How much entertainment and activity can we fit into one gorgeous field in the depths of beautiful Devon? We can promise you things that will challenge you, entertain you, make you question things and make you smile wider than ever before! From ventriloquists to stilt walkers, jugglers to comedians, fire eaters to storytellers and workshops including archery, fencing, engineering, crafts, hula hooping, dance workshops, ceilidhs, laughter yoga and lots more…there really will be something for everyone, whatever age you are feeling that day! We want you to be enthralled by the colour and magic, amazed by the spectacle, learn something new or simply be entranced by the words and actions of those around you. Maybe you will be introduced to something you have never seen before, encouraged to take part in something you have never done before or maybe you will be inspired to create something you would never dreamed of creating. So don that glitter, paint on that rainbow and come and have a great deal of fun!
Most of our workshops are free on site all weekend but some may ask for donations or a small charge. Please note all small children must be accompanied by an adult to activities.
Inflatables on site – these do carry a small charge per go but we offer an “unlimited wristband” which allows them to be used as many times as you want (you may have to re queue after your go of course!) These wristbands can be pre bought online at £7.00 per day or £10 for Friday and Saturday and we will send them out with your tickets, or they can be purchased on site as you arrive. Look out for the crew selling inflatable wristbands!
Here’s what has been announced so far – more to be added!
BASIL BRUSH – Saturday 7th July
Living in a world of dreams and fantasy, we thought it would be most appropriate to welcome our childhood hero Mr BASIL BRUSH into our wonderful world of sparkle. BASIL will be be gracing us with his foxy charm to those of you at Glas-Denbury for a full show & post show meet and greet! Basil has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show on BBC TV has been seen by millions of viewers all over the globe from 1968 through to today. The show was BAFTA nominated and voted best comedy show on TV! With an ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile.
So remember to bring your sparkle and sequins, as we believe Mr Brush is going to need some FESTIVAL-ING UP!?
Steve Hewlett – Saturday 7th July
Steve Hewlett is a Young New Innovator in the World of Comedy Ventriloquism. In 2013 Steve Impressed millions of people & the Britain’s Got Talent Judges with his hilarious Simon Cowell & Sinitta Dummies in Season 7 and in 2015 Steve took Ventriloquism back on BBC Radio 2 where he gave Chris Evans a few lessons live on air! Steve appeared on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 as a Special Guest reading out the T’s & C’s (Terms & Conditions) and toured the UK with Saxophone sensation Kenny G at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birminghams Symphony Hall & London’s Royal Albert Hall. Steve has just returned from working at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, USA for the 25th Anniversary Christmas Spectacular after a successful run in 2016 touring America & the UK with the same show.
Spark, the Goblin Wizard – Saturday 7th July Entertainment Tent
For children 5+ and their families. Spark’s magic rhymes can turn anything into anything. He’ll turn the bogeys up his nose into some pink ribbons and bows. He’ll make a gorgeous high heeled shoe out of a pile of donkey poo…However, something terrible begins to happen in the enchanted forest. Here be wasps, were wolves and wily wickedness! Maybe not even Spark’s spells will be enough to stop a strange new power threatening the woods and everyone in them…With lyrics, laughs and lots of joining in, poet Dommy B needs your help to save the day!
Dommy B has won Saboteur’s award for Best Spoken Word Artist, New York’s famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK Superheroes of Slam. This show follows his sell out tour of 2017’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf. He has performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket. He is the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence. He writes theatrical poetry for people of all ages.
The Disco Baby
The Disco Baby is the crazy offspring of the infamous DJ Thyroid. It could literally pop up anywhere on site! Be prepared to boogie your disco shoes off!
Have you met Dreckly the Dragon? He is a huge colourful dragon who loves meeting everyone! He is a cheeky chappie who gives his keepers a run for their money and given half a chance he would be dancing in the Silent disco – in fact watch out as you may just catch him in there! His home on site will be the dragons lair, a secret area where you can go and meet him and find out what dragons have in their homes! Higher Beings also bring with them a myriad of colourful stilt walkers, walkabout artists and poi dancers.
Prepare to be amazed!
The simply astonishing Lavrak return once more with their beautiful stilt fairies, contortionists and aerial acrobats. The female-led alternative circus company is a Bristol based company, with the aspiration to involve everyone in the bonkers world of circus. Founded by Amy Nicholls and Nicole Pretlove, Lavrak is a contemporary circus company, incorporating dance, theatre, live music and circus in our sell out shows across the UK. Their fireshows at Glas-Denbury thrill and amaze everyone each year and we cannot wait to see them all again. Magical, mysterious and astonishing – don’t miss them!
Jungle Jim and his wild and whacky friends!
This year Jungle Jim will be found on site with his sidekick Duzel – meeting an greeting everyone and maybe having a little boogie with you all! On site as well will be Pee Wee the Elephant and a host of wild and whacky characters for you to meet!
Get ready for a Rumble in the Jungle!
Torbay Owls – Saturday 7th July
Glas-Denbury is full of surprises and none better than coming across beautiful owls and birds of prey, much loved and cared for by the members of Torbay Owls. Get up close to the birds and spend some time learning about them.
Fall in love with these beautful creatures! .
Captain Blackheart O’Brixham
A Pirate o’ Disrepute, I returned to England from ‘ee Carribean on ‘ee ‘King’s Pardon’ and settled in Brixham………..but pickin’s be good ‘ere too. Cpt’n Blackheart and his wife Bertha can be found in their magical pirates cave surrounded by treasures, ready to tell you their tales of the high seas!
Curious Oddities presents ‘The Travelling Curiosity Cart”
Keep your eyes open as you walk around Glas-Denbury for a magical and enchanted pull along vehicle containing many puppets, creatures and other amazing enchanted surprises. A really fun interactive spectacle for all ages! https://curiousoddities.carbonmade.com/
The Oakwood Folk
On site Friday 6th July to welcome you into the festival! Meet the Wood Grimbles, the first of the Oakwood Folk to be brought to life. The Grimble Family (Oakley, Ivy and baby Bramble) are on holiday in the human world. Carrying their homes on their backs this delightful little family love wandering around gossiping and making new friends. Occasionally the Grimble’s will be joined by Digby a shy mud elf. This cheeky little fellow may only be one foot tall but he’s full of character and a big hit with younger children who love giving him a cuddle. Watch out though Digby, Oakley knows you’ve been pinching the carrots from his garden. You’ll never forget the first time you meet the happy folk of Oakwood Forrest. https://oakwoodfolk.wordpress.com/
Do you want to feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in? Bodykind, the world’s first ever festival of body acceptance, will be on site at Glas-Denbury this year. They will be teaching us how to honour life in it’s various forms, rather than comparing oneself or anyone else to an external concept of beauty. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with such a likeminded, positive team of people.
“If you’d wandered into Totnes on a sunny weekend in October last year, you may have happened upon a bearded woman, a rainbow-haired unicorn-loving warrior, a naked stand up, wrinkle-painting, the School of Strut, a one-legged existentialist beat poet, curvesome yoga, a bathroom scales amnesty… Bodykind festival 2017 was the world’s first ever festival of Body Acceptance. This was just the beginning. This grassroots, non-profit initiative is about honouring life in its various forms, rather than comparing oneself or anyone else to an external concept of beauty. Here is something for everyone, we’re looking at size, shape, age, colour, gender, sexuality and disability, and the societal pressures at work which suggest we’re not OK… we’re not worthy, or valued, or good enough exactly as we are. Bodykind is delighted to be invited to GlasDenbury; there will be fun, there will be activism and there will be art. Come and join the revolution, help to address the specific marginalisation of certain bodies, and look at how we can all feel more comfortable in the skin we’re in” www.bodykindfestival.com
Cotton Mill Ceilidh – Saturday 7th July
It’s Ceilidh time! Come and join in with your friends and family and learn to Ceilidh – you will love it! For all ages, the Cotton Mill Cielidh callers will lead you carefully through the dance moves with the band performing lively jigs and reels on fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin and percussion. Their backgrounds are in American and Irish traditional music, Bluegrass and Jazz improvisation, create an exciting and original sound. Saturday afternoon, the Entertainment tent will be alive to the sound of a barn dance – lets see how many people we can get taking part in one big dance!
Dad Dancing Fitness™
Do you recognise the dance moves “Lawnmower, Running Man, Torch of Triumph”? Do you consider yourself to be a “Dad Dancer” ?
Well hold onto your glittery lycra dance wear – Glas-Denbury is bringing Dad Dancing to you! Whether a seasoned veteran or a newbie – this is where you hone your skills are this wonderous art!
Sessions run; Friday 6th July 7.45pm in the Disco Dome, Saturday 7th July 1.30pm in the Disco Dome and 8.30pm at the Garden Stage
Each September ‘The Official World Dad Dancing Championship’ is held in South Devon. This year Glas-Denbury is thrilled to be able to offer you all the chance to hone your Dad Dancing skills as a new and exciting fitness programme is being launched at Glas-Denbury, based on the timeless urge to dad dance; this fitness programme is aimed at men who may feel the need to exercise a bit more but do not like going to the gym or traditional fitness classes. Dad Dancing Fitness™ is for them! They will be giving you GlasDenbury folk the opportunity to lay down your pride and get up and boogie – everyone is welcome to join in but especially the dads. The current World Champion, Conrad Gillespie Esq., will be in attendance to illustrate his winning moves, as will two fitness instructors who will encourage you all to groove! Come and show us your Dad Dancing Disco moves! www.dangerousdads.org.uk www.daddancing.com
Golden Lotus Archery & Fencing
Amongst the beauty of nature, with a well crafted bow in your hand, deeply focused upon your target – something truely timeless, deep and eternal always flows through. And as you realease your arrow, cutting through the air, there is the exquiste sensation as your shot strikes home, deeply embedded in it’s destiny. Archery is an ancient artform of elegant power and grace. Engaging both the mind and body, it can be equally exhilarating, or a tranquil meditation. Golden Lotus aim to share their love of the bow as much as they can, at any event or occasion, and to create the most pleasurable experence of archery. Their focus is upon natural, intuitive teaching, & tapping into the internal knowledge and skill that lies within all of us. For many thousands of years archery has been used for survival, sport and spirituality, and contains all these aspects within a unique and profund practice.
Who doesn’t love playing swords? Experience the elegant and exhilarating noble art of sword fencing, – duel your friends or fence the family… Fencing is naturally instinctive and can be picked-up quickly, making the thrill of sword play instantly accessible and easily engaging. Golden Lotus offer this to all ages and so it is something a whole family can do together. Only light weight professional fencing foils are used, along with regulation full protective head masks with one-to-one instruction and guidance under constant supervision from trained and experienced instructors.
Curious Oddities presents Fantastical Workshops’
Tom Ellis of Curious Oddities is a creator of weird and wonderful creatures and mythical sets formed from his surreal and bizarre imagination. He works with a range of materials on varied projects, including Creature Design, Puppeteering, Prop Making and Set Design. All his work has a strong influence from the Victorian period with its roots in the quirky and darker side of life! He constantly draw inspiration from various ancient myths and stories and is a massive fan of the Brother’s Grimm! He will be bringing a treasure chest full of fantastical materials to Glas-Denbury, including fur, jewellery, paints, natural foraged items and interesting fabrics. Just choose a creature, decorate it, name it, give it a home and create a mythical story! Or maybe make a fantastical mask?
Suitable for all ages and abilities – what will yours look like? FREE workshops running Friday 5pm and Saturday 9am, 1pm and 4.30pm. https://curiousoddities.carbonmade.com/
Animate the Earth – Stop Motion
Holly will be bringing her Stop Motion workshop to Glas-Denbury – Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. So bring a ton of imagination and create your own world of stop motion!
Seadream Education / Whale Workshops – Ocean Discovery Zone
Seadream Education return to Glas-Denbury this year, accompanied this time by “Whale Workshops” to host a “Ocean Discovery Zone”. Their pavilion will host enthusiastic science educators delivering free interactive activities for accompanied children. They will exhibit awesome life size marine mammal models and provide accurate, scientific information in a way that is easy to comprehend. Their mission is to instil respect and awe for the world around us as well as raising awareness of issues such as marine plastics, ocean acidification and sustainable fishing. Seadream Education CIC is a non-profit Community Interest Company set up by marine biologist Dr Juliette Jackson to deliver exciting science and engineering to instil passion, awe, knowledge, understanding and respect for the world around us. http://www.seadreameducation.com/
Glas-Denbury is thrilled to be welcoming back The Knitting Tent! Head inside to find a wonderland of rainbow wool and thread to knit and crochet with. If you have never mastered this art then the girls will be there to teach you – try your hand at making the rainbow crochet cushion or take part in the other rainbow themed activities in the knitting tent! Lots of woolly rainbow stuff to make! You will find us lounging back, needles in hand, conjuring up some rainbow glory!
Just Sewn Stories Festival Flags Workshop
Spend time creating with textile enthusiast Sarah from Just Sewn Stories. Using simple hand stitching techniques along with eco-friendly hand sewing machines, these workshops will provide you with the opportunity to design a wonderful flag for the festival parade. Rummage through tubs of colourful fabric remnants, embroider with words and images, embellish with buttons and ribbons and enjoy making your unique creation. These free drop-in workshops are suitable for all ages (younger children accompanied by parent/carer) and will be running on Friday evening 5-7pm and Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. No previous sewing experience required – just bring along your imagination and enthusiasm! www.justsewnstories.co.uk
Slingswing! Dance classes for Parents/Carers with babies in slings.
We are thrilled that this year Sling Swing Torbay is joining us to offer these fun movement classes for mums and dads with their little ones in slings and baby carriers. Sling Swing is an exciting gentle movement and dance class for mums and dads or carers with their babies and toddlers in soft structured slings and baby carriers or wraps. Musical styles include pop, hip hop, Charleston, Cha Cha, Salsa, Meringue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Swing, Disco, Musical theatre, Ballroom and more. Participants are encouraged to wear their little ones in high quality slings and carriers and spares are always available for people wanting to try one out. All Sling Swing teachers have completed thorough training with Sling Swing before they commence teaching and are either qualified Babywearing consultants or have completed a Babywearing Peer Support course. The aim of the classes is to have fun in a friendly, musical environment and to really bond with your baby!. Come along and have a boogie!! For more info on these classes check out https://slingswing.co.uk/find-class/torbayteignbridge/
Spare slings and carriers will always be available for any moms and dads who don’t have one but would like to try the class and we will be able to point you in the right direction if you would like to purchase your own sling.
“This was our first family festival, and we had such a brilliant time. There was so much to do for adults and kids (ours are aged 2 & 5), great choice of food, and good camping – loads of space in the family field. In fact, I was v impressed by how uncrowded the whole festival & camping was – ie, there were clearly lots of people, and the atmosphere was great, but there was no cramming in, meaning that kids could leave your side a little and not get out of sight. Staff great too, and the whole thing was exactly as promised – felt very safe & welcoming. Will def be back in 2018!” Stef Fox Adcock 2017
“My first festival at 30 something and my little girls first at 3, along with other half (a regular festival going) we all absolutely loved it. Really well organised, staff all fantastic, so much going on keeping us busy all day. The range of activities, music and food suited everyone. Atmosphere was great and we will definitely be coming back!” Kerry Gorman 2017
“It was our fourth year at Glas-Denbury and it didn’t disappoint the kids love all the activities, crafts, circus and bouncy castle etc. Mr B was a musical highlight and it’s just a great experience for young and old. Can’t wait for next year! Thanks to all involved!” David Keefe 2017