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Children’s Entertainment and Craft Activities

All Children’s activities will take place on ‘the Green’ normally the Recreation Ground.


Tom Franck of Top Cat Productions: Saturday only 10.15am and 2pm

Main Stage on ‘the Green’

‘Rocket into Space’ is a fun and educational show about space. Back by popular demand, Tom Franck of Top Cat Productions brings this fantastic show to life with a blend of imaginative storytelling, catchy songs, his puppet friends and a time transporter machine! A fun and informative way to learn all about space exploration, and entertaining for all.

Running time approximately 25mins.


Chefs on Stilts: Saturday only 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Come and see the amazing stilt walkers who will wander through the village


Little Gizmos: Sunday only 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm,

Come see Super-Si and his favourite friends all the different children's characters that you love. Ready to ‘Meet and Greet’ all the little ones and little grown-ups too. Come see us all walking around the green for photos, high fives and dancing! Take as many photos as you like for all your memories to look back on! Come and join in and search for Spider-Man as he will be hiding and jumping out anywhere and everywhere throughout the day.


Grow Your Own: Saturday and Sunday – Children’s Activity Tent

Sponsored by Stewarts GardenLands in association with Highcliffe in Bloom

Stewarts are delighted to be able to support the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival in encouraging children to experience the joy of gardening by growing their own plants. Enabling children to learn in a hands-on fashion is so important, as hopefully will be the lessons they learn by taking part in this activity. Children will be shown how to plant and grow their own plants to use in cooking. Donation to Highcliffe in Bloom.


Foraging with Jen Williams from Naked Jam- Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Join internationally renowned forager and wild food expert Jen Williams in her ‘Globe on the Green’. You will learn what you can and can't eat and how some plants can be used in medicine and of course drinks. After an informative walk you go back to the foraging table where Jennifer will guide you to make your own cordial, tea which your be able to use either as a syrup for your favourite ice cream or in a drink, be it a mocktail for our parents or a way to liven up your bottle of water. Recipes tips and advice on where and what to forage will be available throughout the day. Tickets available on Eventbrite £15.00 per family or just come along and see if there are tickets available on the day.


Highcliffe Library on the Green – Saturday only

There will be craft activity, story-telling, a treasure hunt based on things found in libraries and a pop-up library stand where library stock and services will be on display.


Story telling with Mary's Usborne Book-Shelf - Saturday and Sunday

As an Usborne bookseller and primary school teacher, I love to spark children's enthusiasm and curiosity for both literature and the world around them. Usborne's range of books includes both fiction and non-fiction for all ages - babies to teens. During the festival, as well as selling from my wide range of stock, next to my stall I will be setting up a magical story tent. Throughout the 2 days, I will be holding free story telling sessions for younger visitors.


Moon Studio Ceramics Saturday and Sunday - In a gazebo near the Craft Tent

Come and get creative at Pop Up Pottery. Try your hand at throwing on the potters-wheel, or sculpt a clay masterpiece to take home. These make & take sessions will run on a drop-in basis, and are suitable for everyone. There will also be the opportunity to watch wheel throwing demos each day - please check daily timetable for details. From £3


The New Forest Bead Shop Saturday only – In the Craft Tent

“The New Forest Bead Shop”, ( Part of CJ Beaders), are delighted to be putting on Make and Take Jewellery workshops in the Craft tent. Come along and have a go- make a simple bracelet or have a go at Kumihimo -What's that I hear you ask? Come and find out! Suitable for all ages! Bracelets and bookmarks from £3. Kits £5-£15.


Plot to Plate - Saturday only – In a Gazebo

Join Ericka Golding will demonstrate techniques to inspire you to create edible hand-tied arrangements to gift, munch or brighten up your home. Demonstrating on the Saturday only, Ericka will show you how to create and style an arrangement. You will also have the opportunity to practise the skills shown and create your own bouquet to take away. Watch the demos or make your own. Suitable for all ages. £5 - £15


Mahina By Yasmin - Sunday only – In the Craft Tent

Mahina is a Poole based Jewellery Maker who designs and creates bespoke beaded jewellery inspired by elements of nature combined with a tropical surf-style theme.

Stop by in your own time to take part or simply browse our handmade accessories on display for sale! You'll also be able to make oyster-shell soap dishes and keyrings!

Suitable for Children: Ages 6+ as can be quite fiddly, Teenagers & Adults £5 per person


We will also have a "Creative Corner" where there will be workshops and ‘have a go’ within the children's area but outside of the Children's Tent

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