County Durham Family Festival announces ‘exciting’ additions to lineup


A County Durham festival aimed at families has announced two new additions to its lineup ahead of its debut next month.

Little Lindi, which is organized by the team behind the Lindisfarne Festival on Holy Island, aims to be an immersive, family-friendly event filled with music, arts and opportunities to explore, have fun and try something different. Taking place on the Lambton Estate near Chester-le-Street, the Ministry of Sound Disco Band has been announced as the headliner, and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Huey Morgan will also perform.

The newest additions to the weekend program are Seven Stories, the National Center for Children’s Books; and children’s yoga gurus Tatty Bumpkin. The two will camp at Little Lindi Wilding Field on the Saturday and Sunday of the Camping Festival.

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Seven Stories will feature Circus Stories and Bedtime Stories sessions, with CEO Wendy Elliott saying: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Little Lindi Festival this year, it promises to be a weekend of fantastic family fun, with something for everyone. ages – we hope you’ll join us around the campfire for bedtime stories after a day of exploring.”

Meanwhile, the South Tyneside branch of national children’s yoga specialists, Tatty Bumpkin, hope to take the under-7s on a magical adventure. Vanathi Webster, owner of Children Inspired by Yoga in South Tyneside, who runs the Tatty Bumpkin sessions, said: “Our sessions enhance development and creativity, through music, movement and storytelling.

Little Lindi’s map ahead of next month’s festival

“With 15 years of experience delivering children’s yoga across the country, we are thrilled to finally be in the North East! Tatty Bumpkin and Baby Bumpkin look forward to meeting all the kids and families for some laugh-out-loud fun at our yoga sessions at the Little Lindi Festival this year.”

Little Lindi Creative Director Rosie Mason said: “As the excitement begins to build for this year’s first Little Lindi Festival, we are so excited to bring Seven Stories and Tatty Bumpkin on board to offer families even more to get involved with and We’ve been blown away by the support and enthusiasm for Little Lindi from the North East’s creative and cultural community and are thrilled with the fun, family-friendly program we’ve put together.

Little Lindi’s creative activity program also includes den building, campfire cooking, puppet making, flash mobs, DJing, mini beast hunts, mud cooking fun, classes drums, sensory tens and street art in real time. Dance City will also host a series of dance workshops and classes while Circus Central will also invite people to try out a range of circus skills.

In addition to the aforementioned headliners, the main stage will also host tribute acts to Queen and Fleetwood Mac. The action will take place in five distinct areas: The Den, The Hive, The Walk of Love, The Wildings and The Walled Garden.

Festival founder Conleth Maenpaa said: “When we first started talking about having a family camping festival, the first image I had in my head was of a bedtime story around a bonfire, so I’m thrilled that the North East’s leading storytellers, Seven Stories, have joined us.And having experts in children’s yoga, Tatty Bumpkin on the program provides a great way to introduce families to the many benefits and pleasures children’s yoga.

Lindisfarne Festival Organizer Conleth Maenpaa 2018
Conleth Maenpaa, founder of the Little Lindi Festival

“The response to Little Lindi’s debut has been wonderful and we look forward to welcoming families from across the region and beyond for a festival experience they won’t forget.”

Little Lindi takes place July 22-25 on the Lambton Estate in County Durham. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Little Lindi website.

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