24 - 27 May 2024
24 - 27
May
2024
Timetable: Family and Communities

Currently known Family and Communities for 2024, there may be more

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Family and Communities on Friday 24th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescription
12:00 to 12:35Becky Syson Island Park: Community StageUplifting positive songs for the soul with Nottinghamshire singer-songwriter Becky Syson.

With: Becky Syson (Singer Songwriter Acoustic Folk-Rock)

12:50 to 13:30The Kandu CollectiveIsland Park: Community StageAn evolving collaboration of local artists

With: Ed Deedigan & The Kandu Collective featuring Guillem Mitchel, Jonah Jones and Konsuela Yovbak

13:45 to 14:05Allsorts Community ChoirIsland Park: Community StageA fun and friendly mixed choir who sing all sorts of music – from pop to classics, Disney to world music.

With: Allsorts Community Choir

14:25 to 15:00Ed DykeIsland Park: Community StageTrowbridge singer-songwriter Ed Dyke combines influences from a range of eras of folk and country and blends them into a modern acoustic sound.

With: Ed Dyke (Acoustic )

15:20 to 15:50Hot Club of Folk Town Island Park: Community StageRegulars in the local folk scene Margaret on Fiddle and Ross on Guitar bring Roots music with a top dressing of swing.

With: Hot Club of Folk Town 

16:10 to 16:45DownfieldersIsland Park: Community StageA band of school age young people from Gloucestershire

With: The Downfielders (Band)

17:05 to 17:35Guinea Lane Sax Quartet Island Park: Community StageGuinea Lane Saxophones are a saxophone quartet comprising soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes plus vocals, mostly traditional English music.

With: Guinea Lane Saxophone Quartet (Band)

17:55 to 18:30MegIsland Park: Community StageChippenham's own Meg. A young singer-songwriter with a range of covers and own material.

With: MEG (Singer Song writer )

Family and Communities on Saturday 25th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescription
09:15 to 10:00The Festival stretch: Yoga with Kyla Island Park: Community StageBring your yoga mat to join Kyla, local Yoga instructor in a festival morning stretch. What better way to get ready for the weekend of dancing ahead!

With: Yoga with Kyla  (workshop lead )

10:00 to 10:40Morning Stories with John Row and Justine de MierreIsland Park: Community StageStart of your morning in the company of the storytellers: John Row and Justine de Mierre

With: Justine de Mierre    (Storyteller), John Row (Storyteller)

10:00 to 13:00ScrapAttackIsland Park: Make and Do tentCrafting with Wiltshire Scrapstore: It's all banners and bunting. Help us celebrate the festival's 50th and explore fold traditions.

With: The Wiltshire Scrapstore (Children's festival Artist )

10:00 to 10:45Becky Bops Pre Walkers Island Park: Under 5s domeSongs and rhymes for babies with bubbles and sensory-led fun.

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

10:00 to 14:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Professor Pumpernickel

10:00 to 13:00Corndolly crafts Island Park: Make and Do tentCome have a go at the traditional craft of corn dolly making. This session is ideal for over 8-year-olds. It can be tricky for tiny fingers.

With: Barbara Guthrie (Workshop lead )

11:00 to 11:45NYFTE workshopIsland Park: Community StageThe National Youth Folk Troup of England teach us some traditional dance styles

With: NYFTE  (National Youth Folk Troupe of England) (Youth)

11:15 to 12:00Toddle Bops : WalkersIsland Park: Under 5s domeMusic mayhem for little folk with parachute play, shaky eggs, sensory scarves, bubbles and more!

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

12:00 to 12:25Bristol Folk House ChoirIsland Park: Community StageA young, lively community choir covering a wide range of folk songs have invited some friends kittiwake Border Morris to join their performance

With: Bristol Folk House Choir (Community Folk Choir), Kittiwake Border Morris (Border)

12:30 to 13:30Stay and play session Island Park: Under 5s domeLooking for a shady space to relax with lunch. There are no artists scheduled for this session but the space and soft play is available for families use. Please remain with your're children at all times

With: Details to follow

12:40 to 12:55May Pole Performance Island Park: Community StageLocal school Langley Fitzuruse Church of England Primary school join us to demonstrate the hopefully untangled art of maypole.

With: Langley Fitzuruse Cof E Primary (Maypole)

13:00 to 13:45Let us DanceIsland Park: Community StageLet us Dance get us all dancing with maypole, garlands and maybe a few hankies.

With: Let Us Dance! (Children's festival Artist and Workshop Lead)

13:30 to 14:55NSPCCIsland Park: Make and Do tentJoin NSPCC to create your own Speak Out Stay Safe Buddy and add to their collage canvas which celebrates identity and what makes us all unique.

With: NSPCC (Family)

14:00 to 14:25Amelie and Vikki Sounds with your Feet Island Park: Community StageAmelie, local school girl and world tap champion, explores where making sound with your feet can take you with Clog dancer Vikki Lewis.

With: Amelie (Tap), Vikki Lewis (Clog), Manny Grimsley (Musician )

14:00 to 14:45A Festival Sea Adventure (Walkers) Island Park: Under 5s domeSet sail on a sensory and song adventure across the seas. Incorporating song, dance, movement exercises and body percussion.

With: Penny Kempson (Children's festival Artist )

15:00 to 17:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

15:00 to 15:45A Festival Sea Adventure (Pre Walkers) Island Park: Under 5s domeSet sail on a sensory and song adventure across the seas. Incorporating song, dance, movement exercises and body percussion.

With: Penny Kempson (Children's festival Artist )

15:15 to 17:15Knitted Critters with the Natty Knitters Island Park: Make and Do tentJoin the knitters behind the fantastic knitted creations around the tow. Make your own knitted critter. Beginners or experienced. Any age welcome.

With: Knatty Knitters (Workshop Lead )

15:30 to 16:30Keith Donnely Island Park: Community StageLaughs, songs and stories with the wonderful and mischievous Keith Donnelly and his bear.

With: Keith Donnelly (Musician, singer, song writer  and Comedian )

16:15 to 17:15Singing Hats Island Park: Under 5s domeKaren and Phil Morris unique show using self-made animal hats and finger puppets to enhance the music and encourage all to join in the experience.

With: Singing Hats (Children's festival Artist )

17:00 to 18:30The Oli Matthews BandIsland Park: Community StageDance into the evening with The Oli Mathews Band a Folk-Funk instrumentalist known for his energetic and funky arrangments

With: Oli Matthews Band (Folk/Funk)

20:45 to 21:30The Magic Lantern:Telling Tales at TwilightIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)The Magic Lantern presents: Telling Tales at Twilight, a magical and spectacular evening of story and shadow puppetry.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

Family and Communities on Sunday 26th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescription
10:00 to 10:40Morning Stories with John Row Maria GillenIsland Park: Community StageStart of your morning in the company of the storytellers: John Row and Maria Gillen

With: Maria Gillen (Story), John Row (Storyteller)

10:00 to 13:00ScrapAttackIsland Park: Make and Do tentCrafting with Wiltshire Scrapstore: It's all banners and bunting. Help us celebrate the festival's 50th and explore fold traditions.

With: The Wiltshire Scrapstore (Children's festival Artist )

10:00 to 10:45Becky Bops Pre Walkers Island Park: Under 5s domeSongs and rhymes for babies with bubbles and sensory-led fun.

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

10:00 to 14:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

10:00 to 13:00Corndolly crafts Island Park: Make and Do tentCome have a go at the traditional craft of corn dolly making. This session is ideal for over 8-year-olds. It can be tricky for tiny fingers.

With: Barbara Guthrie (Workshop lead )

11:00 to 11:45 NYFTEIsland Park: Community StageThe National Youth Folk Troup of England teach us some traditional dance styles

With: NYFTE  (National Youth Folk Troupe of England) (Youth)

11:15 to 12:00Toddle Bops : WalkersIsland Park: Under 5s domeMusic mayhem for little folk with parachute play, shaky eggs, sensory scarves, bubbles and more!

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

12:00 to 12:20The Sparkly SingersIsland Park: Community StageLocal community choir meeting in both nearby Derry Hill and Royal Wootton Bassett. The group promise to bring lots of fun to the stage.

With: Sparkly Singers (Choir)

12:30 to 13:30Stay and play session Island Park: Under 5s domeLooking for a shady space to relax with lunch. There are no artists scheduled for this session but the space and soft play is available for families use. Please remain with your're children at all times

With: Details to follow

12:35 to 12:55The Sahara Sisters Island Park: Community StageThe Sahara Sisters are Chippenhams own Belly Dance group. Celebrating their 20th year they tell us they 'do it with a wiggle and a giggle!'

With: Sahara Sisters Bellydancing Group (Community Stage )

13:10 to 14:05Family CeilidhIsland Park: Community StageYou are never too young to enjoy a Ceilidh. This is a Ceilidh specifically for children and families, Led by Let us Dance. Come along and have a go.

With: Let Us Dance! (Children's festival Artist and Workshop Lead), Folk Friendzy (Clog, Morris (northwest/border), Rapper, Irish)

14:00 to 15:00Wee Folkies: Inclusive Music MakingIsland Park: Under 5s domeInclusive music making workshops suitable for all children up to the age of 10, exploring sensory themes and playfulness!

With: Ben Matthews and friends (Family)

14:00 to 17:00Circus Skills with Clare's Circus Island Park: Make and Do tentRun away with the circus! Local artist Clare has all you need to learn the skills of the trade from spinning plates to the tightrope!

With: Clares Circus (Children's festival Artist )

14:25 to 15:50NYFTE Show Case Island Park: Community StageNYFTE (pronounced "nifty") are a team of 10-18 year olds from all over the country, performing a wide range of dance styles song and musicianship.

With: NYFTE  (National Youth Folk Troupe of England) (Youth)

15:00 to 17:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Professor Pumpernickel

15:45 to 16:45Singing Hats Island Park: Under 5s dome Karen and Phil Morris unique show using self-made animal hats and finger puppets to enhance the music and encourage all to join in the experience.

With: Singing Hats (Children's festival Artist )

16:10 to 16:40MegIsland Park: Community StageChippenham's own Meg. A young singer-songwriter with a range of covers and own material.

With: MEG (Singer Song writer )

16:55 to 17:10Becky SysonIsland Park: Community StageUplifting positive songs for the soul with Nottinghamshire singer-songwriter Becky Syson.

With: Becky Syson (Singer Songwriter Acoustic Folk-Rock)

17:30 to 18:30Bagas FellyonIsland Park: Community StageA gloriously chaotic groove juggernaut"takes over the Community stage! Bagas Fellyon , experimenting within the Cornish tradition of Nos Lowen get us dancing into the evening

With: Bagas Fellyon (Cornish Nos Lowen)

20:45 to 21:30The Magic Lantern: Telling Tales at TwilightIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)The Magic Lantern presents: Telling Tales at Twilight, a magical and spectacular evening of story and shadow puppetry.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

Family and Communities on Monday 27th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescription
09:15 to 10:00The Festival stretch: Yoga with Kyla Island Park: Community StageBring your yoga mat to join Kyla, local Yoga instructor in a festival morning stretch. What better way to get ready for the weekend of dancing ahead!

With: Yoga with Kyla  (workshop lead )

10:00 to 10:40Morning Stories : John Row and Donald NelsonIsland Park: Community StageStart of your morning in the company of the storytellers: John Row and Donald Nelson

With: Donald Nelson (Story), John Row (Storyteller)

10:00 to 13:00ScrapAttackIsland Park: Make and Do tentCrafting with Wiltshire Scrapstore: It's all banners and bunting. Help us celebrate the festival's 50th and explore fold traditions.

With: The Wiltshire Scrapstore (Children's festival Artist )

10:00 to 10:45Becky Bops Pre Walkers Island Park: Under 5s domeSongs and rhymes for babies with bubbles and sensory-led fun.

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

10:00 to 14:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

11:00 to 11:20Ben Matthews Island Park: Community StageBen Matthews is a cellist and singer who performs a mix of traditional and contemporary folk tunes and songs.

With: Ben Matthews

11:15 to 12:00Becky Bops Walkers Island Park: Under 5s domeMusic mayhem for little folk with parachute play, shaky eggs, sensory scarves, bubbles and more!

With: Becky Bops (Children's Music and Movement)

11:35 to 11:50Cause Chours Island Park: Community StageA collective of singers and musicians performing a wide variety of songs in smaller groups and choirs based at the Cause Music Centre Chippenham.

With: Cause Chorus (Choir )

12:10 to 12:30Cause Community ChoirIsland Park: Community StageCause Community Choir love to sing a wide range of songs from Gospel, Soul and Pop to anything that sounds great and welcome beginners and experienced singers alike, they meet every Thursday evening at the Cause.

With: Cause Community Choir (Choir)

12:30 to 13:00Nap Time Lullabies Island Park: Under 5s domeWith all the excitement of festival antics, Take 5 for some relaxing nap-time lullabies with Penny Kempson.

With: Penny Kempson (Children's festival Artist )

12:45 to 13:30Let us DanceIsland Park: Community StageLet us Dance get us all dancing with maypole, garlands and maybe a few hankies.

With: Let Us Dance! (Children's festival Artist and Workshop Lead)

13:50 to 14:20Ramshackle OrchestraIsland Park: Community StageThe Ramshackle Orchestra is a multi-generational 20+ piece Bath-based community string orchestra, featuring violins, violas, cellos, double bass, and the occasional penny whistle

With: Ramshackle Orchestra (Community Orchestra)

14:00 to 17:00Circus Skills with Clare's Circus Island Park: Make and Do tentRun away with the circus! Local artist Clare has all you need to learn the skills of the trade from spinning plates to the tightrope!

With: Clares Circus (Children's festival Artist )

14:00 to 15:00Singing Hats Island Park: Under 5s domeKaren and Phil Morris unique show using self-made animal hats and finger puppets to enhance the music and encourage all to join in the experience.

With: Singing Hats (Children's festival Artist )

14:50 to 15:10The Good Afternoon ChoirIsland Park: Community StageThe Chippenham & Calne Good Afternoon Choir (one of 23 FUN community choirs that sing in the afternoons) led by the wonderful Matt Finch.

With: Chippenham & Calne Good Afternoon Choir (Choir)

15:00 to 17:00The Magic LanternIsland Park: The Magic Lantern (Shadow puppet theatre)Work with our puppeteer and storytellers at the Spectacular Magic Lantern, Make your own shadow puppets and bring your song and stories to life.

With: Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Jo Douglas (Puppeteer ), Professor Pumpernickel

15:25 to 16:30The grand exhibition of contraptions and curiosities. Island Park: Community StageWith: Ian Douglas ( Storyteller and showman), Gacko (Songsmith, Showman and Storyteller), Professor Pumpernickel
15:30 to 16:30Wee Folkies: Inclusive Music MakingIsland Park: Under 5s domeInclusive music making workshops suitable for all children up to the age of 10, exploring sensory themes and playfulness!

With: Ben Matthews and friends (Family)

16:45 to 17:15Guinea Lane Saxophone QuartetIsland Park: Community StageGuinea Lane Saxophones are a saxophone quartet comprising soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes plus vocals, mostly traditional English music.

With: Guinea Lane Saxophone Quartet (Band)

17:35 to 18:30The Lost NotesIsland Park: Community StageAs heard on BBC Introducing, Ready your voices for a repertoire of songs about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the downright miserable

With: The Lost Notes Trio (Band)

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