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Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

18th July 2017

Only just over a week to go until one of our favourite festivals, Standon Calling, is in full swing. Big enough to attract some great bands, but small enough that even the most determined toddler won’t go astray. The line-up includes Orbital, Kate Tempest, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones, as well as The Early Years and Slow Club.

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

18th July 2017

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

18th July 2017

Making sure that every festival-goer is included in this weekend of fun, Standon Calling has unveiled a jam-packed program of events for kids featuring Horrible Histories, The Hip Hop Academy, Fairy Garden and more.

Leading the excitement-driven line-up is the acclaimed Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain’ live performance. The humorous and brilliantly arranged educational theatre will make its debut at Standon Calling on Saturday before Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Rebourne takes over on Sunday providing dance workshops and performances.

The Kids Area is set to host;

Travellers Baby and Toddler Space
Perfect for parents of the youngest darlings, Travellers Baby and Toddler Space provides a comfortable space for baby changing (including nappy supplies) and nursing, as well as wooden toys and games, a sandpit and a much-needed chill-out sofa space.

Mortimer Nannies
Festival-going parents are sure to be saved by Mortimer Nannies’ creche service and private babysitting. Available for the whole weekend, this attentive nannying service will keep parents relaxed and children entertained.

Standon Calling Campfire
What’s a festival experience without a campfire? Taking place in the evenings, Standon Calling is transformed by striking storytelling and of course, marshmallow toasting.

Library and Chill-Out Space
Perfect for winding down after being excited by all Standon Calling has to offer, kids visiting the festival’s very own library will be treated to unique storytime sessions from Usbourne books.

Standon Swimming Pool
In July’s hot weather, a dip in Standon Calling’s heated swimming pool is a must over the weekend. The pool is open everyday across the weekend and has qualified lifeguards on hand.

Fairyland Trust
Unlock the magical powers of nature with nature based charity Fairyland Trust! Children visiting the fairyland will learn about the importance of environmental conservation of woodland habitats. Set to inspire imps and elves alike, the trust will include interactive Witch and Wizard training and magical craft sessions to enlighten and develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.

Ethereal Productions
Making sure that Standon Calling will be unforgettable weekend is the Ethereal Productions circus and theatre workshop. Giving kids the opportunity to tap into their inner acrobat with circus skills, stilt walking and trapeze lessons, and inviting them to watch thrilling fire and aerial shows, juggling displays and captivating magicians will ensure that this is a must-not miss spectacle for young audiences.

Hip Hop Academy
Designed for teens, the Hip Hop Academy workshop will include masterclasses on graffiti, DJ, rap, beat production and beat boxing. Needing some moves to accompany your newly discovered rap skills? Street dance lessons taking place in the performance tent.

Craft Zone
If you can think it, you can craft it. Centering around the Story Costume Parade taking place at the festival, kids of all ages will be able to make tutus, unicorn headbands, trolls snot, woodland masks, messy play, fire breathing dragons and lantern; the best festival souvenirs.

Performance Tent
Set to be one of the most active areas at the festival, the performance tent play host to an array of activities such as; meditation, yoga, street dance, bubble parties, discos, drama, storytelling, drama, punch and judy, juggling displays, talent shows and baby/toddler sessions.

Wish Upon A Party:
Kids visiting Wish Upon A Party won’t believe the delights that Standon Calling has to offer. Get ready for the festival to be transformed by enchanting magic themed entertainment with spellbinding storytelling, role playing and party games galore.

Kats Whiskers:
This immersive theatre performance is set to keep all-ages entertained with its light-hearted slapstick routines, interactive puppets, storytelling, water bombs, rockets and so much more!

The Light Fairy Garden
Perfect for early risers, The Light Fairy Garden will play host to morning laughter sessions, family singalongs, an array of imagination games, bubble and puppet shows, to name a few. Rumour has it the Mad Hatters Tea Party can be found within the garden throughout the weekend too.

Tickets available here