Wychwood Festival Announces Family Programme for 2017

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The family festival reveals a huge programme of workshops & activities for all the family including Yoga, Musical Theatre and Open Mic Sessions Also joining the line up are Aswad, The Dhol Foundation, SHYLO, Fawner and more

Over the past 12 years Wychwood Festival has cemented itself as one of the country's favourite family friendly weekends. Welcoming all generations, the festival curates a packed programme year on year with timeless greats, upcoming music, literature, comedy, children's entertainment, food and drink and more.

Wychwood this year aims to bring out the creative side of family life by running a selection of amazing workshops. Festival goers will have the chance to glamorise their wellies during a Pimp My Hat and Wellies session or transform an old LP into a brilliant festival souvenir with Groovvy Records. Salix Arts will also be on hand to show families how to weave willow and other techniques during their Willow Workshop. 
Those looking to get a little bit physical will be able to join in with dance work shops including Belly Dancing, Swing Dance and the 80's favourite Shim Sham Dance. 

BBC 6 Music's resident poet Murray Lachlan Young will provide an enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem in a ground-breaking show with his Modern Cautionary Tales for Children, whilst Professor Elemental will be running an interactive Rap Workshop for every age and ability.  

The question How Can Autistic People Help You? will be explored with fun sessions explaining how the condition has already benefitted the world, alongside this Cheltenham Poetry Festival bring along singer song writer Chris Hemingway to lead a lyric writing workshop in which festival goers will explore ways of using narrative, character and even a little humour to craft punchy lyrics.

For the musical minded Ukulele lessons for all abilities will take place at the festival, not to mention Come and Sing workshops for adults and Open Mic Session. The little ones will also have the chance to explore languages through music, puppets and parachutes with the help of Multilingual, Multisensory Music Session . 

Wychwood have also announced new names joining it's stages, including reggae legends Aswad, north-indian drumming ensemble The Dhol Foundation, indie band The Rah's, Cheltenham's own Fawner as well as SHYLO, Jazzy Heath, Pierce Jenkins, Indigo Haze, Duncan Reid & The Bigheads, LEAH, Light Blue plus many more. 

The family programme and literature line up join an already amazing musical offering with The Buzzcocks, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark and The Levellers all set to headline. Revellers can also expect performances from Billy Brag, The Stypes, Thrill Collins, Beans on Toast, CBeebies superstar Katy Ashworth plus new comers InHeaven, Cabbage, Flamingods, Big Boy Bloater and more. 

Published on 04 May 2017 by Ben Robinson

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