Families returned to Just So Festival at the weekend for a three-day imaginative outdoor adventure like no other. The multi award-winning festival came back to the stunning grounds of the Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 August after being postponed last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.


With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival invites families (from bumps to great grandparents) to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together.


One thousand families came to the much-loved festival to enjoy a host of outdoor arts, including captivating theatre, jaw dropping circus, woodland opera, relaxing family yoga, toe tapping music, a cosy midnight feast, a spectacular colour fight and even an embarrassing dad dance off.


The festival is underpinned by the Carnival of the Animals, a raucous Just So tradition where families dress up as either Bees, Foxes, Fish, Frogs, Lions, Owls, or Stags and compete in mischievous challenges throughout the weekend to be crowned victors on the Sunday. The winning animal team this year was the busy, buzzy Bees.


Just So Festival will return for its 12th year from Friday 19 until Sunday 21 August 2022. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday 27 August. For information and tickets visit justsofestival.org.uk


Sarah Bird and Rowan Cannon, Directors of Wild Rumpus, said: 


‘It was incredible to welcome all of our Just So families back to the festival at the weekend. We’ve all been waiting for two years to celebrate together and it was so worth it! Seeing families reunite after such a long time was our favourite part of the festival and one of the best feelings we’ve had since starting Just So 11 years ago. 


They added: Things have been so tough for everyone over the past 18 months. We’ve all missed getting together with our families and loved ones and enjoying special moments together. We know that our Just So audiences have made lots of new memories this weekend that they’ll treasure for a lifetime!’