GREEN KIDS AREA – A place to play, explore, and have loads of fun!
Welcome to the Green Kids Area!
You will find us just off the old railway track or behind Greenpeace, look out for Cadmus, an enormous ship in the middle of our area.
This year we’re celebrating biodiversity, in appreciation of all species, with a focus on birds, animals, plants and trees that live in the UK. Feel like a feathered friend in our giant nest and make a willow bird. Get comfy and listen to a story from Magpie, read a book or take some time out and marvel at the amazing structure of the nest!
Green Kids Area Opening Times
Wednesday 2 to 8pm
Thursday to Sunday 8 am to 9pm
(See notice boards for specific times for workshops and performances)
All activities in the Green Kids Field are free of charge and as environmentally friendly as possible. The area includes Performance Marquees, Arts and Craft Marquees and an Outdoor Games Arena, Climbing frames and table tennis, providing activities for children of all ages. The area is filled with fun activities, entertainers and events to amuse and delight children. Join up for the table tennis tournament of the year!
Come, have a good look around and experience the very special place that Green Kids Field is. The Book Club, Pottery, Gymnastics, Storytelling, Robotics, Face painting, Dark Age Jewellery, as well as Olde World Games, including a traditional bowling alley. We are all here to welcome you. On the music front we have a full array of DJ workshops, come and play with all the gadgets and gismos, plus song writing, rap and poetry plus music performances. Misty the fantastic Baby Robotic Elephant will be on parade around the field for all to see and enjoy, she might even let you have a little ride on her back!
In the Games arena we have board games, jumping games, all sorts of games; the incredible sock wrestling; (World championships Sunday afternoon), if you haven’t experienced the thrill of the Sock Wrestling Federation you really are in for a treat! Each morning we start the day in the Performance marquee with Gymnastics. The Camera Obscura is back again this year and Magpie will be telling you some of his favourite stories.
The children have an amazing ship in the Green Kids Area – CADMUS. It will be “crewed” from 8am to 9pm each day. Between 8am and 7pm each day Cadmus is for 5 to 14 year olds only; from 7pm to 9pm it’s for 14 to 17 year olds and adults. The views around the site from the top deck are worth the climb. Unfortunately UNDER 5’s ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON ANY PART OF THE SHIP. Under 5’s have their own dedicated enclosed Toddler Area with a range of activities.
Very special things this year include:
Mr Browns Pig Puppeteer and Entertainer presents A miniature pirate adventure using scenery, figures and model ships, with a soundtrack of music and sound effects. This is a unique piece of theatre for children and adults of all ages. Action, adventure, pirates, treasure, comedy, silliness, special effects, and a set that has to be seen to be believed. Several showings a day.
DJ Skills The Green Kids Field will be providing DJ and Music-Making workshops in the performance marquee. Here, young aspiring musicians will, whatever their ability, be able to learn in any style how to spin the decks, sing, rap, play guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, as well as explore all manner of music technology under helpful supervision of the DJ Skills crew (they have been called the best DJ’s on site…).Write a Rap in half an hour, give your confidence a boost, or just jam along. No previous experience necessary, fun assured.
Mal Webb and Kylie Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. And Kylie (who’s played with Orchestra Victoria and the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in a perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.
Play Green Studio Cultivate are back in 2023 with their exciting nature-inspired PlayGreen workshops! This year’s ‘What the Oak Saw’ is a playful celebration of the magnificent Oak that stands in the Green Kids Area. A cross-pollination of the many tales of this ancient tree from acorn to majestic maturity, told through PlayGreen’s blend of interactive story-telling and plant activities. Come and join the Oak Adventure!
Living History Workshops “Ancient Crafts with Minimal Impact”: a range of eco-workshops for all ages including woodwork, leatherwork, chalk carving and pewter jewellery plus the ever-popular ‘Hitting Things With Hammers’ for the little people.
Another Fine Mess Productions bring to Green Kids 2023 – The magic of a Laurel and Hardy inspired double act walkabout comedy character, highly skilled handymen here to help…Litter picking, picnicking, bunting hanging, general DIY and vintage physical comedy clown routines…what could possibly go wrong…? Will they be able to dance themselves out of trouble this time?…..Fun for all the family..!
Arbor Antics “Misspent Youth” is proud once again to be in the Green Kids Field. They will be providing a 10 pin bowling alley, no electricity required, and a selection of traditional games to suit any age or ability.
Toddler Space An enclosed space for the very little ones age 0 – 5; includes a sandpit, water play, dressing up, toys, games, stories and a shady space for resting and quiet times, next to the café.
Comedy Club 4 Kids Do you want to be a stand-up comedian? Learn from the pros and be taken through the process of coming up with material, honing it, and performing it onstage. They will cover joke writing, storytelling and improvisation, teaching kids aged 7-15 how to find the funny in their own experiences and turn it into confidently-delivered stand-up and sketches.
Magpie Dragonteller and the Islands of Ganu Magpie returns to the magical realm of Green Kids for more fantastic adventures. You are all invited to set sail with the Pirate King of Fools on a quest for dragons, faeries and giants from around the world. Interactive stories come to life with puppets, masks, music, dance, games and giggles. Come join us, treasure seekers.
Green City Theatre Company Green City Theatre welcomes you to their performance of MEG AND HER CARDBOARD ADVENTURES!
Jump into Meg’s special box, not your average everyday cardboard box! Join Meg to find out what kind of a world exists inside this extraordinary, not your average, not as it seems carboard box adventures with all sorts of wonderful characters on the way. This show is most suited to ages 4 and above, please see chalk boards for times.
Banana Fish Enjoy a creative environment with a whole host of natural materials for making something special to take home with you. From drift wood and shells, feathers and pine cones! Make a dream catcher, a willow fish or other simple animal shapes. Make a pine cone creature or a miniature tree decorated with all kinds of things that we will bring. Or, why not choose something from our workshop materials that sparks your imagination and we can help you make something wonderful!
Toilet Twinning We have joined up with the Charity Campaign for “Toilet Twinning”. Around our lovely little clean and beautiful compost children’s toilets we will be showing pictures of the awful conditions that a lot of children in the world have to endure for their toilets. The idea is to realise how lucky we are to have clean water and proper toilets, and how we have to help the rest of the world get them as well. Not only do we have to learn to look after the creatures of the planet, we also have to learn to look after all the people on the planet – more lives are saved every year through clean toilets, than anything else. And more lives are lost each year through bad sanitation and dirty water, than anything else.
Lost Kids Parents are responsible for their children at all times during the Festival. However, beside the ship at the top of the field is a Lost Kids Tent where dedicated staff can provide help for any child who is lost, or for any adult who has lost a child. The tent will be open from 9am till 7pm. At other times, find a steward who can direct you to the 24-hour on site lost kids/welfare system. The Lost Kids tent can also be used as a first port of call by any families for any medical, emergency or other on site problem
ARTS AND CRAFTS (see blackboards for specific times)
Ancient Crafts, Dark Age Jewellery, Amulets, Leather work.
Pottery – Plays with Clay
PERFORMERS / WALKABOUTS / GAMES / ACTIVITIES
Around the Oak Tree – Poetry, Stories, Nature Watch, making things, songs, music and laughter!
Games Arena – Sock Wrestling, Big Games, Space Hoppers, circus skills, environmental games, gentle games.
Table Tennis and climbing frames.
Old Tyme Games and the bowling alley
Baby Elephant Rides and Robots
Another Fine Mess Productions
Mal and Kye…….trombones, voice and looping fantastic!
Green City Theatre Company Presents