Introducing our bookable events @ ALSO . . .
Join us in a gentle 5k run around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside beginning and ending right slap bang in the Also Festival site.
A HIIT of Mindfulness: You don’t have to be still to be present. Tune into your body and be mindful whilst moving High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is heart racing exercises interspersed with recovery. Learn to trust your body’s ability to respond. Join Sarah from MoodLifter in this short mindful workout.
Always wanted to try out a classical gladiatorial approach to combat sports whilst ALSO wanting the fitness of a martial art. You – my friend, are in luck – for 2019 ALSO Festivals are working with LED Lightsabre combat company Silver Sabres to set up our own Combat Academy. You’re welcome. Booking opens April 30th.
Ever wanted to send your children away to join the circus? Here’s your first step. They will learn the art of comic timing, improvisation and comedy stagecraft from two former students of renowned master clown Philippe Gaulier.
The Weekend Papers. An ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us. This ALSO Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session.
Stories from and ‘out of the woods’ and creative forest crafts - drawing on our woodlands, our understanding of nature and the stories woven into our landscape. Crafting, Also-rock-painting, word-wilding, fire-starting. All Saplings activities take place in our wonderful woodland setting.
Pop along to our Pop-Up Kombucha Café to discover the fabulousness of fermenting your own drinks. There'll be a whole bunch of flavoured kombuchas and water kefirs to try and the wonderful women of Wild Fermentary will be on hand to teach the basics of home fermentation and how to boost your own health. Booking opens 30th AprilInfo & Tickets
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!
Haka Healing is a workshop based around the New Zealand Maori culture and their traditional war dance, The Haka - more commonly known as being performed by the All Blacks rugby team. Breathe as one, move as one - United we stand!
Returing to Also - Let us be brief…. Brief//Case is a nascent creative collective, specialising in creating ‘pop-up’ performances that are tailored to unique spaces. We visit our performance site, review its heritage and aesthetic, and use what we find to produce artistic moments that demand attention.
Want to get your own festival tote bag? Drop in to this introduction to printmaking session and screen print your own Also Festival tote bag to take away.
Who will be crowned the winners of Also's Great Big Fat Festival Quiz in 2019? Grab your gang together and head to the bar to be met with our hosts with the mosts: Alexis 'The Clown' Dubus and Matt 'Gold Jacket' Morgan for a magical, musical, memorable session and massive prizes!
Learn the tricks of the songwriting trade with creative tour de force Sophie Garner. Sophie has released 3 studio albums, toured internationally and was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London's O2 Arena! She uses songwriting as a powerful tool for building confidence and creative expression with children from 7 to 70+! This session is for 11-18 year olds. Exploring the art form of song within a group is a musical adventure of games, improvisation and of course singing and song writing.
Get lost in music and learn authentic samba rhythms, fusing African beats and South American grooves, with Brazilian maestro Marcos Santana and his amazing Tribo drummers. A regular fixture at Europe's biggest Caribbean street party, the Notting Hill carnival, Tribo bring tradition, energy and knowledge together in an uplifting drumming workshop. No experience necessary.
Does the world currently seem full of idiocy? Why not learn to integrate? With this clowning workshop for adults you can release your inner idiot, learn to play the moment, develop comic timing and hopefully find laughter in the most unlikely of places.
Master the 1920’s Charleston in an introductory workshop to this iconic twenties dance with our in-festival choreographer Fiona Ring. With music that will get your toes tapping, you will learn classic moves, games and exercises. We will then and put them together in a short routine. The class is sociable, energetic and playful.
We love the art and theatricality Art Macabre bring to the ALSO field. Yes - London's leading life drawing company the critically acclaimed Art Macabre, invites our ALSO lovelies to draw together at intimate drawing salons, for adults, for children, for all that make the most of our 50-acre site. Art Macabre has wowed London with their beautiful tableaux vivants and excels at inspiring you to be your most creative self and for 2019 they are going BATS. Watch this space for more details!
One to one sessions with renowned psychologist and Philippa Perry is at Also Festival. Got a question you really want to ask? This is a chance to have a chat with Philippa on your own about (more or less) anything as she is 'in residence' floating on our lake in the wonderful Capability Brown setting.
We’re going all out for Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) for 2019 and our in-festival favourite Sarah McCartney (founder of Perfume House 4160 Tuesdays) will be offering a workshop in which you can build your own diffuser to take the joys of Forest Bathing (babes) home to enjoy the benefits long after your also glow has faded. Booking opens 30th April.
One of our big themes for 2019 is our relationship with nature, so how lucky are we to have David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder at our festival to help us understand how we can co-exist. He'll be leading a walk deep in to the woods to understand the word from the perspective of our feathered friends. Don't miss it!
So pleased to be working with East London's super skincare outfit Soothe Me. They'll be running workshops on how to make handcrafted luxury face masks, vegan face-masks, soothing spriz atomisers and coming with a festival sized amount of animal friendly beautifully biodegradable glitter – so we can glitter our socks off!
Pronounced 'Frooog' - it was the mid 1960s dance craze and as we like to challenge our in festival choreographer - we've asked her to deliver a Fosse workshop in the field. This is no ordianary choreographer - in no time at all she'll be helping you access your inner monkey, chicken and heavy weight.
We are so pleased to be working with Fiona Ring (Founder of My Charleston) to put a spine of dance through our ALSO 19 programming and we'd like everyone how wants to be involved to be involved. Whether you're a dancing queen or you dance like a member of the royal family - we'll find a few moves for you to be involved in our Saturday Night spectacluar.
BAFTA award winning animator Greg McLeod explores creative thought, how to generate ideas and what to do with them once you've had them. By guiding you through examples and working methods, he'll demonstrate techniques to help release your unique creative potential. Warning there will also be a cat video and some shouting!
Experience the wonderfully mesmerising and therapeutic ‘Cloud art’ of Ebru. Create unique marbled images on paper under the guidance of artist Ursula Westwood.
The ultimate reset button. Rest, restore and rebalance in an immersion of sound.
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Experience the Also Festival from a different perspective and book on one of wild swimming expert guided nature swims in our gorgeous half-mile lake. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the lake and build on your wild swimming skills with one of the UK's experts. Over 18s only, 16/17 year olds welcome with parents. Breaststroke is the preferred stroke for these swims. Booking opens 30th April
Bring your favourite cuddly and a blanket to feel snuggly. Lie back and let the sounds of the gongs bathe you in a sea of relaxation and dreams.
In the heart of our woodland, allow your own Spirit Animal to emerge from clay as Ros Ingram guides you in the art of ceramic sculpture. Your creations will be fired and sent on to you. Bookable from April 30th.
If you go down to the woods today...make sure you play with clay! A fun family workshop for children and adults to create your own ‘out of the woods’ animal. Ceramcist Ros will fire your creations and send them on. Bookable from April 30th.
Get festival-ready and adorn yourselves with fabulous floral-with-a-hint-of-Frida crowns under the guidance of Esther from Rebel and the Rose.
Let's meet at the Greenwood tree deep in the Forest of Also for you never know who else you might find there .. This As You Like It acting session (directed by actor and Director Fiona Ross) enables actors to step into Shakespeare’s forest of Arden and explore the characters that find themselves there - whether a banished heroine, a love sick shepherd or a Duke exiled from a brutal court - master a famous speech, utter some extraordinary new words and create a world full of characters all on a journey to find themselves and happiness. 1.5 hours - age eight years to 12 years - bring an adult . ( no adults without a child )
Join ephemeral nature and environmental artist Richard Shilling as you make individual works of Art from Nature and your imagination.
Nature and poetry go together like fish and chips, Torvill and Dean, ALSO Festival and fun. So as part of our 'Out of the Woods' theme for ALSO '19 we are so delighted to have poet and BAFTA award winning writer Myles McLeod in festival to lead our Haiku Hike explore our 50 acres of Capability Brown parkland on foot to write nature inspired poetry.
Join award-winning animation director and illustrator Evgenia Golubeva to take a walk and a sketch around the festival's grounds. Suitable for all ages, you bring your creativity - we'll provide the stunning back drop, sketchbooks and art materials.
To celebrate our theme of 'Out of the Woods' we are pleased to present for our youngest ALSO-ers a chance to draw and explore the forest creatures inspired by folklore from all over the world together with an award-winning animation director and illustrator Evgenia Golubeva.
Run away to the circus with Playbox Theatre. Go upside down and round and round learning circus skills from highly experienced practitioners.
Get up close and personal with our tango session - proven to make you feel more relaxed, sexier, less depressed and in the Also zone!
CSV yoga is an anatomically based dance of beautiful flowing movement which honours the spine and allows your body to move as nature intended. You’ll be stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sarah’s class is all about empowerment, self belief, self love and transformation.
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.
Have you ever wanted to tell your story, have your opinion heard, or read aloud your favourite poem, but not been brave enough? Then this could be your chance. Learn the art of confident speaking in our morning session and have the opportunity to share your newfound skill on stage later in the day.
Every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration. Come and join us for a Street Wisdom session to discover how magical an ordinary environment can become when you’re really aware of those hidden messages, chance meetings and unexpected discoveries.
Join Juliet in easing your body and voice into the Also day. Tuning in through a series of deep breathing exercises, energising stretches, followed by simple chants, nature-related songs and rounds.
"Re-wilding the Body" is an invitation to deeply connect with the elements and energy of the universe through the practice of Outdoor Yoga. Explore the evocative power of the environment, while enjoying nature-inspired and revitalising postures by the lakeside.
In this relaxing yoga sesion, enjoy exploring your spine through some gentle twists in the beautiful Also woods. As a trained yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner, Carolyn works with body, breath and spirit to encourage deep relaxation and kinaesthetic awareness. She teaches weekly classes and works 1-to-1 in west London. She also mentors yoga teacher trainees and newly-qualified teachers.
This interactive workshop by the Speakers' Trust is for 12 - 18 year olds. Learn to speak with confidence and charisma. Sarah Steed will show you exactly how to capture and keep and audience's attention through speech making, fun and throwing yourself in at the deep end… Uisng skills from performing arts, oration and psychology The brave and willing will have the chance to address their own audience on stage … ‘TED talks in a field’ for the up and coming or the just plain curious!