Black Barby Music Festival

Black Barby 


So, what else is happening?

​Daytime activities  

As always there will be lots of activities throughout the day including:

Arts and Crafts – we will provide oodles of materials of all sorts, shapes, colours, textures and sizes, along with all necessary glues, paints etc… and four lovely friendly and patient art barn helpers, although we do like you adults to help out with your own younger children please as we cannot help everyone at once.

Tai chi –  in the mornings before circus training

Giant bubbles, storytelling & puppet shows – a firm favourite courtesy of Professor Panic.

Face painting – This is an extra activity and is charged at approx. £2 per person.

Flea Market – in the Circle space in the camping field on Thursday. If raining we will postpone until the Friday, then the Saturday.  This is to satisfy all of you who like to shop and browse and pick up a bargain! Also, a good opportunity to bring along your unwanted bits n bobs (books, clothes, home-ed resources, toys, junk etc… also home made items, crafts, fabrics, decorations, clothing, accessories, jewellery etc… and make a bit of money. Open to anyone. No fee to join in. Just bring along a blanket or table and sort out your stuff.  Keep an eye on the notice board in the Info Tent as it will confirm the time.

Bouncy fun – bouncy castle!

Circus Cinema – in the cosy little barn. A selection of circus-themed films/documentaries and home-education documentaries to chill out to.

‘Pop-Up' Workshops – a small space in the barns to allow random workshops to happen. They don’t have to be circus themed, and they can be aimed at adults only if you wish as there are plenty of adults hanging about during the 10am – 4pm circus workshop times who would happily have a go at things. In previous years, we’ve had bunting making and other sewing skills, puppet making workshops, kung fu fitness, hand massage, belly dancing, and meditation.  If you would like to offer a workshop in anything at all – dream catcher making, yoga, massage, for example, either let us know in advance, or speak to us about it when you arrive.

We will have blackboards around the site to promote the workshops. They need to be free to attend, and you need to provide any materials needed, or let us know in advance and we may be able to help.  There is electricity available, plus a nearby water tap.  We love recycling, so junk workshops are great! As are anything that empowers people to make, do and mend.  Also, anything home-ed related would be great… practical things, or ideas…. And of course, circus themed ideas are even better!

If you run a workshop you will be welcome to promote any other workshops, projects or websites you run or services or classes you offer.

Circus Camp Sunday Breakfast - we’d love you all to join us for breakfast between in the Courtyard on Sunday morning! The cafes will be serving up a hearty cooked breakfast fit for circus performers needing lots of energy for their shows! All welcome, especially as we have most allergens and dietary preferences catered for. Speak to the cafes in advance for specific info.

Live Music 

We have yet to announce who this years live band will be... watch this space!

Evening Activities

We will of course have the usual favourites.

Circus Shows in the Big Tops (served with popcorn, of course!) –  by the Foolhardies and the Panics

Kiddie’s Disco – we encourage fancy dress for the disco, so come prepared!

Fire Skills Demo

Campfires –  do bring along instruments, stories, jokes (clean ones please  etc… for evenings around the campfire. No talent needed, just enthusiasm!

Talent show - for everyone, all ages, just for fun, to come on stage and do anything, whatever you like! As long as you can entertain for a minute or two… or more… you are very welcome. In the past we have had comedy, magic, music, belly dancing, acrobatics, singing, jokes, dancing, storytelling, a group of dodgy daddy dancers doing the daddy dance  (best yet! Haha!) and much more.

Our good friend Dr Ken will be back to give us an

educational laugh with his fab circus science show. 

He travels the world with his shows and presentations,

for both adults and children, so we are all in for a treat!

You may have seen him during science week festivals.

Dr Ken is a long ago Foolhardy, having worked with

Cosmo many times over the years, causing hilarity and

mayhem along the way.

Dr Ken presents the Entertaining Science Circus Show: ​

Roll up roll up and explore the science behind the thrills

and spills of the circus. Dr Ken takes you on a voyage of

discovery investigating how performers make use of

many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find

out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the Force

like a Jedi,  and why unicyclists need to keep moving to

stay still.  It’s science but not as you may know it!!!

Archery with Jay
Archery with Jay

Tai Chi early morning
Tai Chi early morning

Info Tent
Info Tent

Archery with Jay
Archery with Jay

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