Day Out at Reaseheath Family Festival at Reaseheath College, Nantwich *

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Since moving to Nantwich in Cheshire 12 years ago, the annual Reaseheath Family Festival has become a must-do event in our calendar. The festival draws thousands of visitors to the Reaseheath College campus in the South Cheshire town every year – and it’s not hard to see why. Launched 22 years ago, the action-packed event offers hundreds of fun activities and displays. For this year’s festival, on Sunday, May 13, I was joined by my husband, our eight-year-old son and our 12-year-old nephew. We live in Nantwich, so we didn’t have far to travel, and in previous years we’ve cycled to the site. However, this year we went by car. On the way, there was a slight bit of confusion thanks to an event sign that appeared to send us in the wrong direction. But we eventually made it to the campus, where we were directed to an event car park. It was a warm spring day, so we came prepared with plenty of sun cream and hats, knowing we’d be outdoors most of the time.

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You’re welcome to bring a picnic but we decided not to bother because we knew we’d be spoilt for choice thanks to the wide range of food stalls on site, as well as the college restaurant.

At the entrance we picked up a festival programme, which listed the times for the headline acts, and also included a map showing the locations of the many attractions.

In the past we’ve explored the festival with no particular plan, which is absolutely fine. But this year we decided to be a bit more savvy in order to cover as many activities as possible (it was a good job I’d chosen to wear comfy trainers!).

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Our first stop was the high ropes course, which luckily didn’t have a queue when we arrived. After getting kitted out by the instructors, the two boys were shown how to tackle the ‘vines’. They enjoyed the experience, although they found it challenging.

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Next, we caught the awesome Team Extreme display, where talented BMX and scooter riders, skateboarders and inline skaters showed off their skills.

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Watching all that action had given us an appetite, so we headed over to the street food market. Here, we chose tasty chicken and halloumi souvlaki from the Cyprus Kouzina stall, which we devoured while basking in the sunshine.

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One of the other events listed was a Dog and Duck Show. So, intrigued, we caught the early afternoon performance. And this was definitely different! It involved sheepdogs herding ducks around obstacles and even up steps and into a paddling pool.

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For me, one of the highlights of the day was Jonathan Marshall. His display featuring beautiful highly-trained horses and a peregrine falcon took my breath away.

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Elsewhere, we met a stilt-walking farmer and his inflatable cow, made bug hotels, decorated cakes, tried out the climbing wall and used a bicycle to generate power.

Festival tickets also included entry to the college’s mini zoo, which is always worth a visit, although we ran out of time on this particular visit.

By the end of the day we were all happily exhausted. We’d had an amazing day, and I’m sure we’ll be back next year for more action-packed fun.

Where is Reaseheath Family Festival?
Reaseheath College

When does the event take place?

  • Once a year. Next year’s event will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Things to note:

  • Due to the nature of the festival and the size of the campus, the ground can be uneven and activities positioned quite a distance apart
  • Dogs are welcome on the day but may be restricted in certain areas

How much is entrance to Reaseheath Family Festival?

Entry to this year’s event was £5 for adults; £4 for children and concessions; and £15 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Entry was free for children aged under three. On the day, many of the individual activities have a small charge.

Upcoming events at Reaseheath College:


Review by: Colette Warbrook


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* We were provided with free entry passes to Reaseheath Family Festival in return for a review. All opinions are our own.


  1. May 18, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Wow look how amazing the weather looks, such a great weekend for it x

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 18, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Yes it was Rhian, we had a fab time there

  2. May 19, 2018 / 7:06 am

    How wonderful to have such a fantastic festival local to you. I love the sound of the stilt walking farmer and sounds like such an action packed day. Awesome weather too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Yes everything went as planned and as perfect as it could have been Kate

  3. May 19, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    That looks a great festival, not too busy but still lots of fun to be had. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Yes totally agree Michelle, a fabulous event indeed with lots of fun

  4. May 20, 2018 / 6:34 am

    Sounds like such a lovely event to attend, not familiar with it but hope to check it out one day

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Hope you do Anosa, its a yearly event

  5. May 20, 2018 / 7:24 am

    What a fun festival and a great price for it too! I love the look of the look of the dog and duck show!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Yes it was such a great event for the whole family and the dog and duck show was super funny!

  6. May 20, 2018 / 8:30 am

    I adore simple events like this! Much more fun than a scary music festival or something like that. That rock wall looks like so much fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Yes an event especially for the whole family, how wonderful it was Indya

  7. May 20, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Wow what a fun day out! I love places that combine activities with family time xxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 20, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Yes totally, as parents with young kids ourselves, that is one of the pull factor

  8. Jan F
    May 20, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun and great time for the family!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 21, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Yes it was Jan

  9. May 21, 2018 / 1:26 am

    What an interesting festival to check out! Definitely some unique things to see. I’d like this better than most of the festivals that come through our local area. The duck course sounds really cute.

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 21, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Hahaha yes it was, this is such a family friendly event too

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc
    May 21, 2018 / 5:24 am

    It looks like you had so much fun in this festival. I would have enjoyed watching the dog and duck show. Those sheepdogs are amazingly smart dogs!Thanks for letting us know about next year’s festival date. We might include that in our travel plans for 2019!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 21, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      So gald to hear that Annemarie, yes we thought it was amazing and yes you should block your calendar off for next year as well. Don’t miss it.

  11. Elizabeth O
    May 21, 2018 / 11:58 am

    It looks like you had a gorgeous family day out with lots of fun activities to do. The weather looked really nice too, what a really lovely festival indeed.

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 21, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you. Yes it was fabulous and we loved it!

  12. May 21, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    That’s so cool you’ve made a tradition of going to this event. It looks so cool! Sounds like there are a lot of things to do like climbing. Would love to see that dog and duck race!! How fun!

  13. May 21, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Oh this looks like a really fun festival! I have never been to Cheshire before but it seems like a good place 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 22, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Yes its a fabulous event Cecilia, worth heading there next year if you are free

  14. May 21, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    this looks awesome. my family and i love going to local festivals! its a great outtings a family. i love the photos you posted.

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 22, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks Ariana, this was a great festival! Really fun!

  15. May 21, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    looks like you had a great time with your family. i love going to local festivals with my family its the best kind of outting for us.

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 25, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Totally agree Ariana, we enjoyed it very much

  16. May 22, 2018 / 1:49 am

    That looks like the coolest festival I have ever seen. Was it expensive? That rock climbing wall is the brightest I have ever seen. I sure did get a giggle from the ducks. What a different experience I am sure that was. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Happy blogging to you.

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 22, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      No it was reasonable in price as there was so much happening there and we spent a whole day there as well.Your welcome, we are glad you enjoyed reading about it

  17. May 22, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Wow these activities look so much fun! I wish I could go to such events. I’m definitely going to enjoy!

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 23, 2018 / 7:05 am

      We are sure you would absolutely love it Sharon x

  18. Bryanna Skye
    May 22, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    This sounds like it is brilliant value and really fun! Great there is such a variety of events and activities on offer

    • yeahlifestyle
      May 23, 2018 / 7:02 am

      Absolutely Bryanna, its such a great event!

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