About Family Fest
Delivered by a small team of festival creators and festival makers from Dorset, since 2018 our festival has brought together over 5,000 people across three main festivals and over 10,000 people across one virtual festival with the likes of visitors both in person and virtually from across the United Kingdom and across the seas including USA, China and Europe.
Our festival began in a small field in Branksome when we were formerly known as Spring Arts Fest. Branksome Recreation Ground, in the heart of the Branksome community, was the location of the first small event of our journey. Year one included 30 traders, a small funfair for children and live music from local artists. The event supported Amelia's Rainbow and YMCA Bournemouth and we were proud to be supported by the Branksome Community Centre, morebus and YMCA Bournemouth.
After the small success of 2018, our second year took place in June 2019 at our new location of Kings Park in Bournemouth. We decided to make our small event into a small festival and in 2019 our festival included 40 traders, a small funfair, a live music programme, our brand new food stretch and more for the whole family. Supported by morebus and Absolute Music Trust, it was another rolling success with our festival continuing to support local charity Amelia's Rainbow.
2020! Where do we start? After planning for our biggest year yet on our new site in Wimborne, Dorset, the pandemic halted our plans temporarily and we postponed our May dates until August later in the year. With no sign of the events industry being safe to come back to live events, we took the decision to postpone fully until 2021 and have our new concept - Virtual Fest. This virtual festival was live across Facebook and YouTube and included two days of live music from local artists, gym sessions, demonstrations, and a whole host more. Partnered with Wimborne BID and morebus, our Virtual Fest was a great success with over 10,000 people tuning in across the two days. Virtual Fest supported Amelia's Rainbow.
Our latest festival, Family Fest 2021, took place a little later in the year and brought together over 2,000 people from Dorset and surrounding counties across two days. At our new home of The Meadows (Wimborne), we settled in nicely in the July sun (and rain at times!) with our trading village, live music across two stages, family funfair, eco hub, and more across two fantastic days of brilliant fun and laughter.
In 2021 we were privileged to be supported by Yellow Buses, Hot Radio, Beryl, Titan Tents, and Waterside Emergency Medical Services who helped us raise over £850 for our 2021 charity, Cherry Tree Nursery.
Here's to 2022!
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