THE World Dad Dancing Championship returns to ‘Best Small Event in the UK 2015’ DadFest this year.

DadFest is the UK’s only festival just for dads and their children and organiser Ian Blackwell is looking forward to the event, saying: ‘We are very excited about the return of the World Dad Dancing Championships. It’s time for dads to dust off their best, or worst, dad dancing moves – and the children will be judging.

Last year, Totnes resident Conrad Gillespie took home the title of ‘worst dancer’ at the Dad Dancing Championships. After last year’s event he said he would be back to defend his title, saying: ‘It’s going to take some planning though. I intend to turn up and burst through the barn door in a fully illuminated ‘Tron’ suit, complete with jet pack, some fake smoke and possibly rollerblades. Think rollerblading river dance – that’s what I’m aiming for.’

‘Last year’s event was hotly contested and even got a mention on Strictly Come Dancing! DadFest is a small festival with a focus on fun, adventurous activities that dads can enjoy with their children.’

Organised by Totnes-based ‘Dangerous Dads’, the festival provides a weekend of camping and fun-filled adventure - storytelling in the woods at night, camping, bushcraft skills, campfire cooking, woodland games, beach exploration, paddle boarding, archery, star-gazing, Silly Science; kids’ talent contest, kids’ entertainer and magic shows, local food by award-winning Britannia at the Beach, beer & cider, wildlife walks – and its highlight - the 2016 World Dad Dancing Championships.

DadFest will take place from September 16-18 at the Forest and Beach centre in Beeson, which specialises in providing outdoor activities with its own camping field, woodlands and large converted barn. Their website is:

For more information or to book a place, contact DadFest organiser Ian Blackwell on 01803 840990; by email: [email protected] or see