Wealden has something for people of all ages and is proud to be a family-friendly festival with entrance for children aged 13 and under being free.

Our fun-filled programme of talks, events and activities hand-picked for children will include:

  • Talks and readings from leading children’s authors and illustrators
  • Interactive outdoor activities providing playful encounters with the natural world
  • Den-building, bushcraft and foraging
  • Art classes using natural materials
  • Storytelling
Jul
15
Sat
Lucy Strange – The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

1919. Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother. Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books. Nobody much notices when she wanders into the woods at the bottom of the garden and meets Moth, a striking witch-like woman. Together they form a bond that could help Henry save her family.

Suitable for all book-lovers from 9+

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Woodland fairytale adventure @ The Weald Den

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Events stall to find out more…

Badger Bushcraft
Jul 15 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop by his stall to find out more.  This event is sponsored by Highfield School.

Storytelling with Beanstalk
Jul 15 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading. The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools. Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, turning them into confident, passionate and able readers.

Volunteers and staff from the Beanstalk Kent and Medway branch will be bringing an interactive reading area and storytelling programme to the festival.

Naomi Howarth – Tug of War
Jul 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Naomi Howarth is an author, illustrator and designer based in London. Her book, The Crow’s Tale, was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2015. In this event, Naomi will be reading her latest book, Tug of War, and leading an art class in which you can learn how to draw the animals she depicts. Suitable for children age 4-8+.

Jul
16
Sun
Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Woodland fairytale adventure @ The Weald Den

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Events stall to find out more…

Badger Bushcraft
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop by his stall to find out more.  This event is sponsored by Highfield School.

Children’s Arts & Crafts
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Children's Arts & Crafts @ The Weald Den

We will be running an all day children’s arts and crafts workshop where all ages are welcome to get involved.  More details to follow soon…

Storytelling with Beanstalk
Jul 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading. The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools. Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, turning them into confident, passionate and able readers.

Volunteers and staff from the Beanstalk Kent and Medway branch will be bringing an interactive reading area and storytelling programme to the festival.

Yuval Zommer – The Big Book of Beasts
Jul 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Yuval Zommer - The Big Book of Beasts @ The Yurt

It’s time to unleash the beasts! The Big Book of Beasts is the amazing follow-up to the successful The Big Book of Bugs – but this time it’s all about the bigger creatures that inhabit our planet.

Yuval Zommer, the book’s author and illustrator, will be sharing amazing facts about some beastly characters from the book (i.e. lions, tigers, bears, hippos, hyenas and many, many more!) Children will learn all about the hairiest, grizzliest, growliest and most fearsome beasts from their jaws right down to their claws! This fun introduction talk will be followed by a brilliantly beastly illustration session, where children (using pencils and markers) will get to create their own wild beasts with Yuval’s help. Each child is welcome to take their artwork home.