EMBRACE YOUR WILD CHILD // london’s newest fun family festival

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Disclosure: I’m working in partnership with Wild Child Festival and Mothers & Shakers

There are so many things I love about Big Sis – she’s fun and determined and kind-hearted and has more get-up-and-go than a herd of Energizer Bunnies. But I think it’s her sense of adventure I admire the most.

We often jokingly call her Mowgli – not least because she used to look exactly like The Jungle Book character in the original Disney movie – but everything she does, she does with wild abandon, regardless of how cold, wet, messy or tired she gets along the way.

As soon as we get outdoors she literally has no fear – throwing herself off heights, scrambling up trees, and running full-tilt down hills while I shout at her to ‘slow down!‘.

Our lovable little wild child. 

I adore her ability to throw herself in all different experiences – like the time we travelled to St Lucia she was just 19-months and got stuck into the local cuisine of blackened fish and rice and beans.  we were in Bali and she ate spicy rice for breakfast every morning, just like the locals.

Or when we visited a water park in New Zealand and she threw herself down the biggest, twistiest water slide without a second thought, screaming with laughter when she was spat out at the bottom in a watery tangle of limbs. Or that time we were on a cruise in St Lucia and she got up and started dancing, and by the time we’d docked back at the jetty the entire boat was boogying away with her.

She just has such a natural ‘joie de vivre’ which is why I know she’d absolutely adore the newest family festival in London, WILD CHILD FESTIVAL.

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You might think you’ve seen it all when it comes to family festivals, but this one is unique because it focuses on the arts and on traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. But don’t get it twisted: this is not some boring old summer school – this is a fabulously fascinating festival designed to challenge and delight children of all ages.

Founder Hayley Byfield is a London mum with an 18-year career in education and theatre. She knows exactly how to tap into a child’s natural sense of curiosity and wonder, and bring teaching to life in a way that’s imaginative, inspiring and just plain fun. 

She’s partnered with maker, writer and freelance arts producer, Hannah Lamdin, to offer a huge range of activities, workshops and creative experiences, in the heart of leafy Dulwich, south-east London.

Wild Child goes one step further than the traditional festivals you may have attended in the past. Rather than just a family disco (although they have that too) you can watch a ballet in the Bop Along Ballroom, or learn a new dance style – from Bollywood, to line and street dancing.

Embrace your inner geek in the Imagination Lab, with cool coding and science workshops, or roll up to the Little Top to learn tightrope walking and trapeze (how cool is that?!). Giggly Grove is a laugh-out-loud zone where you can watch top comedians, or release the artist inside in the Crafty Den, with cool crafts and giant outdoor painting.

The Magic Hollow is a mystical land where you can pick up a few fancy tricks (Big Sis would be in heaven!). Soak up some interactive storytelling in the Wordy Wood, or enjoy a wide range of live music – from classical and jazz to Broadway and beatboxing – in the Harmony Hideaway. The Playhouse is where you need to head for theatre and puppetry shows, or sit back and relax in the Wellness Warren for yoga and creative chillouts.

And the tiniest of festival-goers have not been overlooked – Wild Child has a Babes in the Burrow area especially for little ones aged 0-3-year-olds, which features a magical sensory play space, a creative messy/edible play area, interactive performances, music and even circus workshops.

How amazing goes that sound? 

That’s just a little taste of all the Wild Child Festival fabulousness you can expect to find at the Dulwich College Sports Club on the weekend of August 17-19. Secure your place now – if you get in quickly you might be able to grab one of the remaining Early Bird tickets.

And, if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter my giveaway to win a family ticket – (2x adults and 2x children, or 1x adult and 3x children) to the Wild Child Festival family.

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UK and ROI only, e: 23.59, 24/6/18, full T&C’s below. Winner’s entry method will be checked and confirmed. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Promoter: Wild Child Festivals; Giveaway host: Mummy’s Little Monkey.

Giveaway is open to entrants in the UK and ROI, aged 18 and over, and runs from 7/6/18 – 24/6/18; no purchase necessary.

Prize is a 1 x one-day family ticket to your choice of the three-day Wild Child Festival in Dulwich, UK (family ticket consists of 2x adults and 2x children, or 1x adult and 3x children, and is worth up to £132). Tickets are for the winner’s preferred one day of the three-day festival.

Winner will be notified within 10 days of the random draw.

Due to the time-sensitive nature of this giveaway we will make all reasonable attempts to contact the winner; however, if after three attempts the winner still hasn’t claimed their prize, the promoter reserves the right to redraw. Winner will need to confirm their festival attendance date with the promoter, within 72 hours of claiming their win.

No last-minute changes for number of guests or attendance date, unless authorised by the promoter. 11. No cash alternative, exchange, refund or resale.

Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary. Promotor’s and winner’s names available on request.


  1. Kim Neville - June 8, 2018 reply

    All of it sounds interesting especially the tightrope walking or trapez

  2. Haha what fabulous photos, love this! She truly is a wild child, how great to raise such an adventurous spirit. Funny, she does look like Mowgli and actually I used to say E reminded me of him too — mainly because of this quirky expression Mowgli does with his nose in the cartoon 🙂 Wild Child sounds fantastic, can’t wait! x

  3. donna l jones - June 21, 2018 reply

    the tightrope walking

  4. Amanda Ward - June 22, 2018 reply

    The babes in the burrows bit sounds fab for my tiny one!!

  5. carol boffey - June 23, 2018 reply

    tightrope walking

  6. Vera Bahounkova - June 23, 2018 reply

    My grandson loves puppetry shows

  7. Herbert Appleby - June 23, 2018 reply

    Laughing out loud in the Giggly Grove I think I’ll be looking forward to mostly 🙂

  8. Caroline Cordery - June 23, 2018 reply

    I think the music area will suit my kids best, esp beatboxing.

  9. Ohh the imagination lab sound just me

  10. Adrian Bold - June 24, 2018 reply

    The science workshops sound like fun!

  11. Hannah Scudder - June 24, 2018 reply

    Babes in the Burrow for my 5 month old. My older son would enjoy all of it.

  12. Alexandra Sharples - June 24, 2018 reply

    I’d love to take my daughter to see the ballet!

  13. Natalie Crossan - June 24, 2018 reply

    I love the tightrope, walking and trepez 🙂

  14. Sounds like a fun time!

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