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.
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…..
There’s a raft of interactive arts on offer. Performing arts workshops include the 6-hour ‘Play-in-a-day’ session. Participants will write, act and present a stage play on the Saturday. In addition we feature dance workshops from clogging to Can Can; song-writing and drumming. Creative arts are also in abundance with long-time partners The Bureau from Blackburn. They lead a programme which includes forest arts, photography and science-based activities. Why not attend our knit and natter sessions to create your own hen harrier! And don’t forget bird fancy dress for our Saturday night festival parade.
More passive attendees – especially those with young families will be entertained by some award-winning outdoor theatre. Fine Chisel will be performing ‘Flit, Flap and Fly’, and Madam Bridget’s Caravan of Curiosity (world famous fortune teller and tea leaf reader!) are presented in association with the Northern Festival Network, supported by Arts Council England. Story-telling sessions, interactive music sessions, art installations, meditation, walking trails and circus school are just a portion of the programme.
In addition to all the arts and cultural activity, Gisburn Forest is also a UK hotspot for mountain biking. Bike hire is available and other organised leisure pursuits include orienteering, circus school, sports day activities with Lancashire Sports Partnership and yoga sessions.
Escape From Mum & Dad!
Teenagers are well catered for too with a secret youth zone in the forest with activities such as DJ workshops, beat-boxing and graffiti arts.
For full details available on our website, click here.