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World of Children
WOMAD prides itself on being one big family; people who came when they were kids grow up and bring their children and the circle continues. WOMAD is a wonderful place for little people to come and explore and play and have fun. The atmosphere is safe, welcoming and truly magical. And with kids 13 and under free, it makes it even easier to bring them along.
A special corner of WOMAD marked out just for kids, the World of Children is an oasis of fun, exploration and magic dedicated to playing and getting creative.
This year’s elemental theme is celebrating the power of Earth, Fire, Water and Air, encouraging kids to get arty and let their imaginations run wild as they create fantastic costumes, puppets, masks, flags and more for the famous finale procession around the whole festival site at 6pm on Sunday, where giant suns and shining phoenixes mix with steam punk dancing seahorses, shimmering fish and sparkling sea sprites.
WOMAD Weenies (for under-5’s) is a wonderful area of magical hands-on exploration for little ones with Groove Tots, Kora and a song or two along the way, or simply as a place to chill out and watch the festival go by…
A kaleidoscope of activity, young ones can get stuck into everything from rocking out in their own band, slacklining, den building with the Kaleidoscope Project, circus skills workshops and magical woodland walks with trapeze artists to Family Zumba at the Happening Tent and tree climbing at the Arboretum.
With an atmosphere that is safe, welcoming and truly enchanting, the World of Children can be anything you want it to be; curl up with a book in the storytelling tipi, learn how to play an instrument in the Music Caravan, dance, play, explore and be inspired!
Teens can come along, learn, jam and experience playing music together as a band at the Porthcawl Rock Club at Molly’s Bar, or hang out at the Mayflower Project where they can chill out with henna, hair braiding, craft up-cycling, music, circus and loads more.
A new addition to WOMAD 2017, Aveling Adventure will bring a whole new activity park to the festival with a climbing wall, boulder hut, Leap of Faith, cargo net climb, Jacob’s ladder and crate stacking challenges – fun, energetic and for all the family, this is perfect for the more adventurous festival-goers, young and old.
Kids can don their science goggles and lab coats as they get stuck into a world of discovery and adventure at the Physics Pavilion, which is back and bigger than ever for 2017 with the addition of The Lab, a brand-new tent totally dedicated to fun hands-on experiments. Expect whizz-bangs, whooshes and zooms as mini festival-goers explore, discover and get inspired with lively workshops, science and engineering challenges and talks about everything from the science of rock guitar to making a sunset in a tube to space balloons.
The mouth-watering Yalumba Taste The World stage offers yet more opportunities for kids to get involved, with cookery classes aplenty, including the opportunity to learn how to make vegan delights with Em Franklin, the chef from Forest Green Rovers FC, the world’s first vegan football club.
As part of spreading Ecotricity’s Green Britain message showcasing the changes we can all make to reduce our personal carbon emissions, and how food that we eat is a key part of that, Em will be hosting ‘Making Match-day Food’ workshops, presenting the delicious vegan food which is available at the club. These are a part of the Fit2Last community outreach programme that’s delivered by the club for primary schools, to inspire them to explore the world of vegan food.
Kids will also get to experience Manga Madness, with bestselling cartoonist and experienced comic art tutor James Parsons’s awesome manga workshop. The chance to learn some of the bascis of Japanese-style cartooning, create some amazing ‘chibi’ characters and experiment with art materials used by the professionals.