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Get ready to see acts of astonishing bravery as stilt-walkers, jugglers and unicyclists tumble through the festival site all day, creating spectacles as they go. Workshops will welcome those amateurs and semi-professionals out there eager to learn new skills or improve on old ones, and as dusk settles the flames of the firedancers will flare and dazzle through the night. We have expanded the arts & crafts across site, including the new chill-out healing area down by the pond where you can get a proper pampering. Visit our garden and get yourself some remedy and soul-soothing. Be wowed by the natural skills in our craft quarter and get involved in the folk jam when the bouncing and partying has tired your legs…

 

India Roper-Evans_Nozstock 2012

India Roper-Evans_Nozstock 2012

Folk Jam

Talented musicians who love to strum, sing, blow and pluck unplugged and informally, join us!  There will be a safe place to put your instruments down and the opportunity of singing your favourites and playing your heart out. It’s at the bottom of the craft area by the pond. See you there…….

Chill Welfare

This year Nozstock is proud to be working with Chill Welfare to make sure Nozzers high and low are able to feel safe and supported. Chill Welfare have a fantastic ethos which aims to keep people safe by reducing the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs. “We recognise that some people use substances at music events and might at times be in need of support because of what they have taken.” Whether you’ve partied too hard or just need a reassuring chat, the Chill Welfare team will know exactly what to do to get you back on your feet and back into the festival!

The Black Hole

Once you have entered The Black Hole you won’t ever want to leave… this new area of the festival sucks you like spaghetti into a swirling vortex of fun where you could find yourself space-hopping, drag racing, Elvis-spotting, laser-dancing, gambling on ‘alien sh*t bingo’ or listening to a university lecture on solar system physics.

The Chicken Cow Cafe

The Chicken Cow CafeThe Chicken Cow will be serving up the best of homemade sweet and savoury treats, including quiches, snazzy pizza breads, hot baked spuds, new potato hash & bean breakfast, and of course delicious cakes (including our famous courgette cake with cream cheese and lime icing). Plus fresh coffee will be a’brewing on the hob, a range of teas will meet decaffeinated needs and there’ll be a few surprises in store, from pop-up live art to workshops and games for big and little kids. 50% of all profits from the Chicken Cow Cafe go to charity…

*Kiddy meals plus gluten free & vegan options available, and we always try and buy local where we can!*

Yeleni Healing Zone

A varied programme of workshops and complementary therapies from Yeleni Support Centre. When you need a break from the festival hive, visit Yeleni in the Healing Zone for a choice of various massage types and an unwind. By helping yourself you will be helping someone else too! Profits go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illnesses…

My Ella Sustainable Textiles Workshop

My Ella sustainable textiles workshops will be returning to Nozstock for the fourth time! This free workshop aims to empower people to develop skills to express themselves artistically while helping to reduce waste and care for our  planet. Join Helen and her team (in their 100% recycled bell tent made of old duvet covers!) as they teach the principles of upcycling and using eco fabrics. You can make some mind-bending sci-fi costume creations! Be as inventive, creative and as green as you can be.

Craft Area

Welcome to the Craft Area where we weave a bit of magic and create beauty from all that nature provides. Fancy yourself as the industrious type? Learn a new skill or make a memento of your weekend in our craft haven… utilising metal, wood, textiles or stone, come and be creative with us or just come and chill and admire the sculptures, ground art and gardens. This area is a busy but tranquil spot where you can unwind and take home a long lasting memento of your time here.

 

Workshops on offer this year include…

Hammered

Blacksmithing workshop where participants can make their own small forged items such as hooks, pokers and pendants, all under the tutelage of  a rising star in the blacksmithing world, Benjamin Lam and his grubby crew.

Coppersmithing with Dan

A traditional tinker and copper worker who will guide partakers through the techniques required to create their own beaten copper items.

Jewellery workshop

This workshop will be with artist jeweller Irene, where participants can create their own trinkets utilising metal, wire and reclaimed items.

Zoe’s willow

Sit down, relax and make small willow items such as wands and dream-catchers or spend a little longer and produce a basket, small sculpture or farmyard animal, all surrounded by astounding willow sculptures produced by Zoe for your viewing pleasure.

Crunchy’s Cobs

A traditional horseman and family shall be giving demonstrations on tacking up as well as discussions on the role of the working horse in today’s society. Also to be seen around the site – why not grab a cart ride or get some horsepower to help move your equipment and supplies around? In the evenings call down and have a warm by the fire where the kettle is always on.

L for Leather

All things leather, from belts to bangles or bags and clothing for the more adventurous – come and create something unique under the guidance of a master saddler and costume maker to the film industry.

Knot Working with Chalk

Lots and lots of knots to learn for a wide variety of uses from tree surgery to creating bangles. Come and learn a few to put to good use. You can also have a sit down and create a carved item in chalk, using it as a base for learning carving techniques used in Welsh love spoons.

Mushroom Paul

An array of chainsaw carved mushrooms to lounge around on, and create your own small mushroom from wood and copper.

Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

Join the artist potters from Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter. Perfect collaborative family activity with drop-in sessions available though out the Festival. No need to book, just turn up and get creative with clay. No previous experience of pottery necessary!

Lots of Pots

Learn about plants and take away your own propagated plant species.

Lockers

Looking for somewhere to keep those precious belongings? This year we have available a number of locker for the small rentals fee of just £10.

FireWorks

What better way to end a fantastic weekend of festivities than a firework display? Well, that’s exactly how we will be ending Nozstock. Once again, Jordons Fireworks will be supplying the fireworks this year, and we are all stocked up with our favourites from the past, plus of course some nice new additions. So make sure to come along – you really don’t want to miss out on witnessing what is set to be a breathtaking display…

SHOPPING

Not to be outdone by those big consumer festivals, Nozstock has thought to bring you your own shopping boulevard, but with a touch of the different. Meddle in the arts and crafts or treat yourself to a bit of consumer naughtiness. Don’t forget to browse our selection of official Nozstock merchandise with brand new in-house designs for each year. We’ve got hoodies to keep you warm when the night-chills hit and t-shirts for the balmy summer afternoons. Almost everything you can imagine can be found, so try and pull yourself away from the music to have a stroll around…

As well as delicious sweet treats from our various vendors, meat and veg of all varieties can be found on site to sate all appetites. With a focus on local sourcing, good variety and high quality no belly should be left unfattened!

When you’re down in the Hidden Valley it only makes sense to sample some of our local delicacies, and Happy Herefords will be there with their delicious, ethically sourced beef burgers and sausages to fill you with energy. If you’re looking for a touch of the exotic, however, there’ll be cuisine on offer from all corners of the globe, from burritos and fajitas with Los Amigos to delicious pan-Asian fodder from Let’s Wok to authentic Spanish paella and fresh Italian pizzas. For the traditionalists out there, never fear – we’ll also have classic fish ‘n’ chips and toasties for that comfort food injection. Veggies and vegans will be in for a treat – as well as the veggie options offered by most of the vendors, we’ll also have several dedicated veggie and vegan stalls offering delicious, fairtrade and globally-inspired curries, wraps, bean burgers and falafels. Ice cream, crepes and doughnuts abound to satisfy that sweet tooth, while our brekkie vendors in the campsite will be on hand to fill you full of energy for the day ahead. You’re going to need it for all that dancing …