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