Five Go Wild! WildSide Festival 2019


If you are unfortunate lucky enough to know us in real life then you’ll also know that we are nature loving wildlife enthusiasts! We regularly attend Wildlings, a wild play session hosted by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Stanley’s photo often pops up on the Wildlife Trust’s site.

You might have seen this one floating around! ©Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs

This Summer however, we will be hopping over the border into the next county because we have been invited to attend Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s WildSide Festival. It will mark the first foray into the festival season for us this year, and with less than 3 weeks to go we are getting very excited and praying for dry weather.

Diverse, local and innovative, Derbyshire’s very own Wildside Festival is back for 2019 – and it’s wilder than ever before!

We will be heading down to Woodside Farm on Sat 15th June with the promise of a day packed full of live music, arts, wild activities and superb food and drink, all in support of local wildlife. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

What’s even better for us is that it falls two days before Stanley’s birthday and we will be celebrating, I think a nature themed birthday is definitely on the cards!

“At the Trust we believe that everyone should have the chance to experience how awesome nature is – so, we decided to run a festival. Now thousands can experience pond dipping, bug hunting, den building, learn about wild flowers and all of Derbyshire’s local wildlife – all under the summer sun, on a gorgeous nature reserve! And it’s not just wildlife that we enjoy on the day – no festival is without live music, great food and drink and we’ve even thrown in some quirky storytelling and wild activities.”

Jack Roper Festival Organiser

We have also signed up to the 30 Days Wild challenge…get your FREE pack here. As of Sat 1st June (this weekend!) we will be doing one random act of wildness per day for the entire month!

WildSide Festival is also part of the Big Wild Weekend, which ticks another thing off our list…yaay!

The Big Wild Weekend is two days of wildlife and nature events taking place across the UK on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. There are plenty of events for all ages and levels of interest – badger watches, picnics, wildflower walks, Father’s Day events, evening nature rambles and even a music festival!

Here’s what we are looking forward to most from the WildSide 2019 programme:


Macro Matt is a National Geographic published photographer and educator. You may even have seen him on BBC Autumnwatch. Matt has a passion for the insects and often unloved of the natural world. Catch Matt and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Tim Birch on The Holt stage to learn about the amazing lives of insects, the role they play in keeping us all alive and how we can do our bit to help the bugs and the bees.


Their mission is simple; make a very loud noise filled with rare groove and ferocious gusto to liven up the musical landscape. Having played alongside Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend and The 1975 this is a rock n roll duo not to be missed.


Wild Child Meadow will be a dedicated area for self-led wild times. Think natural music, cloud spotting, grass trumpeting, mud kitchens, mazes and more. Whenever you feel the times right to tap into your wildside, just dip into the meadow.
Join us in the evening for our campfire gathering, too!


Ever wanted to sit in your very own bird nests? Well the HandMade Theatre will make that dream come true! They will enrol you in hatchling college where you’ll learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Filled with a fantastic mix of music, drama, facts and fun, this gently humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way. The piece is a visual feast of puppets, props and costumes including lots of things with which to get hands on and interactive. Nature always throws up surprises and the show finale won’t leave you disappointed!


Once upon a time there lived a girl. The girl loved rainbows and elephants and yellow shoes. She loved the sea, the sky, stones and stories. She could juggle and do cartwheels and make paper stars but, best of all, she climbed trees. One day, the girl was feeling tired for she had seen many things and been to many places. So, she climbed to the top of the tallest tree she could find and on her back she carried a bag of books, crayons, toys and a rainbow. Once at the top of the tree, she reached into her bag and as she did everything in the bag fell to the ground and scattered at the bottom of the tree. Three children were passing by and saw the things fall. The girl watched them. She watched them as they played and drew and read stories. She listened carefully as they played, she listened to their stories and collected them in her jar of stars. Slowly, she began to climb down the tree. ‘Who are you?’ they asked when they saw the girl with the yellow shoes and the rainbow and the bag of stories. ‘My name is Kate’ she replied ‘and this is my Storytree.’ And from that day on, the girl carried her books and crayons and toys and wherever she found a tree, she climbed up and hung the rainbow and shared stories with everyone who came to listen.

And with five tummies to fill, food is also a priority for us!


They’re back! The boys from Sheffield will be bringing Canada’s best kept secret to WILDSIDE FESTIVAL once more. Rustic hand-cut fries, soft squeaky cheese curds lathered with homemade gravy; poutine is the comfort food you never knew you needed.
Vegan, veggie, df, gf – you name it, these guys got you.


Gin Gin! Oh wait, we mean Chin-Chin!
With their distillery nestled on the bank of the Derwent and backing on to Shining Cliff Woods, the guys at WPD are already well connected to their wildside. We’re so excited to have them as our exclusive gin provider; a gin enhanced by Derbyshire botanicals. Catch them at the Bird Bath bar!

We can’t wait to discover it all for ourselves! Tickets are selling fast so grab yours now. Tickets are sold online here. You’ll also find loads more information about the day and a review of the 2018 festival if you still need convincing!

Gates open on the day at 1pm until 10pm – parking and disabled access available – Woodside Farm, Pit Lane, Shipley, DE75 7JL.

We are really looking forward to this year’s festivals and we are making a conscious effort as a family to be more eco-friendly. To read our top tips on how to have a more sustainable festival season click here!

Disclosure: We have been invited to attend WildSide Festival as part of their press team. Tickets are being gifted in return for blog coverage, a review of the event and promotion across my social media channels.

All images are credited to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust ©

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