Family Stuff


Cloudspotting is proudly a family-friendly festival. Around a third of our audience is a teenager, child or toddler. Our kids have grown up with it and sharing the experience between generations is an unmistakable attraction. You don’t have to bring them and the Festival is enjoyed immensely by plenty who don’t, but our site is perfect for families to enjoy each other’s company without the hazards, overcrowding and over consumption of large festivals. With the combination of music, activities and nature, there is enough to keep our little visitors occupied for 48 hours without distracting mum or dad into missing everything they came to see. We are currently putting the final touches to our family arts activity schedule and will confirming the full timetable by the end of April.


Part of the Cloudspotting family, Outdoors 4 All are Anna Whittingham-Topliss and Steve Tomlinson, Level 3 Forest School Practitioners. Anna, Steve and their team of helpers will be hosting activities in The Glade from late afternoon time on Friday, leading workshops in woodland arts and crafts, introducing families and kids to Bushcraft and, essentially, keeping the marshmellow toasting on the campfire. “We believe that people – no matter what their age – should be allowed to try new experiences without expectations or targets. We offer the freedom to explore nature, to be curious and inventive, to use imagination and explore its positive effects on individuals and the world around them.”

On Saturday morning, Outdoors 4 All will deliver ‘Forest School’ from The Glade, an all age making session where you will be able to create your festival accessories for the weekend out of natural materials, creating musical instruments, picture frames, boggarts.

In the afternoon, Anna and Steve run a more immersive Bushcraft session, with a 90 minute ‘Parents-Free Zone’ for 8-18 year olds taking in den-building, fire-lighting, a spot of cooking and survival skills.

When not in full activity mode, The Glade will be a great place to hang out for ‘Campfire and Conversation’ and some guest story-telling.


At Cloudspotting, we have been blessed by the presence of some of the UK’s most imaginative and creative theatre groups and story-tellers such as The Flying Buttresses, The Fabularium, Ribcaged Theatre, Whalley Range All Stars, Ursula Holden-Gill and Ian Douglas.

For 2019, we are delighted to confirm ICHI and Rachael Dadd to perform ‘On Pa’ with more acts soon to be added soon.