There was plenty to entertain the youngsters in 2022 - here's a reminder


As well as the fantastic music, there are tons of activities and entertainment for the youngsters again this year. Most happens on Saturday and Sunday, but there are arts and crafts on Thursday and Friday too. The list is almost endless, but we've had a go listing it all below!


And remember, children under 12 get free festival entry, and 12-17 year olds get discounted tickets.


James the Jester

James the Jester (From Chester) is NEW to GTSF this year! His hilarious comedy multi skilled shows and walkabout leave audiences of all ages laughing.

Comedy multi skilled juggling shows for all ages. 'James never fails to impress and astound all audiences with his vast array of skills and humour. I have no hesitation in recommending him as he is always a favourite wherever he attends' (David Sands - Director of Viscount Entertainments)

Baby Bops & Toddle Bops

Get ready to giggle and grove with Becky Bops! Music and movement sessions for Babies and Toddlers! Our Children’s Festival Co-ordinator Becky Syson, has been involved with the festival for a good number of years and besides providing valuable assistance and advice throughout the year to ensure we have a great children’s programme, provides her own Toddle Bops and Baby Bops sessions for the very young.

These aim to encourage confidence and learning, expression and creativity in a fun light-hearted way through music! As Becky says, “We all love music and through it we can engage with our little ones even before they can walk or talk!” Join Becky Bops for songs, rhymes and musical fun for Babies and Toddlers

Kids' Music Workshops

Ukuleles and Squeezebox workshops for kids! We have the instruments... You bring the enthusiasm!

Such a wonderful opportunity for your little ones to try their hand at playing a music instrument with helpful guidance from our friendly festival team.

Out of the Chicken Shed

Out of the Chicken Shed are a local family run business who handmake children's toys, learning aids and furniture.

Taking inspiration from nature and Montessori ideals they provide a world of fun and games for little ones! GTSF festival is so lucky to have them provide a fantastic hands on play zone to explore and enjoy all for FREE! Think playhouses, climbing frames and giant bubbles!

Walk the Lines - Storytelling

Original and classic stories brought to life by Mark Fraser, a Southwell regular and favourite. Mark creates his own stories as well as adapting classic folk tales and songs. He has written and illustrated numerous books and travels all over the UK telling stories to children, families, adults and just about anyone who is prepared to listen.

Not always a “stick and a stool” storyteller, he likes to leap around, crouch, bend, fall over and stand on his head, (though that rarely happens).

Mark uses puppets, props and costume to present his stories, most of which are handmade, lending a certain air of fragility as though everything is held together with a thread and a glue gun (which it is!). Plus don't miss Jacob Crackers 'Slightly Spooky' Stories told as twilight falls... Not for the faint hearted!

Keith Donnelly

Keith specialises in highly interactive stories and songs for children, inviting their participation, stretching their imaginations and stimulating creativity, with every tale and tune.

His repertoire is such that he seems to have songs and stories for every imaginable topic (as well as many that you won’t have imagined yet!) Get ready for custard covered songs and lots of laughter!

White Post Farm

One of the East Midland’s most popular tourist attractions, White Post Farm provides a unique day out with plenty of opportunities to get up close to the animals! With more than 3,000 animals including classic farm animals such as cows, goats and pigs, as well as some more exotic animals such as llamas, wallabies and reptiles.

We a super excited to have White Post Farm Road Show bringing along some of their wonderful animals for us to meet on Saturday and Sunday at GTSF.

Soul Sensory

‘All are welcome here’ Soul Sensory will be providing nature based sensory play for all. Striving for inclusivity and acceptance we provide a safe, understanding space at GTSF with a range of multi-sensory activities for all abilities and ages.

Raising awareness about neurodiversity we are passionate about accessibility for all... Think sensory tuff tray with hands on activities!

Arts and Crafts by Made of Leaves

Always a big hit, our 'drop in' Kids Arts and Crafts area is run by 'Made of Leaves' and will be open every day for kids of all ages to explore their creative sides!

Focusing on recycled arts and crafts we aim to provide artistic space that encourages freedom of expression but also encourages children to care for their environment. All Crafts are FREE to make and take.

Festival Fairies

Selfies with the Festival Fairies

Adding a sprinkle and sparkle of magic to GTSF our friendly festival fairies will be fluttering around all weekend!

Calmer Inner Soul

Children's Yoga and Mindfulness sessions will be run by Amy on Saturday. There’s a strong connection between yoga and nature. Being in nature helps us all to be more present and aware, which goes hand in hand with yoga.

Practicing yoga outdoors helps you to use your senses. There is nothing like a cool breeze, the smell of grass and flowers, birds singing and the noise of the wind to make you feel in the present moment and combining al this with moving your body can be a really magical experience and you will appreciate the beauty in the little things you normally take for granted.

Books and Baby Chillout Zone

We know how important it can be to provide a cosy corner for little ones to chill out in especially when they get over stimulated.

Our Books and Baby Chillout Zone aims to provide a little area of calm for you and your little ones to recharge! Older kids are welcome to cosy up with a book too in this safe space.

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