12 Aug 2021
by Sarah Holloway


These exciting events are all part of New Wave, a training programme made possible with the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery. It takes a small group of local festival organisers through a structured programme focused on working with young adults.

Stones After Sunset: A Journey of Discovery (Merseyside): As the sun sets journey back in time, way, way back in time... to discover the secrets of the Calder Stones on this special trail.

Locomotion Lates: The Golden Age (County Durham): Do you dream of glamorously dressed people in snappy shoes stepping from clouds of steam as the train whistles in all those Agatha Christie films? Well then this one's for you! Take a trip back to the 'golden age' with costumes to pose in, games to play, playlists to hear, all in the setting of a collection of extraordinary railway vehicles.

Steam power

Steam into the golden age of travel at Locomotion (© Locomotion)

Leeds Echoes - Walking Through Time (West Yorkshire): Connect with the city in a new way with this four part audio series seeking the places of solace people found during the pandemic.

'Shrek' at Wentworth Castle Gardens (South Yorkshire): Lady Lucy's Walk is about to see something rather different from the usual 'promenading' visitors. Settle beneath its towering lime tree boughs to enjoy a fairy tale classic, yes the green ogre is here for one night only!

Behind the Screens of the National Videogame Museum (South Yorkshire): Ready Player One! Take a trip through gaming history for a special evening of behind the scenes insights from the museum team, and, of course, a chance to play over 60 games!

Sega racing time

Game on in Sheffield! (© National Videogame Museum)

Brierley Hill Boogie (West Midlands): Dance your cares away to the tunes of the great musicals with this fitness fun event in the park.

Lyme Unlocked, Lyme Park (Cheshire): Your mission, should you choose to accept it... Enter a world of intrigue and secrets, exploring hidden spaces in a race round the estate, can you decipher the clues to escape The Cage?

Escape rooms at Lyme

Unlock secrets of the past at Lyme (© National Trust Images / Alex Robinson)

Bullets in Brierley Hill (West Midlands): Peaky Blinders fan? Ah, then, my friend, you will love this! Can you escape the police in time?

Re / Collect 250, Norwich, Norfolk (Norfolk): There's oral history... and then there's Re/Collect! Explore stories of festivals past with a difference at this evening event.

Sustainable Fashion from Traditional Textiles (Norfolk): Learn from past traditions to create a more sustainable future with this beautiful textile workshop in a Victorian skating rink.

Traditional textile crafts of South Asia

Sumptuous fabrics from South Asia inspire sustainable fashion (© SADCC)

Manga exhibition at the Maltings (Shropshire): What do you get when you mix anime/manga art and an 18th century industrial mill? Come and find out at this exhibition from workshops run with young creatives over the summer.

Haunting tales in Lowestoft (Suffolk): At England's most easterly point take a walk with a historian to explore this town's ghostly tales, folklore and legends before exploring its history of witchcraft at this enlightening exhibition

Campfire Cooking and more with the Girl Guides (Norfolk): From tin foil treats to afternoon tea, see just how much you can really cook on a campfire at one of these special sessions. Then, when you've had your fill, walk it off with a wander about the beautiful estate, look for the mosaics or even try the geocaching trail.

Campfire cookery

Cook up a camp fire treat with the Girl Guides (© Girlguiding Norfolk)

Cook-a-long a Black Forest Gateau (London): Create a classic with the help of chef Ben in the pastry kitchen at the University of West London. Only a lucky few can be in the room but many more can join online.

Glitter and Glitz - celebrating David Bowie in Style (East Sussex): Brighton Museum invite you to dust off your sequins, dig out the face paint and come dressed to impress to their David Bowie exhibition.

Food for thought in Brighton (East Sussex): Something new is brewing down in the kitchen at Preston Manor, while outside it's a question of 'to eat or not to eat?' when looking at potentially poisonous plants. If that all gets a bit much, take a break and soothe your soul with some foody felting. Alternatively online you can join the co-founder of Old Tree Brewery and Compost Club for a chat about all things compost or check out Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust's social streams for virtual zines, and behind the scenes updates.

Waste not, want not

Down in the kitchen something's brewing in Brighton! (© RPMT)

Wild Winchester (Hampshire): Explore the magic of St Catherine's Hill at dusk. Enjoy stunning views over Winchester, take a walk to discover the birds and bats of the nature reserve or simply sit by the campfire for some tasty treats.

God’s House Tower - Late Tower Takeover (Hampshire): God's House Tower invite you to an evening of art and entertainment. Enjoy music, poetry, comedy, visual and performance art produced by young creatives as you wander this historic site.

Wheal Martyn Clayworks (Cornwall): Head to this beautiful woodland site for the ultimate pick & mix festival day! From pasty crimping to 'piskie' trails, foraging walks and live music, there's something for everyone.

Clay figures at Wheal Martyn

Miners and so much more at this historic Clay Works. (© Wheal Martyin Clay Works)

Find out more