Recommended by natural parenting magazine JUNO, The Green Gathering is bursting with safe spaces and adventurous places for young people from tots to teens, with opportunities to explore, learn, play and perform for all.
The KIDS GARDEN nestles into shady trees and spills onto the festival’s Village Green. Activities vary year on year, often including climbing frames, sandpit, dressing-up boxes, treasure chests, storytelling, crafts and circus skills – all provided at no cost. Traditional hand-powered children’s fairground rides and trampolines have a small cost attached.
With Envirolution kids can don an environmental superhero costume, create their very own pop up farm, add to a big collaborative art piece, make seed bombs, get crafty using upcycled material, play Fairtrade Ground games and get involved in interactive storytelling.
A Pirate Adventure is an immersive piece of theatre weaving together storytelling, games, music and bush-craft skills, with Forest School leaders from Adventures in Nature.
Birth You in Love provides a safe space for parents with toddlers and babies.
The Mayflower Project Teens Tent is a unique, bespoke space for teenagers to hang out. There are workshops and skill sharing sessions, or you can just come and sit on our sofas, play our guitars or do your own thing. There’s henna, hair braids, upcycling, a full band rig and much more. Everything is free to join in, so come and say hello!
Across site in the Campaigns Field, there’s a Radical Youth Space with activities ranging from capoeira to first aid, chess tournaments to beatboxing. Close by, Travellerspace provides activities for families with young children and the Radical Parenting Tent explores alternatives to mainstream childcare methods and education.
The Permaculture Zone provides a family friendly, nurturing, playful space for parents, parents-to-be, tots and babies. There are Forest Schools here. The Earth Energies area and Faerie Glade provide places for kids to explore too.
In the Crafts Community kids can get creative with activities such as mask-making and flower garland weaving, bicycle fixing and other practical and artistic activities. (Children do need to be closely supervised in this area – beware sharp tools and hot furnaces around here! – and be aware that some crafts will not be suitable for kids.)
The Green Gathering won FESTIVAL KIDZ GOLD AWARD and SPARK FAMILY AWARD in recent years.