THE FARMERS ARMS

The arts & recreation offering at Farmfest has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and 2019 will not disappoint!

Farmfest’s very own community pub, The Farmers Arms, will open its doors for the first time offering workshops and classes aplenty, with extraordinary performances from a veritable smorgasbord of comedians and games makers. Come get busy and creative, chilled out and rested, or have a giggle with your pals over a heavy dose of comedy fun.

 

HILARITY AND REVELLRY

 

CHUCKLE BUSTERS COMEDY TAKEOVER

Building on the success of 2017 we’re delighted to welcome back the absurdly entertaining Chuckle Busters. They will be holding court on both Friday and Saturday at the Farmer’s Arms, curating the best in stand-up comedy, mixing stalwarts of the UK comedy circuit, budding breakthrough acts and local favourites handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene.  Here’s who we have this year:

 

ESAAN AKBAR

Eshaan Akbar is a fast-rising comedy talent who has appeared on the Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

@eshaanakbar

STEFFAN ALUN

Steffan Alun is a TV presenter, radio host and actor – but he does those things in Welsh, so you won’t have heard of him.

@StAlun

SARAH BREESE

Sarah Breese is a mischievous ball of comedy nonsense.

@SarahBreese

TONY CHIOTTI

Tony Chiotti is a cranky Yank who’s making his first trip to FarmFest. He has no idea how farms work.

@saturnbattery

PHIL COOPER

The shambolically charming and frequently hatted Welsh scallywag returns to Farmfestival.

@philcooperino

WILL DUGGAN

A furry faced fraggle rockesque type of idiot. Much fun is had with this merchant of the mirth. He is a natural idiot, so relax and just laugh right at him.

@willduggan

CLINT EDWARDS

Regular co-host of the Rhod Gilbert radio show, Clint Edwards’ relaxed and conversational style make him one of the UK’s most in demand comperes.

@clintjedwards

CHRIS FAY

“Perfectly observed comedy” Bristol Post

@_GingerChris_

JOSH KINGSFORD

An adventurous and charming spirit, Josh Kingsford won Best Newcomer at the 2018 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

SAM LLOYD

Fresh-faced, endearing and ambitious, Sam Lloyd is unafraid to approach challenging topics with charismatic ease.

@HelloSamLloyd

ALEX MAHONEY

Alex Mahoney does stand up comedy with jokes and that. 

@alexmahoney

ELERI MORGAN

Eleri Morgan will lecture you on the art of being a phenomenally basic millennial.

@Eleri_Morgan

JESSIE NIXON

Dynamic, distinctive, personal stand up with a subtly satirical edge.

MORGAN REES

This softly spoken Welshman boasts a densely packed arsenal of impressive one-liners and hilarious short stories.

@RealMorganRees5

GEORGE RIGDEN

“Rigden is the result of a genetic mash-up between Mitch Benn and Tim Key, perhaps with a few strands of Ricky Gervais’s DNA thrown in” Chortle

@GRigdenComedian

TOM TAYLOR

Comedian, writer, actor, comfortable working in teams or independently and proficient in Microsoft Office.

@tomtails

 

DRAG QUEEN BINGO

Think bingo’s for old ladies with perms? Think again!

 

Join us for an evening of fun with Bristol’s most infamous queens in a game like no other you have played before. With comedy, bespoke prizes, cabaret, game show classics with a twist and sass galore, these queens will tickle your funny bone and bend your concept of bingo forever…

Facebook.com/dragqueenbingobristol

Instagram.com/dragqueenbingobristol

 

RESTORE AND UNWIND

 

Farmfest says LOVE YOURSELF

This year we’re passionate about providing a programme that is positively overflowing with opportunities for you to nurture your mental and physical wellbeing throughout the weekend…

 

 

 

MAHADEVI YOGA

Start the day with a morning stretch to make you feel amazing

 

Their yoga classes are a celebration of mind, body and spirit and the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life. Classes are tuned to your environment taking inspiration from nature and suitable for all levels and abilities. Join like-minded people coming together for the same purpose – to feel amazing.

www.mahadevicentre.com

 

MASSAGE WORKSHOP

Make new connections and learn something new…

 

A relaxed taster workshop for yourself and another where you’ll explore the basic techniques of Indian Head Massage.  Discover how the body holds tension and understand how to relieve it. This is an opportunity to reconnect as a couple, have fun with a friend or make a new friend.

ALSO FROM MAHADEVI

 

GET FREE DANCE THERAPY

Big tunes and maximum vibes. Join the dance party!

 

GetFreeDanceTherapy was established to celebrate diversity and create inclusive, body-positive spaces that allow for complete freedom of expression. Led by dance therapist and group facilitator, Lottie Ball, GetFree dance workshops are designed to be accessible to all and bring a sense of life-affirming joy to any occasion. Expect big tunes and maximum vibes.

https://www.facebook.com/getfreedancetherapy/

 

 

CONFAB AND CONTEMPLATION

 

HANNI ROSE MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop focusing on relaxation, positivity and self-compassion

 

Join Hannah for an hour of simple and relaxing Mindfulness Meditations, to recharge for another day of music and good vibes. Following the festival theme of Love Yourself, the meditations will focus on creating compassion and positivity towards yourself and others. Bring a blanket or something comfortable to lie on and get cozy.

www.hannirosemindfulness.co.uk

 

 

PROTESTIVAL

A response to the complexity of the world.

 

Bath’s vibrant vision-sharing collective are joining us to cultivate spaces to critically engage with the interdependence of our world, and interrogate the systems of power at play. Activities across the weekend will include physical theatre, discussion and talks, and look out for their pin the clitoris on the vulva walkabout!

https://www.facebook.com/ProtestivalBath/

https://www.instagram.com/protestival/

 

 

A TOKEN OF KINDNESS

Start your day on a positive note – literally!

 

At festivals we are connected through various means of interaction. Why not take this process one step further with A Token of Kindness; where you embrace the gift of giving and receiving through a unique form of festival communication.  This part craft workshop and part Santa-style performance (yes, in the summer) encourages you to have fun being creative and begins your day on a positive note – literally!

 

LOVE THE LAND

 

SWAP DISCO HOSTED BY BETSY’S SWAP SHOP

Love the land AND love yourself! Join the sustainable fashion movement, save resources and look gorgeous in preloved garms

 

Clothes Swaps are events where you swap your clothes with friends, acquaintances and/or strangers, so Betsy’s are coming to the farm to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion by offering a better alternative to shopping. At the Swap Disco you’ll be granted an item to swap by the random outfit generator. If you like your preloved new item… keep it, DANCE & MINGLE! If you would like to swap your item for something else…also DANCE & MINGLE! Swish and swap with the beautiful people dancing around you.

www.facebook.com/betsysclosetswapshop/

 

BUTTrFLY

Raising awareness on the issue of cigarette litter festivals & providing smokers with an alternative to littering.

 

At Farmfest BUTTrFLY will be hosting a creative eco-workshop; drop in and learn how to make a reusable pocket ashtray out of a tetrapak carton in just minutes.  When you want to empty your new portable ashtray, look out for one of their bins. All the butts collected will be sent to Terracycle and recycled into a variety of building products.  How cool is that?!

If you are feeling inspired and can’t wait that long, make one at home! Follow them on Instagram where you can find a demo in their stories highlights.

https://www.instagram.com/buttrflyfestivals/

 

 

And remember:

 

LOVE THE LAND

&

LOVE YOURSELF

 

xx Love Farmfest xx