As a family who is always on the lookout for fun days in the great outdoors, we were delighted to hear about a new family-friendly event right here on our doorstep in North East Wales. MythFest promised to combine traditional Welsh storytelling with music, outdoor theatre and forest school activities. It sounded great but did it live up to expectation?
Keen to share local myths and fables with a new generation of little outdoor enthusiasts, MythFest is a brilliantly immersive experience for families. Taking place at four different and unique locations across North East Wales, this 3-hour magical, outdoor experience had us hooked from the off. Our chosen location was the awesome OnePlanet Adventure at Llandegla Forest and, as soon as we arrived, were greeted by an array of wonderful creatures. Our youngest, who is usually the fearless one, was a little bit unsure at first but, soon enough, the creatures had gained her trust and introduced themselves.
As we made our way up to the primary performance area the action began to unfold. Without giving too much away, it’s a classic tale of good versus evil between sibling rivals. Aseparate love story runs parallel to this battle for power between good and evil, and the hopes of the young lovers’ rest on who emerges victorious. The performance is interspersed with great wit and humour that has the kids giggling and the adults chuckling – they really have pitched it perfectly.
With the story well and truly underway, the performance now moves through the forest and the kids play an integral role in the fight against evil. Tasked with collecting a magic potion with items that they can find on the forest floor, the families now embarked on a lovely and very much engaged walk through a beautiful forest.
With potions collected and stirred the time had now arrived to make some forest crafts to further ward off the evil spirits endangering the young lovers. Again, this moved to another section of the forest which kept the overall performance interesting and engaging. So, supplied with various craft items, the kids made decorative staffs, magic wands and bracelets to help in the battle against evil, before returning for the final denouement.
Arriving back at the primary performance space the play reached its dramatic conclusion. With songs, excellent performances and so much interactivity for the kids, MythFest is a truly brilliant way to spend 3 hours as a family. With two final dates later this year, you still have a chance to catch it before it’s too late. My advice is book on now. You won’t regret it.
Clocaenog – 16th September 2018
Northop – 30th September 2018
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