Regular readers will know that I LOVE the Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. It’s a true family festival and we will be going for a fourth time this year with the whole family – from my 2 year old nephew to my 72 year old dad.
So what makes it so family-friendly?
Well, it’s not just about the music, although the music is great (don’t get me started on the fact that I can’t watch the Levellers this year due to my son’s GCSEs!).
Wychwood’s extensive family programme for 2017 includes workshops, performances and talks. There’s yoga, circus classes and dance workshops, along with arts and crafts.
The whole thing takes place at the end of half-term, on 2nd-4th June. Weekend and day tickets (we only do the one day) are available now at www.wychwoodfestival.com
Wychwood this year aims to bring out the creative side of family life by running a selection of amazing workshops. Festival-goers will have the chance to glamourise their wellies during a Pimp My Hat and Wellies session or transform an old LP into a brilliant festival souvenir with Groovvy Records. Salix Arts will also be on hand to show families how to weave willow and other techniques during their Willow Workshop.
Those looking to get a little bit physical will be able to join in with dance work shops including Belly Dancing, Swing Dance and the 80’s favourite Shim Sham Dance.
BBC 6 Music’s resident poet Murray Lachlan Young will provide an enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem in a ground-breaking show with his Modern Cautionary Tales for Children, whilst Professor Elemental will be running an interactive Rap Workshop for every age and ability.
The question How Can Autistic People Help You? will be explored with fun sessions explaining how the condition has already benefitted the world. Cheltenham Poetry Festival will bring along singer-songwriter Chris Hemingway to lead a lyric writing workshop, in which festival goers will explore ways of using narrative, character and even a little humour to craft punchy lyrics.
For the musical-minded, ukulele lessons for all abilities will take place at the festival, not to mention Come and Sing workshops for adults and an open mic session. The little ones will also have the chance to explore languages through music, puppets and parachutes with the help of Multilingual, Multisensory Music Session .
Wychwood has also announced new names joining its stages, including reggae legends Aswad, North-Indian drumming ensemble The Dhol Foundation, indie band The Rah’s, Cheltenham’s own Fawner, as well as SHYLO, Jazzy Heath, Pierce Jenkins, Indigo Haze, Duncan Reid & The Bigheads, LEAH, Light Blue plus many more.
The family programme and literature line up join an already amazing musical offering with The Buzzcocks, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark and The Levellers (aaagh, don’t mention The Levellers!) all set to headline. Revellers can also expect performances from Billy Bragg, The Stypes, Thrill Collins, Beans on Toast, CBeebies star Katy Ashworth, plus newcomers InHeaven, Cabbage, Flam
Weekend tickets start from £140 for an adult, £70 10 – 15 year olds and £27.50 for 5 – 9 year olds. All tickets and more information is available from www.wychwoodfestival.com.