‘Spellbound Forest’ offers a real treat for North West families this May

Families from right across the North West are soon to have the opportunity to join a unique, family-focused outdoor theatre experience as The Spellbound Forest makes its long awaited debut in May 2012 in Delamere Forest.

For two days only, 19th-20th May, Wild Rumpus, the organisation that is behind the award winning ‘Just So’ family festival, is creating an outdoor spectacular of theatre, art, dance and music to tell the stories of some long forgotten English fairy tales, with the culmination being a mythical dance right in the heart of the forest.

Rowan Hoban is the co-director of Wild Rumpus, and has said that they believe that something quite amazing happens when families get to engage together in high quality arts in a wild and natural landscape.

Wild Rumpus has teamed up with The Forestry Commission to bring The Spellbound Forest magically to life. In a world where men become birds and tears become rivers, families will help create a brand new fairy tale especially for the occasion, with help from the Manchester Children’s Literature Festival, and can also contribute to a sculpture which will remain in the forest long after the event comes to an end.

“Once we started reading traditional English fairy tales, we couldn’t believe that we hadn’t come across these amazing, enchanting stories before,” organiser, Sarah Bird from Wild Rumpus, said. “The fairy tales that our children hear are dominated by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, which are great stories, but have    overshadowed these magical tales rooted in our own history and culture.”

Responsible for the award-winning Just So festival, an annual weekend full of festival fun aimed specifically for entire families to enjoy, Wild Rumpus specializes in programming high quality arts events which are as much for children as their parents.

The organisation hopes to coordinate further events which encourage families to visit natural environments and play and learn together.

“We’re inviting families to step outside their everyday lives and join us on a spectacular creative adventure through the forest,” says Sarah. “Delamere Forest is a magical location, and we’re so very pleased to have the chance to weave our magic there.”