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May 2021

Wealden Nature Trail

07/05/2021 @ 08:00 - 17:00

Designed to encourage children and families to find fun ways of engaging with the natural world, our nature trail through the woodland at Boldshaves includes outdoor cooking demonstrations, forest and farm schools, bushcraft and denbuilding activities, a barefoot walk, wildlife-spotting exercises, story-telling sessions, and arts and crafts sessions. Access to the trail is included with each ticketed event, alternatively garden access only tickets will be available on the door over the weekend of the Festival.

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June 2021

Glamping & Camping

25/06/2021 @ 18:00 - 27/06/2021 @ 18:00
£10.00 – £160.00

Make a weekend of Wealden and book your pitch in our camping area, located in a beautiful setting surrounded by the gardens and woodland at Boldshaves. Guests are able to arrive from 6pm on Friday evening and must check out by 7pm on Sunday evening. The campsite is a short walk away from the main car park where vehicles may be left overnight. Please check in with the box office on arrival, including if you require help transporting your equipment…

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Wealden Talk Pass – Saturday 26 June

26/06/2021
Free – £50.00

Access to all talks taking place in the Garden and Woodland Tents, as well as the Wildflower Stage on Saturday 26 June 2021. Limited availability. Please note that you do not need to reserve seats separately for individual talks.

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Entrance Only – Saturday 26 June

26/06/2021 @ 10:00 - 19:00
£8.00 – £12.00

Gains access to the Festival site only, including the gardens, makers' stalls and free drop-in events and demonstrations. Please note that if you are purchasing tickets for specific events or workshops, the cost of entrance is included with your ticket and you do not therefore need to purchase separately an access only ticket.

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Calligraphy Workshop

26/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 12:30
£30.00

Discover the beauty of calligraphy with professional calligrapher Anthea Power. Open a book, read from your tablet and the type you will see is so familiar as to almost be invisible.But this ‘look’ to our letters has origins that stretch far back over the centuries, long pre-dating the printing press to when all books were written by hand – ‘manuscripts’.For the Calligrapher, returning to these sources provides the basis for all sound letter construction.This workshop will consider one particular manuscript,…

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Horatio Clare – Heavy Light: A Journey through Madness, Mania and Healing

26/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 11:30
£6.00 – £11.50
Photograph of Horatio Clare

From hypomania in the Alps, to a complete breakdown and a locked ward in Wakefield, Horatio Clare provides a gripping account of how the mind loses touch with reality, how we fall apart and how we can be healed - or not - by treatment. Heavy Light is a story of the wonder and intensity of the manic experience, as well as its peril and strangeness, it is shot through with the love, kindness, humour and care of those who…

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Tree Climbing (Saturday am)

26/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 13:00
£10.00

Tree climbing brings you closer to nature, it can help to relieve stress and is a physical challenge. It leaves you with a huge sense of achievement as well as a whole new perspective. So head for the trees for a novel experience of the natural world. Brought to you by the Great Big Tree Company. For adults and children (6+). Tickets are allocated in half hour time slots, for groups of up to 8.

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Wealden Nature Trail

26/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 18:30

Designed to encourage children and families to find fun ways of engaging with the natural world, our nature trail through the woodland at Boldshaves includes outdoor cooking demonstrations, forest and farm schools, bushcraft and denbuilding activities, a barefoot walk, wildlife-spotting exercises, story-telling sessions, and arts and crafts sessions. Access to the trail is included with each ticketed event, alternatively garden access only tickets will be available on the door over the weekend of the Festival. Kindly sponsored by Highfield &…

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Joseph Coelho – The Girl Who Became A Tree

26/06/2021 @ 11:00 - 12:00
£6.00 – £8.00
Photo of Joseph Coelho

Joseph Coelho is a performance poet and playwright. His latest book, The Girl Who Became A Tree (illustrated by Kate Milner) is the beautiful story of Daphne told in poems. Daphne is unbearably sad and adrift. She feels the painful loss of her father acutely and seeks solace both in the security of her local library and the escape her phone screen provides by blocking out the world around her. As Daphne tries to make sense of what has happened…

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Anita Sethi – I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain

26/06/2021 @ 11:45 - 12:45
£11.50

Anita Sethi was on a journey through Northern England when she became the victim of a race-hate crime. The crime was a vicious attack on her right to exist in a place on account of her race. After the event, Anita experienced panic attacks and anxiety which made her long for wide open spaces, to breathe deeply in the great outdoors. The author's journey through the natural landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that…

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Wild Cooking Workshop

26/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00
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£6.00 – £9.00

Throughout the Festival weekend, Wild Classroom will be in the woodland area demonstrating delicious healthy seasonal food all cooked over fire using a range of techniques. Starting with a hearty porridge breakfast in the morning for those staying over. Throughout the day you will have the chance to not only sample the food, there will also be some opportunities to cook it too! For those really wanting to get stuck in, sign up for the ticketed lunchtime family workshop where…

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Tom’s Midnight Garden : Outdoor Ballet Performance

26/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 12:40
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One event on 26/06/2021 at 12:00

£8.00 – £35.00

When Tom is exiled to his aunt and uncle’s dreary flat while his brother recovers from measles, he fears that his holidays are doomed. But the vast old house hides enchanting and wondrous secrets, and the grandfather clock is striking 13… Frankly Speaking Productions presents Tom’s Midnight Garden, a brand new ballet production adapted from Philippa Pearce’s classic novel - widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest works of children’s literature ever written. Be enchanted amongst towering trees and…

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Children’s Arts & Crafts

26/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00
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£6.00

A hands-on creative arts & crafts session with artist Edwina Ashton. Ages 5+

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Bushcraft : Firecraft

26/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
£8.00

Explore five methods of making flame including sparks, compression, electrical, chemical and solar. For adults and children (with parental support), try your hand at using the sun to make embers, modern fire steels and how to strike matches.

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Wine Tasting

26/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 27/06/2021 at 13:00

Free
Photo of some wine bottles on a picnic table

The vineyards of Woodchurch Wine are a stone's throw from Boldshaves Garden. Set on hills looking south over the ancient Romney marsh down to the English Channel, their land has the perfect geography and climate to produce the highest quality grapes and the finest English sparkling wine. Visit their stall for a free tasting session!

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Weaving Workshop

26/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 15:00
£35.00

Weaving is the perfect hobby. When you start weaving any negative thought or anxiety is washed away, as you get into the flow! So says Siobhan, the founder of Shiv Textiles, a Brighton-based sustainable textiles studio. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of weaving and create your own wonderful woven wall hanging. Working on a small handheld frame loom, you will learn how to start and finish weaves, explore different fibres and craft a range of simple and effective…

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Phoebe the Worker Bee

26/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
£6.00

Come and join teachers from Ashford Prep School and author, Jenny Bailey to listen to the story of Phoebe the Worker Bee based around Phoebe’s adventures as she struggles to save her family and the hive. Phoebe the Bee - is the first story in the Tales from the Countryside series. It’s an educational tale about a worker bee who through her courage and determination manages to save the hive and her family when her natural environment is threatened.  Bees…

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Philip Hoare – Albert & The Whale

26/06/2021 @ 13:15 - 14:15
£6.00 – £11.50
Author photo of Philip Hoare

Albrecht Dürer changed the way we saw nature through art. From his prints in 1498 of the plague-ridden Apocalypse – the first works mass produced by any artist – to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, his art was a revelation: it showed us who we are but it also foresaw our future. It is a vision that remains startlingly powerful and seductive, even now. In his latest book, Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover…

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Katherine May – Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

26/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00
£6.00 – £11.50
Photograph of Katherine May

In her New York Times bestselling memoir, Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter, sparked by a sudden illness in her family that plunged her into a time of uncertainty and seclusion. When life felt at is most frozen, she managed to find strength and inspiration from the incredible wintering experiences of others as well as from the remarkable transformations that nature makes to survive the cold. Wintering is a beautiful, poignant and timely memoir that delves into…

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Writing Workshop : Writing Place. Finding Voice

26/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00
£25.00

A workshop exploring different ways to describe, evoke and portray 'place' within our writing. You will examine some masterful texts that bring places to life, and use these techniques to find our own descriptive voice. With a focus on non-fiction and life-writing but equally useful for fiction writers or poets, this is a workshop that will help you transport readers to a particular place. Lulah Ellender is a writer and experienced tutor in creative non-fiction and life-writing. She teaches on…

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Tree Climbing (Saturday pm)

26/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00
£10.00

Tree climbing brings you closer to nature, it can help to relieve stress and is a physical challenge. It leaves you with a huge sense of achievement as well as a whole new perspective. So head for the trees for a novel experience of the natural world. Brought to you by the Great Big Tree Company. For adults and children (6+). Tickets are allocated in half hour time slots, for groups of up to 8.

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Wild Slushy Workshop

26/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 14:40
£12.00

Join professional forager Michael White on a child friendly adventure, foraging local plants and turning them into seriously wild slushies! The session will provide a gentle and captivating introduction to the wonderful world of wild food, with a special focus on safe and considerate foraging. The session provides the perfect opportunity for children to get hands on and experience some totally new flavours.

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Fairy Adventure

26/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00
£6.00

Wondrous Adventures invites you to take part in an enchanted fairy adventure, celebrating the magic of storytelling and fairy tales. Follow the enchanted map and enter a world of wondrous fairy magic – tiptoe through the fairy campsite, spot enchanted books with secrets inside, explore the magical story tree and pop your imaginings into the enchanted imagination jar! Suitable for ages 2+. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Isabel Thomas – Moth: An Evolutionary Story

26/06/2021 @ 15:00 - 16:00
£6.00

Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Then along come people with their magnificent machines, which stain the landscape with soot. How will the peppered moth survive? Author Isabel Thomas fuses science and art in this workshop based on her award-winning picture book Moth: An Evolution Story. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection for children. Join Isabel to explore the strange adaptations that help moths…

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Eco Printing Workshop

26/06/2021 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Using flowers, leaves, botanical extracts and other natural dyes, you will learn to create pattern and print on fabric through the process of binding and steaming. Hosted by STEMWELL WORKSHOP, the two-hour workshop will include an overview of which plants are locally available for natural dyeing and eco printing with, how to prepare fabric by mordanting for long-lasting colour and an opportunity to create your own print on a length of organic British silk.You will leave with the knowledge and skills to…

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Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke: Poetry Reading

26/06/2021 @ 15:15 - 16:15
£7.00 – £14.00

Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke explore the relationship between poetry and the natural world in a unique reading of their work. Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the world. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. Gillian Clarke was the…

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Sophy Roberts (The Lost Pianos of Siberia) and Helena Attlee (Lev’s Violin): in conversation

26/06/2021 @ 16:15 - 17:15
£6.50 – £13.00

Sophy Roberts (The Lost Pianos of Siberia) and Helena Attlee (Lev’s Violin) discuss the journeys they undertook in search of musical instruments and their discoveries at the intersection of music, culture and place. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is Sophy Robert's absorbing story about a piano hunt - a quixotic quest through two centuries of Russian history and eight time zones stretching across an eleventh of the world's land surface. It reveals not only an unexpected musical legacy, but profound…

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Tom’s Midnight Garden : Outdoor Ballet Performance

26/06/2021 @ 16:30 - 17:10
£8.00 – £35.00

When Tom is exiled to his aunt and uncle’s dreary flat while his brother recovers from measles, he fears that his holidays are doomed. But the vast old house hides enchanting and wondrous secrets, and the grandfather clock is striking 13… Frankly Speaking Productions presents Tom’s Midnight Garden, a brand new ballet production adapted from Philippa Pearce’s classic novel - widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest works of children’s literature ever written. Be enchanted amongst towering trees and…

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Adam Nicolson – The Sea is not made of Water: Life between the Tides

26/06/2021 @ 17:15 - 18:15
£6.00 – £12.00
Photograph of Adam Nicholson

In his latest book, The Sea is Not Made of Water, Adam Nicolson explores the natural wonders of the intertidal and our long human relationship with it. The physics of the seas, the biology of anemone and limpet, the long history of the earth, and the stories we tell of those who have lived here: all interconnect in this zone where the philosopher, scientist and poet can meet and find meaning. The intertidal has been the scene for all kinds…

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Tom’s Midnight Garden : Outdoor Ballet Performance

26/06/2021 @ 18:30 - 19:10
£8.00 – £35.00

When Tom is exiled to his aunt and uncle’s dreary flat while his brother recovers from measles, he fears that his holidays are doomed. But the vast old house hides enchanting and wondrous secrets, and the grandfather clock is striking 13… Frankly Speaking Productions presents Tom’s Midnight Garden, a brand new ballet production adapted from Philippa Pearce’s classic novel - widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest works of children’s literature ever written. Be enchanted amongst towering trees and…

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Feast Night

26/06/2021 @ 18:30 - 21:00
£8.00 – £12.00

Foraging expert and chef, Michael White, will be cooking up a sumptuous feast on Saturday evening using the finest local ingredients. On the menu is slow-smoked lamb with roasted vegetables, or smoked halloumi for vegetarians.

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Wealden Talk Pass – Sunday 27 June

27/06/2021
Free – £50.00

Access to all talks taking place in the Garden and Woodland Tents, as well as the Wildflower Stage on Sunday 27 June 2021. Limited availability. Please note that you do not need to reserve seats separately for individual talks.

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Outdoor Yoga

27/06/2021 @ 09:00 - 10:00
£10.00

Join Lolly for an early morning yoga session in the beautiful grounds at Boldshaves. For all abilities.

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Entrance Only – Sunday 27 June

27/06/2021 @ 10:00 - 19:00
£8.00 – £12.00

Gains access to the Festival site only, including the gardens, makers' stalls and free drop-in events and demonstrations. Please note that if you are purchasing tickets for specific events or workshops, the cost of entrance is included with your ticket and you do not therefore need to purchase separately an access only ticket.

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Molly Mahon (House of Print) and Kassia St Clair (The Golden Thread): in conversation

27/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 11:30
£6.00 – £12.00

Molly Mahon and Kassia St Clair join together in a celebration of textiles and the joy of design. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with…

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Hook Carving Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 12:30
£10.00 – £20.00

This is a fun and practical 2 hour workshop where you will make a wooden hook to fix to your door, or anywhere you like. Gain experience in using a saw, an axe, a knife and a drill. And design your own hook by leaving the bark on, or stripping the bark and carving the wood. The workshop will also look briefly at how to select your wood (wood will be supplied) and discuss the different finishes. Children under 14…

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Pigment Making Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 12:30
£25.00

Join artist Polly Bennett in a pigment making workshop using found materials from the garden and surrounding woodland to create pigments and inks. Polly will show you how to grind and purify your found matter into pigments that you can take home and turn into paint. You will also make natural inks and add various additives to alter the colour.

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Tree Climbing (Sunday am)

27/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 13:00
£10.00

Tree climbing brings you closer to nature, it can help to relieve stress and is a physical challenge. It leaves you with a huge sense of achievement as well as a whole new perspective. So head for the trees for a novel experience of the natural world. Brought to you by the Great Big Tree Company. For adults and children (6+). Tickets are allocated in half hour time slots, for groups of up to 8.

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Wealden Nature Trail

27/06/2021 @ 10:30 - 18:30

Designed to encourage children and families to find fun ways of engaging with the natural world, our nature trail through the woodland at Boldshaves includes outdoor cooking demonstrations, forest and farm schools, bushcraft and denbuilding activities, a barefoot walk, wildlife-spotting exercises, story-telling sessions, and arts and crafts sessions. Access to the trail is included with each ticketed event, alternatively garden access only tickets will be available on the door over the weekend of the Festival. Kindly sponsored by Highfield &…

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Lauren St John – Books, Animals and Conservation

27/06/2021 @ 11:00 - 12:00
£6.00 – £9.00

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by animals on a farm and a game reserve in Zimbabwe. Since then she has been passionate about animals, their environments and the need to protect them. Hear Lauren describe her fascinating childhood in Africa, and how it has inspired her award-winning books about animals, including The Snow Angel and The White Giraffe. Ages 7+ Wildflower Stage Kindly sponsored by Highfield and Brookham Schools.

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Foraged Flavours

27/06/2021 @ 11:00 - 12:30
£14.00 – £24.00

Delve into the countryside’s wild larder with foraging expert Michael White. Learn the true meaning of seasonal food and discover free gastronomic delights amongst the meadows, woods and hedgerows. Foraging is a unique way to engage with the countryside and during this session, Michael will share ideas surrounding the concept of foraging as well as practical skills on identification and uses of wild edibles. Be prepared for exciting new flavours and some surprises when it comes to sampling hand-crafted foraged…

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Nick Hayes – The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us

27/06/2021 @ 11:30 - 12:30
£6.00 – £11.50
Nick Hayes author photo

The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land. Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, and charting…

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Children’s Arts & Crafts

27/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00
£6.00

A hands-on creative arts & crafts session with artist Edwina Ashton. Ages 5+

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Wild Cooking Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00
£6.00 – £9.00

Throughout the Festival weekend, Wild Classroom will be in the woodland area demonstrating delicious healthy seasonal food all cooked over fire using a range of techniques. Starting with a hearty porridge breakfast in the morning for those staying over. Throughout the day you will have the chance to not only sample the food, there will also be some opportunities to cook it too! For those really wanting to get stuck in, sign up for the ticketed lunchtime family workshop where…

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Rebecca Smith – Storytelling

27/06/2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00
£6.00

Beginning with an animated reading of one of her soon to be published texts, Rebecca Smith will lead your children in this one-off opportunity to illustrate one of her stories from scratch. After a first career as a teacher, Rebecca retains her lifelong passion for education.  She frequently visits schools, engaging children through storytelling, illustration and reading support. Rebecca's first book, SuperDaisy, will be published by HarperCollins next Spring with all profit going to the Little Princess Trust, a paediatric cancer…

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Lara Maiklem – Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames

27/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
£6.00 – £11.50
Lara Maiklem author photo

Mudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour.Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life.Moving from the river's tidal origins in the west of the city…

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Bushcraft : Primitive Technology

27/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
£8.00

Get to grips with ancient tools and weapons used by our ancestors including flat bows and flint tipped arrows, flint tools including knives, scrapers, arrow heads and a flint hafted axe, bark containers, wooden spoons and cups, animal hides and buckskin, cordage and textiles, and learn about primitive use of plants and fungi as well as having a go at polishing a flint axe head.

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Wine Tasting

27/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 27/06/2021 at 13:00

Free
Photo of some wine bottles on a picnic table

The vineyards of Woodchurch Wine are a stone's throw from Boldshaves Garden. Set on hills looking south over the ancient Romney marsh down to the English channel, their land has the perfect geography and climate to produce the highest quality grapes and the finest English sparkling wine. Visit their stall for a free tasting session!

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Bookbinding Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 15:00
£45.00

Wealden’s 2019 Artist in Residence Hope Fitzgerald returns to Boldshaves for 2021 with an extended 2 hour Bookbinding Workshop in the Maker’s Tent. You will use a range of materials to make books in two different styles incorporating Hope’s botanical designs inspired by Boldshaves. The workshop is aimed at beginners, and introduces basic skills used in creating handmade bindings. All tools and materials are provided. You’ll leave the workshop with your bespoke books and instructional notes for more making. Be…

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Fairy Adventure

27/06/2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00
£6.00

Wondrous Adventures invites you to take part in an enchanted fairy adventure, celebrating the magic of storytelling and fairy tales. Follow the enchanted map and enter a world of wondrous fairy magic – tiptoe through the fairy campsite, spot enchanted books with secrets inside, explore the magical story tree and pop your imaginings into the enchanted imagination jar! Suitable for ages 2+. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Drop-in Writing Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Free

Create a walking event at Boldshaves! Select a walking ‘score’ card from the Boxed Walking Festival and perform it at your own pace within the Wealden Festival grounds. At the end of your event, you are invited to devise your own walking score card for possible inclusion in the next Boxed Walking Festival outing.Drawing on the playful approach of Fluxus Event scores, the Boxed Walking Festival is a compendium of walking possibilities, invitations and provocations designed by walking-writer Sonia Overall.Sonia…

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Molly Mahon : Block Printing Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00
£45.00

Based in Sussex, Molly Mahon is a British printmaker whose block print originals are applied to fabrics, wallpapers and a growing range of homewares. Molly’s work is inspired by nature, her travels to India and things that she notices in her daily life. She turns her images into repeat designs and carves them into a block for printing. Experience the joy of block print with Molly Mahon in The Barn. Using bespoke wooden blocks, Molly will encourage you to find…

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Tree Climbing (Sunday pm)

27/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00
£10.00

Tree climbing brings you closer to nature, it can help to relieve stress and is a physical challenge. It leaves you with a huge sense of achievement as well as a whole new perspective. So head for the trees for a novel experience of the natural world. Brought to you by the Great Big Tree Company. For adults and children (6+). Tickets are allocated in half hour time slots, for groups of up to 8.

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Hannah Gold – The Last Bear

27/06/2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00
£6.00

Join author Hannah Gold and prepare to be enthralled by the 2021 debut sweeping the nation. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world, and an unforgettable adventure. Hannah will introduce you to beloved characters April and Bear, offer creative writing tips to spark children’s imagination, showcase the stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, share fun polar bear facts, offer a chance to make your own take-home Bear…

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Rob Cowen / Nick Hayes – The Heeding

27/06/2021 @ 14:15 - 15:15
£6.00 – £12.00
Picture of Rob Cowen and Nick Hayes on a background image of a black and white hawk

Rob Cowen (Common Ground) and Nick Hayes (The Book of Trespass), are two of our most celebrated writers on landscape. Combining the luminous illustrations of Nick Hayes and the sublime poetry of Rob Cowen, The Heeding is a majestic meditation on our relationship with the natural world and each other through four unprecedented seasons and a global pandemic. Woodland Tent

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Wild Slushy Workshop

27/06/2021 @ 15:00 - 15:45
£12.00

Join professional forager Michael White on a child friendly adventure, foraging local plants and turning them into seriously wild slushies! The session will provide a gentle and captivating introduction to the wonderful world of wild food, with a special focus on safe and considerate foraging. The session provides the perfect opportunity for children to get hands on and experience some totally new flavours.

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Rebecca Schiller – Earthed: A Memoir

27/06/2021 @ 15:15 - 16:15
£6.00 – £11.50
Rebecca Schiller author photo

After moving to a countryside smallholding only a few miles away from the site of Wealden Festival, Rebecca Schiller finds her family's new life is far from simple. Overwhelmed by what she has taken on and reeling from the turmoil in the wider world, her mind begins to unravel. And so she turns to her two acres, and to the women of this land's past, searching for answers and hope. Here, she stumbles on a wild space of imaginative leaps,…

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Chris Clothier – Sea Fever

27/06/2021 @ 15:30 - 16:30
£6.00

Dead Reckoning – a romp through the principles of navigation from the ancients to the present day In this fun interactive session, Chris Clothier will take the audience through the basic principles of navigation from dead reckoning to GPS. Along the way you will learn: Why people used to throw sticks over the side of boats to find out where they wereWhy speed is measured in knotsWhat have logs got to do with logbooksWhy you need to know when you…

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Michael Morpurgo & John Hunter – The Fields that Heal

27/06/2021 @ 16:15 - 17:15
£7.00 – £14.00

Michael Morpurgo, poet, playwright, librettist and author of much-loved children’s literature, such as War Horse, Muck and Magic and The Puffin Keeper, shares his experience of the healing and nourishment that can be found for children and families in nature, in conversation with John Hunter, the author of The Fields that Heal, a story of the incredible work performed by the charity Dandelion Time. Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon…

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Neil Ansell – The Circling Sky: On Nature and Belonging in an Ancient Forest

27/06/2021 @ 17:15 - 18:15
£6.00 – £11.50
Author photo for Neil Ansell

In the form of several journeys, beginning in January 2019, The Circling Sky charts Neil Ansell's solitary walks to the New Forest in Hampshire, close to where he was born. With beautiful sightings and observations of birds, trees, butterflies, insects and landscape, The Circling Sky is also a reflective memoir on childhood, on the history of one of the most ancient and important natural habitats in the United Kingdom, and on the Gypsies who lived there for centuries – and…

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