Kids’ Camp


Vantastival is a very family friendly festival and children are welcomed. All weekend scheduled children’s activities take place in the Kids’ Camp. Check the blackboards for schedules on the day. All children must be fully supervised by parents/carers at all times.

Read this article from RTÉ Lifestyle with our top tips for people bringing kids to Vantastival!







Join us in the walled garden at Beaulieu where you can follow the White Rabbit down the Hole and join Alice on her adventures in Wonderland, whereby you will be cordially invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

But before this, why not…

Help the Royal Cards paint the Roses Red?

Enjoy a game of Royal Croquet with the Queen of Hearts?

Play Draughts with the caterpillar?

Make your maddest hat?

Design an un-birthday card?

Singalong with Alice?

Laugh along with Nonsense poems from the March Hare?

Danceathon with the White Rabbit?

Come in your maddest ‘wonderland’ attire and don’t be late for this very important date.

Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop


Kids’ activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Drumming workshops
  • Face painting
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Bubble shows
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Circus skills
  • Kids’ disco
  • Games
  • Storytelling
  • Bouncy castles
  • and much more!
Please note: the children’s area is not a crèche and children should not be left unsupervised.



Children’s laughter yoga with clapping, deep breathing, playfulness and laughter exercises. Laughter yoga not only increases happiness, but also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress. Laughter relaxes the whole body, triggers the release of endorphins and promotes an overall sense of well being. Workshops last 25-30 mins and parents are welcome to join in!


Wild flower sun-catchers & fairy doors. Design & create your own unique art work using a mixture of nature, recycled & new materials.



Marcella from Community Tribal Drummers will be offering drumming, percussion and song workshops for all ages, all abilities. Drums are really accessible and the workshops are great fun, beginner friendly,  very creative – a fabulous connecting and interactive activity. Also on offer are simple natural crafts and  hula hooping fun and giant bubbles all in the name of connection. We can raise the vibration of our festival and have lots of fun doing it.


Bucky’s Circus travels to festivals all over Northern-Ireland and Ireland. Join in the fun and learn some circus skills!



Bubble trouble will arrive at Vantastival with their marvelous massive bubbles…. like fireworks without the danger!

Beautiful huge colourful bubbles will be created in an hourly show daily along with bubble walkabouts during the festival. We like to encourage participation, anyone can have a go. Come and experience the magic of gigantic bubbles!


Hoop Dance does exactly what it says on the tin, it is essentially dancing around like a fairy with hula hoops. It can also be explained
as a dance flow to music combined with hula hoop tricks, if you want to get all technical about it! Hoop Dance is an amazing creative outlet that invites people to just let go of stress and worries, not to mention all the good endorphins released from all that exercise!


Once upon a time, beyond The Milky Way two stars collided and made a mighty bang. When the rocks and stardust cleared something magical appeared, a bright new shiny planet called Idea! On Idea’s highest mountain – MakeBelieve, there is a castle. A castle made of books instead of bricks, books joined with punctuated words instead of mortar. In that castle lives The Story Queen and her library full of children’s books. Picture books. Her Majesty travels the world on Her Flying Bicycle bringing stories and love and laughter to the under sixes. If a child needs a story, not any old story, the absolutely positively perfect story for that child at that very moment Her Majesty will hear the wish and arrive with her Magic Crown and Story Bag and cheer up the child (and its parents!)


The world’s great music-intro-comedy-game-not-quiz. Dust off those air drums, warm up those funny bones, and get your pun moans warmed up – Ronan returns to Vantastival after a great set of gigs in 2015! It’s Ringo: Music Bingo.

Ronan plays the intros to well known songs from Disney Films, if that song is on your sheet you cross it off (it’s a game, not a quiz, he gives you the answer via comedy clues) first to fill the sheet wins prizes!

Ringo: Music Bingo, it won’t change your life but it will make your day. Fun for the whole family!


A fun modern take on a classic children’s pastime hosted by Ronan Leonard.

Kids will be given a list of items to find on a trail around the Vantastival Site, with the challenge to photograph them all using a digital camera or phone – it should take about 30 mins to complete.

This won’t be a race, but there will a small prize for each child who completes each trail.
The focus will be on using their imagination to take the photos, it isn’t a photography competition. 
There will be parallel sessions for age groups – 4 to 7 year olds & 8 to 11 year olds;

[Please Note – A parent or guardian must accompany each child at all times.]


And much much more! … including a line up of wandering musicians, walkabouts, aerialist, workshops and many other events such as nonsense poetry slams and storytelling



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“a highly family-friendly crowd”

– AU Magazine

“One of the first things I noticed about this festival is how happy and friendly everyone was.”

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