Kids love Ely Folk Festival as there’s so much to do… crafts…music…story-telling…yoga…family concert…kids procession…games…fun…play…and lots more. Parents love Ely Folk Festival as the festival arena is compact and it’s easy to keep an eye on your little ones while soaking up the music and festival atmosphere.
We have a bumper list of kids activities for the festival – download the Kids programme 2019. The theme is Into The Forest. Imps Creativity will provide opportunities for kids to play, create & explore at the heart of the festival site. Our favourite storyteller Marion Leeper will be telling suitably ‘woody’ stories. Kulture Kart will be helping younger visitors print with wood, and Ely Carnival Arts will be helping kids craft costumes & props on the theme of Into the Forest, which they can then use during the Sunday afternoon Kids Parade around the festival site. Sunday afternoon also sees our family concert led by the very talented David Gibb – a treat for all members of the family. New for the 2019 festival, we are running two music workshops for kids on Saturday and Sunday mornings. These will include a percussion workshop with Fara Afida; and an Irish whistle session with Sylvie Snowdon – we will have about 12 whistles to lend to budding musicians for the workshop and also encourage children to bring along any other instruments they may have with them on which they can play a melody. You can download the simple tunebook we will be using in the workshop Childrens Tunebook 2019. The kids taking part in the workshops will get a chance for their 5 minutes of fame by performing in Marque 3 on Sunday afternoon just before the David Gibb family concert. Re-imagine will be on the festival site over the weekend with their crazy kits for kids to make up. The Ely Rock Eels will be on site on Sunday displaying some of their rocks which will be available for people to purchase and at 4pm they will be offering people the chance to have a go at painting their own Ely Folk Festival souvenir rock.
Remember that on Sunday 7 July (weekend before the festival), a FREE festival decoration-making workshop for kids will be run at Babylon Gallery along Ely riverside between 1-3pm in conjunction with Babylon ARTS and Re-imagine Resource Centre. The decorations will incorporate purple & white scarves from the recent Suffragette march in London and will be displayed on the festival site the following weekend.