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Only A Week To Go For Just So Festival 2022

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12 Aug 2022

Only a week to go until The Just So Festival 2022. 

The Just So Festival, the family festival returns for a weekend of mischief, magic and mayhem in the great outdoors for 2022. 

Returning to Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire the family arts festival will run from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 August 2022 and offer the chance for families (from bumps to great-grandparents) to step out of their day-to-day lives and into a world of live music, outdoor arts, campfire stories, a silent disco, a midnight feast and even a huge water fight. 

Check out our review of last year’s event here.

Organisers have announced that with just a week to go there are limited numbers of full weekend and Saturday and Sunday day tickets are still available. 

Taking place on the Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire, a beautiful wonderland full of hidden glades, magical woodlands and sweeping parkland, this year’s festival goers and are in for a whole of host amazing entertainment. 

Live Music is always a highlight of Just So and 2022 is no different.

Families can dance the days and nights away with the likes of raucous band Hope & Social, vocalist and percussionist Kweku of Ghana with his band K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade, São Paulo’s finest street band Theo Mizú & Banda, and more.

Just So favourites David Gibb and the raucous band Thingumabob and the Thingumajigs will also be returning. 

Impressive outdoor arts performances will wow audiences all weekend, including the enchanting Heliosphere in which an acrobat floats above the festival suspended beneath a giant helium balloon.

Families can marvel at an aerial show performed on a colossal set of swings before having a go themselves, enjoy the feline-themed circus show Street Cat Strut.  

Just So Festival 2022 Line up Heliosphere by The Dream Engine

Theatre performances include The Adventures of Madame Carol Sell and Mr Popsy, a Makaton-friendly pantomime from Tall Tails Theatre Company, and hilarious improvised comedy This Is Your Trial in which the audience put their friends and family in the docks.

Audiences can also enjoy the physical theatre piece Look Mum, No Hands! by Daryl Beeton Productions & Mimbre, and dance duo SAY’s interactive dance show The Album: Skool Edition.

Plus in unique take on an escape room experience, families can free themselves from a giant locked treasure chest by solving puzzles and clues in the participatory interactive art installation Community Chest from Matthew Harrison.

Fatt Projects are turning the festival site into a dancefloor with their show Big Gay Disco Bike, featuring a tonne of glitter, confetti and power ballads.

For those families who love to get involved, Ghetto Fabulous invite the audience to pick a winner as four dancers go head to head in Family Catwalk Extravaganza.

And Just So wouldn’t be the same without its finest traditions, the magical midnight feast, and Just So Bake Off to the Just So Sports Day, featuring the ferocious tug of war and of course the hotly contested parent races.

Just So 2019 Samuel Mills PhotographyImage Credit Samuel Mills

Visitors will also have a chance to take part in the Carnival of The Animals, a Just So tradition which has been going since the very first festival.

Families can dress up as either bees, foxes, fish, frogs, lions, owls, or stags and join the animal leaders to compete in ridiculous games and all manner of unexpected shenanigans.

Plus new for this year is the giant Just So Water Fight, supported by children’s outdoor clothing company Muddy Puddles. 

There will also be some brand new areas for its twelfth year, including The Inky Deep full of aquatic antics and fishy goings-on.

But don’t worry The Spellbound Forest, home of the legendary Just So campfire, Footlights where you can find brilliant live bands, Shangri-La with wellbeing sessions including yoga, meditation and sound baths, Telling Tales with author talks, and Peekaboo with activities for the tiniest Just So-ers will also return. 

Just So Festival credit Chrissie Wild PhotographyImage Credit Chrissie Wild Photography

Sarah Bird, Co-Director of Wild Rumpus, says: ‘We started Just So 12 years ago to give families the chance to experience the very best music and arts together in nature.

A lot of other festivals have a kid’s area where parents and grandparents hover on the sidelines with a coffee, but we wanted the adults to get stuck in too so that the whole family is enjoying it together.

That’s what Just So is all about. And being outdoors for the full three days is what makes it extra special – it’s wonderful to watch families exploring together and enjoying the natural beauty of the festival site.’ 

Rowan Cannon, Co-Director of Wild Rumpus, says: ‘There’s a magic to Just So that doesn’t exist anywhere else. There’s something so special about being allowed to stay up late for a midnight feast, hearing incredible stories as you sit around a crackling campfire, or watching your aunty pull out her best moves to a live band.

She added: ‘This year’s festival is going to be our best yet. We’ve got some incredible live music, outdoor arts (I can’t wait to see an acrobat soar over the treetops in the beautiful show Heliosphere!), and the usual traditions that make Just So exceptional.’ 

Just So Festival returns for its 12th year from Friday 19 until Sunday 21 August 2022 see here.

Plus you can check out review of the Just So Festival 2021 here. 


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