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The Kidz Field is the place to be for 12‘s and under at Glastonbury. We are open 12pm – 7pm on Thursday and 9am – 7pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Detailed timings for the different shows will be listed on blackboards around the field each day.
We don’t list times for performances in The Kidz Field as we have so many different venues and things going on all over and the idea is that families come to play rather than just head for a particular performance. So we encourage you to move around and discover all the various delights.
Glastonbury Festival observes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31 “The right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities and to participate FREELY in cultural life and the arts.”
It is for this reason that ALL children of 12 and under enter the Festival for free.
It’s 2014 and it’s 20 years since Tony created The Kidz Field and put together the fantastic team of Imagineers and Play Workers that build the dream. Over those two decades, Tony and the team have entertained, amazed and inspired tens of thousands of Kidz and spread the message of kindness, wonder and awe that is at the heart of The Kidz Field, far and wide.
In our 20th year, we have worked harder than ever to bring the Glastonbury kidz and families a fantastic and memorable experience. As always, we’re sending out Peace & Love and the values of openness and acceptance, willingness to experience things and a delight in sharing our lives with the myriad people of the World.
We create an organic wonderland in the Kidz Field, there are hundreds of things to do and children must be accompanied at all times, so that parents get to share the experience. Kidz arrive in The Kidz Field and go from the Big Top to the Make and Do, climb on the castle, learn a Circus skill, listen to a story, bang on a drum, climb the rock wall, watch a puppet show and whizz round the Helter Skelter. Then they leave with a painted face, holding something they’ve created with a broad smile and memories to last a lifetime.
THE BIG TOP
We’ve got a stellar line-up in this year’s Big Top, from award winning theatrical productions including http://antiquewarehousemall.com/2012/05/charm/ The National Theatre’s production of enter Dr Seuss’s Cat in The Hat
and the Julia Donaldson created, new classic, What The Ladybird Heard
to DNA Presents Chicken Licken, Playground Theatre Co. & Tucked In Theatre present Billy’s Birthday Bash and Rhubarb Theatre Present The Case of the Curious Suitcase.
TV’s Alex Winters will be here with his Stage Extravaganza along with his CBeeBies playmates The Rhyming Rockets. While Signor Baffo & Mrs McMoon will be throwing a tea party and telling daring tales and Oliver Broad’s The Princess and the Frog will delight parents and children alike.
There will be mayhem aplenty when The Flying Seagull Project,, Zaz the Clown and Mike Hancock take the stage and every day will begin with the wondrous tones of Seikou Susso’s magical Kora. On Sunday evening, at the close of The Kidz Field, we’ll present the Muzikademy Show and perform the specially written ‘20 Years of The Kidz Field’ song, with all the stars of future Glastonbury making their first stage performance.
Mr Yipadee will be bringing his sunshine songs from the other side of the World, using his words and music to make kidz believe in themselves and their dreams and to believe that they can be the creators of their lives and Do, Be, or Have anything.One Wheel Sam is back this year after a whirl around the World and he will amaze us with his bicycular brilliance.
Prof. Panic’s Puppet Arena
Professor Panic is one of the finest exponents of contemporary circus. He will host all day puppet lunacy, circus skills and story workshops. His shows include the ‘Coat of 100 Pockets’; where every pocket holds a treasure, every treasure tells a story gathered on the Professor’s travels, and the Panic take on the traditional Punch & Judy Show, performed in a static booth.
Professor Panic’s Tight Rope practice is fantastic fun and it offers many physical and emotional benefits. Zu Aerial Dance train and perform Trapeze workshops each day. Professor Eek! will be doing terrible magic and Elsie Fanackerpants will be storytelling and doing Walkabouts. Rough Magic Theatre are a fresh, new puppet company and their show The Case of the Missing Jewels, features DCI Clueless and his police dog DS Waffles, a comically hapless crime fighting team.Mainbrace Theatre will have pirate pandemonium and ‘a-haa me hearty’ antics and Nicada do a Traditional Punch and Judy Show – that’s the way to do it!
Over The Top Puppet Company will bring along Willie The Wicked Wolf, an outrageous but charming rogue who loves motorbikes, food and Rock ‘n’ Roll. He plans to eat granny and Red Riding Hood but how will that turn out? No Strings Puppet Theatre will be joining us again with one of their finest shows.
The Kidz Field Muzikademy
In the Kidz Field Muzikademy we’ve created a fantastic resource for keen young music students of all abilities. We’ve got audio and video recording, instrument lessons, group sessions and as much music and performance tuition as you could hope to have. We’re giving away ukeleles and other instruments and all the inspiration and encouragement in the world.
Re-Play Music is the biggest stringed instrument recycling project in the UK. Running for over 15 years and having taken 2 Music Industry Awards for Environmental Initiative and Sustainability (sponsored by NAMM, MIA and Classic FM). Our first Music workshop started at Glastonbury Kidz Field 10 years ago. Disregarded instruments are Re-cycled and Re-paired, so they can Re-turn to Kidz Field where they get Re-played by 100’s of kids each year!! We are dedicated to the idea that Music is made to share, just like the instruments you can try in the Tent, where it all began!!! Check the Re-play Music Website to more about their great work.
Re:Play Music and The Muzikademy is a fantastic opportunity for kids to make music and ‘Havago’ on violins, acoustic and electric guitars, basses, ukuleles, samba percussion and even a drum kit.
On hand to help the music flow will be Jono and his awesome crew of inspiring musical mentors. Instrumental workshops will be on offer together with songwriting sessions to compose a new Glastonbury anthem to celebrate 20 years of Kidz Field – ’20 Years of Magic’. This and other tunes composed by the kidz over the festival days will be recorded in the Rockhopper mobile studio. We may find the Glastonbury stars of tomorrow here at the Kidz Field Musikademy. Rounding out the Music Workshops are Access To Music, Jessica Goida, Samba George, Rodney Brannigan and his masterclasses – including special guest appearances by some of the stars of this years Glastonbury.
John Row, the story telling Wizard, is the host of the Storytellers Marquee. This year he has a groovy group of dreamweavers. Pag’s Instant Theatre uses the English language as a starting point to create the tallest of tales that unfold in twists and turns. Clive ‘The Storyfella’ Pig has selected a scintillating squad of stories from all 32 nations featured in the World Cup and his captivating combination of song and storytelling will hold you spellbound. Donald ‘Story Don’ Nelson is, simply, a master of his craft, who can weave the wildest whimsy. Christine Willison is the renowned Welsh mistress of Tales with her trusty sidekick Mitzi on accordion and it’s the first time for Mark ‘Walk The Line’ Frazer author, illustrator, storyteller and performer who uses props and masks in his yarnery.
THE WORLD FAMOUS MAKE AND DO TENT
One of the most popular places in the Kidz Field, everyday from 9:00 am kidz crowd in to create and participate. We couldn’t give you a complete list of what you can make and do here because the incredible team that we have assembled are constantly inventing new things to do.
Most of the materials we use are recycled and everything we teach you is easy to learn and fun to do. Come in through the day and get your face painted, hair or make up done or make your own wardrobe. All you need to bring is a smile!
Star of Hart Beat and Have A Kazoo, Gabrielle Bradshaw and her colleague Katie English, are Makendoo. Always bringing the best for kids to make and do. They engage and delight kidz in their own creativity and make sure that they leave with a smile on their face and a wondrous treasure to take home forever.
A first for us this year is the Hammers & Nails Carpentry Corner. Hands on access to woodworking and carpentry skills. Noisy, creative fun!
The rest of our enormous crew of do-ers is as follows;
Mystical beast wands, moonlight graffitti boards and magical outfits
Bronwyn and Ruby are sisters and makers of jewelry from reclaimed and recycled materials.
Make bees and bugs and fantastic figurines out of wire and paper and reclaimed materials.
Puppet making from the master puppeteers.
JF Hero Arts
Get there early boys and girls and design your very own Superhero capes.
Hats, puppets, brooches, badges and pop-ups.
Make masks with Matt
Create your own, awesome festival hat. A must for any budding designers. Also, these are the folk who do the bottle rockets, so, fingers in your ears and away she blows.
Recycled jewelry and gem related stuff.
Make Glorious Crowns
Stick puppets and much more
Make mad mosaics
Cre8ivity 4 All
Clay objects decorated with twigs and pebbles
Make wicked Wings
Jewelry, garlands, badges, pendants and flags
East Anglian Arts Collective
More mad mosaics
Plaster masks using Modrock
Everything arty especially arty shirts & bags
Make a puppet with Nick and Nada and star in your own show
Socktopuses and The Underwater Adventure
Helen Brown Print Making
West Wales Theatre Games
Vision One Arts
Balham Arts Collective
The Legendary Kidz Field Face Painters
We have the most fantastic facepainters in the World, we always bring you the very best. This year we also have Hair Braiding and beading,and, as with all things in our field it is all free.
Richard Langford’s Facepaint Artists
Out & About
The World Famous Kidz Field Castle,
manned by The Fabulous Woodcraft Folk.
He’s Back, after 5 years! The legendary Human Cannonball returns! The World’s Greatest Daredevil Showman! A show performed by idiot full of sound, fury and domestic appliances.
A beautiful traditional Tibetan tent running Tibetan workshops
World reknowned artist Paul Wadsworth introduces kidz to the world of painting.
Cameraless photography Workshops, Explosive Science Shows with Coke and Mento explosions and wacky water rocket workshops.
The Magic Garden Present ‘Over The Rainbow’
Recycled Windmill Gardens. Make recycled windmills for the garden.
And, as always, we provide fantastic walkabout fun in the Field.
Wales’ only renewable energy powered venue, a vibrant space to experience their drumming, music and theatre workshops – not forgetting their myriad of circus skills workshops.
The idea behind Rainbow Shakespeare is to produce accessible interactive theatre that all the family could enjoy. Children take part in the production and performance of the show.
We were never told Shakespeare was “difficult”, he just tells a good story – fights, murder, love … what more could an audience or an actor want! Shakespeare does not need gimmicks or weird interpretations to make the plays accessible to modern audiences.
The plays speak for themselves and no two performances are the same. That is where live-theatre can win hands down over film or television.
Socktopuses and The Underwater Adventure
Pedro The Clown and his Travelling Cart
Be More Smiley’s People
Jamma Da Samba
Mr Wolf Collective
The Moaner Lisa
Bonny & Clyde
Bouncy Space Hoppers
Professor Noodlestein & His Robot Cybor
Friction Arts present The Magnificent ‘Sisters of Percy’
Dr Burnheart Gloss – The Ringmaster of Disaster and his Wobbly Tower of Human Folly
Other World Arts
Vintage Helter Skelter
Inflatable Assault Course
The Ping Pong Thunderdome
The Travelling Pliosaur
Little Kidz Area
Tiny tots will feel at home in the little kidz area, a safe, fenced-in space at the top of the field with it’s own mini playground, sandpit and helpers. There’s the Vulcan bomber drogue reclaimed as a sandpit sunshade that Suffolk Playworks bring. The Albion Kidz Show, who have been bringing joy to kids in urban desolation since 1984, bring their Kidz Karaoke, fab Soft Play and famous Pirate Ship for active types. Plus, there is a Book and Toy Library and the giant Sandpit.
Tatty Bumpkin run yoga inspired classes for babies and children, ‘Leaps & Bounds’ with Tumbletots encourage kids to climb, jump, roll… and other elementary physical activities that help stimulate body awareness. Music House For Children present bespoke storytelling and music play for babies and children, this year they will delight us with their new project ‘The Lion & The Unicorn’.
Silly Science will teach us how to make bottle rockets and various other science stuff and Creative Kids Workshop have a UV Den and sensory experience space with Jungle and Underwater themes. As always there will be the famous Suffolk Play Works Vulcan Drogue Sandpit, JollyTots Music & Singing Workshops and Creative Kids.
The National Childbirth Trust provide baby changing, bathing, food and feeding facilities, as well as provisions and advice to help those with very young children and babies at the festival. NCT provide an invaluable service for us and we have the greatest respect for the commitment, kindness and energy that they bring to the Kidz Field. So, visit them, chill out with your child and have a cup of tea and a break.
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