Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 16 July 2017


Creative activities for everyone to enjoy at Folk by the Oak summer festival.

For All the Family to Enjoy

We want all our smaller Folk by the Oakers to enjoy the festival as much as the grown-ups! The Main Stage with its outdoor arena means that children can freely dance about in the parkland and our friendly Acorn Stage attracts a little gathering of children right at the front singing along to favourite songs!

Out and About

We have lovingly gathered together as many magical, unique and imaginative activities for children to enjoy. You will find these dotted around our festival site so be sure to explore everywhere!

Watch out for the lively Folk Dance Sessions performed by Harpenden based Young Miscellany Dance Group who crop up around the site. There’s Longbow Archery and Celtic Crafts with Celtic Harmony. Enjoy paintings that whirl around at the Groovy Record Decorating tent. Our Willow weaver will talk you through the creation of Willow Sculptures. Flip Juggling will guide you through the finer arts of Circus Skills and there are Traditional Fairground Stalls with the obligatory swing boats!

Make, Create & Experiment in the Craft Tent

The Craft Workshops enhance the buzz of the Craft Tent so maybe you will feel inspired to get making or indulge in a mindful moment or two. Try your hand at Pottery and Pot Throwing with Vanessa Cox Pendray, bright and jolly Felt Art Workshops joyfully absorbing Knitting Workshops, intricate Embroidery and Sewing Workshops, manual Woodturning with Pete and Mo of Bodrighy Wood and of course leave some time for the delicious Chocolate Decorating Activity.

Family Space

Here you’ll find a fun packed space dedicated to family activities. At its heart is the formidable Slacklining School designed to bring your sense of balance into question! Next to the old spreading oak tree you’ll find Storytelling in the Yarnsmith of Norwich’s medieval tent - the perfect space for tall tales and eloquent elaborations. Immerse yourself in the Lavender Mandala a patterned sea of fragrance and colour. Get in a tangle doing the Knot Making Workshops and weave a knot or two out of hand made ropes. Decorate your hands with beautiful organic Henna Designs, visit our favourite Face Painting artist Stephanie or create Tiny Healing Gardens with Tina. The Morris Minors Singing group will be gathering together young singers to explore some lively songs. Add your own brightly coloured oak leaf to our Family Tree and you can even fashion a wand or two! Our Didgeridoo Workshops are open to all and our Woolly Circus will have you spinning with colourful felts and wool. You’ll also find bright and cheery Handmade Clothing in this relaxed and imaginative area.

Feel free to bring a Picnic!

We know how feeding kids at a festival usually means a trip back to the car or tent (and away from the action) or the frequent emptying of purses and pockets; which is why we actively encourage you to bring your own picnic, find a lovely spot in the arena and enjoy your own home-cooked food as the music plays! When supplies run low there are some seriously tasty food stalls to tempt even the fussiest of eaters!