The Big Family Festival, sponsored by Bathroom Takeaway, returns 27th-29th July 2018 for what is set to be its best year yet. Sooty, Rastamouse, Sid Sloane and Pip Ahoy are just some of the many talented performers on stage. Creative workshops with the likes of Aardman animations, a cinema, fun fair, sports, and lots of surprises are sure to keep all ages happy throughout the weekend.
Entertainment includes finalists from TV’s Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice, as well as fabulous tribute acts to Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley and Ellie Golding. In addition there will be magicians, Bollywood dancers and theatre performances of Angelina Ballerina and Peter Pan from entertainment partner Stagecoach Performing Arts of Sutton Coldfield.
Macmillan Children’s Books are sponsoring the Den, where a host of activities will be taking place. Perhaps you will find out “What the Ladybird Heard!”, encounter the Gruffalo or attend Slime school. The Outdoor Cinema, sponsored by Bobby’s Foods, will see a variety of workshops and performances or you can snuggle down on picnic blankets and bales of hay for screenings of Coco, Trolls and Sing-a-long with The Greatest Showman (top hats and tails are not essential but encouraged).
Organisers George and Angela say, “The Big Family Festival is for families, run by a family team. We welcome you to join the fun, visit for a day or camp for the weekend.”
The Outdoor Cinema, sponsored by Bobby’s Foods, will see a variety of workshops and performances such as Frozen sing-a-longs, stage combat, street dance, drama classes and singing sessions curated by Stagecoach Performing Arts. Snuggle down on your picnic blankets and bales of hay for screenings of Coco, Trolls and Sing-a-long with The Greatest Showman (top hats and tails are not essential but encouraged).
The Main Bar Stage is back, supported by Free Radio. Head here for family friendly Bingo, Karaoke, lip-sync Battles, DJ workshops, dance workshops and more bands to see you through the night.
Across the festival site you can expect to meet surprise characters, be invited to join a circus workshop and make friends with critters from Dudley Zoological Gardens. Tiny feet can step into the new sensory play area with bubbles, sandpits and softplay. The sporty can take part in penalty shootouts and family sports day competitions. There will also be a BMX skills show, breakdancing workshops and performances.
Fear not when hungry, Big Family Festival have teamed up with local restaurant chain The Funky Bear to host a mouth-watering food court of award winning street food vendors.
A festival for families, run by a family team. George and Angela invite you to visit for a day or camp for the weekend. New for 2018, try Glamping!
Disabled Access Information
We are committed to making Big Family Festival as accessible as possible and great efforts are being been made to achieve this where reasonable.
There are of course still fields and areas where mobility can be difficult. We have spaces to chill out and get away from it all as well for those who need this.
However,Big Family Festival is an outdoor festival utilising fields and farmland that could pose problems, particularly in wet weather for mobility, and large volumes of people and noise for those with learning difficulties. With a little help here and there though we feel that it is definitely manageable and we provide a 2 for 1 pass for Personal Assistants to this end for those who may find they have physical and mental challenges across the weekend.
Please read the following information very carefully.
2 FOR 1 – ONE FREE DISABILITY ACCESS PERSONAL ASSISTANT PASS
In our commitment to make Big Family Festival accessible to everyone, we may provide Deaf or disabled ticket holders that would be unable to attend without use of a personal assistant (PA), and are in receipt of one, or more of the following with a ticket at no additional cost for one PA:
• Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
• Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Evidence of being severely sight impaired
• CredAbility Access Card – + 1 category requirement
• A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card.
HOW TO APPLY
• Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ONE FREE pass will be collected at BFF when you present your matching ID upon arrival and are with your personal assistant, no exceptions. It is not sent to you in advance.
• The deadline for PA Applications is Friday 21st July 2017. Information for your arrival will be sent after this date.
DISABILITY ACCESS CAMPSITE
To apply for the campsite, you must have submitted a successful application for a PA pass.
The Disability Access Camping Area is only available to those with a PA pass.
An application email will be sent to those who have successfully applied and have shown they have purchased tickets. You will need a booking reference for the application.
Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and applications of the Campsite will close as soon as the campsite reaches its maximum availability. Do not delay your application if you qualify and need to camp here.
The Disability is the best location we can achieve for all of the needs of people we try to accommodate.
Please note that you should prepare to bring a tent that will fit in 5m x 3m space.
NB: Your family and friends can camp with you in the Accessibility camping area but your group including the person with a disability, a personal assistant and children can be a maximum of 6 people. Other people with disabilities who are your friends and family should apply separately.
DISABILITY ACCESS PARKING PASS
Parking is payable by an advanced ticket, or upon arrival but to use the disability access car park, you will also need a Blue Badge. These spaces will be given to those who have Blue Badges only.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much hindrance but the ground can be quite uneven in places and is predominantly on grass. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on the paths) may be very difficult. The terrain is predominantly short grass with firm soil so movement around the main arena and other stages is possible for fit wheelchair users in good weather. Your personal assistant will need to assist you if it becomes difficult, which is why they receive a free pass to the festival.
We recognise that some, particularly those with specific learning difficulties may need to find a space to step away from the crowds and noise. We do our best to provide this but it is difficult in a festival environment but we do our best.
Patrons are advised that flicker, laser, strobe and other lighting effects may be in use at the festival site.
Everyone needs to buy a parking ticket for their vehicle. Only Blue Badge holders, or those in the disability access campsite will be able to use the disability access car park.
Only vehicles with a blue badge (or similar) can park in the disability access camping area if there is available space and if your tent and car fit in the 5m x 3m space.
If not, you will be asked to park in the nearby car park. Only one vehicle is allowed in the camping .
A car park for day visiting persons with a blue badge is close by and accessible throughout the weekend. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however.
To see this year's full lineup, please use the link below