There will be more than enough to keep everyone occupied and interested throughout the day. We have plenty of activities for young and old alike.
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Anaconda dance troupe return to Tonbridge calling for the third time. The ever popular dancers specialise in Egyptian, Bolly, Romany, Tribal and fusion routines to entertain and enthrall by mixing theatrical and classical belly dance. For 2018 as well as showcasing their latest Geisha Ninja routine in front of the mainstage they’ll be giving a free one hour bellydance workshop in our new Field Tent at 1 p.m. All ages and abilities welcome. So don’t be shy, come and have a go, enjoy yourselves – you never know, you might have a natural talent!
Joanna Hall, a textile and fashion Designer from Hildenborough in Kent has been working alongside crafts people in India for more than 19 years running Bazaar bringing an exciting and beautiful range of clothing, textiles, jewellery, gifts and exotic home furnishings to the UK.
Joanne works mostly in Rajasthan but also further afield with weavers, block printers, tailors, jewellers embroiders and other traditional artisan suppliers. She manufactures her designs of clothing, jewellery and gifts through a web of trusted craftspeople she has befriended during this time.
More recently she has invited a limited number of specially chosen retailers throughout the UK to showcase her range as well as taking her designs direct to the public at select events and festivals. We are very lucky to have Bazaar at Tonbridge Calling, Joanna has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter of Tonbridge calling and has fitted us in to her busy summer schedule.
She is keen to ensure that not only does Bazaar embrace rigorous Fairtrade principles but also that a part of everything she does should benefit local communities. She has directly supported the Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal, Hope and Homes for Children and Hospice in the Weald as well as indirectly contributing to numerous other charities both in the UK and abroad.
Next to the exotic festival style marquee the Bazaar crafts tent offers children and adults an opportunity to try wood block printing and other creative art. Why not buy a white Tonbridge Calling T shirt and customise it with your own woodblock designs?
Namaste, I'm Leila, a yoga practitioner & teacher
Leila is back again this year to run two thirty minute sessions explaining the benefits of yoga with a short class. She’ll give you a glimpse of what it would be like to be free of the tension, stress and noise of our everyday life.
Where, no matter what is happening around you, you can remain calm and centred.
Leila has taught for over 15 years. She first qualified from the Karuna School of Teacher Training in Lyengar inspired yoga and has trained all over the world. She recently completed two courses- ‘Yoga for Cardiovascular Health’ and a 5 day intensive course on ‘Yoga for Injuries, Pains and Sprains’ in London. Both courses were run by the renowned Yoga Campus.
Leila says ” I did the courses because I feel people are living longer and longer and I want to make sure that I’m practicing and teaching safely and effectively. I believe that yoga is a practice for everyone, no matter what shape you’re in!”
This will be a perfect chance to try yoga for the first time, or experience Leila’s distinctive style if you’re already an enthusiastic participant
Giving bear hugs to children who need a bit of extra support, whatever the reason.
We collect teddy bears – new and pre-loved – and pass them on to vulnerable or troubled children both in the UK and overseas, just: because.
Since starting in December 2016 we’ve given over 1000 bears to children via refugee projects, school family liaison officers, foodbanks, young carers organisations and other avenues.
We also had a phenomenal response to our art materials campaign sending creative stuff out to the children of Hope Cafe in Athens.
If you’d like to help spread a little love to young people who deserve a hug, feel free to get in touch.
We’ll be collecting bears at the fabulous Tonbridge Calling event this August – so do come and find us in the Bazaar tent!
We’re currently also running a shoe collection for RefugEase – good conditioned pairs of shoes, securely fastened together and preferably with the size clearly marked – for displaced adults and children around the world.
Please check out their Just Giving page
Can you #SpareABear ?”
Peppy Scott and David Smith
back to Tonbridge Calling once again!
We are in training for entertaining
in poetry and musical refrain.
We’ll take the mic and, if you like,
it’s possible we might burst into song…
So if our verse gets any worse,
please humour us and loudly sing along!”
Flitt & Folio- Peppy Scott & David Smith, are two thirds of the Gluten- Free Trio, offering entertainment in verse and song. They are co-hosts of ‘Voices’, a new open mic evening for writers, poets and songwriters/performers.
Before Anaconda take to the stage visit Wacky Faces to get into the spirit of the event by having your face painted. Claire and Becca take the art to a stunning new level with makeup and face-painting which is ‘out of this world’.
Sharna Rose, the hooping star of Winter Warmer and Mayhem, will be giving a free informal hooping workshop in the Wellness and Spoken Word Field Tent
Everyone can hula hoop regardless of age and physique. You just need the right size hoop and Sharna’s expert help. With 12 years teaching under her belt you are destined to succeed…don’t be shy give it a try. Hoops supplied.
Therapeutic Aromas by SARAH HOWARD
My passion is supporting my clients overcome physical and emotional challenges so they can find balance and wellbeing in their lives.
SILKE THISTLEWOOD MASSAGE
Silke (pronounced Sil-ka) Thistlewood is the main therapist for, and owner of, The Massage Practice. She has trained to diploma level in holistic massage and sports massage, gaining both BTEC and ITEC qualifications at the highest possible grades. She trained at the widely acclaimed Essentials For Health Massage School where she is now an assistant teacher in diploma courses and workshops.
Silke is a fully registered member of The Complimentary Therapists Association and The Federation of Holistic Therapists through which she is also insured. Both require their registered therapists to carry out additional training each year on top of their qualifications (called continued professional development or CPD) in order to continue membership with them. This ensures that skills in each therapy are always kept up to date and topped up with new techniques on a regular basis.
Sponsors & Supporters
As we discovered in 2016, running a festival involves combining lots of different elements which are facilitated by funding in order to ensure a successful event. Without our supporters and sponsors Tonbridge Calling wouldn't be the great day it is. Last year's success set the bar high for the organisers and it was hugely gratifying for us at the end of the day to have such an enormously positive response from so many of those who came along. Our huge thanks are due to the local people and businesses below that have generously contributed by providing funding, resources, or heavily discounted services, both on the day and in the run up to the festival, as well as to our wonderful team of stewards, cake bakers and other volunteers- thank you!
The Tonbridge Calling festival aims to increase diversity and tolerance and bring people within the community together. With this in mind we try to incorporate the needs of everyone attending, from a diverse range of music to food suitable for all diets and tastes. The event itself is set within an open park, with no restrictive boundaries so those that wish to can escape the music for a while or enjoy from a distance with no difficulty.
The event is free and unticketed so there are no long queues to get in to the festival, and people can come and go as they please. We actively encourage people to bring picnic blankets so that there is plenty of space in the audience for easy movement with no crowding, and festivalgoers in wheelchairs can still have a good view of the stage. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy going.
The event itself is set on a large flat area of grass, there is a hard path to the edge of the site directly from nearby car parks and the high street which is about 500 metres away. Our stewards will be more than happy to help with wheelchair access should you need it. The shortest access route across the grass will be by the stage itself, which runs along the path by the river. We are also very happy to assist people with limited vision, and can meet you at the main gate to guide you to the event area.
There are three car parks nearby. The castle car park has five disabled spaces, is roughly 300m away from the site but has a slope with steps so is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severe mobility issues. The swimming pool car park has six disabled spaces. Although the bridge across from the pool to the festival site is currently closed for renovation, it can still be accessed via another bridge adjacent to the rear of the miniature railway track. The main car park has two disabled spaces accessed via the same route as the swimming pool but an extra 50 metres or so. The railway station has street level access from one platform and lifts for the others. The route to the site is along roads with pavements with normal height kerbs and is approximately 650m distant.
Please search for ‘Tonbridge Racecourse Park’ in google maps, the pipper is on the festival site.
There are public toilets on site, with a disabled toilet accessed up a ramp locked by a radar key. All our stewards will be happy to assist you accessing the toilets should you need it, and there will be cleaners in attendance at various times throughout the event. There are further toilets in the swimming pool, the route to these is flat with a slight ramp over the river bridge about 150 metres away.
There will be a clearly identified information tent. Should anyone feel unwell, or need help there will be qualified first aiders on site to take care of you. We also have a designated mobile phone specifically for people to get in touch on the day with queries, help with accessibility or any other issues. The number is 07377 667075.
We aim to be inclusive and like to encourage everyone to enjoy our festival, and actively support people with special needs and disabilities. If you would like help on the day or feel there is something extra that we could do to make the festival more enjoyable for you, please let us know straight away via our web site contact form, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.