Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 15 July 2018


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!

"Folk by the Oak is a perfectly constructed one-day festival that, like a good song, leaves you wanting more. From the second we arrived, we felt comfortable, safe and welcome"

Lisa Mills - Festival Kidz

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, manual Woodturning with Bodrighy Wood or enjoy the experience of Weaving with soft, luxurious Alpaca wool.

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 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. You can also join in with some communal Banner Colouring or make your own enchanting Fairy Doors! Our Didgeridoo Workshops are open to all and our Woolly Circus will have you spinning with colourful felts and wool. Nomads Bazaar will be packed with Unique, Natural and Creative toys, and we are delighted to welcome some awesome Bubble Creations from Let’s Make Bubbles!

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!