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.

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

Hair Braiding – This is an extra activity and is charged at approx. £2 per braid.

Henna Tattoos – We would love someone to offer this - any offers? Please get in touch!

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 – mostly happening in a small space in the courtyard barns, but sometimes in the fields too, run by camp attendees, for camp attendees :-) 

They are a great way to allow random workshops to happen, and a great way to mix and mingle and meet some of the other home-ed families. The workshops 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, reiki, yoga and meditation. Also French, how to make sauerkraut, plus some home-ed discussion groups. If you would like to offer a workshop in anything at all 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, which 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.

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 friends

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

Fire Skills Demo - on the Saturday evening, once it is dark, around 9.30pm, after the band has played.

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…no more as we have been known to be there for 4 hours before... yawn! 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.

Live MusicWe have yet to announce who this years live band will be on the Saturday evening... watch this space.

Other shows - NEW this year will be a Thursday evening cabaret called The Psychedelic Circus. Cosmo runs these events monthly in Norwich throughout the year, so we figured we would run one at camp this year too. Look forward to being entertained in the courtyard for a few hours by random acts, funny acts, beautiful voices and strange happenings - all good family fun. The food stalls will stay open late on the Thursday so you can munch whilst you are entertained.

Bring your own alcohol if you wish to partake in a drink or two, and please remember to clear up after yourselves ;-)



Archery with Jay
Archery with Jay

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Tai Chi early morning
Tai Chi early morning

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Info Tent
Info Tent

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Archery with Jay
Archery with Jay

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