Far more happens at the festival than just the music played on the main stages!
All workshops, unless otherwise stated, are suitable for all abilities and are also fun to watch! Please bring along the relevant instrument or equipment if you have it with you and please arrive about 10 minutes before the advertised start time. The Hub workshops are for children or younger people only.
Friday | Club Tent
The wonderful John Spiers will be leading a workshop in all things English dance tunes. Come and learn from one of the best in the business.
Saturday | Club Tent
Nancy Kerr has won six BBC Awards including Folk Singer of the Year. She is Professor of Performance and Composition at Leeds Conservatoire and Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. She will lead you in some uplifting group songs and discuss breathing, projection, harmony, ornamentation and much more.
SING LIKE A BLOKE
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Sunday | Club Tent
Blokes of all genders welcome. Stephen Taberner and his trusted henchmen from the Spooky Men’s Chorale share secrets from the spooky lexicon, including getting in touch with your inner 22-stone tribal chieftain, how to sob like a man, and how to look good in profile. Oh yes - you’ll also learn some magnificently grandiose songs from the spooky repertoire, including a useful song for building pyramids with. And they are always happy to field questions on beard manicuring, safe polishing of tools, and how to dispose of mastodon carcasses thoughtfully. This is a workshop for absolutely everyone, especially people who haven’t sung for a long, long time.
Daily | Cherry Hinton & Coldham's Common
Michelle Cain is the artist who weaves the wonderful statues in the main arena. She’ll be running workshops at Cherry Hinton that will introduce you to working with willow. Meanwhile, at Coldham’s Common, Thomas Hare will be creating a sculpture, to which everyone is invited to contribute.
Daily | Cherry Hinton Duck Pond
John Holder, veteran illustrator, musician and friend of the Festival, and Jim Butler, leader of the illustration course at Cambridge School of Art, will be running informal sessions where everyone is welcome to benefit from their lifetime’s experience of art teaching. Participants should bring their own materials
HOBGOBLIN MUSIC WORKSHOP
Friday | The Flower Garden
Hobgoblin have presented a 'come and try' workshop over the recent years and it has been one of our most popular workshops. It’s a great opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted. One of the Hobgoblin team will lead you through the basics, give you some much appreciated 'top tips' and assist if you decide to take one home!
NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES WORKSHOPS
Saturday & Sunday | The Flower Garden
The Northumbrian small pipes are one of the country’s most beautiful and sophisticated folk instruments. These workshops give everyone the chance to hear what they can do, to meet makers and get started with the pipes.
T'AI CHI & HEALING AREA
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Cherry Hinton & Coldham's Common
All things therapeutic are on offer near the duck pond at Cherry Hinton and on Coldham’s Common, thanks to Mike Tabrett, Alison Warlow and their team. They will be providing T’ai Chi, positive thinking, yoga and DIY head and shoulder massage.
Friday | Club Tent
What for years used to be the Mojo Interview has got a new sponsor for 2022, and we are now thrilled to be working with Songlines as one of our main media partners. This year's interview will be with Spiers and Boden and is not to be missed!
Thursday | Club Tent
Carole Emery-Scott returns with the ever-popular workshop, where everyone will be collaborating to make a giant wall-hanging. The theme this year is ‘What do you think of when you think of knitting? ’ Most people would think of knitting needles and wool, however the challenge is to see what you can use in place of knitting needles and wool to do some knitting with. Any items used, have to be recycled and not bought specially for the event. Making a useful item would be a bonus. There you have it, let the creative juices flow and see where it takes you.
FIRESIDE FOLK TALES FOR GROWN UPS
Friday - Sunday | FLOWER GARDEN
As dusk descends, gather under the flickering candlelight for some truly terrifying fairy tales, folk tales and a good old sing-along...or bring your own tale to tell. From a turnip baby (Czech) and flayed old woman (Italian), to a ghostly Deacon (Icelandic) and cannibalistic witch (Slavic), these traditional tales are totally uncensored. Don't forget to bring a torch with you, as you never know what's lurking in the dark.
BEER MAKING TALK
Friday | Main Bar
Come down to the main bar at 11:30am on Friday to hear from Otter Brewery’s Patrick McCaig. Otter are long term supporters of the Festival and Patrick will talk about the ins and outs of the brewing process.