Set in a landscape of over 180 acres, with woods, fields and a lake, there's plenty of wildlife to discover at Also. Even if it turns out to be human.
Multi-sensory experiences have been something we've always played with since the beginning of The Also Festival and for those of you who have enjoyed this element of the festival, we wanted to allow you to go a little bit deeper. So we will be putting on a perfume making workshop with the leading UK perfumier Sarah McCartney who created 4160 Tuesdays where we explore the ideas of gender and scent. This event was highlighted by Vogue as one of the events of the summer and who are we to argue with Vogue?
Because Charles Foster can, and has, and even took his family with him. This incredible University of Oxford Professor and barrister wanted to experience and explore the world as an animal would and so lived as a badger, an otter, a fox and more to find out. We loved the result of his beautiful experiment into the animal kingdom and a dramatic reversal of the way we view the natural world we've made his book 'Being A Beast' about his findings our in festival non fiction Book Club book, Being A Beast. Unmissable. And to give you just that little bit more, this year we're running an intimate, up close and personal, Double Talk session a little while after Charles Foster's talk in our beautiful bookshop by the banks of the lake. The session enables ideas to be explored in greater depth and gives you the chance to ask questions in a smaller group.
Capability Brown didn't 'do' colour so we work with our gorgeous in festival florist Petal to the Metal to make the site pop with summer flowers over the weekend. This 'Glamping Bouquets' session is designed for you to create your own extravagant, creative, beautiful bouquets to take away for your tent, (or your friend’s tent), under your gazebo or on your pop up table meaning your weekend can begin with flowers of your own creation to take away and keep for the weekend.
Want to wear flowers in your hair? Our in festival florist Petal to the Metal is running a workshop to work with the most beautiful high summer flowers to create a headpiece or coursage for you or a special person in your festival life. Really get to grips with the artistry of flowers as costume in this session, and learn how to use nature as form part of your festival outfit. Glorious.
Combrook resident runner John Wade, stalwart of the Stratford on Avon Park Run will be leading anyone who wants to join in a gentle 4k run around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside beginning and ending right slap bang in the Also Festival site. If you want to join him (or wave him off) please meet at the Maypole at 8am on the Sunday.
Dare you dip? What an elegant, swellegant way to start the day. To ensure you get the most out of the day, and obviously not for the faint hearted, we are propsing a sunrise dip at 4:51am in to the cool, welcoming waters of Compton Pools to consider the day ahead. Over 18 nutcases only. Please prebook.
From framing to filters, from available light to narrative and anticipation photographer and director Christian Banfield explains, instructs and gets you working yourself towards getting better shots from that incredible piece of kit in your pocket. Threaded through the festival will be opportunities to expand your knowledge of photography and practise what you have learned with your camera through via mini workshops and practical sessions designed to help would be David LaChapelle's to benefit from Christian's experience and knowledge. This session is now FULLY BOOKED.
Join Wildlife Ranger Izzie Spall on an adventure to discover what mini beasts are living in and around Also Festival. From pond dipping to a butterfly safari, followed by getting creative and making a mini beast of your own! Nets and observation trays will be available to share. Meet at the Maypole.
We want to celebrate sliding in to the weekend with style with the offical Rum Shack opening. Head down to the banks of Compton Pools for one of the best views of the lake to see Gill and Justin cut the ribbon, and take part in the official opening of our brand new for 2017 venue with a game of dominoes a plenty, a bit of Caribbean swing music and you never know a rum punch or two.
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.