Children’s Festival

We have a wonderful programme planned for this years Children’s Festival.  Michael Loader who recently wowed audiences at Cedar’s Hall in Wells is treating us to his show ‘Dylan’s Invisible Friend’ on Sunday and we have the brilliant Gill Simmons of Bristol’s Brave Bold Drama back with her new show Wonderland as well as a family workshop on Saturday.

We have some of our old favourites back including Jo May with her Spoons and family percussion workshop, Sam with the kid’s Ceilidh, Andy Hawkings with a new music workshop and Eliza with Singing games and rhymes for the 0-5s age group.

Dora Darling Swann will be running a family folk song workshop on Sunday and during the whole weekend in the tent next door we will have Saplings preschool running some fun activities for little ones.

Come and join us at the Kids tent for any of the free sessions, all are welcome!



11 – Hop, Skip and Sing, music for 0-5s

12 – Jo May – Spoons and percussion

1 – Kid’s Ceilidh with Sam

2 – Brave Bold Drama – show

3 – Michael Loader – stories

4 – Brave Bold Drama – workshop



10- Thula Mama – Harmony singing workshop for mums/dads and babies

11 – Hop, Skip and Sing, music for 0-4s

12 – Jo May – Spoons and percussion

1 – Music with Andy Hawkings

2 – Dora Darling Swann – campfire folk songs family workshop

3 – Michael Loader – Dylan’s invisible friend



Come and play the spoons with Jo May! Jo will provide an assortment of metal, wooden and plastic spoons including joined-up ones for the younger participants. We’ll look at various techniques and rhythms, and incorporate lots of songs and other small percussion instruments. Parents are encouraged to join in too!



Brave Bold Drama – show and workshop



Choose a door..what’s beyond? Perhaps you’ll be dancing with turtles or taking tea with the Hatter!

Prepare for imaginations to be unleashed as we delight in the power of daydreams!

Wonderland is a multi-sensory theatre show for 3+ to adult (including those living with dementia)

Featuring original songs & all your favourite Wonderland characters.


Workshop – Work with Wonderland’s musical director Gill Simmons to explore the music from the show and create a brand new wonderful song together.



Dylan was in search of something, but he didn’t know what…  so he listened to the sea and before he knew it he had found a new invisible friend!

Join Wild Words in their new family show that fuses the artistry of Dylan Thomas with echoes of Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Cohen, atmospheric Jazz and sea shanties, through the musicianship of Tim Hill (reeds) and storytelling/ storywriting of Michael Loader (horns).

Well-honed melodies, spontaneous mayhem, crazy characters and overtones of hoover drones all abound in a profound message about finding what you like doing and making friends.