Here's is a list of the different family events we had during the 2019 festival, we'll be back later this year with more info for 2020.
Youth and Children Activities & workshops
The Hub is the Festival’s focal point for young musicians. Enjoy brilliant sessions and engaging workshops for children and teens, led by some of the brightest stars on the folk scene. Workshops range from easy to intermediate and you should bring your own instruments. There’s also the opportunity to participate in The Hub Band Project and perform in the Club Tent. Find out more about The Hub Band Project HERE
Youth music and Dance Workshops
1pm | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | The Hub
Don’t be shy! Visit The Hub to check out the opportunities offered by this inspiring collection of core tutors and Fiona Taylor (clog & ceilidh dance), plus guest tutors including Festival Curator Nick Mulvey, Rura, Chartwell Dutiro, Siobhan Miller and Cambridge Junction’s New Routes. Some workshops will build up to The Hub Band appearing in the Club Tent.
Children’s Music and Dance Workshop
10am | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | The Hub
Ages 8-12 are welcome at our friendly music and dance workshops. No experience is needed to participate in singing and dancing workshops, while 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, while each day will kick off with a lively dance wake-up workshop. Adults must remain with their children.
1pm & 3pm | Daily | Coldham’s Common
Coldham’s Common has its own fun music and instrument-making workshops for children. Emma Durkam and Siobhan McCauly will be giving children aged 8-12 the chance to try playing fiddle, with instruments provided, and to create their own band, while 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 and 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.
10am - 5.30pm | Friday, Saturday and 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 for the first time at Cambridge, 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. There is no creche provision for this year.
2pm | 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
2pm | Daily | Cherry Hinton Children's Area
Pronounced “chips”, Cambridge City Council’s Children & Young People’s Participation Service, will be on hand to provide fun arts and crafts, activities, entertainment and games for children of all ages.
10am | Daily | Stage 2
Make sure you leave the Festival with more than just happy memories by taking the chance to learn a new skill! All the equipment you need is provided for our friendly juggling workshops, which are suitable for young and old alike.
Storytelling by Alex Ultradish
10am | Daily | Coldham's Common
12pm | Daily | Coldham's Common
Makendoo run painting and making workshops for children aged 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, which are lasting souvenirs of a great day out
Big Tops and Tiny Tots
Friday | Stage 2
Luth’s on an action packed circus adventure... but she needs your help! She’s looking for energetic, giggle-ready 3-6 year-olds to help her to solve a whole host of fun physical challenges in this smile-inducing, interactive show. Walking the tightrope between circus and education, Big Tops & Tiny Tots is a nonstop whirlwind of plate-spinning, hula-hooping and unicycling fun! After 45 minutes of endless giggling, they’ll be somersaulting out the door with excitement, ready to set off on their very own circus adventure.
5 Stars, Glam Adelaide
Sunday | Stage 2
Steve Faulkner is a world class magician who truly understands the importance of entertainment as well as astonishment. Having spent twelve years as a professional street performer in London’s Covent Garden perfecting his escapology and magic show, Steve learnt the hard way by winning over some of the toughest audiences in the world. He now performs his hilarious cabaret show and close-up, sleight-of-hand magic globally at functions, hospitality events, conferences, trade shows and dinners.
“It’s great to see someone with real talent. We loved you!”
Emma Thompson, Actress
Please note that this programme may be subject to alteration and the audience are not allowed to photograph or record artist performances.