Explore the festival
Come to the arboreal wonderland that is the Arboretum to relax, learn and explore.
Listen to debates on sustainability and enjoy beautiful music at the Ecotricity stage, discover and play instruments from around the world or head to Taste the World to watch your favourite performer cook food from their country, interwoven with stories and music.
Alternatively if you want to get pampered, take a stroll through the World of Wellbeing and choose from a range of treatments or take part in one of the daily yoga classes or singing groups.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Laughter Workshop: 11.30am
There is also the possibility of discovering your inner child by scaling one of the massive Turkey Oak trees.
The World of Words will expand your mind with host of activities. Join us there to see panel discussions, talks and masterclasses and the WOMAD Book Club. The library will be open every day, swing by and check out the Human Books and the Hip Yak Poetry Shack will be in full swing with spoken word shenanigans.
The Arboretum is the spiritual home of WOMAD, explore this section to rejuvenate, learn and grow.
In the Arboretum daily (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Sing Out with Elena: Sing for Fun
(Saturday and Sunday only), 10am-11am
Sing beautiful songs from around the globe in harmony with others. This workshop is open to everyone, and guarantees that you start your day with a smile on your face, and a warm heart. Elena has led singing in New Zealand and the UK, and currently lives in Ireland where she leads a world music choir. This is her 8th year at WOMAD. Start the day in harmony at this outdoor a capella session.
Outdoor Xylophones – Jamie Linwood
Jamie Linwood Xylophones are installing outdoor tuned percussion instruments that can be played throughout the festival. We will also run two workshops every morning in the Arboretum from Friday to Sunday:-
10am – 11am Jamie Linwood and Tim Williams will give a practical introduction to xylophones across Africa and Indonesia. They will guide you through every aspect of xylophone making through practical demonstrations: timber and resonator selection, tuning methods of bars and resonators, and frame construction techniques.
From 11am–12 noon Jamie and Tim are joined by percussionists George Panda (Out of Africa, Oily Cart Theatre Co.) Beau Stoker (South Sudanese rhythm specialist), Chris Moore (long term drummer/percussionist), to run a hands on workshop teaching interlocking log xylophone techniques from Central Africa.
Kora Workshop 10.30am-6pm
Come and try one of the world’s most amazing instruments. Hold and play these beautiful 21-string West African Harps. Popular free beginner workshops, booking advisable but you can just drop in.
Woodland Gamelan Workshops from 10.30am
The Woodland Gamelan, a collection of rustic musical instruments and canvas shelters intended to inspire music, dance and a bit of theatre in all of us. We are ideal for all ages and new this year will be our “Storyteller’s Bower”. Open 10.30am-6.30pm with ongoing instrument making demonstrations and performances throughout the day, check our notice board for times.