Winterville (free entry, yipee) is your alternative ‘pop up’ festival in East London this year. It has been created by a crowd of independent and clever people, who know a few things about partying in a park.
My bus stop team (that’s the 3 of us, as everyone went out for a long lunch yesterday and have yet to come back…) are excited that the charity The House of Fairy Tales, is running the kids quarter. Each weekend they are delivering magical workshops, sing a longs, crafting sessions and have sweet-talked some the UK’s best Designer-Makers ato sell their goodies at the Make It Market. Think twinkly stalls full of artistic treats, the odd crazy performance, (the kind of crazy that kids can’t get enough of), and a few too many mulled wines, because it would be rude not to.
Naturally a festival wouldn’t be a really ‘amaze-bauble’ festival without a range of other stuff for grown ups (mainly). At the main part of the festival you will find steaming street food, loads of craft beer, a roller disco, the wall of death and ferris wheel, horse and carriage rides, another market, a freezing ice rink, Robin Hood the pantomime, A cosy grotto, real hippity hop music, late night clubs for those that can’t find the tube home, a Kids rave, mad life photo booth, a cider bar, and a good old fashion PUB OF COURSE!
Check the HoFT facebook page for more info on their brilliant-creative-we-love-kids stuff and here if you want to book the kids workshops. You should sign up to their website too, as their chief-whips Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis are devoted to bringing creative magic to our little people, so it’s good to be the first to know about what events they are planning.
Winterville honestly looks like the place to be this Christmas. It’s a festival with a lot of soul, some serious tunes in the DJ tent, and lots of glitter and glue for the kids. More love and less… ‘Bah Humbug, I just charged you £7.50 for a ‘swedish-style’ mulled wine‘ that happens at some other Winter-y festivals in London that we know about. Tag me if you love me over on instagram #busdaysout or just @creativebusstop. xo