GG is bursting with safe spaces and adventurous places for young people - with chance to explore, learn, play and perform.
There’s a large central Children’s Garden with shady trees and grassy lawns to run around in, surrounded by tents packed with activities and kids' hang-outs. There's a Teens Space with circus skills, crafts, music and games. And there's tons of child-friendly activities all over site.
Nestled into shady trees you’ll find tents bursting with activities for children, such as:
● Bearcat Collective: Tie die recycled clothes … Try drama, music and poetry workshops to unleash imagination and creativity … Visit the Swap Shop to leave things you don’t want and haggle for things you do!
● Willow Weaving: The wonderful Tora and her team help kids of all ages and abilities make fish, butterfly wings and flowers with willow.
● Kingston Forest School: Make seed bombs and natural dyes, explore the site, and create using upcycled materials with Cath and co.
● The ReWild Project: Re-connecting with nature through arts, crafts and outdoor learning for all ages, from all walks of life.
● Envirolution: A fun filled journey of righting wrongs.
● Baby & Toddler Yoga: Set to gentle music with fun and engaging stories. In the Lil’ Big Top, get there early as this is always packed out.
● Patterns In Sound: Learn the basics of music, sound and production. Your track might get played at the ‘Kids Disco’ Saturday or Sunday eve!
● Hula Hooping: Learn new ways to hula and maybe have a try at more than one hula hoop at a time with Mikela and her crew.
● Face Painting: Be a lion, a butterfly, a superhero… whatever you want to be, Flora and Ian will work their artistic majik.
Activities for families and older kids, such as:
● The Aerial Rig: Performances on hoop, silks and pole, plus supervised hour-long lessons where kids can have a go themselves.
● The Library Bus: An extensive range of fiction and non fiction, under the awning on comfy sofas and bean bags, or, like a real library, take a book away to read at leisure. There’s table football and for budding scientists, the wonders of the world with fun microscopy sessions.
● Crazy Golf: Every hole on this brilliant course has been created from upcycled materials. The incredibly amusing team will help you get your first hole in one, or make sure you have a crazily fun time trying.
A unique and welcoming area especially for teenagers to hang out in, just beyond the Permaculture area.
Wye Circus CIC bring their lovely maroon-striped marquee and aerial rig and offer skillshares, workshops, games, chill time and discussions for 11-17 year olds. Music, trapeze, juggling, crafts, cookery… also space and time to just chat, read, hang out.
Everything in the Teens Space is free to join in and it's open from around 11am to 11pm, check the blackboards for more info.
In the Craft Area kids can get creative with practical and artistic activities – look out for free workshops at the Craft Office.
The Permaculture Community provides an under-8s play space (children to be supervised), and a quiet area for breastfeeders.
In the Campaigns Field there’s a Radical Family Space with a full programme of activities, a library of radical children’s stories, and puppets to play with. Travellerspace provides soft play for small children and Radical Wales encourages young people to get creative.
Early evenings in the Raconteurs’ Delight venue there’s family entertainment – clowns, storytellers, jugglers, singalong acts and more.
Check out this excellent FESTIVAL KIDZ REVIEW!