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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After his huge success last year, we are so excited to welcome back Kinetic Circus to Tonbridge Calling! With over 20 years experience Paul proudly provides fun and high quality circus skills workshops to events and parties all over Kent and London. All ages and abilities are welcome to come along and try their hand at juggling, diablo, hula hoop, spinning plates and more – all for FREE!!
Anaconda dance troupe have been a staple at our festival and we’re so pleased to welcome them back for the fourth 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 2019, 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?
Returning for their third stint at Tonbridge Calling, local poets Pam Flitt and Ivor Folio (aka Peppy Scott and David Smith) will be hosting “Voices in the Park” in our Spoken Word tent throughout the afternoon. “Voices” is a popular open mic event with an emphasis on words and Fun-with-a-capital-eff, and regulars from these variety evenings will be joining forces to bring you poems and stories, sketches and monologues, and much, much more. Friends this year will include Tonbridge’s very own Roundel poets, and there will be guest artist Q&As and family-orientated workshops in the mix too. Oh, and an open mic, of course, so that new friends can be made and new Voices heard. So, if you’re a local writer or poet and you fancy getting involved, make sure to visit the Spoken Word tent and throw your name into the hat. Reading and performance slots of up to five minutes for a complete item will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis, and we would love to see and hear from you…
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.
The Arts & Crafts Bus
Natalie has recently launched her very own mobile Craft Bus and we’re very excited to welcome her to TC ’19. She will be running free workshops in the bus and children will be able to choose from a range of stamps & stencils to decorate their own bag using fabric paints.
Craft’d was started in 2014 in China with Craft’d Shanghai! We are excited to bring our extensive range of workshops to the UK in the brand new CRAFT’D BUS! The only mobile arts and crafts studio in the UK (perhaps the world?!)
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.
ANGELA JANE THERAPY
I’m fully qualified in reflexology, reiki & Indian head massage. I work from my therapy room in South Tonbridge and regularly volunteer at The Pickering Centre in Tunbridge Wells. I’m passionate about my work and absolutely love what I do
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.