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Family-friendly festival, Wildwood Rumpus, near Haverhill has something for everyone




Full details of the line-up have been announced for The Wildwood Rumpus - the one day family festival held on Saturday, June 8 in the woodland glade at Horseheath Racecourse.

Now in its second year, the festival features music, entertainment and a literary programme with a real focus on nature, with woodland and eco-friendly arts and craft activities at its centre.

The line up includes the New Orleans style brass band - Brass Funkeys, plus local literary stars such as Helen Moss and Gillian McClure.

The Wildwood Rumpus at Horseheath Racecourse. Picture by Martin Bond
The Wildwood Rumpus at Horseheath Racecourse. Picture by Martin Bond

Eco-activities will include, mask making, tree climbing, bushcraft, and a woodland trail. A forest feast will be provided by the region’s leading street food providers.

“We have been sure to keep the main elements from last year that everyone loved,” said Vicky Fenton, one of the founders of the festival.

"This year we have made more of the woodland site, creating lots of areas dotted around the woods for the children to discover.

"The bushcraft area will be larger this year, the Wildlings Craft School will help children create masks and a dragon model for a procession through the woods and the wonderful Flying Seagull project will teach circus skills again, whilst this Fairyland trust will work with children to create fairy crowns.

"We have a full line up on the stage from the beginning, loads of great bands and musicians, plus the Brass Funkeys will not only perform but also offer a music workshop.

Family fun is a key part of Wildwood Rumpus. Picture by Martin Bond
Family fun is a key part of Wildwood Rumpus. Picture by Martin Bond

"We have worked with Heffers to create a varied and interactive literary programme this year with a storytellers, authors and theatre," said Alex Ruczaj, marketing director for My Little Festival, the organisers of the event.

"Cambridge has a wealth of hugely talented and successful authors who are all really supportive of this event.

"Families will be treated to some amazing story-telling as well as drawing and illustration workshops, a puppet show and magical theatre show.

"Heffers will be there with a mini bookshop too and the children’s favourites from last year -giant cats Fitz and Will – will be back to lead the children to the story telling area once more!"

The day runs from 11am to 10pm and there is free parking on site. Camping tickets, including organised campfire songs and marshmallow toasting are also available, but in limited numbers.

Tier two tickets are now on sale (two adults and two children) at £70. For more information and tickets visit www.thewildwoodrumpus.com

Music Line Up

· Bubble Disco – dance in the sun to your favourite teeny-bop hits with the kids, and dodge the bubbles!

· Alley Cats – Funky jazz Disney hits

· Gavin Chapel Bates – the best of pop from a variety of eras

· Brass Funkeys Workshop – 1 hour workshop – get funky with the best in the biz!

· The Brass Funkeys - An 8-piece London-based Brass band who draw on traditions of New Orleans. They have played at major festivals such as Glasto and Wilderness – an energetic and infectious show – foot stomping is a must!

· Fruity Clavé - Let’s get grooving with the Samba Band – a spicy percussion ensemble performing music that has roots in Brazil but drawing influence from all around the world. Listen to stomping Brazilian rhythms fused with modern British percussion, and follow them in through the woodlands with the creating a sunny carnival atmosphere!

· Release the Chimps – funk, soul and more

· The Early Night Club –The longstanding club night has been keeping parents happy and dancing for almost ten tears. Popping up at the festival for the final hour and a half, to end on a high. One parent take the kids, one dance? We’re not saying which! Or let the kids join in for once?

Heffers’ Literary Programme

Come to the literary tent for stories, readings, poetry and workshops, including:

· Nod the Fox Theatre group retell the Princess and the Pea in a magical way, be prepared to be enchanted!

· Chip Colquhoun – story teller extraordinaire see him in our Bedouin tent and also find him in the storytelling circle in the woods.

· Sarah Finnan - author of Erik the Lone Wolf. Join her for a workshop and reading from Erik the Lone Wolf. Sarah is an award-winning illustrator and was a real hit last year, with her storytelling style and art activities.

· Katherine Mann and Laura Robson Brown, are the creators of Will and Fitz, the Cambridge Cats. Laura will read from the books – and look out for those giant cats in the woods – you don’t want to miss them!

· Helen Moss – Helen is an award-winning author of the well-known Adventure Island series and will read from The Phoenix Code - the first of her popular archeologically-themed Secrets of the Tombs series. Helen will run a craft activity making decorated scarab beetles with coded messages in hieroglyphs.

· Gillian McClure- Gillian McClure has had over 25 books published, has been highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and won the US Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Books. Gillian loves inspiring children with her stories and gives fun, hands-on workshops with puppet characters in schools and libraries. She will read from 'The Little White Sprite' and the Mouse in the House.

· Birgitta Sif –Birgitta Sif was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and lived in and around Scandinavia and America while growing up. A graduate of the Children's Book Illustration MA course in Cambridge, her debut picture book, Oliver, won the Icelandic Dimmalimm Prize and was endorsed by Amnesty. She will read from the charming Tall Man Small Mouse and will run a drawing workshop.

· Dave Barrow- David won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s book illustration at his degree show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Dave will read from Have You Seen Elephant and will run a drawing workshop around creating characters (specifically elephants!).

Eco Friendly Activities/Arts & Crafts

· W.I.L.D (wildlore.co.uk)– W.I.L.D. runs courses in bushcraft, survival and traditional woodland skills. They will lead trails through the woods, fire building workshops, den building and more.

· Wildings Craft School – Come and make masks and build a giant dragon with this wonderful craft school.

· The Fairyland Trust – Can you spot the fairy doors in the tree trunks and follow the fairy trail through the woods to the fairy crown making area. The Trust is a registered charity- raising funds to create new wildflower meadows.

· Wildly Curious – Campfire songs and marshmallow toasting for the campers.

· Big Tree Climbing - Book in for half an hour of supervised climbing in one of our beautiful trees with the experts that work across the UK with the National Trust and leading family festivals. This activity costs extra due to the specialist nature of the activity.

Entertainment & Workshops

· Woodland Procession – go wild in the woods as the Wildlings Craft school lead a procession of craziness through the trees in the afternoon and entertain around the site.

· The Flying Seagull Project - Charity Partner - The Flying Seagull Project are a charity that work with widely varying groups in several countries to help bring smiles and happiness to people, whether as Clown Doctors for children undergoing difficult medical treatments or through arts, music and crafts workshops. They work extensively in refugee camps. Double the fun, the super Seagull double act will put on a hilarious show, with giggles, gasps and games galore! They will also run a charity face paint stall – for a donation, get glittered up!

· Nature Trail with a Giant Lady Bird! – Access, trained clown and comedian – Amanda Kelleher will run this fabulous session that will involve much romping through the woods, hilarity and roaring!

· Find the Mad Hatters Tea Party – Climb through the woods and happen upon the madhatters tea party – for a photo opp!

Food & Bars

Fired Up Pizza

Steak and Honour

The Mac Daddy

Pig Cassos

The Rural Coffee Project

The Norfolk Cabin

Jack’s Gelato

The Churros Bar

The Spirited Mare - serving cocktails, Bloody Marys and Speedy Prosecco on tap.

Wylde Skye Bar – craft beer and more



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