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 award-winning animation director and illustrator, Evgenia Golubeva will be leading a creative walk around the festival's grounds with plenty of guidance on what to sketch and how. This popular walking workshop is suitable for all ages. All you have to do is bring your creativity - we'll provide the stunning backdrop, sketchbooks, and art materials.
Artist/Designer Sophie Clausen trained with the celebrated assemblage artist Bruce Dorfman and she has created an assemblage art experience especially for ALSO. This workshop offers a gorgeous in-festival chance to explore the use of discarded or found materials and to create 3D artwork. Our surrounding forest and extensive grounds offer many sources of found materials which can be incorporated into this highly creative session.
Want a really good laugh? You’re in luck - join Peace for our immersive, energetic exploration of laughter:. Sing arias, learn a language, visit the zoo- all using nothing but your own guffaws. You are really good hands - be ready to clear your mind, to strengthen your lungs whilst having the most fun you’ve ever had while laughing.
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.
Inviting participants to draw on their collective memory of the woods, create a collaborative transient piece of artwork to light up the beginning of Saturday evening’s procession.
Learn the magical skill of transforming an ordinary stick into a beautiful wood flower. Matt Cox will guide you through the coppice craft of carving flowers - decorate your tent or yourselves with these lovely memories of Also Festival Woods
No, not carving with a butter knife, but making your very own piece of wooden cutlery to take home! No tools required as our wood-whittling coppice-crafting expert will guide you through the use of equipment.
Compose beautiful (and instagrammable) leaf sculptures. Source all of your materials from Capability Brown’s landscape and start your weekend by immersing yourself in a mindful playtime. By returning the creation back into nature, the elements’ reaction to it completes your piece. Wind, water and placement within the earth provide the stage for a kinetic installation.
As part of our commitment to unusual audio adventures we wanted to combine the beauty of a sound bath with the beauty of the site in this simply glorious way to start the day. Head over to the Lake Stage for this immersive sound experience which is both healing and life enhancing. And if that wasn’t good enough the gong sound vibrations continue to work long after the Gong Bath has finished - healing mind, body and soul.
For those who want to take their Floating Gong Bath to the next level an incredible ALSO20 experience awaits. As part of our commitment to unusual audio adventures across our unique festival site we have timed one of our Wild Swimming sessions to take place at the same time as our Floating Gong Bath which is taking place on our absolutely beautiful Lake Stage. Be guided by one of the leading wild swimmers in the country, Suzanna Cruickshank, this promises to be unforgettable.
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Adults – why not the mindful benefits of wild swimming in the great outdoors. Leave constraints and concerns on the shore and let the lake water restore you. ALSO’s in festival wild swimming expert, Suzanna will guide you through the mindful wonders of appreciating your surroundings, teach useful breathing exercises meaning you can fully immerse yourself in this unique experience.
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!
The light through a woodland, colours in a leaf, the patterns on a beetle and the shadows in bark. We shall be hunting for creatures in the woods and crafting collected materials to remind us of the natural world of ALSO.
‘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...
An intriguing and warm-hearted exploration of what it means to be human. This workshop is an experiential journey to remembering our neurological, emotional, and physical connection to the natural world based on Jon Young’s 8 Shields model. Reveal the web of connection between the individual, the community and the cyclic rhythms of nature and cosmos.
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.