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The UK’s Only Family Festival Where All Activities are FREE!
Meraki Festival 23-25 AUG 2019 Herts County Showground
Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
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We have a whole host of exciting activities for you to choose from, and they're all FREE!

Big Wheel

What better way to see the festival than from way up high? Ride the Big Wheel and get a bird’s eye view of all the action…


Try the UK’s FIRST interactive mobile caving system – one of the most realistic artificial caving experiences you’ll get above ground, with over 90ft of tunneling inside – two levels, sumps, stalagmites and squeezes!


Roll up, Roll up! Come for all the fun of the circus in our Big Top – with stunts all around, laughs galore, performers, workshops and a whole lot more!


If you like to laugh, you’re in the right place…. we’ve got some of the freshest comedy talent around appearing at Meraki, including the amazing Joe Bor and the utterly hysterical Kojo!

The House of Neon Dance Igloo

Aurora Avenue was such a hit last year, we’re bringing back the DJs, but bigger and better! We’ll have a lineup of killer DJs dropping dancefloor anthems, classic beats and fresh new mixes in the House of Neon – pack your dancing shoes, you’re gonna need em!


CAREFUL DRIVERS NEED NOT APPLY. Strap in, take the wheel and show em who’s boss! Slam, smash, bump and bash – road rage will not be a problem at this year’s Meraki…

Festival Glitter

Look fabulous the whole day with as much free festival glitter as you can fit on your face! Our makeup artists will turn you into a walking work of (summer festival) art.

Hot Tubs

After a long day of festival adventures, enjoy a glass of bubbly or a rejuvenation juice in a hot tub. It’s the place to share stories and recoup, ready for an evening of festival fun! Changing rooms are available on site.

Laser Tag

READY, AIM, FUN! Join a real-life video game in the middle of our festival! For kids and adults alike, run through our Laser Tag arena and do your best to stay in the game. Make sure to bring friends with great communication and leadership skills, you’ll need these to stand a chance of winning!


Keep your eyes open and your wits about you…. strange things are going on at Meraki this summer. Professional magicians will be passing through the crowds, performing feats to dazzle and confound you at the drop of a (rabbit-filled) hat.

Main Stage

The Main Stage is where it’s at! Live music is at the heart of any festival and our Main Stage will be filled with incredible acts, from Pop to Rock, Folk to Soul, we’ll have a lineup of artists and bands that will make for blissful Summer days and epic Summer nights.


Take a break from the festival madness and let go of all the stresses of life. Our trained massage therapists will help you to relax, luxuriate and find your bliss at Meraki…

Movie House

PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS, OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION IS ABOUT TO BEGIN…. from comedy gems to feel-good family flicks, silver screen classics to cult favourites – our weekend of movies will have something for everyone! Grab your popcorn, settle into your seat and get ready to enjoy…

Mr Peebles

Not a Main Stage kinda person? Do you prefer to watch acts in a more intimate setting? Then the Mr Peebles Stage is for you. We’ve got the kind of top-quality music acts you’d expect from Meraki, in a beautiful vintage setting. Bands, duos and solo artists bringing everything from gentle ballads to danceable grooves throughout each day.

Play Space

Imagine a giant double Tipi dedicated to nothing but PLAY for an entire weekend. Imagine no more - the Play Space at Meraki will be filled with toys, fun and laughter - every minute of the day!


On Saturday, you’ll have the chance to take to the stage and perform with the legendary Rockaoke! Grab the mic and show us what you’ve got!

Roller Disco

Wicked tunes and gliding with roller skates on – what could be more fun? Beginners and experienced skaters alike can cruise around our Roller Disco, skating in style and maybe showing off a few tricks…

Silent Disco

Fancy shutting off and dancing to your own beat? Jump into our LED silent disco space and dance the night away. With everyone dancing to a different beat, the best part is when you remove your headphones and hear everyone singing out loud!

Swimming Pool

Is there any better way to cool off on a warm summer day than relaxing in a swimming pool? Whether you’re jumping in with friends or making a splash with the little ones, make sure to visit our summer swimming spot.


From dramatic performances to street performers, magic or acrobatic displays, Meraki is filled with storytelling and adventure. Keep your eyes peeled, as you never know who’s around the corner!

Water Slide

ENJOY SUMMER FUN ON OUR AMAZING GIANT WATERSLIDES! Kids and adults alike can have some serious fun on our water slide. Run, jump, slip and slide. Repeat… and again... and again. As many times as you like!

Arts and Crafts

In the Kids Field, we’ll have an Arts & Crafts Tent with creative activities for all age groups. Jump into any scheduled session or just pop in when you’ve got some free time and get your hands messy!

Baby Facilities

If you’re bringing really little ones to Meraki, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We’re all about a family-friendly festival experience, so we’ll have clean, well-lit baby changing facilities onsite, with private spaces for changing & feeding.

Big Top Workshop

From the wigs to the high-wire, we’ll take our crowd through the ins-and-outs, and the ups-and-downs of big top life! They’ll try out juggling, plate-spinning, clown costumes and eventually… the brave can try their luck on the HIGHWIRE! (It’s actually only a couple of feet, but still pretty daunting!)

Big and Bonkers Balloons

Starting with a ridiculous balloon performance, we'll give the crowds a chance to try their own balloon sculpting skills! Everyone takes something away - even if some are only balloon snakes!

Cacophony Orchestra

MAKE. SOME. NOISE! Grab an instrument - shake, hit, blow, shout – do whatever you have to do to get a sound out of in and join in with our madcap orchestra! We’re making the maddest music anyone's ever heard at a festival and everyone’s in the band!

Circus Freestyle

A mix of clowning and circus, giving the morning a large dose of total nonsense! An interactive street style show including volunteers from the crowd and plenty of noise!


If your little ones are just discovering the joy of food, it can be a tricky transition... so bring them to our messy edible play sessions and help them blend eating with fun! We’ll encourage them to try new things, all the while keeping the fun turned up to ten!

Grann Bongo's Megamix Dance-off

We’ll have everyone up with some gypsy beats and Balkan bangers to get everyone ready for an evening of partying and madness! The main challenge is to keep up with us!

Kid's Face Painting

What better way is there to get into the spirit of the festival than with vibrant, exciting shapes, colours and images? As part of our range of fun activities for children, Meraki will provide professional facepainters, with a range of beautiful specially-themed designs for your little ones.

Kid's Movies

From animated films to family-fun classics of the silver screen, our kid's cinema will bring their favourite characters to life in an amazing big top cinema space!

Kid's Yoga

For children aged between 3 and 11, YogaBeez uses games to promote traditional yoga techniques which encourage and stimulate the imagination, develop self-esteem, acceptance, positive thinking, making healthy choices and most importantly, having lots of fun!

Kids Comedy Corner

Welcome to the coolest comedy club in Chicago, Kid’s Comedy Corner! The stand-up is a kid’s-only domain, and with vintage mic and trilby hat at the ready, kids will be the start of this unique style of stand up. An absolute hit nationwide, Kids Comedy Corner has quickly become a festival must. WARNING: All adults must be accompanied by an irresponsible child!

Laugh and Play, Games & Giggles

LAUGH UNTIL YOU BURST! It’s time for fun and frolics, laughs and snorts, games and giggles! We’re going for maximum fun here – hysterical, hysterical, infectious laughter all round!

Mad Scientists

Meraki 2018 is taking our kids activities to a whole new level – the level of Mad Science! Our Science Boffins present amazing science parties which include jaw-dropping scientific experiments, mind-blowing demonstrations and entertaining games, specifically created to give children an unforgettable party.


We’ve created a quiet-time kids zone in the festival, made especially for sleep time. If your little one needs a nap, lay them down, and with relaxing music and a peaceful environment, you can sit back and enjoy a quiet spell while they snooze.

Perilous Parachute

PARACHUTES, MURDEROUS POULTRY & MADCAP CHALLENGES! Throughout the day, we’ll keep the show going with a wacky mix of traditional games and unmistakable Seagull silliness! Every game will be an event in itself - from coffee sack racing, to facing the killer chicken!

Pirate Takeover

A whole afternoon of Seven Seas piracy, hosted by Captain Red Beard and his topsy-turvy crew of mischievous pirates - we weigh anchor with an unforgettable adventure that includes Davy Jones’ treasure hunt, the mighty tug-o-war and to finish it all off - roaring sea-songs!

Seagulls Stretch-and-Shine

It’s first thing in the morning – let’s meet the day head-on! Fresh out of bed, there’s nothing better than a good stretch and jump around in the morning sunshine. Start the day with as much fun as we can and see where it goes from there….

Splash Party

It’s summertime, festival season and time to have a splash party! From super soakers and hoses to paddling pools and water bombs, who doesn’t love a good water fight? We’ll have all the things you need onsite for safe, enjoyable water-based fun and you can bring your own supplies too!

Story Sessions

Storytelling sessions will run throughout the weekend, from lunchtime nap stories to tales before bedtime, with fun storytelling for the smaller kids and more interactive sessions for older children to get involved in.

Sunday Turbo Session

HIT THE TURBO BUTTON! Let’s mix up fun and games with crazy activities and above all, let’s do everything as fast and high-energy as we can! It’s the best way to spend a Sunday – a good old-fashioned TURBO SESSION!

The Flying Seagull Project

A warning to the crowds, this is no spectator sport! Everyone (and we mean everyone) gets involved throughout! With high-energy music jams, outrageous circus sessions, and the knee-trembling HIGHWIRE CHALLENGE, it’s a roller coaster of total ’round-the-bend-ness’!

The Wig and Bowtie Parade of Fools

COME JOIN THE PARADE! Get your wig and bowtie on and come stomp with us through Meraki on the most outrageous parade of fools the world has ever seen!


From a Bluegrass ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, to a high-speed ‘Happy and You Know It’, our crew of crazy cow-folk will give an incredible twist to well-known classics, while Kentucky Kate dances you through a real-life Hoedown!

Tiny T's Drama and Storytelling

Tiny T’s is Storytelling and Drama for children, inspiring them to use their imagination in different new ways. Come along to hear enchanted stories about the woodland characters that live in the Meraki forest!


The trick is to get up… and stay up! We’ll have a troupe of circus superstars here to give you expert guidance through the thrills and spills of mastering the unicycle. It’s almost TOO MUCH fun!

Walkaround Characters

Meet some of your favourite characters in the middle of Meraki! From princesses to quirky characters from your favourite stories, we’ll have an awesome cast of familiar faces (and costumes!) strolling around the festival site, playing and interacting with kids and grown-ups alike!

Wobble & Balance Show and Workshop

So... just how good is your balance?? See if you can get on top of a variety of objects, from blocks and balls, to our amazing highwire… and stay up! We’ll be showing off our ridiculous skills and teaching you how to stay up on anything you can climb onto!!


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All activities in our festival are FREE! Pay for nothing more than your ticket.


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