UK Gets Its First-Ever Vegan Kids Festival
Taking place over 22nd-24th July 2022, Vegan Kids Festival will bring together vegan kids and families
For the first time in the UK, a new Vegan Kids Festival will be taking place, bringing vegan children and their families to the wonderful Moonacre Party Field in Dorset. Although the festival is aimed at plant-based children, it also welcomes vegan-curious kids and their vegan-curious parents, with the hope of aiding people on their vegan journey. But it’s not just for families in the UK, the festival has visitors travelling from all over the world, as far as Germany and Switzerland for the three-day two-night camping event!
Special guests will be making an appearance, too, including BBC star Omari McQueen, presenter of What’s Cooking Omari?, the UK’s very own teen vegan chef, and vegan chef Freya Cox from the Great British Bake Off.
In a comment sent to Vegan Trade Journal, Dana Burton, founder and organiser, says: “We are delighted that Omari and Freya wanted be part of our festival, both young vegans who will inspire many of our young festival goers.”
What fun is planned for the event?
Dana talks us through what’s in store: “We have three packed days. Our main stage will be the central hub with lots of live entertainment. In our beautiful woodland area, you can enjoy the outdoor cinema or silent disco. Our campfire will come alive at night and a local astronomer will give us a tour of the night sky. We also have lots of outdoor activities and a giant inflatable science dome.”
Kids and parents who want to chill out can do so in their wellness zone, with yoga, a gong bath and LED hula hoop class at dusk. They can also get artsy in VKF’s creative zone, through arts, drama and music.
“We want to inspire all ages,” Dana says, “So there will be activities suitable for tots to teens, including our creative zone, sensory play for the tots and graffiti workshop and activism song writing workshop for teens.”
Why hold a festival for vegan children?
Dana tells Vegan Trade Journal that she has created the event because she wants to empower vegan children to feel part of something, and not feel isolated, as many do.
“I just wanted my kids to know they were not the only vegan children on the planet. So, I created the Vegan Kids Festival. Often vegan children are the only vegans in their class – and sometimes, even the whole school. That can be hard for them to understand. This can make them feel different and isolated – or even worse, picked on or singled out.”
“At the Vegan Kids Festival, we really want to create memories for families as well as a real community for vegan children where they can make new friends.”
It’s their aim to inspire vegan kids to showcase the best of veganism and show them all how amazing they are for making compassionate choices everyday.
Dana adds: “My aim is to create a mini vegan world for three days, where everyone who attends can be surrounded by like-minded people and play, safe in the knowledge that everything is vegan, everyone is a friend, and everything is designed with kids in mind. This event is all about the children; our changemakers of the future.”
What are the camping options available?
On-site, the festival has multiple camping options, from bring-your-own tent or campervan, right up to luxury glamping. As this is the first year for the event, they are keeping numbers deliberately low, to ensure it runs smoothly, and have space for just 100 vegan families. There are less than 30 family tickets left!
As veganism continues to grow, we are sure to see this wonderful event growing too, encouraging more children and families to embrace and celebrate their compassionate lifestyles.
For more info and to book tickets visit www.vegankidsfestival.co.uk