Enchanted Arts Festival

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Charente-Maritime, France

Size: 1,000

Website: www.enchantedartsfestival.com

What is it? An intimate, family-friendly festival in the grounds of an historic Chateau in Charente-Maritime,  western France, offering contemporary art,  theatre, storytelling, dance, live music sets, TED-style talks, panel discussions, workshops, wellness and foodie experiences. The festival  promises to inspire the entire family.

The organizers spotted a gap in the French market for a summer festival experience that works for all ages and wanted to create a space where people can come together. The festival promises to inspire the entire family.

Location: The Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is located in western France in the triangle between La Rochelle, Niort and Saintes.

Capacity/size: Small and intimate – 1000 people.

Highlights for families: A laid-back, bohemian and friendly atmosphere is promised. In the Chateau grounds there will be inspirational arts and crafts on site, street theatre, magicians and pop-up concerts, storytelling in the woods and cookery lessons. Families can also take a horse and carriage over to the nearby donkey farm, or go boating on the river. Come nightfall, kids can stargaze and witness a total lunar eclipse.

Highlights for grown-ups: As well as the music on offer, adult festival goers can attend workshops and seminars. Guest speakers will include journalists, bloggers, commentators, environmentalists, actors and activists. There are also visual (film) and contemporary artists, TED-style presentations and opportunities for audience participation in discussions as well as healing and wellness events.

Music: DJs Spinning Sprite, Julie Lojkine and daDA. Line-up of musicians to be announced soon.

Food and drink: Organic food trucks, cafes and pop-up bars across the village.

Site and accessibility: The site stretches across the Chateau grounds and into the village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. The village is accessible for buggies and prams. A special toddlers’ and young children’s quiet area will be created so that families with young children can enjoy plenty of downtime and run-around-time.

Travel: By car the Chateau is a 1h,40 from Bordeaux, 1h30 from Nantes and 4.5 hours from Paris. Nearest airports are Bordeaux, la Rochelle and Nantes. Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe all fly from the UK to Bordeaux.

Enchanted arts festival 2018

Accommodation: Free camping area included in the purchase of weekend festival tickets with dry toilets on site. Municipal camping also available in the village with a shower block with baby changing facilities (contact the organizers for details). Glamping options are available via the website, with the glamping field enjoying its own showers and toilets. Water points will be dotted around the village.

Tickets: Adult day entry to the chateau is 20 euros + fees. Children, 12 euros + fees (13-17); Children 0-12 (free with proof of age)

http://www.enchantedartsfestival.com

https://www.facebook.com/enchantedartsfest/

Festival at the Edge

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Alderford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ

Website: www.festivalattheedge.org

A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more… surrounded by breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside

Festival at the Edge is an annual international storytelling festival and the oldest one of its kind in England.  Taking place in July, nestled alongside the magnificent and magical Wenlock Edge.

International storytellers in performance, music, comedy and related arts.  There are practical workshops, story rounds and informal music sessions for you to join in.  At night the bonfire sessions continue until late (or dawn!).  There is a craft fair, on-site catering and a CAMRA real-ale bar.  They are working towards making the festival as accessible as possible to people with disabilities – both as performers and audience.  Please contact the organisers for more information.

What about the kids?  It’s a family-friendly event and there’s a children’s festival that runs throughout the festival weekend, mixing specially booked children’s performers with performers from the main festival.

Read more…

Dinefwr Literature Festival

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Location: Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6PF

Website: www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk

The Dinefwr Literature Festival was a three-day bilingual celebration of words, music and landscape in the heart of Carmarthenshire’s beautiful Dinefwr Park and Castle, located on the edge of Llandeilo town.

Events took place in Newton House (the National Trust’s stunning 17th century property) and in marquees in the grounds of the landscaped park, home to the famous White Park Cattle.

www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk

Oliver Bear

OliverThis is Oliver Bear. 

Oliver Bear will be going to Bearded Theory, Blissfields, Wilderness, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Latitude this summer.

Within Angel Gardens, kids can hear the story of Oliver – a Bear who lived at home with a boy, but boy grew up leaving Oliver feeling unloved and lonely.  On meeting Trixie the Magic Caravan, Oliver Bear visits loads of different festivals until he finds a new place and new friends to enjoy.

Read more…

Exciting opening in Oxford

Barefoot Books logo

Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford

Grand Opening Weekend Family Events
Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October from 8.30am to 5pm

Storytelling, crafts, drama, yoga, music-making and so much more!

See grand opening weekend events schedule>>

What is the Barefoot Books Studio?

It’s a café, a bookshop, a workshop venue, and an arts centre… all in one gorgeous space!

Barefoot Books StudioThe Oxford Studio brings Barefoot Books to life in a vibrant and magical community centre where families can gather to browse books and experience live storytelling, music, arts and crafts, yoga and more!

Stop by the Storyteller’s Café for delicious, seasonal, organic and free range food. The Café is headed by Vladimir Niza, former senior tutor at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, and a key chef at the world famous two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  Read more…

Enchanted Arts Festival

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Charente-Maritime, France

Size: 1,000

Website: www.enchantedartsfestival.com

What is it? An intimate, family-friendly festival in the grounds of an historic Chateau in Charente-Maritime,  western France, offering contemporary art,  theatre, storytelling, dance, live music sets, TED-style talks, panel discussions, workshops, wellness and foodie experiences. The festival  promises to inspire the entire family.

The organizers spotted a gap in the French market for a summer festival experience that works for all ages and wanted to create a space where people can come together. The festival promises to inspire the entire family.

Location: The Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is located in western France in the triangle between La Rochelle, Niort and Saintes.

Capacity/size: Small and intimate – 1000 people.

Highlights for families: A laid-back, bohemian and friendly atmosphere is promised. In the Chateau grounds there will be inspirational arts and crafts on site, street theatre, magicians and pop-up concerts, storytelling in the woods and cookery lessons. Families can also take a horse and carriage over to the nearby donkey farm, or go boating on the river. Come nightfall, kids can stargaze and witness a total lunar eclipse.

Highlights for grown-ups: As well as the music on offer, adult festival goers can attend workshops and seminars. Guest speakers will include journalists, bloggers, commentators, environmentalists, actors and activists. There are also visual (film) and contemporary artists, TED-style presentations and opportunities for audience participation in discussions as well as healing and wellness events.

Music: DJs Spinning Sprite, Julie Lojkine and daDA. Line-up of musicians to be announced soon.

Food and drink: Organic food trucks, cafes and pop-up bars across the village.

Site and accessibility: The site stretches across the Chateau grounds and into the village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. The village is accessible for buggies and prams. A special toddlers’ and young children’s quiet area will be created so that families with young children can enjoy plenty of downtime and run-around-time.

Travel: By car the Chateau is a 1h,40 from Bordeaux, 1h30 from Nantes and 4.5 hours from Paris. Nearest airports are Bordeaux, la Rochelle and Nantes. Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe all fly from the UK to Bordeaux.

Enchanted arts festival 2018

Accommodation: Free camping area included in the purchase of weekend festival tickets with dry toilets on site. Municipal camping also available in the village with a shower block with baby changing facilities (contact the organizers for details). Glamping options are available via the website, with the glamping field enjoying its own showers and toilets. Water points will be dotted around the village.

Tickets: Adult day entry to the chateau is 20 euros + fees. Children, 12 euros + fees (13-17); Children 0-12 (free with proof of age)

http://www.enchantedartsfestival.com

https://www.facebook.com/enchantedartsfest/

Dinefwr Literature Festival

Discontinued

Location: Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6PF

Website: www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk

The Dinefwr Literature Festival was a three-day bilingual celebration of words, music and landscape in the heart of Carmarthenshire’s beautiful Dinefwr Park and Castle, located on the edge of Llandeilo town.

Events took place in Newton House (the National Trust’s stunning 17th century property) and in marquees in the grounds of the landscaped park, home to the famous White Park Cattle.

www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk

Exciting opening in Oxford

Barefoot Books logo

Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford

Grand Opening Weekend Family Events
Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October from 8.30am to 5pm

Storytelling, crafts, drama, yoga, music-making and so much more!

See grand opening weekend events schedule>>

What is the Barefoot Books Studio?

It’s a café, a bookshop, a workshop venue, and an arts centre… all in one gorgeous space!

Barefoot Books StudioThe Oxford Studio brings Barefoot Books to life in a vibrant and magical community centre where families can gather to browse books and experience live storytelling, music, arts and crafts, yoga and more!

Stop by the Storyteller’s Café for delicious, seasonal, organic and free range food. The Café is headed by Vladimir Niza, former senior tutor at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, and a key chef at the world famous two-Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  Read more…

Festival at the Edge

No dates for 2019 yet

Location: Alderford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ

Website: www.festivalattheedge.org

A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more… surrounded by breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside

Festival at the Edge is an annual international storytelling festival and the oldest one of its kind in England.  Taking place in July, nestled alongside the magnificent and magical Wenlock Edge.

International storytellers in performance, music, comedy and related arts.  There are practical workshops, story rounds and informal music sessions for you to join in.  At night the bonfire sessions continue until late (or dawn!).  There is a craft fair, on-site catering and a CAMRA real-ale bar.  They are working towards making the festival as accessible as possible to people with disabilities – both as performers and audience.  Please contact the organisers for more information.

What about the kids?  It’s a family-friendly event and there’s a children’s festival that runs throughout the festival weekend, mixing specially booked children’s performers with performers from the main festival.

Read more…

Oliver Bear

OliverThis is Oliver Bear. 

Oliver Bear will be going to Bearded Theory, Blissfields, Wilderness, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Latitude this summer.

Within Angel Gardens, kids can hear the story of Oliver – a Bear who lived at home with a boy, but boy grew up leaving Oliver feeling unloved and lonely.  On meeting Trixie the Magic Caravan, Oliver Bear visits loads of different festivals until he finds a new place and new friends to enjoy.

Read more…