The WildChild Festival

The WildChild Festival

Come and get wild with us at our big birthday bash!

We are super excited to announce the launch of our WildChild Festival to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The festival will be taking place on Wednesday 7th August from 10am-4.30pm @ The Wolseley Centre, Stafford. ST17 0WT.

It is going to be an event to remember and we want you to be there!  Come along and be transported into a magical world of art and nature. Support your local wildlife charity and have a fun day out with all the family!  There are going to be lots of family wildlife activities on the day; fun games, entertainment from the Fabularium theatre group, listen to the tales of the traveling storyteller, explore the Oakmobile, try tasty festival food and drink, plus lots more! plus lots more!

For any enquiries please email us at wildchildfestival@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call on 01889 880100

Scroll to the bottom of the page to book your ticket/s!

We are very thankful for the event to be supported by the Arts Council England.

Arts Council Grant
WildChild Festival
Support your local wildlife charity and have a fun day out with all the family! Your ticket will give you access to all of the exciting shows and activities we have on the day.
WildChild Festival fun

Credit: Susan Freeman

Special highlights!

Here are some of the highlights from our WildChild Festival that you won't want to miss!

What else is happening

Spectacular things to see, exciting things to do, places to chill and tasty food and drink to experience. Read more below on what to expect at our WildChild Festival!

WildChild Festival Storyteller

Spectacular things to see!

Step inside the Oakmobile. Be wowed by the adventures of Reynard the Fox in an open air theatre. Watch the storyteller pedal his bow top caravan before settling down to listen to his stories. These are just some of the immersive treats we have lined up for you at our party. Events and spectacles will be spread across the whole of our 26 acre nature reserve;  in the meadow, beside the lake and on our beautiful Park Bank.

WildFestivall activities

Exciting things to do!

Get wild and creative with a variety of different activities for all the family. Make a cake at the Great Birdy Bakeoff, get hands on with tools in our Construction Zone and learn some bushcraft skills at our Forest School. Perhaps you’d like to challenge your family to an obstacle course, play in the giant sand pit or get creative with some natural printmaking? There will be lots of different creative and nature themed activities that will help you to work towards your Get Wild badge, click here for more details about our celebration badge! 

Places to Chill

Have a look around The Market, treat yourself to refreshments at the Pop-up Cafe and Orchard Bar and relax in the beautiful grounds of The Wolseley Centre. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been managing the site for 16 years, and it is home to lots of interesting wildlife. You could try and spot the bright blue flash of a kingfisher, feed the ducks on our lakes or watch the River Trent gently rolling by as you stroll along the boardwalk. Most of the paths are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and little feet and there really is loads to see. Read further down the page for more info on accessibility. 

Map of site

Festival Plan

BOOK YOUR TICKETS!

For further information on tickets and accessibility please read the sections below. 

This is an advanced booking event only, so make sure you buy your tickets before the 24th July or you won't be able to come! The festival will be running from 10am-4.30am.

Tickets are limited; if it says SOLD OUT, then we’re sorry you’ve missed out.

If you don’t get a confirmation email, please get in touch at getwild@staffs-wildlife.org.uk!

Further information

See further information below on tickets and accessibility. Please read the sections below before you book your ticket/s. 

Tickets

This is an advanced booking event only, so make sure you buy your tickets before the 24th July or you won't be able to come!

Tickets are limited; if it says SOLD OUT, then we’re sorry you’ve missed out.

If you don’t get a confirmation email, please get in touch!

Family Ticket:

This ticket is for families or groups and will allow entry for 2 adults and 3 children - if there are any more adults or children they will need an Individual Ticket each to enter with you. 0-2 year olds can come in with you for free but you must register them so we know how many people are coming.

Individual Ticket:

This ticket will allow one person of any age entry to the Festival, perfect for topping up the Family Ticket if you are a bigger group or for groups with less than 4 people.  0-2 year olds can come in with you for free but you must register them so we know how many people are coming.

0-2 years ticket:

This ticket will allow entry for one child in your group aged 0-2 years old. They can come along to the Festival for free, but they must be registered so we know how many people are coming. These tickets are free, but please feel free to make a donation on registration. All money raised during this event will support our charity.

Assistant ticket:

If you require a personal assistant, we can arrange for them to attend the Festival for free. Please contact wildchildfestival@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 800100 and ask for Alexis for more information.

Deer Car Park (and ride):

This parking ticket will allow you entry to the Deer Car Park located at the National Trust’s Shugborough Estate. From here, you will get a free bus ride to and from the Festival. The bus can carry prams but is not suitable for wheelchairs. If you require a parking space in our accessible parking area, please purchase a ticket for the Badger Car Park. To find the Deer Car Park please follow the road signs on the day.

Badger Car Park (accessible parking):

This parking ticket will allow you entry to the Badger Car Park, located at The Wolseley Centre. This area is accessible parking only, you must display your blue badge to claim your parking space.

Public Transport:

The Wolseley Centre is on bus route 825 between Stafford and Rugeley, which runs twice an hour. We recommend you visit the bus times website for more details https://bustimes.org/stops/3800C747401

Accessibility

We are committed to making The Wildchild Festival 2019 an enjoyable event for everyone, so if you have any questions about accessibility at the Festival please don’t hesitate to contact Alexis at wildchildfestival@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100.

Before you come:

If you need any more information about the event that isn’t provided on our website, please contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Pre-festival visit:

A visit to The Wolseley Centre makes a great day out; why not familiarise yourself with our site before the big day by coming for a relaxed look around. There is plenty of parking and lots of interesting things to see and do. See more information about The Wolseley Centre here

Event information:

If you require a Word document containing information about the event please get in touch. We will be updating our website with information regarding programmes and times as we get closer to the day. We will be producing a map of the Festival that will be displayed on the website before the event.

Booking tickets:

You must pre-book tickets for this event, please see our ticket page for all the information regarding tickets. There are limited tickets so selling out is a possibility. Ticket sales close on the 24th July 2019.

You must book parking for the event if you intend to bring your car. There is limited parking so this may also sell out.

Taxis will be able to drop you off at the entrance to the Festival.

If you require a personal assistant to help you on the day they can attend for free, but you must arrange this with us first by contacting Alexis on wildchildfestival@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or calling 01889 880100. Carers may also attend for free by contacting us in advance.

Information for visitors (not attending the Festival):

The Wolseley Centre’s buildings (including cafe) and nature reserve will be closed to any visitors other than ticket holders for the WildChild Festival on the 7th August 2019.

On the 5th and 6th August, the site will be open but as we will be installing the event, access to some areas may be limited.

On the 8th August, the site will be open but we will be taking down the event so access to some areas may again be limited.

The site will be fully open and back to normal by the 9th August.

If you are unsure, please contact 01889 880100 when planning your visit.

Site description:

The Wildchild Festival activities and displays will be located across the whole of The Wolseley Centre and grounds. There are a variety of different types of areas. The majority of the Festival will take place on Park Bank a grassy area near to the accessible parking. There is a large flat grass area which can sometimes be bumpy especially if the moles or rabbits have been to visit. Here, there will be large tents for shelter if it rains.

Moving away from the car park, Park Bank begins to incline quite steadily. At the top of the hill will be the Forest School area and obstacle course. You will also have to go up the hill to get to the top of the mudslide.

The Orchard Bar is in our orchard, a slightly gradient area of grass with lots of small trees, surrounded by hedges.

There will also be activities around the sensory garden and lakes. There is a footpath and boardwalk that is suitable for prams, wheelchairs and tiny feet.

The meadow and walk along the River Trent is a grassy area that can sometimes get a bit muddy when it rains, but is flat.

The visitor centre is accessible, there is an indoor cafe, gift shop and toilets (including accessible) inside the main building.

On the Day:

Please visit our Information Station to get your Festival programme and to ask any questions. If you would like to speak to Alexis, our accessibility contact, directly on the day please ask the information station to radio her.

Toilets:

There are accessible toilets in our visitor centre on site that will be available for the whole of the Festival.

Assistant Dogs:

Assistant dogs are welcome on site on the day, but please let us know by contacting Alexis on wildchildfestival@staffs-wildlife.org.uk There will be a dog drinking station at the Pop-up Cafe and please pick up after your pooch!

Quiet Space:

If you are looking for somewhere quiet on the day please ask at the Information Station and we can point you in the direction of our Quiet Space tipi where there will be cushions, blankets, books and sounds of nature.

First Aid:

There will be a First Aid Station at the Festival that will be signposted.

Missing Children:

There will be a meeting point at the Information Station.

Artists Commission Information

Closing Date: 23 rd April 2019
Location: The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST17 0WT.
Salary: £3000 one off fee, plus budget
Artform: Various, could include Community Arts, Performance, Site Specific, Installation,
Digital.

About us:
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is Staffordshire’s local wildlife charity that has been working to protect the wildlife and wild places in Staffordshire for over 50 years. Founded in 1969, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading nature conservation charity. We have around 60 members of staff, who are guided by a board of trustees and supported by a network of volunteers that our work would not be possible without.

The Trust's main offices are at The Wolseley Centre in Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley, which is also a popular visitor centre. We have another visitor centre in Stoke-on-Trent, The Westport Lake Visitor Centre. For more information about Staffordshire Wildlife Trust visit our web page here

Wildchild Festival:
Funded by the Arts Council, the Wildchild Festival will be a one day celebration of art and nature in the inspirational backdrop of the Staffordshire countryside, coinciding with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary. We are inviting families of all ages to come to our nature reserve and visitor centre to experience arts and nature combined with a myriad of nature based activities, immersive theatre, storytelling and site specific artwork.

Commission:
Alongside the event we would like to commission an artist to work with local young people to create a piece of artwork that will be revealed during the Festival on the 7 th August 2019. For the art commission the artist and young people will devise creative and exciting artwork inspired by what we have been doing for the last 50 years and their local wildlife. We have no preconceptions about what this artwork will be. We would like the artist to work with the local young people through workshops over a period of time, developing their understanding of the trust, discovering what they are passionate about to do with local wildlife and turning that into a celebratory piece of artwork that can be experienced at the festival.

Practicalities:
The commissioned artist must be able to attend the festival, the young people will be invited to attend for free. We can help with contacting schools and community groups and can provide support in the form of sessional staff. The fee is to include artist fees, travel and accommodation inclusive of VAT. We have a £1000 budget for the commission and we will hold the budget, all spending must be approved by an allocated member of staff at SWT. Artist must have public liability insurance up to £5 million and be responsible for their own tax returns and be DBS checked Artist must produce risk assessments for the workshops and the exhibition of the final artwork.

How to apply:
Applicants must provide a PDF document containing:
-Applicants name, CV and statement (up to 300 words describing your practice and
experience delivering this type of project)
-250 words explaining why you are interested in working with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
-500 word proposal with images, explaining how you would approach the commission
-A link to your website
-A proposed budget breakdown
Please e-mail the PDF to k.shipley@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Interviews:
We will be holding interviews for this commission on the 2 nd May 2019 at The Wolseley Centre. If you have any questions about the commission please contact Katie Shipley on k.shipley@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or 07854532400

Wildchild Festival FAQs

Here are some common enquiries we have had regarding our WIldChild Festival 

Q:I've just booked tickets for the Wildchild Festival (which looks brilliant!) but I was a bit confused about the car parking - I have booked a family ticket and two individual tickets (for six of us, four adults and two children), and two car park ticket

A: Hello, yes it is one parking ticket per car, not per person.

Q:Hiya, are dogs allowed to come to the Wild child festival? Thank you

A: Hello, only assistance dogs and guide dogs are allowed at the festival.

Q: I would like to bring my market stall/face painting/food vendor to you festival would this be possible?

A: Unfortunately we do not have space to accommodate any more stalls/activities or food vendors at the festival.

Check out our 50th events programme and see what else we have planned

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