Chilled in a Field is run entirely by volunteers. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you individual contributor information. Have a read through the bios on our web site to find out more about the fabulous team that make Chilled in a Field such a great event. If you like what we do, why not get involved? Contact us to find out more!
We’re well and truly in the festive spirit, and it’s too good not to share, so we’ve decided to spread some love and goodwill cheer by gifting our fantastic Chilled in a Field family the chance of winning a shiny pair of Chilled in a Field 2019 tickets!
To enter, all you have to do is spread your own festive sparkles by telling us about a splendid someone in your life who’s brought that extra bit of sunshine to you this year. The lucky winner will receive the most awesome gift of all – a pair of tickets to the sunniest festival in town!
We’re sharing the love, and we want you to do the same. Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas!
Competition ends 12:00 21st Dec 2018. One random winner will be selected from entries. Not endorsed or promoted by Facebook in any way.
For 2019, we are once again teaming up with the fabulous Brighton Bell Tent company to provide a luxurious glamping experience, and this year we’re giving our ticket holders first refusal on the glamping packages! This means that if you’ve already bought your ticket, you’ll be able to have first picks on these awesome tents. You're welcome!
For those of you who have already purchased your tickets for 2019, look out for an email which will be sent out on 1st December, containing the password to access the booking site. You’ll need this to make your booking and order any extras. Be warned though – these glamping packages are always in high demand, so book early to avoid disappointment! For a reminder of what glamping packages are available, check out the glamping page of the website.
As always, standard camping is included with your tickets – this code is purely for those wishing to add a little luxury to their Chilled in a Field Festival experience!
Wow, what can we say, other than a huge THANK YOU to all of you for yet another truly awesome festival. The support and love we’ve been shown is truly heart-warming. We relished being back this year, particularly because we were back at our beloved Bentley once again.
The sun shone brightly over you lovely people all weekend. The days were filled with joy and laughter. We ate till our bellies were full and we danced till our feet hurt. That laid back, magical feeling so synonymous with Chilled was back in abundance, and everyone loved it. We’ve been delighted with the rave reviews and fantastic feedback – the return of CIAF was a real success. We couldn’t be happier.
We asked our team of Directors for their thoughts on CIAF 2018: “What an amazing come back, we couldn't have asked for a better weekend! Being back at Bentley felt like going home. The energy and enthusiasm from the team was incredible and we are proud to work with such a great bunch of talented people. Seeing so many happy people in a field validates everything we do. We have ordered "similar" weather for 2019 and are very much looking forward to doing it all over again at Bentley.”
The wheels are already turning for CIAF 2019, and we’re planning on making this better and brighter than ever! We’re all so excited to do it all over again, and we hope you’ll all be there for the ride.
To all of our CIAF family – we love you and couldn’t do it without you.
Watch this space for more details of CIAF 2019!
We just love seeing all your fantastic festival photos and videos and have had some wonderful moments shared with us over the years. The team at Chilled in a Field Festival HQ are always busy beavering away at the festival so often miss some of the special moments which our guests capture and share.
This year we're going to reward a few of you wonderful people who share your festival photos with a ticket to next year's festival! Yes, we have a family ticket to give away to Chilled in a Field 2019 which will be held weekend of 26th - 28th July. A runner up prize of a family day ticket is also up for grabs.
We're on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so get tagging us and use the hashtag #Chilled18 so we can find your posts.
Three lucky winners will be announced on 10th September so you have plenty of time to share after this year's festival too!
Not long now! Here’s some handy tips on what to bring along (you won’t be needing the kitchen sink!).
With the festival just around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about those essential items you’ll need to pack to help make your stay extra comfy! And to give you a helping hand we’ve compiled a short list of things that you won’t want to forget!
General Camping Gear
Tent (or camper van!)
Bin bag/bivvy bag/tarp
Drapes to make shade (fingers crossed you need these!)
Ear plugs/sleeping mask
Reusable water bottle
Waterproof rug (in case of wet ground!)
Ear Defenders (for kids) and ear plugs
Anything that your child can't sleep without
Wet wipes/Tissues/loo roll
Sun cream (here’s hoping!)
First Aid Kit
Antiseptic cream/bite cream
FANCY DRESS COSTUME(s)!!!
Cool summer clothes (for when the sun shines!)
Warm clothes (for when it doesn’t!)
Dry clothes (to change into if it rains!)
Gloves and scarf
Socks (lots of them!)
Food - You are welcome to bring your own but check out our list of fab festival food.
And don't forget that our Festival Shop will stock a lot of the items on the list above - so if you forget something, don't worry - pop round to see them and they will be able to help!
Now you’ve got yourself organised, the only other thing you must not leave home without is those precious golden Chilled in a Field tickets, and some cash! Oh, and that party spirit too!!
See you in a field very soon!
Photo Credit Otterway Photography
Accessibility for all is hugely important to the team at Chilled in a Field. We were touched to receive this email from Jane, mum of Daisy who's picture was captured by one of our photographers in 2016. Here is Daisy's story.
'I was so surprised and excited to see that Daisy’s photo had been used by the festival this year! My world was blown apart when Daisy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October 2015. Daisy had been a normal, healthy 3 year old who had just started nursery, so to be told she had childhood cancer rather than what we thought was a virus was devastating. The next 8 months were spent in and out of hospital undergoing numerous procedures with daily steroids and heavy duty chemotherapy. The treatment made Daisy extremely poorly and weak but there was no alternative. A result of this was her immune system being completely non-existent leaving her open to catching infections from any viruses and bacteria she was exposed to.
In July of 2016 she started maintenance therapy which still meant daily chemo but at a much lower dose meaning that hospital stays and infections were less frequent. It was around then that I stumbled across an ad on Facebook for Chilled in a Field Festival. It looked amazing and wasn’t too big so I took the plunge and booked tickets. It was a truly magical experience! It was heart warming to meet so many lovely people all gathered together in a safe and beautiful environment where Daisy, for the first time in ages, could run free and play without restrictions. I was even able to let my hair down and enjoy a few gins knowing that Daisy was safe, happy and being looked out for.
By amazing chance we pitched our tent next to a family from who were veterans of the Chilled scene and one of the Mums told us she worked as a children’s nurse at a hospital in Cheshire on a paediatric cancer ward and knew exactly what Daisy’s condition was! That made me so much less anxious knowing that there was someone close by who understood. During the time Daisy had no hair, she was stared at in the street and asked by other children whether she was a boy or girl. This upset her but she refused to wear a wig as it was not comfortable. She was immediately accepted at the festival. There were no stares, whispers or questions. She made friends and had a great time exploring, making crafts, visiting the little museum and toasting marshmallows on the open fire. What a great first festival experience for her!! She is so excited to be coming back this year.
Daisy has now finished her 2.5 years treatment and remains in remission. She will not be deemed to be cured until she is 11 years old. There are still lots of check ups and tests to endure but she is getting stronger by the day. She is back at school full time and has just started joining in the physical activities she has been unable to do for so long. As rubbish as this diagnosis is, it has taught us all as a family that being spontaneous, having fun and not giving a hoot about what others think is the most valuable lesson of all. Long may it continue!
Thank you to all at CIAF for all the hard work you put in to make such a special event.
You can read more about accessibility at Chilled in a Field here. We love reading your festival stories so do share them with us. See you in the field!
With thanks Jane for sharing her lovely story.
What started as a one-off opportunity to help run the kitchen at Chilled in a Field turned into a fully-fledged business, growing from strength to strength. The Kaleidoscope Kitchen is proof of where small festivals like Chilled in a Field can take you.
Adam has always been passionate about food, and in 2010 he was asked to take over the running of the kitchen at Chilled in a Field Festival, after the chef who was organising it had to drop out at the last minute. Following a successful debut, he returned in 2011, with the help of his partner Corinne, and became the sole caterer for the Festival, filling the hungry bellies of approximately 300 festival goers and crew for three days.
In 2013 Adam was made redundant, and Corinne took a 6-month sabbatical from her freelance career so that they could both go travelling. While making their way across India and South East Asia, learning about food and collecting recipes along the way, they returned inspired and decided to make The Kaleidoscope Kitchen their livelihood. They took on several other festivals and events, as well as Chilled in a Field, and in 2015 they worked for the crew catering team at Glastonbury Festival, gaining valuable experience and feeding up to 1300 people three times per day during peak times. The following year, Corinne then made a big leap and stopped her freelance work altogether, so that her and Adam could both focus on the catering businesses full time.
Following a huge amount of hard work, and now in their 7th year, they are regulars at many festivals, feeding in excess of 700 people each day, and have now expanded to a range of different events in London and the South of England.
When asked how Chilled in a Field has helped them to get to where they are today, Corinne said ‘This is not a job that either Adam nor I would have ever envisaged we would have been doing. Back in 2011, when Chilled asked us to take over running of their kitchen, I probably would have laughed if you'd told me that this was where it would lead. Chilled is 100% responsible for this evolving into something we wanted to do, and it certainly gave us the opportunity to discover that.’
And we are very grateful for their lovely food at our event! They ensure our crew is fed for a whole week and they also serve food to the public. Come and enjoy a taste of Asia by sampling one of their lovely curries or a festival roast dinner on Sunday!
Want to know what it means to be part of the Chilled in a Field crew? Take a look at what Terrapin Tents had to say about their experience.
Arif, founder of Terrapin Tents, has been in the industry a long time now, and is extremely proud of his relationship with Chilled in a Field and the great work they do together.
Back in the early days of Terrapin Tents, Chilled in a Field Festival was their biggest gig, and Arif relied on the fantastic photos taken during the festival to promote and market his business, which he found invaluable. ‘To be honest’ Arif says, ‘they still are invaluable, except this year it will be a video!’.
Arif supplies the entire infrastructure for Chilled in a Field, from medical tent to stages, festoon, bar & flags. He also joins their rigging and decor team during the week-long build up to the festival, and coordinates the tent builds around their decorating needs. Not only that, but Arif always makes sure that Chilled in a Field gets all the newest arrivals, this year being no exception with the unveiling of The Regal!
By having one supplier for everything, Terrapin Tents and Chilled in a Field were able to grow together over the years. Speaking of this unique partnership, Arif commented ‘The cultures underpinning each organisation enabled us to build a specific thumbprint which you can feel as soon as you step into the field, through both the colours and the theme.’ From this, great things were born, such as The Saddlespan Stage, which was inspired by the collective of people behind Chilled in a Field. Terrapin Tents now has the only red saddledspan in existence! ‘There’s something very special about that level of support and trust between our friends!’ says Arif. We can see why!
When asked he if could sum up his experience of working with Chilled in a Field, Arif replied ‘Chilled in a Field Festival has a culture of empowering passionate and enthusiastic people to realise their potential, take risks and step outside of their comfort zone in a really nurturing and safe environment. I’ve watched the festival do it with performers, riggers, activity contributors and festival co-ordinators. That’s very much born of the number of years we’ve all been working together, but also the relationships which underpin that.’
As we recently announced, our theme this year is ‘Charlie and the Chilled Field’, inspired by the imagination of Roald Dahl and his fantastic story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It goes without saying that we want to see as many of you as possible getting involved. Let your imagination run wild and dazzle us those wonderful fancy dress creations – think all things sweet like Willy Wonka’s chocolate, or all things eccentric like the chocolatier himself! Nothing is off limits, the more flamboyant the better! Don’t forget your props too, from candy canes and top hats to whistles and bells!
Be sure to arrive at the festival early on Friday to show off your costume, and take part in the opening parade, where we’ll be getting the party started. Come dressed to impress and we promise you the adventure will last all weekend.