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What is Family Fest? It’s a great opportunity to gather together with other families and share a weekend of activities, games, workshops, music and worship. Stay for the weekend or come as a day visitor on Saturday.

Who is it for? YOU! Families are made up of people of all ages, and we look forward to welcoming families from parishes and communities across the Diocese of Exeter and the South West region.

Enjoy a relaxed weekend of family time, getting away from the stresses of the everyday. Children can play together outdoors in a safe environment, whether it’s playing on the pirate ship, swinging on the high ropes or having a sing-song. For parents, it’s a chance to talk about faith, family and parenting – or whatever they want to share.

Family Fest is open to everyone – those exploring faith, re-engaging, or looking to deepen their existing belief.

Where is it? River Dart Country Park – http://riverdart.co.uk/

When is it? Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2020

What are the arrival and departure times? Arrive after school on Friday and depart after lunch on Sunday (although everyone is welcome to stay and use River Dart Country Park’s facilities for the rest of the day).

What is the weekend programme? Friday evening opens with a BBQ followed by games and the opening liturgy in the marquee.

Saturday starts with morning prayer and mass for those that wish, followed by family workshops which lead into lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the extensive park attractions, with everyone regrouping for supper and early evening liturgy.

On Sunday there is a sung Mass at 11am. After lunch Family Fest closes for another year, but those that wish can stay to enjoy River Dart Country Park’s facilities for the rest of the day.

On the Friday and Saturday evenings the marquee becomes a socialising space.

How much does it cost? (2019 prices) For those staying for the weekend the cost is £20 per head for adults and children (aged 3 plus) if booked by 31st May, or £25 after this date. Children under the age of 3 are free. The subsidised cost includes camping fees for the weekend, worship and workshops, access to River Dart Country Park, and meals on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Please note bookings made after 7th June will not include catering for weekend campers.

The day visitor rate for Saturday is £15 per adult and £10 per child which includes access to River Dart Country Park and a meal in the evening. Please note bookings made after 31st May will not include catering for day visitors.

Please get in contact if you would like to come on Sunday.

Prices may need to increase in 2020 but we will endeavour to keep them as low as possible.

What are the camping facilities like? Family Fest takes over the Picnic Meadow (see http://riverdart.co.uk/park-guide/park-map for a map of the park). This field is for tents, caravans and campervans and has its own amenity block with free hot water and showers, and toilets. There are electric hook-up points if required (available on a first come, first served basis). There are covered washing up areas, water and rubbish points, recycling facilities, and laundry rooms (coin operated).

Please note there is a steep descent into Picnic Meadow, notify us if you are planning to bring a large caravan as you may need to be sited on an alternative field.

Is there catering? Meals on the Friday and Saturday evenings are included in the price for weekend campers, or just the meal on Saturday evening for day visitors. All are encouraged to join together for evening meals. Please note the booking deadline for catering in the ‘How much does it cost?’ section above.

Breakfasts and lunches are expected to be provided by campers themselves. There is a tea and coffee tent available for all to use.

What do I need to bring? In addition to all the usual camping equipment, please bring chairs for the worship in the marquee and meals. Please don’t forget plates, cutlery, mugs and glasses for all the family.

Can I bring my dog? River Dart Country Park welcomes dogs for day visits and for camping trips (maximum of 2 per pitch). Dogs must be kept on leads at all times on site.

What have other people said about it?

“Family Fest was a fantastic success again – the best so far!”

“First weekend at Family Fest! What an amazing time we’ve had. Thank you!”

“We had the best weekend.”

View the links below for videos and photographs of previous Family Fest weekends:

2019 – https://www.facebook.com/CofEDevon/videos/1699156923548876/?v=1699156923548876

2018 – https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofStWilfridandStHilda/videos/750107305381243/

2017 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUauFatPGSo&t=131s

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