We are thrilled to have been awarded Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England. The funding will in part go towards the Spellbound Forest, being held at Delamere Forest in May and also support the organisation’s development and to further establish them within the family arts sector.

Wild Rumpus was set up in 2009 by Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird, who met in their children’s school playground in Macclesfield, and began to plan the weekend of creative adventures that became the Just So Festival. Now into its third year, the event is well-established as a summer highlight for many families, and was reviewed recently by the Cool Camping guide as an event which “delights families while encouraging their creativity.”

Rowan Hoban, company director said “We believe that when families sing and dance and paint and make up stories together it makes them happier and healthier. Our events are designed to help families go on creative adventures together. Being supported in this way by the Arts Council is a huge reinforcement of what we are trying to achieve.”

The Spellbound Forest is apartnership with the Forestry Commission to bring four English fairy tales to life at Delamere Forest this May. The event will see forest pathways lined with theatre, music, dance and visual arts as families try to navigate their way to the King’s Ball at the centre of the forest.

In addition to delivering large scale family arts event events, they are developing an accompanying programme of research and artist development in an effort to inform their own practice and promote best practice in family arts nationally.