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 | 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 including Katriona Gilmore (fiddle/voice), Tom Moore (fiddle), Charlotte Carrivick (guitar), Andrew Waite (accordion) and Fiona Taylor (clog & ceilidhdance) 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 | Friday, Saturday and Sunday | The Hub
Ages 8-12 are welcome at our friendly 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.
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.
Crèche and Children’s Activities - sponsored bt PWC
Nipperbout Event Childcare will be running our crèche and children’s activity area at Cherry Hinton Hall. A breast-feeding and nappy-changing area is also available. There are thirty spaces in the crèche for children aged 2-8, including four spaces for under -4s. The crèche costs £1.
Face Painting | 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
Chypps Roadshow | 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 and games for children of all ages.
Juggling workshops | 10am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Stage 2 | Cherry Hinton
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.
Walk The Lines | Daily | Coldham's Common
John Row & Friends | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Cherry Hinton
Mark Fraser and his Walk The Lines tent will be at Coldham’s Common with a gallery of illustrations, using puppets, props and masks to narrate their stories. In The Flower Garden, meanwhile, John Row, Cath Little, Helen Wales, Alex Aldridge, Justine de Mierre and Mike Dodsworth will be spinning tales to enchant the entire family.
Children’s Painting | 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
The Swap Shop Game Show | 11.10am, Friday | Stage 2
The new interactive comedy game show where players swap their hidden talents for incredible terrible prizes! Join a team and share your essential uniqueness in a number of themed rounds. It's like Family Fortunes meets a pub quiz in Yorkshire meets Opportunity Knocks.
Pif-paf Theatre presents Seed | 11.35am, Sunday | Stage 2
A surprising and inspiring hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oaks with a rockabilly tree-planting anarchonomad. Join Wilford planting trees where he shouldn’t, living in his shed and on the run from his past and his arch-enemies, slugs, out to get him for his contraband seeds. Intimate and explosive, this one-man static street theatre show is full of captivating images, puppetry, giant inflatables, live and specially composed music, plus Pif-Paf’s trademark Heath Robinson-meets-Mad Max inventions and a journey into the life of the young and ancient living beings that we walk under every day.