Family Stuff

Kids & Families
We are a 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 ideal 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. The final line-up will be featured on our ‘Line-Up’ page.
Outdoors 4 All / Forest School
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 marshmellows toasting on the campfire.
Says Steve: “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 a Bushcraft programme from The Glade.
In the afternoon, Anna and Steve run a more immersive Bushcraft session, with a 90minute ‘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.
Theatre & Performance
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 2021, we are delighted to confirm the return of The Fabularium, The Cabinet of Curiosities (commissioned by Spot On Rural Touring) and The Grand Cavalcade featuring three seasoned showmen – Gacko, Ian (The Storyteller) Douglas and Professor Pumpernickel & Lord Foppeltwig. The Grand Cavalcade will engage with you throughout the festival – including a fun and easy workshop session for up to 40 people during which participants learn a few simple Ukulele chords and how to strum, and perform new songs to an even wider audience. The Cavalcade will run a variety of individual shows back to back, before the explosive grand finale spectacle featuring all three performers.
Words & Song-writing Workshops
We are thrilled to welcome Louise Fazackerley as our poet-in-residence this year. Louise is a professional poet and inter-disciplinary artist based in the North of England.
In 2019, she became a Director of Write Out Loud and associate artist at Wigan STEAM. She teaches creative writing at The Secret Writers Club and Ink, and has numerous BBC television and radio credits to her name, as well as blogs for The Guardian and Daily Mirror. She has a great wealth of life experience to draw her inspiration from, and will be running the Sky-Ku poetry workshop on Saturday morning and performing live on the ‘In The Pines’ stage in the afternoon.