Children

Wealden has something for people of all ages and is proud to be a family-friendly festival with entrance for children aged 14 and under being free.

Our fun-filled programme of talks, events and activities hand-picked for children will include:

  • Talks and readings from leading children’s authors and illustrators
  • Interactive outdoor activities providing playful encounters with the natural world
  • Den-building, bushcraft and foraging
  • Art classes
  • Storytelling
Jun
30
Sat
The Lost Words Spellathon
Jun 30 all-day

 

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
By kind permission of the author and illustrator, look out for the “spellathon” we will be running over the course of the weekend in the woods and gardens.
Catherine Barr – Ten Reasons to Love…
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Ten Reasons to Love a Turtle

 

In partnership with the Natural History Museum, Catherine Barr has written a new series of beautifully illustrated books giving children ten reasons why each animal is amazing, and five ways they can show they love it. Take, for example, 10 Reasons to Love a Turtle: Turtles go on incredible journeys, have beautiful shells, can hold their breath for hours and even cry salty tears. Show you love them by not dropping litter on the beach and NEVER buying anything made of tortoiseshell. This is a must for any young animal enthusiast.

Seedlings Forest School
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Seedlings Forest School @ The Weald Den

Emma will be running a Seedlings session in the woods for anyone aged 0-5, and their older siblings and parents can come and join in too! You will be taken on an adventure into the woods where your little ones can create some natural art and learn how to brew a cup of tea for everyone at the campfire.

Please book one ticket per family – limited spaces available.

Badger Bushcraft
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us again at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend including interactive displays and drop-in workshops – drop by his stall to find out more.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshops
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Chrissie Gittins – Adder, Bluebell, Lobster
Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

If you add an adder to an adder they are prone to have a dance, they writhe around each other till the strongest gets a chance to PUSH the other down. Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt. From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION. This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.

Chrissie will be reading from Adder, Bluebell, Lobster followed by a creative workshop.

Suitable for ages 7+. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Jul
1
Sun
The Lost Words Spellathon
Jul 1 all-day

 

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
By kind permission of the author and illustrator, look out for the “spellathon” we will be running over the course of the weekend in the woods and gardens.
Mark Cocker Wildlife Safari
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the celebrated naturalist, Mark Cocker, on a captivating tour of the wildlife of Boldshaves Garden.

Limited availability.

Badger Bushcraft
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us again at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend including interactive displays and drop-in workshops – drop by his stall to find out more.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Rosie Wellesley – The Itchy-Saurus
Jul 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie Wellesley is a magical blend of doctor/author/illustrator. Join Rosie as she reads from her new book – The Itchy-Saurus – and talks about why she wrote this story about a dinosaur with an itch that can’t be scratched. Suitable for ages 3-6, you’ll be joining in with the dinosaur roars and potion-making and then drawing along with Rosie as she shows you how to draw the characters from her books.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14.

Yuval Zommer – The Big Book of the Blue
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Yuval Zommer
Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer – The Big Book of the Blue

Why do octopuses have eight arms?
Why do crabs run sideways?
Are jellyfish made of jelly?
Yuval Zommer’s beautiful new book provides the answers to these and many more fishy questions. His wonderfully quirky illustrations show off all kinds of slippery, shimmery and surprising sea creatures, including sea turtles, whales, sharks, rays and seahorses. Chatty, funny and full of amazing facts, it will be devoured by children eager to find out about the most exciting creatures from the deep blue.

 

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…