Kids of Cloudspotting Takeover

Kids of Cloudspotting Takeover

You can’t plan a family friendly festival without making sure all the family is involved.  Our mini-advisers make sure that the activities we plan add a twist to the weekend featuring their favourite bits and spicing it up with some new surprises.  They also make sure that we add the elements to keep mum and dad happy too so that they can get on with the important task…..having fun! The Kids of Cloudspotting tell it how it is Our Kids of Cloudspotting are extremely well qualified to advise on what to include in our weekend programme and how we can improve on previous years activities.  Each of our special consultants have attended every single Cloudspotting Festival, seen it grow from it’s humble beginnings to the immersive festival it has become.  We have always valued their feedback and involved them in our festival planning and hope to meet their vision and exceed their expectations. Cloudspotting Kids Takeover We thought you might like to hear one of their industrious planning meetings.  One cannot doubt their dedication as they discuss all areas of the festival including music, activities, food and the location. Music Our festival enthusiasts know exactly what makes a fantastic live performance and they discuss in detail how they like their music to be multi-sensory, exciting visually as well audibly.  During their discussion they review their favourite Cloudspotting performances in the past as well as what they are looking forward to catching at the festival this year.  For full line-up details and to listen to some of the acts talked about, follow this link. Food From pizzas to milk-shakes and everything in-between is...
Festival Update Newsletter

Festival Update Newsletter

*** BE A STAR OF THE SHOW AT CLOUDSPOTTING*** WITH just 21 tantalising days to our magical escape and the sun cracking the Lancashire flags, we’d like to remind you of a few things to prepare for in preparation for Cloudspotting. Glampers Please ACT FAST – we have 1 tipi pitch remaining!! Contact us at spottingclouds@gmail.com or helen@cloudspotting-festival.co.uk to book.  For more information, take a lot on our About page. Live-In vehicles sort your tickets out without delay – we have only a couple of spaces left for vans! Choir A debut activity at the Festival this year is the advent of the Cloudspotting Peoples’ Choir. So if you like to sing and have always fancied having a go in a choir, this is a great opportunity. The Choir will be led by experienced choir master Rose Greenwood and will consist of three fun rehearsals on Friday (6pm), Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (1pm). Enrollers will learn a fabulous festival anthem and then perform to the audience on Sunday evening before Jesca Hoop. And that’s not the only way to make yourself a star of the festival. Baxter Rhodes will once again be running a songwriters’ workshop (which led to a main stage performance by the participants last year); Play-in-a-day, led by Jack Herbert (National Youth Theatre) will see our young stars act out their play in front of an audience on the Enchanted Forest stage; and our family friendly drumming workshop, led by More Music’s Bay Street Band on Saturday, will encourage those involved to perform as part of the Carnival parade as dusk falls. This is just a tiny part of...
Have you met Bo yet?

Have you met Bo yet?

Have you met Bo?  Bo is the newest member of the Cloudspotting team.  She is our Hen Harrier mascot, a spokesbird for our Birds of Bowland Project, produced in partnership with the RSPB Hen Harrier Life Project and featuring activities throughout the weekend. Respecting our festival location In a location managed by the Forestry Commission England, Cloudspotting has the support from the FCE and the Arts Council to bring high level quality arts engagement into the forest, an area of traditionally low arts representation.  Home to some of the most stunning scenery and delicate wildlife habitats in Britain we have always encouraged audiences to explore the surrounding forest and engage with local wildlife.  This has developed to us incorporating wildlife issues into our activities programme to delivery important ecological messages of responsibility to an ever-increasing family audience. In 2016 Bowland AONB brought their Bowland Hay Time project to the festival. Facilitators ran workshops, activities and discussions about the importance of wild meadows to support the animals and insects who inhabit our festival location.  We learnt that these animals included wild birds and from that our Birds of Bowland Project began to take wings…… So why a Hen Harrier? We wanted to make birds that our native to Bowland our focus for the festival this year and we needed to recruit a representative to help promote this.  After research and discussions with the RSPB, Bowland AONB and the Forestry Commission we came to the conclusion that the Hen Harrier, although not alone on the endangered list, had the highest profile and notoriety.  Threatened with extinction this bird has a national network of supporters who scour the skies and...
Forests are friendly – the perfect place for Cloudspotting Festival

Forests are friendly – the perfect place for Cloudspotting Festival

Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival is a family friendly festival with a difference. Cloudspotting doesn’t happen in a field, loaned by the farmer addressing a need for agricultural diversification.  It doesn’t take place in a town or city park, creating a temporary world in an urban environment.  Cloudspotting takes place in the heart of Gisburn Forest, part of the Forest of Bowland, a landscape recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are 33 AONBs in England, designated in recognition of their national importance and to ensure that their flora, fauna, views, historical and cultural associations are protected for all to enjoy. Living and working landscapes, all beautiful, all different, each AONB has been awarded its designation with individually special qualities. Forest of Bowland AONB designation The Forest of Bowland received it’s designation in 1964 and has several attributes that contribute to it’s outstanding natural beauty: the grandeur and isolation of the upland core the steep escarpments of the Moorland Hills the undulating lowlands the visual contrasts between each element of the overall landscape the serenity and tranquillity of the area the distinctive pattern of settlements the wildlife and the landscape’s historic and cultural associations Sounds beautiful doesn’t it. Gisburn Forest Gisburn Forest is a working and dynamic forest owned by United Utilities, created and managed by the Forestry Commission.  At 3000 acres in size, Gisburn Forest is not only home to Cloudspotting Festival but is a magnet to mountain bikers, walkers, birdwatchers, naturalists and horse riders.  Gisburn Forest Bike Trails are home to some of the best mountain bike runs in the country.  Glide easily along mellow trail by Bottoms Beck, twist and shout through...
See….Hear….Imagine Something New – Cloudspotting Festival 2017

See….Hear….Imagine Something New – Cloudspotting Festival 2017

Join us for the seventh chapter of Cloudspotting Festival for our dazzling arts activities programme guaranteed to engage one and all throughout the weekend. Cloudspotting takes place at Gisburn Forest, between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th July.  Our glorious setting is nestled into the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB, just 40 miles north of Manchester. Rock-Up, Tune-In, Art-Out! Arts award, birds, bikes, carnivals, choirs, circus, crafts….and we’ve only done ABC.  All this and more is available as part of the family arts and activities programme at Cloudspotting Festival 2017. The full arts and music programme for the blooming Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival has been confirmed, apart from a few surprises we want to keep secret.  We can guarantee you that a rich programme of magic and adventure lies in wait for those who come to this North West forest escapade.  For more details, check out our full listing of our weekend activities. Hang out with our feathered friends The early bird catches the worm but we have plenty of family friendly arts activities throughout the weekend to keep you entertained whether you’re a wild goose or a night owl.  The natural habitat of the Forest of Bowland is a source of great inspiration for the festival’s artistic themes.  This year, protection of the native birds of the forest will be the central focus of our progranme.  Bo, our celebrated and endangered Hen Harrier has already had a striking presence in this years logo.  Join her and feathered friends native to Bowland throughout the weekend as you dip into our exciting leisure programme of interactive activities produced in association with the RSPB….. Arts...
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