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Into The Trees 2019 – An Idyllic Family Festival – AD

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AD – We were provided with tickets for the Into The Trees Festival for the purpose of this review.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that Little Miss H and I are now yearly attendees at the brilliant Elderflower Fields festival. The festival is designed for families and takes place at Pippingford Park, near Uckfield and is only about 30 minutes from where we live in Tunbridge Wells.

Into The Trees 2019 – A Review

Little Miss H gets excited about the next Elderflower Fields pretty much as soon as the last one is finished. So she was delighted when we were invited to ‘Into the Trees’ – a new festival at the same site by the same organisers in September. And this time, we’d be going as a whole family!

A photograph of the sunlight through the trees at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

Into the Trees differs slightly from Elderflower Fields. For one thing, it’s smaller – quieter and more intimate. The focus is equally on families, but much more on enjoying some time in nature and less on entertainment. That’s not to say the event is light on activities though. There was a huge amount to do.

A photograph of a little girl running into the wood at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of a little boy dressed in a onesie at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

Friday Night At Into The Trees

We arrived at the campsite late in the afternoon on Friday 13 September. We were pretty early, but even after everyone had arrived there was plenty of room to spare. After Mr H had ‘expertly’ (his word) pitched our tent we headed over to the food vans nearby. The food was one of the best things about the festival. All of the vans and stalls were brilliant and there was plenty for all tastes, adults and children alike. On Friday night we went for burgers and the kids had pizza. We enjoyed the fact we could all have what we wanted for a change!

A photograph of a set up tent at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An idyllic family festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of tents at the Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of a little boy and a little girl eating pizza at the Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

The evening entertainment at Into the Trees is low key but lovely. There was a campfire that everyone gathered around and the kids had great fun toasting marshmallows later in the weekend. On the first night, there were some great sets from a number of female singer/songwriters. Little Miss H has been learning a few chords on the ukulele lately so she particularly enjoyed Lotte Pearl’s performance. When not listening to the music the kids had great fun running around in the trees near the campfire. Thank goodness they had glowsticks on them or we may have lost them for good.

A little girl in a tiger onesie at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of the evening camp fire sessions at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees Festival - An Idyllic family festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of the evening camp fire sessions at Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees Festival - An Idyllic family festival - Mrs H's favourite things

One thing that took us by surprise a bit (our fault) was quite how chilly the nights can be in September. The Into the Trees website warns campers of this and suggests bringing lots of blankets – advice that we largely ignored and suffered the consequences of. Despite that, we all managed to grab at least some sleep and the kids at least were raring to go on Saturday.

Saturday Morning At Into The Trees

All of the activities opened at 10am and there was a huge amount to choose from. We initially all went to the art trail where Little Miss H immediately occupied herself with some weaving. In truth, she could have quite happily spent the entire weekend just at the art trail. There were loads of great activities there including an archaeological dig and making willow sculptures.

A mother and her young son making woven stars at the Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A piece of woven art at the Art Trail in Into the Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A piece of woven art at the Art Trail in Into the Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

Little Mister H was a bit more restless and soon he and Mr H headed off for a walk through the woods (where they pretended they were hunting for dinosaurs). We all met up again for lunch and enjoyed some lovely pasta (pesto for the kids, mac and cheese for us).

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A photograph of a beautiful lake - just some of the scenery at Into The Trees festival - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

Saturday Afternoon At Into The Trees

The boys were pretty tired by this point and had a lazy afternoon. Little Miss H and I powered on through and spent an enjoyable afternoon making foam animals at the brilliant Freckles & Fire tent and bug sculptures at Lucy’s Little Forest School.

Taking a short break to eat waffles on sticks (a festival favourite of Little Miss H’s) we carried on with some stone carving and rope swinging. It was a fun-packed afternoon for us and we met back up with the boys for a short rest before dinner. Everyone was hugely friendly and Little Mister H got involved in an impromptu game of rugby with a neighbouring family.

A photograph of a little girl eating a waffle on a stick at Into The Trees festival - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of a little girl showing off her nature art done on the art trail at Into The Trees festival - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things
A photograph of a little girl practising tight rope waking at Into The Trees Festival - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

The evening entertainment on Saturday was a ceilidh, which looked like fun. However, the kids opted for toasting marshmallows and more running around in the woods. It was a lovely evening.

Sadly we had to head off relatively early on the Sunday (Little Miss H would no doubt have enjoyed more art trail if she could have) but we’d had a really great time. And we’d had a weekend filled with smiles and laughter.

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A photograph of a little girl and little boy standing in front of the Into The Trees sign at the Into The Trees festival 2019 - Into The Trees 2019 - An Idyllic Family Festival - Mrs H's favourite things

Compared to Elderflower Fields, Into the Trees is a really chilled event. It’s focused heavily on being out in nature, enjoying the sun, the air and (yes) the trees. I’d wholeheartedly recommend it for any families looking for an opportunity to get some quality outdoor time with the kids. It is an idyllic family festival.

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Early bird tickets are available to buy from the Into The Trees website. They go on sale at 10am on Friday 25th October.

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

Disclosure:

AD – We were provided with tickets for the Into The Trees Festival for the purpose of this review.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate Kirk
    October 30, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    This sounds lovely, just like camping with a big group of friends

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      November 2, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      It was so lovely. It is a wonderful festival to go to. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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