At WILDSIDE FESTIVAL there's so much room for activities!

So if you fancy doing something new whilst getting closer to nature then we think we'll have something for you! 



Get better connected with nature, relax and just feel a whole heap better with some outdoor yoga brought to you by Derbyshire's own Eva Cooper of FlowMotion studio.  These guys will be running a number of sessions throughout the day with something for everyone, kids and all. So it doesn't matter if you've never yoga'd before you'll soon learn how to downward dog, do the crow, pigeon, cobra and mountain pose. If you get too relaxed you can always lie back, close your eyes and soak up the positive vibes. 

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Creative Writing & Poetry

Sophie Sparham is an award winning performance poet and writer from Derby. Drop in on one of her Black Out Poetry workshops to pen your poem to wildlife.

Sophie will also be running two bookable workshops, one for grown ups, one for all ages, on personifying nature which are set to get your creative juices going wild.


Live Community Art

Local artist Alex Rubes will be leading on our Wilder Future campaign live community art workshop.

Drop in on Alex’s workshop to design your own piece of wild art, write your pledge for wildlife on it and stake it in the ground. By the end of the day we hope, together, to have created a unique mural that illustrates our collective desire to bring back our wildlife. Let’s aim for a Wilder Derbyshire and a Wilder Future, for everyone.

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WILD Drumming

Ever find yourself drumming the steering wheel when any rock anthem comes on the radio?

Fancy yourself a secret Keith Moon, Dave Grohl or Phil Collins? Then Wild Drumming may well be your natural workout!

24FitDerby offer up the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energising fun of playing the drums! We'll be swapping the drumsticks for nature's sticks and rocking out for wildlife!


Natural Willow Art

Local willow artist, Emma Parkins, has created all manner of willow masterpeices; from a big beautiful bees to a giant badger at Derby Hospital. She’ll be on hand to help you create your own wild willow wonders. Pay her a visit and weave your magic.

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Flower Crown Making

We’re so happy that Best Friends of the Festival and our neighbours, WELEDA, will be at Wildside this year. Just look out for their Nice Cream Van and explore their range of holistic natural cosmetics.

As well letting you know all about their own medicinal wildflower meadows that are alive with pollinators, they’ll help you create your very own Flower Crown so you can become a walking wildflower meadow yourself. Now that’s tapping into your wildside!


Roots Natural Fitness

Natural Fitness is a physical education system based on movements that are evolutionary: lifting, carrying, walking, running, climbing, jumping, crawling and, balancing. David has been a physical training instructor for 14 years. Working with a range audiences, including British troops, David’s natural movement practices prepares people both physically and mentally for their challenges.

Catch one of David’s sessions and you too will be working alongside one of the worlds best instructors…mother nature.

Natural Movement is for everyone of all ages and abilities 

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Macro Matt: Amazing insects & what they do for us.

Macro Matt is a National Geographic published photographer and educator. You may even have seen him on BBC Autumnwatch. Matt has a passion for the insects and often unloved of the natural world. Catch Matt and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Tim Birch on The Holt stage to learn about the amazing lives of insects, the role they play in keeping us all alive and how we can do our bit to help the bugs and the bees.

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Re-wilding Derbyshire: Pine martens, eagles and beavers back in our county & a healthier environment for everyone. Could it happen?

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s very own Tim Birch, a landowner with a wild vision and young conservationist, Will Wood, as we explore a #WilderFuture and a #WilderDerbyshire. We’ll bust the myths around re-wilding and showcase what a Derbyshire bursting with wildlife could really look like. There’s a role for all of us to play in making sure that everyone has access to wild places and that nature thrives once again.

Surfers Against Sewage: practical solutions to reducing your single use plastic. It’s not just about the oceans.

We’re very excited to welcome Neil Cutts from Surfers Against Sewage to Wildside Festival. As well as answering your questions, Neil & Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Tim Birch will showcase how plastic pollution is an issue much closer to home while providing solutions to help you cut down your plastic use. Let’s get drastic on plastic!

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Wildlife Crime in Derbyshire: The issues & How you can help.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Tim Birch will explore the challenges facing our wildlife with the Derbyshire Constabulary Wildlife Crime Team. From raptor persecution in the uplands, to hare coursing in the lowlands.

We can all act as the eyes and ears for our wildlife and you’ll learn what to do if you witness wildlife crime in Derbyshire.