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28th February 2011

A bit about Shambala 2011

Set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home by a lake, Shambala is not only inclusive and fun, but very, very Green...

Shambala is a festival that truly believes in coming together. Now in its 12th year, this proudly independent festival has developed a wonderfully diverse and loyal community that comes back year after year. It actively embraces a mix of people of all ages and backgrounds: families and hedonists, city slickers and ageing hippies, inviting them to participate, feel welcome and most of all have fun and pardeeee!!

Want to know who’s playing? Well you can’t! This festival never officially announces the line up in advance but still manages to sell out every year. The Shambala public have developed trust in the event organisers to produce a magical weekend with a programme full of music, circus, comedy, cabaret and interactive workshops and of course great locally-sourced food and drink.

In their interactive, ‘Annual Debate’ 2010, the most frequent comments referred to the ‘infectious friendly atmosphere’, ‘the diverse programme,’ ‘the great value’ and ‘best environmental practices.’ Shambala listens to its audience and acts on their feedback.

Set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home by a lake, Shambala is not only inclusive and fun, but very, very Green. The only UK even to to be powered 100% by wind, sun and local waste vegetable oil it has been lauded over the years for its responsible forward-thinking outlook, winning ‘Outstanding’ at the Greener Festival Awards for the 2010 event. It has shown time and again its commitment to sustainability.

Shambala is serious about reducing environmental impacts. In 3 years we have reduced our carbon footprint per person by over 50% - an industry record. Every organisation involved in Shambala is vetted for their ethics and supply lines - from food stalls to fence providers. If you ain't seriously green you ain't involved. In light of this Shambala has also been awarded 'The Most Sustainable Event in the UK' (National Outdoor Events Association) as well as highest ever 'Industry Green' status by Julie's Bicycle for 2011.

Shambala festival believes it has perfected the balance of the needs of families and children with the needs of a party orientated audience - no mean feat. New for families this year is a dedicated separate camping field for families with under 10’s, with hot showers and compost loos, situated right near to the car-parks, where families will have priority parking near the festival entrance gates with a free wheelbarrow service. A communal BBQ on Thursday and Friday– bring a burger or buy something from the local farmers stall to cook and meet everyone. The Family Yurt will have toddler play space, baby-sitting club and early-bird cinema bedtime stories with hot cocoa.

The Shambala Kids field has now become legendary on the festival circuit with a ridiculously wide range of activities throughout the day for all ages. A live stage dedicated for the young to show off their talents with shows ranging from circus to science. What about those moody, too- cool- for- school teens; well, in 2011 there are a whole host of teen-focussed activities – join the “S Factor” and find yourself on the main stage! A new ‘Teen Tent’ hangout with games and turntables for aspiring DJ’s.

Packed to the brim with hands- on interactive workshops, Shambala is a dream for those who want to roll up their sleeves and learn some new skills. From African chants to Charleston dance moves, nipple-tassle making, to morning yoga, there is something for everyone and every age. There are 5 workshop tents dedicated to Music and Voice, Dance, Craft and Holistic Arts. Kids are entertained fully in a dedicated Kids Area rammed full of energy releasing and creative activities.

The hand-picked cafes and bars are some of the best you will find on a field this summer- dine on award- winning dishes from all over the world, drink local ales and organic lagers in beautifully bespoke bars dotted around the site.

Shambala will be providing a free bio-fuel shuttle bus from the local train station and supports guided cycle rides from many cities. Coming by horse? Get in touch, they'll supply grazing.

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