Set in a landscape of over 180 acres, with woods, fields and a lake, there's plenty of wildlife to discover - your three day nature fix.
The ALSO Running Club is back for 2020. Start your Saturday morning with a gentle 5k around the Warwickshire countryside. All levels of ability are catered for.
If you go down to the woods today look out for secret fairy and elf dwellings. Can you create your own fairy houses to take home? Festival creative director, Judy Reaves, will provide you with everything you need to build your very own fairy kingdom.
Back, bigger, with harder knots, this fun, family and team activity will ask you to put Archimedes' Displacement Theory to the test whilst learning how to escape being shipwrecked! Our instructors will give you some tips but it will be up to you to turn a pile of poles, rope and barrels into a raft - to keep you and your crew afloat. Minimum age 8.
Join Ex-Marine Commando and ALSO’s Production Manager, David Hamblett in creating woodland hideaways in Dave’s Den Building session - back by popular demand!
For ALSO children big and small. Our woodland wonders will excite them all! Nature play and adventure of the magical kind. Explore and create with the things that you find. Claim your Also woodland medal on completion.
‘She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes’ Arundhati Roy could have been describing Also Festival goers. Express yourselves - you can’t be seen without flowers in your hair...
The world renowned sound recordist and artist Chris Watson (Blue Planet, Bjòrk, Chernobyl) has recreated a walk in the Caledonian forest speciallfor DigitALSO. Join him in The Great Wood of Caledon. The piece begins with the display of a Capercallie and develops into a chorus deep within the woodland.
Dive in and immerse yourself in a virtual wild swimming experience. Our wild swimmer will take you on a transformative journey in the comfort of your own home.
A chance to experience this ancient Chinese art. As a moving meditation, Quigong’s practice helps to strengthen and balance the body while also bringing the mind into the here and now. With no previous experience required, this gentle physical exercise is suitable for all - so there's no excuse not to give it a go!
As part of our A Place in the Country programming we've invited Outdoors Specialist and Master Herbalist, Simon Birbeck to ALSO to take us on a foraging walking adventure. On this 75 minute exploration of the ALSO countryside, Simon will weave in his knowledge of how our ancestors survived off the land, find out they foraged for medicines and food and understand how to find alternative food sources to find food yourself. Fancy this and are under 8? Bring a grown up along for the foraging fun.
Bushcraftaway! Bushcraftaway! Bushcraftaway! We have Wild Adventures and Bushcraft supremo, Simon Birbeck as our very own eco therapist at ALSO Festival this year. Book on to one of the two bushcraft survival sessions he is running deep in the ALSO woods to understand from ALSO's expert how to manage the basics of fire, water, shelter, food when living off grid -all seemingly essential skills for 2020. Fancy this and are under 8? Bring a grown up along for the bushcraft bonanza.
Explore our theme A Place in the Country by capturing the essence of ALSO Social on your phone camera with guidance from Warwickshire based The Tall Photographer. He will help you to create images that convey feelings and tell stories. Wandering through beautiful ALSO together we will look for ways and ideas to make our pictures more engaging whether they are abstract or naturalistic and whatever your previous photographic experience. Want to join - all you'll need is a phone with a camera. Photo credit - Gregg Woodall, ALSO 2019
With that Also feel they'll be no race, As you look, find and wander at your own gentle pace.
Ever wondered how our ancestors managed without string, and rope and twine? Did you know nettles could be used, yes - with nettle cordage they could make bows, clothes, traps, fishing line and bind shelters. Even now when on your outdoor adventures in the wild cordage can be helpful to tie things together: boots, clothes and even rucksacks. In our session, you'll get to equip yourself with an essential survival skill by learning how to make cordage out of nettles - whilst making a bracelet for your wrist.
Be part of our Saturday night art happening and installation as part of our theme A Place in the Country with ALSO Social and Citrus Arts. Citrus Arts are a wonderful performing arts company from South Wales who create shows that combine circus, dance and drama with their love for the great outdoors. They will be creating with us an upside down town made from lanterns suspended from the trees fringing the ALSO lake and we want you to take part. Book your place on the lantern workshops through the Saturday and see your lantern be part of the upside town at dusk as you walk through the art installation. Lanterns will be yours to take home.
Join the founder of The Street Tree and author of the acclaimed LONDON'S STREET TREES and LONDON IS A FOREST, Paul Wood as he takes us on a very special Guided Tree Walk through the gorgeous Also Festival forest. Uncovering remarkably diverse habitats, venerable individual trees, as well as the intriguing history, plants and animals that have shaped it, he'll offer us a whole new way of experiencing the festival.