WrabFest prides itself on being a very family friendly event. We try to cater to your Children’s needs throughout the day between 11 am and around 17.30 pm.
To that end we provide many FREE activities for Children including, fete games, face-painting, crafts, demonstrations, puppet shows and loads of other activities to keep your little ones amused all day.
The centerpiece for Children is the Free activity tent, dotted around this are various other stands and activities.
WrabFest also hire entertainers for to perform shows that will amaze, enthrall and entertain both you and your Children -magic shows and punch and Judy puppet theater throughout the day. Most of the entertainment on offer is included within your admission ticket, however there also a number of other attractions we have invited to WrabFest but these will incur charges. These are situated around the Children’s Activity Tent, Bouncy castles, interactive activities from woodland crafts to bug hunts.
Please note: WrabFest is not operating a creche and we can not take any responsibility for your Children, that’s your job, so please don’t drop off the little ones and head off to the bar, however tempting! Thanks .
Alternative Border Morris Dance Group. Based in Castle Hedingham.
WrabFest is very excited and pleased to welcome back Kings Falconry. Not only do their birds of prey provide a awe inspiring display of their flying and hunting skills, but you will also be able to get up close to the birds on their perches and learn all about
these magnificent birds.
Professor Phillips award winning Punch and Judy show has been seen at Gala Fetes and birthday parties throughout the country and is asked to perform regularly at Southend Grand Puppet Festival, on the longest pier in the world. Basingstoke Punch and Judy festival is another regular booking and Professor Phillips also appears at the Royal Norfolk Show, and in Covent Garden where Mr. Punch was first seen in Britain, in 1662. His show is appearing at WrabFest 2019 in the arena area, don’t miss this traditional
entertainment at ?? o’clock
Inside the Children’s activity tent you will find a huge amount of free activities including arts and crafts.
We will have seashell windchimes
And new this year we are having a festival pamper area for kids…braiding, nail painting, glitter tattoos and a festival flower crowns which they can make in the craft area.
Along with the usual soft play, sand pit and maybe a water filled paddling pool for the rafts which they can make in the craft area…
Expert Puppet Master Philip Dann presents Hand puppets, Rod Puppets and stringed Marionettes. The shows are lively and colourful, with beautifully designed puppets and a witty use of music and caricature.The show is suitable for adults or for mixed family audiences.
Free Style is we chuck some Space Hoppers, giant inflatable balls, and other play stuff into the Arena. Everyone is invited to have a go, it’s great fun to take part, even more fun to watch an adult, trying to tame the orange beast known as the Space Hopper!
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Don’t worry we are not asking horses to perform on the parallel bars, but we do have children performing gymnastics on and off their ponies, it’s an amazing thing to watch the tiny people balancing on animals while trotting around the arena.
Anita Belli: The Big Write
Drop in collaborative writing workshops for families and young people
Do you love telling tales, making up stories, and sharing them?
Have you ever written a poem, a story or a song lyric?
Using games and creative prompts, these drop-in sessions will introduce you to exciting ways to kickstart your writing. You can add a line to a collective poem, write your own response to a theme, play story building games and participate in word sprints. We all have a story in us. What’s yours?
(No qualifications or experience are needed. Suitable for all ages and abilities.)
Anita Belliwrites Historical Women’s Fiction and is a Creative Writing Tutor and Publisher. She works with schools, universities, libraries and local communities to encourage more people to tell their own stories. She is currently working in schools across Essex and in London libraries to urge writers and non-writers to nurture their writing skills, value their stories and publish their work.
New for this year we are having a festival pamper area for kids…braiding, nail painting, glitter tattoos
We have booked Jo Cooper, local face painter from painted and polished https://www.facebook.com/facepaintercolchester/
Silver Birch Holistic Therapies will be providing some Story Massage sessions in the children’s area. Story massage uses 10 easy to follow massage strokes such as the circle or the sprinkle alongside spoken words to tell a story. The strokes are used on the shoulders, back, arms and head, there is no need for oil and the children do not remove any clothes. The children are always asked whether they would like a story massage and thanked at the end of the story. If you would like to find out more check out the story massage website at http://www.storymassage.co.uk
Story Massage can be shared as a child to child or parent to child activity. There will be a session for parents with babies or toddlers and one for older children, working with another child or their parent. Once I have told some stories, everyone will get a chance to make up their own very simple story using massage symbol stickers and blank story sheets.
Dr. Tim Gardiner is a children’s author, ecologist, editor, and poet from Manningtree. His first collection of haiku poems, On the Edge, was published in 2017. Tim’s debut children’s book, The Voyage of the Queen Bee, was published by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2016, with the sequel, The Pin Mill Pirates, released in 2018.”
This is his suggested schedule
1pm: bumblebee bingo
2pm: cricket safari
3pm: bumblebee bingo
4pm: cricket safari
5pm: bumblebee bingo