There are absolutely tons of free workshops and activities on site: almost all our Fashion Foundation, Idler Academy, Lark’s Haven, Pulse and Wildlings Wood workshops are totally free and drop-in, on a first come first serve basis. Here are just a few of our favourites, but you can browse all our workshops here (sort by “FREE”).
But first… Missed out on a ticketed workshop?
It’s not too late! We’ve held back 40% of all ticketed workshops and great outdoors activities for sale on site, and there are instructions on how to do that below. Wondering why we ticket some of our workshops? It came from public demand: free workshops were often oversubscribed and half-full.
Caught by the River
Drop in any time between 11:00 and 18:00.
Sign up in advance at the Idler Academy.
Book tickets at the Makers’ Tent Reception. Arrive from 10:00 to book tickets for that day.
Book tickets at the Makers’ Tent Reception area. Arrive from 10:00 to book tickets for that day.
Tiddy Tent Arvon Workshops
Book tickets at the Makers’ Tent Reception – meet at the Tiddy Tent on the day.
Book tickets at the Makers’ Tent Reception – meet at the Survival Wisdom camp.
Book massages, aerial yoga and SUP yoga at their reception.
Drop-ins and freebies – a few favourites…
Wild Food School, for families & kids
This year we’ll be joined by the Cornwall-based Family Foraging Kitchen, who will run their Wild School for children and families running throughout the festival weekend. There will be workshops in foraging, wild cookery, natural medicine, nature crafting and mindfulness in nature. They’ll also be showcasing their gloriously eccentric Hedgerow Trolls & Trees session, featuring some fantastical storytelling creatures. Read more here.
Frida Kahlo Flower Crown Workshop
Creative duo Becca and Maz of Garden Gate Flower Co will be in the Fashion Foundation area, showing us how to make Flamenco-style headdresses inspired by Frida Kahlo, using the best of their Mexican flowers. Channel a bit of Frida’s confidence before heading off into the festival with some Latin style to floral up your outfit. Read more. Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.
Bounty Trips on the Tiddy
Conrad will take festivalgoers out on the river Tiddy on the 23-foot open boat, Bounty’s End, that featured in the hit Channel 4 series Mutiny. Totally free and it’ll be going out every day – you’ll just need to sign up at the Maker’s tent from 10am on the day you wish to go. Find out more and see the schedule here.
ALL sorts OF YOGA
Alex Box Playdate Workshop
Join Alex in a free-form makeup workshop where grown-ups let the children create their faces. This expressive and fun workshop is for children and adults to enjoy the transformative power of make-up using glitter, paint, pigment and colour. It’s free and drop-in, first-come-first serve. Read more here.
A Midsummer Wassail
The wassail is an ancient activity, its aim to ward off evil spirits from a fruit bearing tree or one of symbolic significance.It’s a wild rumpus, and completely inclusive. Free of charge, it’ll take place on Saturday, with no need to sign up beforehand. The chosen tree will be ‘named’ after the first name of the youngest member of the congregation, and the surname of the eldest. All in-between will have the chance to become the wassail king or queen, chosen by means of whoever finds the token in their apple cake. Find out more here.
Guided star-gazing, with Dartmoor Skies
Dartmoor Skies set up their telescopes on the banks of the Tiddy and give you a front-row view of planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae. Form an orderly queue and prepare your questions. On Friday night they’ll be holding a special free event in honour of the Lunar Eclipse. Read more.
MAKE YOUR OWN ZOMBIE MOVIE (for kids)
Join the undead with movie experts from the British Film Institute. You’ll be given an intro to acting in front of the camera; get to have a go at some gloriously gory SFX make-up effects; and learn the more nuanced skills of scriptwriting and directing. Before long you’ll be making your very own zombie film masterpiece! Read more here.
idler Psychotherapy Workshop with Mark Vernon
In two enlightening and useful psychotherapy walks, Mark Vernon will help you consider how psychotherapy, one of the great innovations of our times, can help us to understand our inner lives and the life we share with nature, the cosmos and others. You’ll consider how Freud let the cat out of the bag, how Jung plunged to the depths, how Klein taught us to play, and how Winnicott highlighted the true self. Read more.
LEARN THE Flamenco DANCE
This dance workshop invites you to explore the world of flamenco inspired by the life of singer and dancer Lola Flores (1923-1995) from the city of Jerez in South-Eastern Spain. Led by Sarai Garcia, learn to dance, clap and enter into the Gypsy world of authentic flamenco from its cradle at Jerez de la Frontera.
‘Green Prescription’ with Teri Hatcher
Hollywood legend, the actress Teri Hatcher, will be conducting a talk on the “green prescription” and the skills she has gained from her experiences with the Survival Wisdom team. Teri will be reflecting on how survival psychology has helped her to hone her thinking skills, control her feelings, and focus solely on the issues that we have the capacity to do something about. This is free and drop-in, but we expect it to be busy so please arrive early to get your spot!
The wonderful VOGUE-CHI dance workshop is a movement practice incorporating the principles of Tai-Chi and Vogueing to fabulous effect. This self affirming dance workshop celebrates unconventional beauty, encouraging its participants to explore new versions of themselves through dance. Open to all ages and abilities! Free and drop-in, Sunday at 3pm in the Cinematheque.
YOUTH’s painting workshop on the Idler LAWN
Youth has been there, seen it and done it. He can go from the giddy heights of producing albums by the biggest superstars on the planet – from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd on down to the deepest and weirdest underground dance scenes in dark basements and far flung corners of the planet. As well as all these musical activities, he writes and paints constantly, with an art show opening in June, and his recent Anarchist Colouring Book a cult classic. Join Youth for a painting workshop on the Idler Lawn.
AUGMENTED REALITY IN THE ROUND-ROOM
This might be the best thing ever to grace our Round Room… get ready for a new pioneering Augmented Reality piece from Scott Fletcher which will bring Robert Lenkiewicz’s mural alive! This is a one-off and is sure to be busy, so head to the Round Room sharpish when you arrive to put your name down.