We know if the kids aren’t having a good time, then most likely you’re not either. From tots to teenagers, With 50 acres to explore and a wealth of activities, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT at Also.
Cabaret? West Side Story? Jesus Christ Superstar? If you're a fan of emotions getting so high you've just gotta sing - you won't miss this session for the world. If not, don't worry the venue for this event is completely sound proofed. However, we KNOW some of our Also-ers are looking for the opportunity to belt out 'I Know Him So Well' and their like, with a live piano accompanist, and we want to be the ones who make that dream come true. You're welcome.
Want to be a pop star? Got the attitude, the moves, the outfit, but not necessarily the voice? Then this, my friends is for you. We will be opening up the Also stage to those who want to perform as their favourite star without having to actually sing as well. Distracted by needing to know the notes? Worry no more. Get on stage and do your thing. Make it look great and we'll make you sound great.
You're in 50 acres of Capability Brown landscape, you've got a perfect lakeside view, the English countryside has never looked greener why wouldn't you treat yourself to an afternoon tea? Our now legendary full afternoon tea is served in the specially decorated Dining Tent, and a gorgeous way to enjoy the surroundings anew while being served a delicious complement of sandwiches, and cakes and tea, with cheeky cocktails for the adults.
You bring the foraged stick, we'll bring the marshmallows and follow Alstice in a procession as he leads us to the now traditional Saturday night lighting of the bonfire, then we can have a wonderful time rocking around the campfire before the night starts in earnest.
Planning on going to the Kidnight Beast and don't have a costume? Want a costume to help you blend in to the surroundings, or simply need fur to run round literally like an animal? Come to our Beasts Costume Workshop to make your ears, tail, horns, snout or fur covering.
Experience the world as an animal by booking onto the kids tent at 9pm for a woodland feast. Midnight in the woodland will be just after sunset when animals begin their nocturnal hunt for food. Feel free to come dressed as your favourite animal for a storytelling and midnight feast. Inspired by Charles Foster's book 'Being A Beast.'
Are you feeling brave? Do you dare to see your nightmares and monstrous ideas come to life? Art Macabre present a family friendly creative drawing workshop suitable for all ages, from tots to teens and even grown ups. Art Macabre needs your imagination and drawing skills to help design, create and bring to life a new monster creature! A theatrical costumed drawing workshop
A surprise that always draws kids keen to have a go. Our resident DJ Vertigo passes the magic on to kids who are curious how to DJ in a rapid fire have-a-go environment. Learn to beatmix and get any dancefloor eating out of the palm of your hand.
In this 1-hour workshop, kids get to take an interactive look at Shakespeare’s comedy, The Tempest. With its themes of betrayal and revenge (as well as magic of course), it fits in perfectly with this year's ALSO theme: Truth or Dare.
Numbed by numbers or crazy about calculus? Either way we promise that maths and fun really do go together. Unbelievable? An hour of fun with numbers? Yes, really! We will play lots of number based games and even the maths haters will find themselves discovering the joy and magic of calculus and algorithm.
In this 90-minute session, you get to help create and perform in a Truth or Dare inspired play! We'll develop a plot, learn the script, rehearse and learn the very best in stagecraft so you are ready to perform for friends and family. All brought to you by As-Creatives!
How would the Also Festival trees describe their festival experience? Draw inspiration from the stunning surroundings to create richly descriptive poetry, written from the point of view of one of the trees. In this one hour workshop, As Creatives will help to bring out the poet in even the most reluctant of writers.
Great for Sunday mornings! Truth or Dare is a game that’s been around for a long time but what about some of the other gems that were once known by every kid in the playground? An hour of old –fashioned fun, just for the sake of it. If they dare, parents are welcome to come and share some of the games that they remember from their own pasts too...
Code breaking! Can you crack it? There is real skill in the ability read patterns and to unlock a code. As Creatives challenge all young festival-goers to crack some real toughies as well as inventing unique ones of your own...
Create your own matchbox-sized artworks from objects found around the ALSO site. Using scale, detail, shape and texture, you will work in teams to ‘explode’ matchbox artworks in to large-scale, ever growing textural drawings.
Calling all budding young artists! Make your own masterpiece in this 1-hour session. Transform pencil drawings into 3-dimensional sculptures with As Creatives.
Not only was our beautiful venue designed by the UK's most famous landscape architect, Capabilty Brown, but it features the stunning and serene Compton Pools lake. So grab your bikini (or trunks), and head lakeside for some swimming in this beautiful spot. Look out for times on the day.