stick It On
For all of the budding DJ’s, Meadowlands is playing host to Stick it on- a club event with a twist which gives the younger festival goers a chance to play 4 of their favourite tunes to a small audience. There is no resident DJ’s and no super star DJ’s at this club night. Move over LTJ, this club night is for the next generation. Stick it on describe themselves as “A night that never takes itself too seriously Stick It On aims to give you something different”. They have been described by Time Out Magazine as “A national phenomenon, for 15 minutes, ordinary folk get to play their favourite tracks to titanic reactions from a party loving crowd”. To register your play list, please go to the meadowlands website.

Workshops for the imagination  
Meadowlands have a wide range of activities to keep the little ones entertained; one in particular has a philosophy to allow children’s creativity to thrive in an informal but structured environment. Workshops For The Imagination is a Brighton based organisation set up by Alex Sutton-Vane to bring a wider range of quality art to children aged from 2 years. At Meadowlands Festival Workshops For

The Imagination will be running a drop-in activity area where children aged 3 – 11 years can come and make art works, models and generally be creative in their own space.

Woodland Adventure
Enter through the replica Hogwarts tunnel and explore the mystical woodland where you and your family can make your very own natural art works inspired by the beautiful Sussex surroundings.

The Grateful Crane: The Fetch Theatre Company
This creative theatre company will be performing ‘a visual tale told without words’ through the art of puppetry based on the traditional Japanese story of ‘The Grateful Cane’.
As well as celebrating puppetry, the performance will demonstrate the visual and emotional pull that this art form has on audiences of all ages. This funny, moving and beautiful story will transform audiences as they interact with the puppets and journey with them to see amazing transformations take place. The show will be performed by one animator who will skilfully put in motion various spectacular puppets and props in order to create a simple but unforgettable story.  

After each performance, the puppet director will be providing workshops giving families a chance to interact with and explore the Banraku puppets. There will also be special guest puppets!

For the under 5’s - Traveller Space
This special place for the under 5’s will be managed by Traveller Space – a charity supporting Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall and the South West. The area will provide beautiful wooden toys, a climbing frame, sand pit, water play, soft play, puzzles, books and a comfortable sofa to sit on while your loved ones play.
There will also be story telling to capture the imagination in this area running throughout the festival.  

Roll up Roll up! Test your circus skills in this exciting workshop where children will have a chance to play with a wide range of circus toys including hula hoops, juggling, ribbon twirling, stilt walking, unicycle and the Diablo. There will also be Juggletastic teachers helping you perfect your skills with the hope of participating in a performance to your parents on Sunday.

The Line-up
This year’s event will see over 80 bands including Lamb, Speech Debelle, LTJ Bukem, four stages of live music, six club nights, spoken word & comedy, a new woodland area and campfire, plus a charity casino.

It’s Affordable
£85.00 for an adult’s weekend ticket, which includes camping
£45.00 for teens
£20.00 for children
Free for under 5’s
To find out more about this year’s Meadowlands Festival and to book your place, go to; www.meadowlandsfetsival.com

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