Brush up on bushcraft, learn a language, stomp your heels with Flamenco dancers, kick like a Taekwondo master, unwind with Himalayan yogis and discover new destinations with our programme of activities and workshops. Our vast programme of activities throughout the day will transport you right into the pages of the magazine. All ticket holders will be emailed with a full schedule and the opportunity to book in to your preferred sessions before the day.
Psst! Leave your wallet at home – all sessions, food and drink are included in your ticket price
The beat of your own (Taiko) drum
Japanese drumming workshops with renowned composer Joji Hirota will be taking place in the Main Hall. It’s all about heart-thumping rhythm, thunderous sounds and explosive beats! Joji’s prolific career spans over 30 years and 16 albums, sculpting dynamic landscapes of rhythm and haunting melodies with the themes of nature and the beauty in every day life.
Strap on your dancing shoes, or sit back and enjoy the show! Flamenco dancer extraordinaire Danielle Allan of Flamenco Con Gusto will be leading three workshops, accompanied by live guitar music and singers. The dynamic workshops highlight the cultural roots of this vivid Spanish art form, from the flamboyant Rumbas Flamencas and Bulerías styles to an authentic Fiesta form.
Learn a foreign language at one of Babbel’s crash courses! Whether you want to get to grips with French, Italian, Spanish or German, you can join one of the 20-minute lessons hosted by our headline sponsor, Babbel.
Join a wellness session, tapping into the meditative and yogic traditions of Asia with the Himalayan Yoga Institute. During three intimate 30-minute classes over the course of the Festival day, expert teachers will work across a range of styles and disciplines and offer a whole host of yogic experiences that draw on the practise’s ancient roots and traditions. Their highly knowledgeable practitioners draw on more than two decades of experience with yoga practice.
Or pop into a workshop with award-winning author Dr Rachel Thomas as she discusses mindfulness for travellers. What happens when we see what we see as we travel, and how do we remember it? How and why can travel affect stress levels, and what are some coping strategies?
Life on the heel
Photographer Richard Taylor returns from assignment in Puglia, southern Italy, with an exhibition of travel photography at the Festival. This is the chance to meet and chat to the man himself, and get your hands dirty making fresh orecchiette pasta from the region! Take this Apulian delight away with you.
Learn a practical skill set (or show off your existing bushcraft prowess) with Woodland Ways, the authoritative voice in award-winning wilderness bushcraft and survival courses. During a series of outdoor sessions at the Festival, jettison modern materials and equipment and learn from the experts about working with nature to meet your needs in the wild.
Taekwondo experts from the UK Martial Arts and Fitness Academy will be performing demonstrations and teaching Festival-goers Korea’s fearsome (and beautiful) martial art at workshops throughout the day. Taekwondo is based upon the ancient martial heritage of Korean martial arts, spanning a period of almost 2000 years. Today, Taekwondo is practiced by 60 million people worldwide. Why not join the ranks?
Explore China with virtual-reality trips to Hangzhou, the dreamy lakeside destination eulogised by poets and favoured by holidaying emperors since the 9th Century. Stroll charismatic streets peppered with traditional gatehouses and pavilions, boat under arched bridges to misty islands, and enjoy vistas over green, pagoda-topped hills. Learn more about the province of Zhejiang, too, where Beijing’s Grand Canal tapers into the East China Sea.
All tickets are non-refundable. Once the full programme of events has been finalised you will receive an email with instructions on how to book on to individual sessions and talks taking place throughout the day. Your ticket includes access to all sessions and talks (subject to availability).