Get Stuck In
Getting stuck in is about learning something new or just sharpening up skills; it's about discovering something beyond the music and the main stages. From the Circus to Yoga and everything in between. Big Sessions, Community Singing, Knitting, Ukulele, Bodhran, Guitar, Clay Modelling, Sculpture, Tai Chi and more.......plus the now world famous Towersey Lantern build! All ages are welcome to these activities but younger visitors also have their own tailor made workshop programme to chose from at All About Children and Youth Festival. Getting stuck in is also about the "Other" (other than Main Stages) stuff in our packed programme. Things like Film, DJ's, Disco, Sessions and Jams. Find all these little treats below.
One of the easiest instruments to pick up, this is the perfect workshop for you if you just want to have a go. Bring your Uke or borrow one on the day. Andy & Matt show you how!
Simon from Thame Music Academy will take on beginners and then run into intermediate. Whether it's your first time or you have some skills already, these guitar workshops are just perfect.
Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary? A journey with Different Ways of Thinking Ltd
Do you lack self-belief or confidence? Feel like you have lost your spark? Want to rid the shyness when you meet people?
Well we believe in YOU, we are all extraordinary; we just sometimes forget or don’t know how to take control of our mind-set to be confident. This interactive workshop is not about sitting around sharing life stories. It is about you learning about yourself and your mind-set so that you can feel more confident.
The Fabulous Festival Choir
Four Fantastic Days - Three Stonking Songs in Heavenly Harmony and one Prodigious Performance. Get to perform at Towersey this year! Join our massed choir of enthusiastic singers. No experience needed - just come along and join in!
Every morning in his characteristically fun style, Roger Jackson and his team will lead you through a new song in full harmony and you’ll be amazed with the wonderful sound you all make.
The Creative Quarter
At Towersey Festival we like to encourage new activities and experiences by creating inviting, beautiful spaces to inspire a whole new festival experience while feeling at home with the Towersey you know and love. We've created somewhere for people to gather, listen, watch, dance, sing, play, learn, create and enjoy. Welcome to the Creative Quarter! Expect the unexpected, engage your imagination, stimulate your senses and get creative with Colouring Corner, Storytelling, Crafts Workshops, Creative Challenges, Dressing up Box, Face Painting, Giant Games, Have a go at? Interactive Sculpture, Sculpture Village, Junk Musical Instruments, Ball Run, a lovely Tea and Coffee shop and our famous pallet furniture to chill out on and read the paper. And this year's theme....
Saddle up, we're heading out West this year. Pull on your cowboy boots and pick up your Stetson or fashion your feather headband, don your bead adorned dress and mosey on down to Towersey Town or our Apache Village for some fun and games Wild West style! We have all your favourites, a wagon full of new creative and traditional games, crafts and activities as well as a few surprises. From panning for gold with the prospector and making a dinner bell to stick pulling, horse shoes, Native American Indian Dancing Sticks and edible model log cabin making, something for all the family to enjoy. We look forward to seeing ya’ll soon. Yee Haw!
Sue's Yoga is a Towersey institution. And Sue learnt from Sheila Manners (one of the founders of the Festival back in the 60's) so Yoga is pretty special to us and this daily morning workout is one of the most popular workshops. Expect a packed out but calming start to your day.
Ballet for Fitness & Fun
Back by huge popular demand (it was one of the busiest workshops last year) Maddie (Ballet Teacher at The Royal Ballet!) takes you through some great ballet steps and routines. It's huge fun and blummin great for you!
An absolute must for any first timers and those who want to brush up on your steps for the 4 days of frenetic ceilidh we have ahead.
Dance Styles with Hannah Moore
Join Hannah over the weekend for Salsa, Beginners Ballroom & Latin, Lindi Hop & Jive. You'll go home with some serious dance skills!
Songwriting with Reg Meuross
Join one of the UK's great songwriters for an insight into his craft and some tips for great song structure, themes and more.
Still one of the biggest and most popular workshops of the Festival. Join Alan and team to start your creation of wicker and paper, all culminating in the famous Towersey Lantern Procession.
Dance styles with Kerry Fletcher
The ever-popular Towersey favourite Kerry is back this year for Euro Dance, Bal & Marzuka workshops. Grab those dancing shoes.
Bluegrass Tunes with Bella Gaffney & Polly Bolton
Bella & Polly will take you through some simple Bluegrass techniques and tunes in this great intro to this wonderful American traditional genre.
The perfect way to start the day. This relaxing and therapeutic gentle movement session will help you in so many ways.
Morris and Traditional Dance Workshops
Join our visiting teams for workshops in Cotswold Morris, North West Clog and Rapper Sword.
Wide and Trust Games
It's not often that you get to play as a grown up so come let go with some fun games that will have you laughing and working together!
Towersey's Desert Island Discs
Join your host Keith Rusby as he chats through the musical choices and lives of this year's castaway's Martyn Joseph and Chris While.
Sessions & Jams
We have a whole range of Sessions & Jams for you to join in with. From Dance Tunes to Bluegrass and everything in between including plenty of space for you and friends to start your own.
Once again partnering with Thame Cinema for all to bring some great films to The Den. This year's films are:
Early Man, The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Paddington 2.
Stew Simpson of Hadrian's Union is your host for this year' famous Open Mic. Many great artists have started their journey here so if you play, sing or perform then this is your chance to shine. Turn up early at The Den to sign up for a spot and be in with a chance of playing on the Big Club Stage as we pick a winner for a special spot on Monday.
NEW for this year we have a whole load of great DJ's joining us for tunes in our new "All Mixed Up" Cocktail bar.
Sarah and Tom will be on hand to get you dancing at our lunchtime "Themed" discos. 70's, Action songs, 80's Power Ballads and a Musical Theatre Sing Along.............get on down.
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.
Juggling, Poi, Diablo and much more with Rainbow Dragon.
We have 3 great tellers with us all weekend so look out for Jake, Polly and Tamar in the Stories and Sessions tent as well as at one off specials in the Den and Big Club.