ACTIVITIES, Workshops & TALKS
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 Wendy from Derbyshire's own FlowMotion studio. Wendy 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.
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.
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!
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!
A giant metal Whale which swallows audiences whole, to enjoy a charming, playful and submersive theatre experience inside. Performed by a solo actor, for one person at a time, or small family groups.
Creative Writing with Sian Towers
Sian Towers is an award winning writer, and poet from Derbyshire and we’re thrilled to welcome her to Wildside Festival.
Sian will be running drop in sessions throughout the day helping you get your creative and wild juices flowing amongst the pens, paper and famous natural literature. These sessions are suitable for all ages and your creation could even land you a regional award!
Sian will also be running two, 1 hour creative workshops. One for grown ups, one for the young ‘uns. These Sky Dancing Wild Write workshops will focus on personifying the plight of the Hen Harrier. Spaces are limited and you can book your place on the day.
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
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!
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.
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.Come along to learn more about this movement, why it exists, where it is going and perhaps how you can join its momentum.