Family Activities 2018-04-19T14:36:28+00:00

River Mermaid

Down by the water’s edge she sits, slipping between the here and the there. Waiting for your hopes & wishes to send upon a swifts tail. Bring your dreams & share them and she’ll protect them all. Creating an echo in that magic place, deep within us all.

Come & find our Mermaid on the rivers shore. She is waiting to hear all your dreams & wishes ….. Can you find her between 1pm & 3pm ????


B’s Beauty & Body Therapies

All aspects of beauty from facials to remedial massage including medical massage for lymphatic drainage.


Flow Arts Workshops

For the last five years I’ve been performing contact juggling under the stage name The Magic Ball Man. I’ve performed to many different people in many different countries and the one thing people always say is how relaxing and peaceful my act is to watch and they ask if it’s as relaxing and peaceful to do. I can say without any hesitation or doubt that when I am in the moment practising any of the flow arts; contact juggling, hooping, poi spinning etc. I am at my most relaxed, all my cares and worries melt away, I am totally immersed in the moment and what I am doing. It is in this way as much a mindfulness exercise and meditation practice as it is simply a visual art form.

Isaac Hughes-Dennis

Hi! I’m Isaac Hughes-Dennis. I am a young comedy musician, magician, and allround nutcase, going round the country and making people smile.
I am from Calderdale and am an experienced and upcoming performer.

I play the ukulele, banjolele, piano, and electric kazoo. I play a selection of my own songs (which can vary from bouncy childrens songs, to the pure obscure and the oddly political, all of which are bound to get stuck in your head), classics from the 1950`s onward, and make up random dittys on the spot.
My ukulele highlights include playing at the Just So Festival 2015,2016 and 2017 on the main stage and campfire stage with Ian Douglas , Fair For Youth Festival 2015 and 16, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2015, 16 and 17.

I also performed at Solfest 2016 and 2017 performing on the minidrome stage, doing walk about music and at the Ladybird Projects Cabaret. I always have got positive feedback and a good audience reception with both my own songs, and some classic crowd pleasers!

I have a unique magic style, creating many loveable and slightly crazy personas to go out and entertain audiences of all ages, adaptable for almost any occasion. My high-pace mainly comical performances have been made possible with the help from the Junior Magic Circle, of which I have been a member of for four years. I have opened and performed along side such performers as Neil Kelso, Ian Douglass and Professor Pumpernickel as well as starring in my own solo stage magic show as supported by the Ladybird Project. My ever growing cast of stage personas include Norman the Gnome, Pablo the Crazy Chef, Marcario the Steampunk Professor, Houdini’s Ghost and Isaac the Child Genius.

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Donkey Rides

Thanks to Smithills Openfarm, your children will be able to enjoy a ride on a donkey. This has always been a winner with the kids.


Love to Swim?

We have got everything here for you down at the riverside. Ever seen a beach near the riverside? Well you have now! We have a full white sandy beach and colourful beach huts in place so the kids can build sandcastles or have a swim. Safety is our priority so we will also ensure you are all safe with our on site lifeguard.


Lottie Smith

I graduated with a BA hons in Illustration with Animation from Manchester School of Art. Since then I’ve somehow segued into making larger 3d pieces and although the sketchbook has kept going those images rarely leave the safety of their fellow pages nowadays. I think they still matter though. Either way when you find me I’m cutting and sticking.

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Gloop Art

The Osmosis Machine is a travelling art apparatus by UK artist Adrian Pritchard. Using a viscous gloop substance performing live process art as a means for the viewer to engage in the ever changing qualities of the work as it unfolds. Designed for the Manchester Science Festival It was awarded the Visitors choice by the public during the Neo Art prize 2014 and has been touring the UK ever since. You can follow its journey on www.facebook.com/OsmosisMachine

This is your chance to create your own Osmosis Science art. By playing with gloop, you can explore its properties and create your own mini-art and try some experiments in the surroundings of the beautiful River Country Side.

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Children’s Play Fort

Down at the Riverside Festival want to give the kids somewhere great to climb and play and do what kids do best. Our play fort and climbing area will be great to entertain your children whilst you rest yourself for all the other great activities available to you.


Richard Shilling

For festivals in particular we can host a drop in style workshop which is always really popular. It allows children and families to come along at any time during the event and spend some relaxing time creating nature art. Some will spend half an hour, some much longer or come back several times during the day. The artworks grow and change throughout the day as different families come along and add to what has been made before. Some like to be allowed to get on with their own creations undisturbed, some like to be shown some techniques and we have activities suited to kids (and adults) of all ages, boys and girls and provide the opportunity to do whatever you like or be shown how to make things. I think that combination is a good formula and we always get lots of great feedback.

Hay Bale Maze

Kids love a good maze! Well how about a hay bale maze. It’s safe and fun for the children and the adults. Why not give it a try to top of your day of amazing activities?


Gary “Gacco” Bridgens The Showman

Gary will be performing at Down by the Riverside Festival. He will be storytelling and Running Ukulele workshops.

The Ukulele is the fastest selling instrument on the planet. This workshop (or series of sessions) is a fun, accessible and easy way to explore music and songwriting for participants of almost any age and ability. School groups, family festivals and corporate clients will all soon be thrashing and dancing along whilst performing with this cheeky little instrument.

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I am a local mum to 2 fantastic, lively and creative children and so I know just how tricky it can be to help your children do all the creative stuff they love! That’s why I am delighted to be able to help you with this, through our award winning arts and crafts sessions, activities and family fun events for your children.

I will be running fun arts and crafts classes, sessions and events at Down by The Riverside Festival. There will be new, fun sessions and activities for babies, toddlers, preschool children and all children up to 11 years of age.

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