Youth and Children Activities & workshops:
The Hub is a music-making area exclusively for young people attending the Festival. There are workshops throughout the day, run by experienced musicians and tutors, and it’s also the home of The Hub Band Project (find out more HERE).
Workshops and Q+As are for young people who are aged 11-18 led by the fantastic artists who are performing at the Festival. In recent years we have been lucky to have masterclasses by some brilliant musicians including Sam Sweeney, Darlingside, Rhiannon Giddens and Le Vent Du Nord. This year we’re excited to launch the Hub Band Open House and the Hub Youth Folk Club. The Open House will be a drop-in session for socialising and informal music-making for 11-18 year-olds and the Youth Folk Club will be a tea-time sharing session for tunes, songs, storytelling and other performances.
CHILDREN'S MUSIC & DANCE WORKSHOPS
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | The Children's Area
Ages 8-12 are welcome at our friendly music and dance workshops. No experience is needed to participate in singing and dancing workshops, whilst the music sessions are tailored for players who have some experience and can bring their own instruments. This year there will be the chance to learn song, clog and ceilidh dance, easy tunes and beginner’s guitar. Adults must remain with their children.
Daily | Coldham’s Common
Coldham’s Common has its own fun music and instrument-making workshops for children. Emma Durkan will be providing music and song and will be giving children aged 8-12 the chance to try playing fiddle, with instruments provided, and to create their own band, whilst Emma Hardy will be helping kids to make their own musical instruments. Younger children can enjoy music, song and games, and there will be a concert and procession on Sunday.
PLAYGROUND & PADDLING POOL
Daily | Cherry Hinton
Kids can enjoy the playground and paddling pool at Cherry Hinton Hall; jelly shoes recommended for anyone using the pool. Under 14s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, as the facilities are not supervised. The area closes at dusk, and is cleared at 10pm.
Daily | Cherry Hinton
Pronounced “chips”, Cambridge City Council’s Children + Young People’s Participation Service, will be on hand to provide fun arts and crafts, activities, entertainment including wood craft and den building and games for children of all ages.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Cherry Hinton
Nipperbout Event Childcare will be running our children’s activity area at Cherry Hinton Hall. Dive into a magical world of enchanted forests in the Children’s Area this year. Activities range from tree planting and recycled artwork to musical performances and fairy dancing.
Other activities include didgeridoo workshops, kaleidoscope making, paint by numbers and making a long-awaited return, Folk Idol. An opportunity for kids to get up and have a go at performing themselves. A breast-feeding and nappy-changing area is also available as well as a dedicated Lost Children’s point. The activities are intended for children of all ages but mostly up to 16.
John Row & Friends | Daily | Cherry Hinton & Coldham's Common
Alex Ultradish | Daily | Coldham's Common
The art of storytelling is just that, and when done well is quite a mesmerising thing. Join our storytellers daily as they take you on adventures to far-off lands to meet an array of some of the most interesting people, animals and mystical beings you ever dreamt of. Find out more about our Storytellers HERE.
Daily | Coldham's Common
Coldham ’s Common will be home to the Face Painting Faeries, ready to turn you into magical creatures and walking works of art. Dazzle your friends and surprise your family!
Daily | Coldham's Common
Makendoo run painting and making workshops for children 5-12, painting and making hats, masks and banners which can be finished off with feathers, glitter and ribbons. Children leave the workshop carrying, wearing and waving their artworks, lasting souvenirs of a great day out.
Spare Room Arts are an arts company who specialise in arts workshops in far-flung and unusual places! We believe you don't need a fancy studio space to be creative. Art can be done with anyone and by anyone, whether you're four or 94 we have an exciting workshop you can take part in. With a bit of encouragement and guidance we believe there is an artist in all of us!
Maynard Flip Flap & Daft as a Brush
Friday | Stage 2
Contemporary clown seeks audience for playful interactive circus nonsense! Gasp and guffaw at his coat hanger antics and feel the excitement mount as the audience race biscuits for the honour to join Maynard
Sunday | Stage 2
Jason Maverick is a unique performer who can animate any space and captivate any crowd. He develops a particularly special rapport with younger members of the audience, reducing them to hysterics with the slightest of movements. He is also one of those rare performers who can appeal to teenagers, as the pace of the show is fast
Please note that this programme may be subject to alteration and the audience are not allowed to photograph or record artist performances.