isitors to the only UK camping festival just for families can expect to step out of their day-to-day lives into an enchanting environment where music, theatre, dance and stories are woven through the woodland at the glorious Rode Hall estate in Cheshire.
The landscape will be transformed by large-scale art installations, quirky characters and magical decoration broken down into different areas for families to explore, each bursting with workshops, performances and surprises.
Families will be invited to enter the jaws of a giant metal whale to be serenaded by a lovesick submariner, taken on a surreal journey on a fantastical flying machine, and charged with saving the world from being gobbled up by the all-devouring piggy bank of doom by Talking Birds, Pif Paf and Teatro-saurus. And every evening, ‘Forty Winks’ will celebrate bedtime with an aerial dance performance entitled ‘Fly by Night’ by the Baretoed Dance Company.
The festival audience will, as always, be creating marvellous and unusual things. Huge tea sets will be created from mud, babies will be making pots on a potter’s wheel, impossible photos will be taken in the fantastic photo booth of wonder and confusion, and families will have to work fast to create a play in an hour. And that’s before they even learn to levitate…
From wild barn dancing with Cut a Shine, to Russian folk dancing with Mazaika, the festival’s music programme will be an eclectic mix to keep tiny feet tapping from dawn til’ the retro discos fade into quiet. Bands include Sheelanagig, Louis Barabas and the Bedlam Six, The Robbie Boyd Band, Fiona Bevan and the Bonfire Band. Families will be singing and dancing their socks off too, with Familyoke, jive, swing and belly dancing workshops and the annual participatory opera.
As a festival just for families, babies will be especially well taken care of in Peekaboo. Programme details will be announced in the next couple of weeks, but practicalities such as a breastfeeding boudoir, a well-stocked baby change area and baby bath time, will help the smallest visitors to enjoy their first festival.
This glimpse into the curious and wonderful world of Just So doesn’t even touch upon the pillow fights, midnight feasts, trapeze workshops, lantern parades, drumming workshops, dressing up, campfire singing, den building and stone balancing that will also be on offer.
Early Bird tickets for the event sold out in September, and with the festival directors confirming they have no plan to increase the capacity of the festival, families will need to be quick if they want to join in the festivities!
Rowan Hoban, Festival Director, says: “We think that we currently have the right balance with a safe and intimate atmosphere so that families can have creative adventures, singing, dancing and playing together without having to queue up or make their way through overwhelming crowds. Our aim is to create spellbinding environments where the audience feel like anything is possible”
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eading appliance manufacturer Beko is the largest consumer brand to contribute to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum’s ‘Alliance Appeal’, which is supported by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is ideal for families and entertaining the children, as its packed with enjoyable guided tours and fun activities! The Alliance Appeal that Beko is supporting is a fundraising drive to raise the £6.6m needed to save HMS Alliance, the World War II submarine that is the museum’s star attraction.
Beko’s donation will help maintain and preserve the historical features of HMS Alliance, as well as enabling her to remain open as a tourist attraction for years to come. Ragip Balcioglu, Managing Director of Beko plc, comments: “Ecology and conservation are both very important to Beko and we’re delighted to support the Alliance Appeal. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is a great destination for family fun and as a brand that set out to make life easier for families we felt the appeal had great synergy.”
The HMS alliance will remain open during the renovation process, and will be officially opened in 2014 by Prince William.
he store is located in The Peninsula Arcade at the prestigious The Peninsula hotel. It is the first baby and childrenswear store to be invited into the arcade, which his home to over 80 luxury shops including Chanel, Michael Kors Prada. Bonnie baby founder and designer Tracey Samuel and her furniture designer husband Gareth Griffiths have conceived the design concept for the Bonnie Baby store.
Together the design duo have come up with a store concept that is inspired by classic British furniture brands of the 1960's, bought up to date with Gareth's signature style - modern furniture incorporating traditional elements such as quality and attention to detail. The look is timeless, clean and simple - the perfect backdrop for Bonnie baby's vibrant, colourful designs.
Designed to be tactile and soft, fittings have been made in a soft oak and a rose gold coloured metal with white gloss lacquer while large metal hanging rails incorporate Bonnie baby's apple logo. The overall feel is typically British whilst incorporating fun elements such as rocking horse sheep. The lighting in store will be from handmade ceramic "Early Bird" lights, designed by New Yorker Amy Adams and supplied by Danish lifestyle brand Alma's Room.
Tracey Samuel says, "We are so excited to be launching our first stand alone store, in one of the most prestigious locations in Hong Kong. I have travelling to Hong Kong for nearly 20 years with my different design positions and have come to think of it as a home from home. I love the vibrancy of the city and the people and am thrilled it's the location for our first store."
Gareth Griffiths says "Bonnie baby stores will be launching across Hong Kong and China over the next few years, so one of the most important considerations was flexibility of design. It was important to have a softness to the design that children will appreciate and above all, the design has to complement Tracey's designs."
Tracey Samuel, formerly Head of Knitwear for Sonia Rykiel in Paris, launched Bonnie Baby in 2005. Her husband Gareth joined the business a few years later, having spent a couple of decades designing and managing projects for some of the best-known furniture brands in the industry. He also ran successful design studios in Paris and London and he was founder of Dovetail Lifestyle Furniture.
The launch of the Bonnie baby Hong Kong will be followed by the rollout of further stores across Taiwan and China in 2013 and 2014.
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