Sunday, 24 April 2016

Curious Arts Festival

This year I am off to the Curious Arts Festival again with DD. We went last year and found it an oasis of joy. This year we will be 'official' bloggers and so I need to make plans to review everything and not just snooze in the sun like a lazy warm dog.

Curious Arts is a festival unlike others I go to. There is camping but many people choose to come only for the day, or stay nearby, as it's in the New Forest there are plenty of places to stay, but I imagine you would need to get booking now to ensure your spot. I camp of course. If pitching your own tent is not your thing, or you don't have a tent, you can still camp onsite using the ready pitched glamping option of Bluebell tents. Or try Tangerine Fields for a ready made festival tent experience. You can even take your camper van at no extra charge!

Curious Arts seems more relaxed and has a more summer fete feel to it that a drunken music festival, but that is not a criticism! It's rather nice to know no one will piss on you tent in the night, and to have ice cream and deckchairs during the afternoon. It's an excellent festival for festival lovers and those that dislike festivals!

During the day there is lots to do, from wandering down to the lake, eating ice cream, or watching snail racing (I think lazy is a theme) to listening to author talks and interviews, comedy shows, movies in the film tent, or crafting. Last year we did spend a lot of time reading and snoozing and I am determined to discover more new authors this year. I'm very excited that Carol Ann Duffy will be there, along with so many others! See the full 'bookish' line up here. Musically there is a lot to look forward to as well of course, not least Billy Bragg. Check out all the acts here. I'm hoping to stumble across some new music to enjoy.

At every festival DD and I love the comedy. And Curious Arts crams in a lot. be sure to arrive early to get a seat - last year the tent was packed! With very good reason. It really is very funny. I'm looking forward to The Noise Next Door embarrassing someone else this year, rather than me! Though it did cause DD near pant wetting hilarity!

And for kids? Yep stuff for those small people too - DD is a bit old for the kids stuff now but it looked very popular.

If you fancy spending a day or a weekend there, you can grab tickets here

Ticket Prices:
Child 13 and under - all festival - FREE
14yrs and over (adult) - all festival - £120
Day or evening only tickets from £20

The festival site will be open for Weekend Ticket holders from 10am on Friday 22 July until noon on Monday 24 July 2015. 
Day tickets are valid from 10am until midnight.
Evening tickets are valid from 5.30pm until midnight.
Car Parking is free
 
 Disclosure : I have been given tickets to attend the festival free of charge but all words etc are my own