On Friday, 24th May, I spent the whole afternoon packing bags full of suncream, raincoats, wellies, and glitter. Everything you need for a festival. Because as soon as we’d picked Little Miss H up from school we were heading to Pippingford Park in Sussex to attend Elderflower Fields.
This was our second visit to Elderflower Fields as we had attended last year. So we were all super excited to be going. And Little Miss H could barely contain herself as we entered the entrance tent and were given our wristbands.
Elderflower Fields: Part One
Elderflower Fields – Friday, 24th May
Setting Up And Getting Down To Business
We headed to our pitch as soon as we’d gone through the entrance tent. Although our party was just Auntie B, Little Miss H and I, we were going with a larger group of people. Thankfully they had got to the festival when it opened and had saved a space for our tent.
We pitched our tent and then had some matters of business to attend to. Little Miss H was taking antibiotics that had to be kept in a fridge. So we headed to the info tent in the hope that they would have access to a fridge we could use.
Unfortunately, they didn’t but they sent us to St John’s Ambulance. After a few problems, they finally agreed that they would keep the antibiotics in their fridge. And with that sorted out, we were free to go and enjoy our night.
At some point during the evening, I received a phone call from St John’s Ambulance saying that in fact they weren’t able to store the antibiotics in their fridge. So we trundled back to their tent to pick up the medicine. The St John’s Ambulance guys then directed us to the Production Team.
The Production Team and especially a lovely guy named Tim were absolutely brilliant. After a great deal of thought, they finally came up with the solution that we could store the medicine in the catering fridge (the fridge that they use to keep all the goodies for Sunday’s So Sussex picnic).
I am so grateful to Tim and everyone in the Production Team at Elderflower Fields, as it was such a pain for them to take us to the fridge three times a day so that Little Miss H could have her medicine. But they never made us feel like we were putting them to any trouble. And they were always so kind and lovely to us. It may have been the best customer service I’ve ever experienced.
Eating And Exploring
The next few hours were taken up with eating dinner (Little Miss H had eaten a picnic tea earlier in the evening) and ice cream (there was a lot of eating throughout the festival), exploring, dancing and running up and down hills. Little Miss H also spent a while having a hay fight with some other kids and also a competition to see who could build the biggest pile of hay.
We were also lucky enough, to sit and eat our ice creams by the Monkey Do nettings. Little Miss H thought it looked like great fun. So we went and booked her on a session for the next day. It was lucky we did as it was all booked up by the end of Friday night.
With some sweets purchased to give Little Miss H extra energy, we headed to the Dragonfly Stage to listen to the band playing. We had a bit of a dance and a sing-a-long. After a while, Little Miss H got tired and announced that she wanted to go to bed.
So we wandered back to the tent and got our wash bags and toothbrushes and then headed to bed. Elderflower Fields has nice proper toilets that have a flush and sinks. They only have a few portaloos. The festival also has showers but these were always really busy at peak times. So if you did want a shower, it was best to wait until mid-afternoon.
Green, Green, Green
They also have some compost loos that you can try out if you’re feeling brave. This is all part of Elderflower Fields aim to minimise the potentially negative impact that the festival has on the environment.
Other initiatives Elderflower Fields uses to be sustainable are:
- The banning of plastic straws and water bottles. The festival encourages you to bring your own water bottles and fill them up at the many taps of drinking water that can be found around the site.
- The use of reusable cups. These can be kept throughout the festival and then returned at the end when you’ll receive your £1 deposit back.
- Elderflower Fields estimate that 85% of their waste can be recycled.
Saturday, 25th May
Art Club And Pom Pom Making
Little Miss H woke up bright and early at 06:00 on Saturday morning. So we decided to go and have a wander around the site in our PJs. It was lovely walking around the site when it was so quiet. You could really see the beauty of the countryside we were staying in. Little Miss H even decided to have a run around Tumbledown Meadows. This is normally the home of the Sports Camp and everything sporty in Elderflower Fields. But with the meadow all to herself, Little Miss H could run around to her heart’s content.
After getting dressed and having breakfast, we took Little Miss H to the 09:30 slot of Art Camp. We’d booked this online before going to the festival (having failed to do so last year) and there are so many activities that you can book online before attending the festival.
While Little Miss H was at Art Camp, we had a childfree hour. Auntie Bonnie had a shower and a cuppa and I had a snooze. It was lovely but the hour did go quickly.
After picking Little Miss H up we headed to the Freckles and Fire bell tent to make Pom Pom headbands, Pom Pom fairies, and woven keyrings. I think the Freckles and Fire tent is Little Miss’s favourite tent in the whole festival. We spent hours there last year and we spent hours there this year too.
That takes us up to the early afternoon on Saturday and a perfect place to stop part one of my review of what we got up to at Elderflower Fields. Check out part two, where we learnt about foraging, made some outside art and Little Miss H finally had her turn on Monkey Do.
P.S. This is not an AD. I was bought the tickets for the festival as a birthday present.