With a whole plethora of new games and goodies to fill your fancies this year, alongside much loved classics, come and get stuck into a veritable feast of brilliant ideas and fun-filled fruitiness, which you’ll find dotted all round the farm.
Join forces and explore the creative world of gaming as you enjoy multi-player arcade games made by small developers from around the world. The Cardboard Arcade is a suite of arcade machines made out of cardboard, but inside each is a computer, a monitor and a wonderful game!
The arcade started as a side project to a comedy/circus show that was heavily inspired by gaming. The project producer is Michael Bell who operates underneath the umbrella of his arts company Unstable King. The idea stems from a love of local multi-player computer games and the playful spaces they create.
The Brystal Maze is a game full of teamwork, trickery and tomfoolery. Knee-deep in nonsense and with a glittery twinkle, teams race against the clock to complete the Brystal Maze. Each team of friends has to crack the clues to win the coveted Brystals that will get them to the next zone and next challenge. On top of bagging those sparkling balls, the in-between-zone challenges rack-up extra points with the aim of topping the leader board.
“Fix-up, look sharp and tick-tock: the Maze awaits!”
Drag Queen Bingo is a raucous combination of to-die-for glamour, sparkling performances, hilarious game shows and, of course, the classic game of bingo. Funny, fierce and fabulous, this show is hosted by drag queens and kings who have talents in many surprising and mind-bending areas. With a high voltage disco soundtrack that is guaranteed to get you up on your feet, you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes beyond your very wildest dreams. Keep those eyes down now!
Yes, it’s back. Of course it’s back! So get your glue guns and sticky tape at the ready, this is one fierce competition and the standard over the years has been nothing short of astounding. Judging will take place at The Green on Saturday afternoon, and if prior preparation ain’t your thing never fear you can always make your hat onsite at one of Abi Kennedy’s hat making workshops, which will be taking place during the festival.
Best Theme Hat: Love
Best Hat: Adult
Best Hat: Kids
Best Hat: Group
Best Hat in Show (Winners receive a really quite lovely prize!)
Tap, clatter, ping! Follow the patter of typewriter keys to discover Poetry Machine, creator of live poetry for grown-ups and youngsters alike. Bring along a word of your choice and receive a typewritten poem created specially for you in just a few minutes. The poems make beautiful mementos that will transport you back to your weekend at Gilcombe Farm. Last year’s words included glitter-lips, soul train and sausage dog – so let’s see what you can come up with in 2017!
As part of our on-going commitment to your spiritual and physical wellbeing, we’re delighted to welcome back for a second year the Farmfresh Choir – led by the mysterious Comfort Cult.
Think Mr Motivator meets school assembly-cum-karaoke. You’ll have the chance to indulge your guilty pleasures, shake off those cobwebs and join in a Saturday morning communal sing-along of pop, rock and rave classics, past and present.
Flotsam the Fool and his family run team of entertainers is bringing a taste of the circus to Farmfest! Suitable for folk of all ages and abilities, you can try your hand at juggling, plate spinning, diabolo, poi and much more. The friendly and attentive instructors will help make sure everyone can learn a fun new skill.
Flotsam The Fool
Samba is the sound of Brazilian carnival, and samba reggae is a style from the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. It’s a stripped down sound: no bells, no shakers and no whistles – just the raw, hypnotic groove of the drums!
Batala Bristol was founded in 2011 and the group’s performed at numerous local, national and international prestigious events, including: Love Saves the Day, Bristol Harbourside Festival, Bath Carnival, St Pauls Carnival (winning best samba band in 2014!), Notting Hill Carnival and Salvador Carnival in Brazil. Boom! Shaky, shaky Samba!
Ras King Bobo 1’s blend of acrobatics, street dance and circus skills is great fun to watch and even better to take part in. An experienced and qualified acrobatics and dance teacher, Bobo will bring a real sense of fun and encouragement to all his workshops.
Ras King Bobo
Traditional party games with a fruity twist for all ages. Cutting edge duo DJ Fruit and MC Melon will clear your hangover on The Den’s soundsystem on Saturday morning. So you’d be a friggin’ salad to miss out!