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CAFTfest 2021

4th August 2021

The plan?  5 days of free fun for 600 families who would never be able to attend a festival otherwise.

The reality?  So much more

CAFTfest  surpassed  our  expectations,  never  could we  have  anticipated  how much joy, laughter and delight could be brought to so many families here at our very own Adventure Farm. 

Our aim had been to provide 600 families with this wonderful opportunity, but due to popular demand (and us never wanting to say no!) we began the festival with closer to 700 families booked to join in the fun! 

Were so pleased to report that 1,753 children donned their festival wristbands and had an absolute ball at our very first CAFTfest event!

Day 1 started wonderfully, with 64 families enjoying the first festival of the day, but sadly an unexpected severe storm forced us to cancel the second festival that day due to very real safety concerns (many buildings in the vicinity were struck by lightning, including our local hospital!). 68 families were due to join us that afternoon, and whilst it was devastating to cancel, the safety of our visitors is always our priority. Luckily, as we still had four days remaining of the festival and we were able to offer these families the opportunity to enjoy CAFTfest on another day, and 47 of these families still enjoyed the fun of the festival. The remaining 21 families have been offered visits to CAFT on alternative days, so everyone will still have fun on the farm!

Thanks to our amazing army of volunteers (157 in total!) and support-ers, our staff and the best collection of entertainers you could wish for, a total of 652 families joined us for CAFTfest such a huge achievement!

Entertainment was spread across our 10 acre site, with four main stagesand several pop upperformances throughout each festival. Families enjoyed the fantastic pirate show and circus skills of Flying Seagull Project, songs and fun with Colour the Clouds, spellbinding storytelling with puppets from Goofus, busking from students of the Royal Northern College of Music, Ranger Rons Dinosaur Show, Petes messy disco and Captain Rachels Treasure seekers!

There was a tombola (everyone a winner!), the best (and messiest) disco ever, refreshments, tons of freeplay opportunities and plenty of animals to feed and pet! All areas, activities and performances were accessible for all meaning that every child, regardless of age, ability and background could enjoy the festival at their own pace.

After more than a year filled with so much anxiety, sadness and frustration, were incredibly proud that CAFTfest offered so many the chance to simply have fun and make memories.