Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 18 July 2021

Welcome to 'Family Nest' Fest!

Raising money for the Nest Fest musicians and the Willow Foundation

The premiere of 'Family Nest' Fest has now taken place, but you can still watch and donate until 19 August!
The Main Stream is the home of the musical performances and can be viewed on YouTube or Facebook.
The Unwinding Stream is your 'chill-out' area! Watch award-winning artist Jackie Morris create a beautiful painting in real time while you enjoy the festival.

Thank you so much to everyone for donating and viewing, we really hope that 'Family Nest' Fest spreads some musical joy! 

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Raising money for Willow and Musicians

This not-for-profit virtual event will raise money both for our Nest Fest performers, so many of whom have lost their livelihood due to the recent situation, and for our partner charity Willow who provide special days for seriously ill young adults.


Over the last 12 years Folk by the Oak have raised a phenomenal £81,000 through ticket contributions, the generosity of the crowd on the day, and further donations, all going to support Willow's vital work. With no festival this summer Willow are facing a real blow to their fundraising efforts and we couldn't let a year go by without supporting them in some way.

Willow beneficiary and musician Eirra will act as an ambassador for Willow at the 'Family Nest' Fest, as well as performing her own set.

Find out more about Willow at www.willowfoundation.org.uk

Performers - The Main Stream

All timings are approximate and in UTC+1 (British time)

20:30 - Richard Thompson
20:15 - Mary Chapin Carpenter & Julie Fowlis
20:05 - Seth Lakeman
19:50 - Nancy Kerr & Jess Arrowsmith
19:35 - Kris Drever
19:20 - Talisk
19:05 - Jim Moray
18:50 - Seckou Keita
18:45 - Spell Songs
18:30 - Sam Sweeney Band
18:20 - The Local Honeys
18:00 - Kitty Macfarlane
17:35 - The Bookshop Band
17:20 - Katherine Priddy
17:05 - Eirra

The Unwinding Stream

Jackie Morris paints in real time

Running simultaneously to The Main Stream, The Unwinding Stream will go live here at 5pm on 19 July. You can have it running on another screen throughout the festival or come back here at any time to see how the painting is progressing.

A unique opportunity to see a visionary artist carefully breathe life into one of her more ambitious large-scale works of art.

We are overjoyed to be joined by the 2019 Kate Greenaway medal-winning artist Jackie Morris (co-author of The Lost Words with Robert Macfarlane) who will be conjuring a peaceful painting of calm, hope and meditation inspired by her breath-taking new book The Unwinding, in real time! The Unwinding Stream is a place which will slowly and gently inspire dreams. Watch the painting gradually unfold, and relax amid an oak woodland soundscape created by sound artist Chris Watson.

Thanks to Jackie's generosity, everyone who donates will enter a draw to win this unique and exceptional painting.


The Unwinding by Jackie Morris

The Unwinding, Jackie's astonishing new book, is available from the following indie bookshops who are well worth supporting:  

Kenilworth Books

Solva Woollen Mill

Number Seven Dulverton

The Bookshop Band have written a song called The Binding inspired by The Unwinding, which they will play in their Nest Fest set. It is a book of healing and calm, described by the band as "Less a prescription, more a potion of colour."

Creative Contributors

Here are the beautiful Oak Wish Tree and Willow Meadow designs that will display your oak leaf and origami flower wishes during the festival.

They have been created by our very own Acorn Stage banner designer Sarah Braithwaite who also has a lovely print stall in our Craft Tent at Folk by the Oak. If you love these designs you can purchase them at Sarah's Etsy page

Don't forget to send us photos of your creations on social media using #FamilyNestFest - see the Join In web page for more details! 


Craft Tent jeweller Lydia Wolsey from Lydia Lotus Designs has kindly made a beautiful video of her creating a special 'Family Nest' Fest gemstone mandala, which will be shown during the festival.

Bringing a moment of calm and healing energy to the festival, you can find out more about Lydia's mandala on her blog. Click on the image to take you there. 

And there's so much more to enjoy...

The evening is also filled with heartfelt good wishes from our regular festival stallholders.

Expect crafty demos, storytelling, face-painting, gemstone mandalas, an oak wishing tree, a willow meadow of goodwill, puppeteers and walks into nature!

#FamilyNestFest - Over to you!

Here's how you can join in and spread some kindness by sharing photos of your crafty creations on social media beforehand and on the day.....

Folky Oak leaves

We'd love you to make some oak leaves - you can knit, crochet, draw, paint, sculpt or collage - just like the ideas here - anything goes!

Each one of your oaky offerings sent through to us via our social media pages with #familynestfest represents a good wish to be displayed on our 'Family Nest' Fest Wish Tree which will appear periodically throughout the event - keep an eye out for yours!

Guaranteed to bring warmth and kindness to the festivities. 


Origami Flower Power

When you see Eirra's amazing song video 'Alive' at the 'Family Nest' Fest you will discover the heartfelt inspiration for this special 'make'. Each flower represents a gesture of support for Willow, and your flower will be displayed amid a willow meadow at intervals throughout the event.

Share your photos on our social media with #familynestfest - now or on the day - we are looking forward to seeing them! 

Be as creative as you like, or for inspiration see below for Eirra's origami tutorial...

Easy Eco Face Painting Demos

The talented Stephanie from Whatsaface, who has been with us since the very first Folk by the Oak festival in 2008, has created some ‘very easy to do at home’ festival face painting videos.

We’d love to see your creations, so send us your photos via our social media pages with #familynestfest and you may see your decorated face on screen!

Click here for Stephanie's face painting tutorials...

Nest Fest-inspired Cocktails!

We have teamed up with the mixologists at Cocktails For Home to bring you special 'Family Nest' Fest cocktail kits. Order a parcel full of delicious, mouth-watering ingredients to enjoy at home. A donation from every purchase will go towards the Nest Fest Fund. Cheers!

Click here to order your Nest Fest-inspired cocktails!


We hope you can join us!

We want to see your 'Family Nest' Fest!

Dig out your festival best: crowns, oak leaves, bunting, picnics, twinkly lights and, of course, your past Folk by the Oak T-shirts.

We’d love to see some photos, so do share them with us on social media - #familynestfest


'Family Nest' Fest - Teaser Trailer 1

Teaser Trailer 2

Teaser Trailer 3