In 2013, we set out to develop a brand new family holiday experience. We realised that parents often feel like they need a holiday after they’ve been on holiday with their kids (we know, we’ve been there!). Starry Skies was all about making sure that families have everything they need to have a great holiday experience whilst getting the chance to truly reconnect with nature and with each other.
A decade later, in 2023, we decided to switch things up. Since starting Starry Skies almost 10 years ago, the world has changed. We’ve changed, and our kids have changed. The need for community, restoration, and rest is even more needed.
As parents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and siblings, we see the pressure and uncertainty weighing our family’s lives. We always intended to create an experience that brought the best of festivals together with the very best bits of a family camping holiday – and we still will – but we also feel a calling to help equip modern families to navigate the new challenges of our world (..in the most fun and playful way possible!)
Why? Because none of us can do this alone. Our kids can not find joy and thrive if the adults around them are depleted, stressed and feeling lost. Our families need to be able to rely on each other to raise the next generation to do better, be better, and rest more than we ever did! It takes a village, after all….
So, with full hearts and a big dollop of excitement, Starry Skies has become Starry Village. A safe space for curious kids and the adults who love them, to explore the needs of modern families together.
Starry Village is a colourful community where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to play, learn, bond and co-create a hopeful future. All families should have access to wild nature, intergenerational play, experiences with 21st century skills, and a chance to experiment with sustainable living – and at Starry Village, they can.
Nestled within the beautiful black mountains, a beautiful family farm in Kentchurch provides the setting for Starry Village. It’s small, safe, intimate and bursting with activities, entertainment and workshops for all the family. It is a place where parents can pamper themselves while their children can run free; where the entire family can make new friends and learn new skills and where you can escape the inevitable stress and exhaustion of taking your family abroad.
The best thing about it was seeing the joy on my son’s face at being able to run wild and unsupervised – a sense of freedom I took for granted at his age but, where we live at least, is now sadly missing.