Nozstock 2016 Preview

Nozstock This small family-run event now in its 18th year is set in a beautiful rural part of Herefordshire on a working farm.

The immensely welcoming and independent event has evolved from a 50 friend gathering into an intimate musical odyssey; and now one of the UK’s longest running festivals.

The festival offers a huge variety of entertainment, activities and inspiration for families and kids.

The music, comedy and performing arts will entertain and inspire young and old alike.

Nozstock is a wonderful playground for everyone, from seasoned festival goers to newbies setting out for their very first time. Special emphasis is placed on creating a wonderland of interactive adventures and performances for big and small kids of every age, with families and children especially welcome.

As ever, there’s a fancy dress theme to inspire everyone. This year theme is Wonders of the Ancient World – think across the wilder side of history for creative ideas.

Musically the festival continues to join the dots between hip-hop, ska, reggae, folk, funk, soul, indie, drum and bass, psytrance, house and a whole lot more. There are nine stages with headline acts including Jurassic 5, Imelda May, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Slamboree, The SKints and Foreign Beggars to Dub Phizix and Strategy, Friction, DJ Marky, Dimension and 100s more set to perform.

Nozstock features a vibrant spectrum of children’s entertainment this summer. The festival embraces a whole family festival experience from beginning to end. The Children’s Space is a friendly welcoming environment for both parents and little ones alike.

At Nozstock all are welcome to get creative, be amazed by wondrous stories, sculptures and entertainment, or roll their sleeves up for some physical fun. All events and activities are free of charge in the Children’s Space across the whole weekend. The festival strongly believe families shouldn’t foot the bill for festival fun. There’s even a bottle warming service!

Some of the amazing activities on offer include:

  • Make super kites with Let’s Go Fly a Kite
  • Pillar painting action with What did the Romans ever do for us?
  • Walk Like An Egyptian is all about making Egyptian headdresses and learning hieroglyphics
  • The Hanging Gardens Of Nozstock is time to decorate and plant pots
  • Aztecs Sundials is lots of fun with old-school time-keeping
  • 3D is the theme for creating Mayan masks and much more at Marvelous Mayan Masks
  • Create new clothing with Bandhani Tie Dye
  • Fabulous Festival Fashion creates new looks from old clothes and jewellery
  • Make and decorate Greek pots and spend time creating amazing Magic Lanterns
  • Creative Corner is the place to be for anyone wanting to paint, draw and write
  • Family Yoga is great for all the family
  • Story Time is the place to be for transportation to another world.

Workshops are carried out by the lovely crew from Spare Rooms Arts, designed so art can be enjoyed and experienced anywhere, anytime, by anyone at Nozstock.

Nozstock also features all manner of crazy entertainment throughout the day across the site and the Nozstock Village. Visit the Yeleni Healing Zone for a massage and unwind and Chill Welfare to chill out in!

Folk Jam features musicians strumming, singing, blowing and plucking unplugged.  The Chicken Cow Café has lots of delicious homemade treats which are reasonably priced too.  There is also a shopping boulevard with lots of lovely things on offer to tempt you.  Don’t forget Nozstock’s spectacular finishing fireworks flourish on the Sunday!

Little Wonderland

With more to offer than ever before you’ll be having just as much fun in Little Wonderland as the kids! Set deep in the Dingle, children will be kept thrilled and busy for hours in a safe and engaging environment.

Sofas offer a cosy retreat while the youngsters play, and are near enough to the café to treat yourself to a quick caramel slice before storytime.  Do not miss Little Wonderland, it’s is a definite port of call for all children, young and old!

So, whether you are a seasoned festival goer or a complete newbie, and are looking for a fun and relaxed family-friendly festival for even the youngest members of your tribe…come along to Nozstock this summer!

Nozstock 2016 takes place from the 22nd to 24th July in Bromyard, Herefordshire