Friday, 10 August 2012

Fairy wands and can guitars

The National Trust kids area was bursting with a whole load of natural colour and music at this years Holifair!

Throughout this 3 day family festival children showed off their creative sides making beautiful headresses and eye masks using natural hedgerow materials as well as fairy wands and rainbow sticks. The rainbow sticks certainly brought out the rainbows as we were treated to all 4 seasons in a day!

In the tipi, workshops enabled families to make musical insturments such as shell shakers, bamboo maracas and can guitars. We formed the first 'chicken soup band' on Friday as some guitar enthusiats played slide guitar on thier instruments made out of recycled food cans. There were also workshops in felting and making natural cordage from flax leaves or wool where colourful bracelets and felt shapes were carefully designed and woven into place.

Turning a piece of sycamore on the pole lathe

Inside the woodland glade families were able to try their hand at wood turning on a traditional pole lathe or make a gypsy flower by pairing down a hazel rod on a shave horse. All the wood was sustainably sourced from local Trust woodland and the lathes powered by foot! Meanwhile the glade was decorated as children painted the trees in an aboriginal style with paints they had made from natural materials such as beetroot and charcoal.

The Trust team thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Holifair again. The festival is environmentally friendly and raises funds to support the Holifield Farm Project at Gweek.


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