Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 14 July 2019


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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!

We have been delighted to win the following awards:

2018: Voted Readers' Favourite in the Green Parent Magazine Family Festival Awards 2018

2017: Followers of Festival Kidz voted us the Best Day Festival for 2017!

"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

"Perfect for parents and young kids, it has to be one of the most family-friendly day festivals around."
Junior Magazine

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, but we know that kids need more than just wall to wall sublime music to make their day special!

Here's what we laid on for our families in 2018:

Out and About

Lively Folk Dance Sessions performed by Harpenden based Young Miscellany Dance Group, Longbow Archery and Celtic Crafts with Celtic Harmony, the Groovy Record Decorating tent, the chance to create your very own Willow Sculptures and learn Circus Skills plus Traditional Fairground Stalls with the obligatory swing boats! There's was something for all ages, from the Lavender Mandala for the little ones, to the Climbing Wall and 'Try an Instrument' sessions with the London Youth Folk Ensemble for the older ones. 

Make, Create & Experiment in the Craft Tent

The Craft Workshops included bright and jolly Felt Art Workshops, joyfully absorbing Knitting Workshops, manual Woodturning with Bodrighy Wood and Weaving with soft, luxurious Alpaca wool.

Family Space

In our fun packed space dedicated to family activities you could find the Slacklining School, Storytelling in the medieval tent, the Lavender Mandala (a patterned sea of fragrance and colour), Knot Making Workshopsbeautiful organic Henna DesignsFace Painting for all ages, Tiny Healing GardensMorris Minors Singing Groupcommunal Banner Colouring, the chance to create your own enchanted Fairy DoorsDidgeridoo Workshops, super spinners with the Woolly Circus, Nomads Bazaar with Unique, Natural and Creative toys, and last but definitely not least, Bubble Creations from Let’s Make Bubbles!

With all these amazing activities all taking place in sight and sound of the Main Stage we kept our younger Folk by the Oakers entertained without the grown-ups missing out on their favourite artists!

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!