Magical woodland transformed into family paradise 20 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent

A forest glade at Rode Hall gets transformed into a natural wonderland at the Just So Festival
The Just So Festival at Rode Hall near Stoke-on-Trent -Credit:Brummie Mummies

A magical woodland just a 20-minute drive from Stoke-on-Trent is being transformed into a family paradise. The Just So Festival, held at the scenic Rode Hall Estate near Scholar Green, offers a summer haven filled with music, costumes, colour and adventure.

Children can explore various glades, guided by a hand-drawn map featuring mythical locations such as Marauder's Cove, Shangri-La and the Spellbound Forest. Organisers have also promised a 'breathtaking' high wire spectacle and giant puppets that bring to life gods and demons from South Asian tales.

For those seeking a bit of fun, there's even a family blancmange fight! If relaxation is more your thing, a woodland spa offers parents the chance to enjoy a sauna session followed by an invigorating ice plunge.

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The festival takes place during the summer holidays, running from August 16 to 18. New for 2024 is 'The Mind Palace', an area where families can tackle giant puzzles, participate in 'mind-bending' workshops and take on engineering challenges.

The enchanting Just So Festival 2024 is set to return with a spectacular array of music, performance, and comedy in the Woodland Theatre. Dance enthusiasts can revel in the open fields, while street food vendors will serve up delicious treats alongside midnight feasts.

Arts and crafts workshops will spark creativity, and the Footlights stage will host an impressive line-up featuring Rioghnach Connolly and Honeyfeet, Kasai Masai, Bonfire Radicals, Dana Gavanski, ICHI, and Cut a Shine, reports Birmingham Live.

"We are thrilled to unveil our incredible line-up for Just So Festival 2024," Rowan Cannon, the Festival Director, said. "From world-class music to immersive woodland adventures, we offer families a chance to step out of their everyday routines, and enjoy an unforgettable weekend of mischief, mayhem, and anarchic play!"

In response to the ongoing cost of living crisis, festival organisers have decided to maintain ticket prices at the 2023 rates, ensuring that as many families as possible can experience 'a weekend adventure beyond their wildest dreams!

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Just So Festival website.

Travelling to the Just So Festivalis straightforward. The festival is held at Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, close to Stoke on Trent, ST7 3QT. Alternatively, attendees can take a train to Kidsgrove and from there it's three miles.

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