Family Activity Breaks 2021

Easter Family Holiday

Date:
Fri 2 – Mon 5 April
Price:
£171 • Child £108 • under two free

This is a weekend for all ages, for everyone who likes to practise and enjoy some of the older and newer Easter traditions. It’s an excuse to have a very good time together.

We shall blow eggs and paint them, bake hot cross buns and eat them, make bonnets and wear them, tell stories and hear them, hunt for nests and find them, boil eggs and roll them! In fact, egg rolling, on the slopes at Avebury, at 3pm on Easter Sunday, is a highpoint of this weekend’s celebrations. Activities will take place in the craft shed, sometimes in the farm kitchen, sometimes round the fire, sometimes on the high hills, and often in the giant hammock or on the barn swing! It is a celebratory weekend for young, not so young, and old, in fact, anyone young enough in spirit to have a good time.

We like it. You might too!

The weekend begins on Good Friday evening and finishes after lunch on Easter Monday.

Cancelled due to COVID

Circus Fun Weekend – an extravaganza for all ages!

Date:
Fri 6 – Mon 9 August
Price:
Adult £175 • Child (5 – 21yrs) £150 (£100 second or third child in same family)
with…
Jacob-Hi Ho, Juggler Jim, Darine, and other Farm Yard Circus friends

Have you ever dreamed of running away to join a circus?
Well, now you can, because the circus is coming to Lower Shaw Farm, and you can be part of it!

No lions, no prancing ponies, and no performing seals. Simply nice people, good company, great tuition, wonderful workshops, and three days of pure circus fun!

There will be workshops, for complete beginners as well as for experienced circus enthusiasts, in juggling (balls, clubs, passing, and more …); staff spinning, plate spinning, devil-sticks, hula hoop, and more …; aerial hoop and silks; rope walking and slack-lining; acro-balance and human pyramids; uni-cycling; and performance skills.

There will also be a fire show, a mass fire club-swinging routine, and the lighting of a fire sculpture created on the weekend, by you!

After dark, we’ll have a cabaret, UV-light performance in fluorescent room, and a Cowshed party to write home about.

And on the last day, we’ll finish off, in the fully-matted play area, with a games session, using your new skills!

Families welcome, couples and singles welcome, and beginners welcome. Everybody is welcome, because anyone can learn how to juggle, how to really play, and how to develop and improve their circus skills. We'll show you how!

Jacob Hi-Ho, a multi-talented circus artist and former UK Slackline champion; and Juggler Jim, an experienced performer and workshop leader; and Darine Flannagan, an acrobat and play leader, will all help you learn new skills and explore your potential as an individual and as part of a group in a relaxed, friendly, and well-equipped setting.

And for anyone who just wants to watch, the workshop space also has comfy sofas!

This fully residential weekend, with great food, fun, and friendship, begins on Friday evening and finishes after a late lunch on Bank Holiday Monday.

Book Circus Fun Weekend

The Lower Shaw Farm Family Activity Holiday

Date:
Sun 15 – Sun 22 August
Price:
Adult £360 • Child £225
with…
Lower Shaw Farm residents and friends

This is a week for people of all ages. We will do things, make things, and have a lot of fun.

Mornings are likely to be spent art and crafting it in the big shed, while the afternoons will be filled with games, outings, and walking trips.

Evenings will find us round the campfire, telling tales or reading a good book, together, singing songs, and watching stars. And those are only the official bits! The rest is determined by who comes, who connects, and who makes things happen. In the past this has included juggling, philosophy, board games galore, origami, creative writing, pizza making, a cabaret, campfire cooking, walks, yoga, sauna, riding on the vintage red tractor, and lots more!

This is a perennially popular high-summer week of high action and laid back inaction. Children experience both freedom and structure, while adults can enjoy the companionship of other adults, as well as having fun and learning new skills alongside their children.

The week begins after 4pm on Sunday 15th, and ends mid-morning on Sunday 22rd August.

Book August Family Activity Holiday

Autumn Art and Craft Weekend For All

Date:
Fri 22 – Sun 24 October
Price:
£175 • Child 2–21 yrs £90
with…
Mary Maguire, Vicky Hirsch and Farm residents

As the season turns and nights draw in, we mark the change by getting together to spark our creative imaginations. We shall carve and hollow pumpkins and fill them with light; decorate small lanterns to shine brightly and drive away the darkness; make marzipan skeletons; experiment and play with drawing, painting, and print to produce mixed media artworks; and light fires and make fire sculptures to remind us of the sun.

A weekend for all ages to get together and be imaginative, and have fun, in autumn! This weekend begins on Friday evening and finishes after lunch on the Sunday.

Book Autumn Art and Craft Weekend

Family Activity Break Dates 2021

Fri 2 – Mon 5 Apr

Easter Family Holiday

Fri 30 Apr – Mon 3 May

Circus Fun Weekend

Sun 15 – Sun 22 Aug

The Lower Shaw Farm Family Activity Holiday

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Oct

Autumn Art and Craft Weekend For All

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