Elderflower Fields 2020 – Cancellation

Dear Friends,

After a hopeful couple of months we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel Elderflower Fields 2020.

Back in March when all of this seemed new, we were optimistic that we would be able to run the festival in September and incredibly grateful that so many of you were happy to join us at Pippingford for the rescheduled dates in late summer.

Sadly, in the intervening months, it has become apparent that running the festival this year won’t be feasible due to the extraordinary and unavoidable consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, beyond the control of the event organisers. It is still unclear when mass gatherings will again be allowed to take place this year, and we cannot be confident that we will be able to safely run the festival in September. As a small independent organisation, we cannot continue to plan with such large risks, so are now focussing on the 2021 festival.


Despite missing out this summer, we’re still planning to celebrate next year’s festival as our 10th birthday. Most of the previously confirmed performers and activities for this year will be transferred to 2021, but we’re also excited to plan the wildest and most exciting Elderflower Fields yet!

We are and have always been independent. For us, this means a truly family focussed festival, free from pressures to buy stuff and full of wonderful activities and performances, deeply connected with nature, which will inspire and entertain kids. We’ve resisted pressure to commercialise or grow the size of the event in recent years because we believe it makes for a more positive and transformative experience for kids.

All ticket holders should have received an email fully outlining the process for rolling tickets forward to 2021, receiving refunds and making donations. Please keep an eye on your inboxes and junk mail folders. All the information contained in the email is posted on the news page of this website. The default position is that all 2020 tickets will be transferred to the 2021 event. Refunds are available to those that need them, but by holding onto your ticket you will be supporting Elderflower Fields as an independent, family organisation at this difficult time.

We’re really going to miss you all this summer, but it won’t be long until we can celebrate together again. In the meantime, please look after each other and we wish good health to you and your families.

With love from the Elderflower Fields team.

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Elderflower Fields is an award winning festival, designed especially for families with children. A wild weekend adventure, packed full of music, sports, nature and the arts, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside.

28th – 31st May 2021

Pippingford Park, East Sussex


The Dragonfly Stage, big get-up-and-dance bands, the Sunday family picnic and much more… Check out what’s happening on Dragonfly Hill.


Our newest area is home to our Arts Camp, crafty activities, the brilliant science dome and the madness that is the Big Family Dance Off…


An intimate and eclectic little corner of the festival and home to amongst other things, the Woodland Stage, the Woodland Spa, WowPow!, campfires, morning yoga and more…


The home to nature and wildlife activities. Head down the hill and Into the Trees and you’ll discover a world of amazing creatures and plants right on our festival doorstep…


Home to most of Elderflower Fields’ sports and adventure activities. From trying your hand at something new in the Sports Camp to the EF family favourite of a round of Disc Golf…


Our little piece of the adventure sports world transported into Elderflower Fields. Many kids spend almost the entire weekend in this part of the festival with skateboarding, climbing, slacklining and festival favourites, the Woodland Tribe.


Wind your way through beautiful sunlight dappled glades in the heart of the festival and discover some of our wonderful food vendors, kids and family activities, or just a quiet shady spot to relax with a cocktail…


Discover and explore your creativity on the Schools Without Walls Art Trail. A unique opportunity to walk through the beautiful Pippingford woods with art work by local schools, artists and lots of ‘have a go’ art activities.


Take a look at our news page. From stories about our friends and partners, to competitions and other treats, keep up to date with all things Elderflower Fields.


The ideal first festival for families, Elderflower Fields is hip, intimate & independent... The nature programme is unparalleled.

The Guardian

Runner up: Best family Festival.

2017 Family Traveller Awards

Runner up: Best Small Festival.

2017 Festival Kidz Awards

Elderflower Fields has raised the bar for what I now want out of a family festival. It really is the festival for parents who aren’t quite sure about taking their family to a festival. Small, but not in a way that there’s nothing to do. It’s quite the opposite in fact...

Festivals For All

We had a totally fantastic time. Elderflower Fields put a massive effort into the special touches and it really pays off; the site looked amazing and was beautiful decorated everywhere we turned.

Festival Kidz

Our second year of attending this amazing May bank holiday event! Once again exceeded all our expectations. Our children had an absolute blast! In their own words last years was "the best weekend ever" and this year was "even better!"

Customer Review