All About Children

Is all things children and families.  Expect old favourites as well as some amazing new activities in an area that includes our regular marquees as well as more open space to roam and spill out into. We are very excited about it all and can’t wait to share this with you.  We think it will offer exceptional value and a really great space packed with activities to share with your family.  And that’s the key here, this is about inclusive activities to do with your children.

Come play, learn and enjoy at All About Children.

LOOK!  Here it is...your programme of fabulous events over a very busy weekend!  Get planning!

All About Children programme 2018

Crafts, Books & Games

Come and visit our fabulous big creative space.  All ages catered for across a whole range of activities including Crafty Fun - themed on There Was An Old Lady Who swallowed A Fly, clay modelling, junk percussion instruments, paper craft, metalwork, the infamous Towersey 'Stomp' rocket, dragon kites, festival wear (wings, hats, ears), whipper-whoppers, henna tattoos, woodland light jars, Ojos de Dios (Mexican God’s eyes), pin bead jewellery, macramé plant holders, picture gallery, graffiti wall, a few surprises and lots of books and games.

Squeezeboxes from Scratch

These sessions are for absolute beginners’ and you will be amazed at how much we can cover in 3 days. If you don’t have a D/G melodeon, no problem! We have a stock of good melodeons, which you can use at the workshops. Good eh? And you don’t have to be able to read music either.

Tutor Ed Rennie


Plink Plonk and Pluck your way to musical majesty.  This tiny instrument is now one of the world's most popular.  Easy to pick up and great fun to play.  All-comers welcome as Andy & Matt take you through the basics.

Tutors Andy Webster & Matt Warnes


Having lived as Stone Age people in the Wilds of America with no modern equipment and roaming the wilderness as true nomadic hunter gatherers, Outback2basics now use their stories to teach these primitive skills and deliver hands-on Stone Age history sessions, bringing the Stone Age alive with interactive practical workshops.

Festival Choir

Physical and vocal warm ups, a variety of songs to sing and vocal and body percussion to add to the songs. Then, together, you get to choose your favourite song to perform on a big stage!


Flexing, stretching and moving to get your body going and ready for festival fun.


Climb, jump, step and balance around the circuit of mini gym equipment to test your skills and have some fun.  Lots of stuff to play on and with.

Circus Skills

Juggling, poi, hoola hooping, spinning plates, stilts – you name it – it’s there for you to have a go with at the special workshops over the weekend as well as "have a go" anytime at the circus stall.

Snappy Happy

Our Festival photography workshop - get your photos in the finale slideshow!  Meet our festival photographer, Phil Sofer, and find out more about the subjects he would like you to capture on camera taken over your weekend at Towersey.

Evening Family Shows end our days before Bedtime Stories.
Friday - a return for a BIG favourite of ours - Colonel Custard and his unique blend of fun-filled magical mayhem and crazy antics.
Saturday - a huge Towersey first time welcome to Rhubarb Theatre and their show The Bookworms - with a rickety handcart library and some novel ideas, surprises leap off the page wherever they roam.  Join our funny guides as they worm their way into twisty and fantastic adventures through imaginative worlds.
Sunday - your own closeup show by Frumptarn Guggenband - we've asked them to play a little quieter...lots of dancing to be had!
Monday - another huge Towersey first time welcome to The Makeshift Ensemble and their show The Children in the Moon.  Join them and their travelling teapot of tales on a magical celebration of discovery, courage and diversity.
A wonderfully visual and original take on centuries old children’s verse, packed with puppetry and live music.

Bedtime Stories

Time to wrap up warm and snuggle down on our "story bed" to listen to your bedtime story at one of the Festival's most popular events.  Bring a blanket, pillow, cuddly toy!  Wear your pjs if you like!

Wishes Hopes & Dreams Tree

What are your dreams for the world, the Festival, your family?  Peace, wealth, health and happiness to you all.  Leave your wishes, hopes and dreams on our beautiful tree.

Lantern Making & Parade

Our Lantern Parade on Monday night is something quite fabulous – go and make a lantern and take part in this magical procession.  If you can’t make the procession you can still make a lantern to take home.

We've had some amazing designs over the years - will you make a dragon, the Millennium Falcon, a Minion or giant shoe this year?  We've never had one of those…..or have we?

Climbing Wall

Our ever-popular climbing wall is back.  Who can make the summit?  Will you reach that bell at the top?  Come climb and take in the view.

Grand Family Ceilidh

The family ceilidh is held in Festival Dance House - the BIG marquee where everyone goes to dance - the big space!
Frog on a Bike and Tim Walker (Banter) will bring lots of great dancing!

Creative Quarter

This drop-in crafts, games and centre of chilling out is hugely popular.  Expect giant games, percussion pipes, talking tubes, dressing up box, mini mind activities, colouring in corner and lots more.  Plus a lovely Tea & Coffee shop and our famous pallet furniture to sit on and read the paper.