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As if Chilled in a Field wasn’t enough of an excuse to have a party, we now have two more reasons to get those dancing shoes out – we’re playing host to newlyweds as well as an anniversary to boot! And you’re all invited to take part in the celebrations – you’ll just need to remember to pack your best party clothes! So, who are these wonderful people whose love we’re celebrating? Let’s introduce you…
The newlyweds – Zoe and Paul
They met in September 2009 through mutual friends on the clubbing scene in Kingston. While discovering that they shared the same music interests, the also discovered that they shared the same interests in each other! They quickly became friends and fell in love…awwwww. They will be tying the knot on Friday 26th July, then joining us on Saturday for a wedding party in the woods.
And the very best bit? Paul, aka DJ Mista Twist, will be doing a set with the Alumni crew from 5pm. The celebrations will be plentiful!
The anniversary – Gemma and Russell
Gemma and Russell are part of the family, having contributed to Chilled in a Field from the very beginning. They got married in 2015, in the gorgeous grounds of Broyle Place near Lewes, and how else do you think they celebrated their mini moon? Well at Chilled in a Field of course! This year they are celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary on Sunday 28th July, and everyone is welcome to join them in their celebrations. You’ll likely find them both wearing their wedding attire on the day…and why ever not! They are also running the very popular rock monsters workshop during the weekend, which you won’t want to miss. Fun all round for everyone.
So, have a rummage in your wardrobe, dust that old bridesmaids dress (or bride!) and head down to the woods to celebrate love with us!
Bedsticks and Broomknobs.......
Have you heard the news?We are delighted to announce our theme for 2019! Following a very close public vote, you have all decided that this was your favourite choice!
Our overwhelming love of Disney and the magic he creates has inspired us to create some magic of our own, and what better way than with flying beds and witches on broomsticks. Now’s the time to get your thinking caps on...we hope you’ll delight us with you Bedsticks and Broomknobs inspired costumes. Come dressed to impress and we promise you a magical adventure in our festival field, one that will last all weekend!
CamperVantastic by name; fantastic campervans by nature – these South London-based folks are the go-to guys for VW California and Mercedes Marco Polo hire!
South London-based CamperVantastic is the UK's premier multi-award winning VW California and Mercedes Marco Polo campervan hire, sales and accessory specialists. Founded in 2006 by Steve and Kate Lumley, both experienced and seasoned travellers who have backpacked, camped, and travelled extensively across Europe, India and Africa, the CamperVantastic crew bring you a wealth of practical experience and an alternative way to travel, where you take control of when and where to go in the comfort of a brand new modern well-equipped campervan. More recently the team has expanded and includes 2 festival veterans who between them have hit up nearly every festival on the circuit including Chilled in a Field whom they have teamed up with to offer a special deal for campervan hire this year.
Chilled in a Field ticketholders can save £25 per week (minimum of 1 week hire) for any campervan hire over the Chilled in a Field weekend which will give ticketholders a chance to explore the Kent/Sussex countryside a few days either side of the festival. Their high tech, top of the range luxury vans come with everything you need for a camping trip including a double hob, a 42 litre fridge, and 2 leisure batteries to charge your phones! Also for Chilled in a Field ticketholders a special Festival pack with a selection of useful things to make the campervanning and festival experience the best ever. The pick up point for these Luxury campervans is in Forest Hill, South London, which is less than 2 hours away from the festival site and comes with everything you need for a campervan trip, all you need to bring is clothes, bedding and a toothbrush. It couldn't be easier!
To book your campervan, please give CamperVantastic a call on 02082916800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pick up and drop off dates and quote Chilled19 and they will be able to take your booking.
Want to know more about what it means to be part of the Chilled in a Field team? Read how the TwistingSpace Marble Run became part of the family!
I had already begun building the marble run out of cardboard poster tubes in the spring of 2010 for the Arts Play Festival at Loseley Park. At that event I had about 150 sections of run over a distance of about 100 metres. So, when I heard that my favourite gathering of creative and friendly people were setting up a small festival it was easy to offer it as an interactive installation.
The woody dell at the first venue for CIAF was absolutely perfect with a fairly tight group of trees on a bank. The run was about 50 pieces long with twists and turns, ladders and tunnels. There was also a small run of about 10 pieces in one corner of the bar. It got noticed there but with crowds it was bumped too much and stopped working by the Sunday. I also noticed that some people had not gone into the dell over the weekend and so had not seen the run in the woods. I resolved to make a free-standing structure that I could hang the run from that would work in the field.
The second year I was able to set up a much larger run on the other side of the dell of about 90 pieces. It worked beautifully but unfortunately that weekend we had a huge thunderstorm with torrential rain. The water got into the cardboard and everything that had been set up was destroyed. That’s when I decided to make the next one out of wood.
The next Chilled was at the Hop Farm in Kent. This time I was prepared. I had an extra member of crew, Rosch, to help me with the setup. I had a large oak tree in the field with a big branch to hang the run from. I had nearly 100 pieces of wooden marble run. I had forking sections so that there would be one starting point but 4 ending points. And I had pedestrian barriers to stop the kids from climbing on it. In the evening the barriers were moved to make a fence all the way around it, and during the day they were arranged to guide the folks to the start and end points. We had queues of people. It had become a major attraction!
2017 was the fallow year, so I took the run to a couple of other festivals. This was a nerve-wracking step for me as up until this point I had been demonstrating my crazy contraption to a group of close and very supportive friends. These were people that I had come to know and love for a long time. We have been watching each other grow over the years and I'm always proud of what we in our various capacities have achieved.
One of my favourite moments in all of this was at the end of the Thursday at the Bentley Chilled in 2015. I had been in the woods all day and using the back route to get to my tent. So, when I came out of the tents field over the train tracks and into the main field as the sun was starting to set, the sight that met my eyes was honestly jaw-dropping. Before this I had only seen Chilled at the Soul Camp site. That was a festival for just a few hundred people. But this..... this was so much bigger. A whole range of food stalls had been set up. The main stage was professionally rigged. The bar was a proper big top. There were shops selling the things that you find at festivals. Festoon lighting, a covered sand pit, a tent for the teens, workshops for the kids. It was a proper festival. And it had all been put together by my mates. That moment still makes me well up even now.
The Chilled family is awesome
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!