Arts & craft stalls, nature themed family and arts activities, open studios, live music and more!
Day one of our 2022 Planet Purbeck Festival events - A family-friendly variety event with lots to see and do with food, drinks and plenty of free activities! Details of "What's On" on Sunday 18th can be found here.
Fun Family Activities:
- Arty Bug Hunts 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm - see separate page here.
- Cyanotype Workshop 11am to 2pm - see separate page here.
- My Scented Home will be running a Foraged Floral Crown workshop, with a few dried flowers from the workshop. All materials and tuition given, no booking required, cost is just £5. Come and enjoy being creative with natural materials!
- Plus the return of the very popular hens from Fresh Hope for Hens - they will be with us from 10am to 4pm and are looking forward to meeting you!
Crafts and local produce:
- There’s an opportunity to browse unusual handmade crafts and locally produced items at various stalls dotted around the site.
- Willow weaving will feature as well as green woodcarving.
- Other stalls include handmade candles, honey, natural skincare and art produced using local seaweed.
- Locally grown succulents and other plants will be for sale on the day.
- The Boilerhouse Gallery will be open as normal from 10am to 5pm, with other studios open too!
- Wander inside spaces to see more artwork; stained glass art, vibrantly coloured embroidered textiles as well as vintage ethnic textiles providing a feast for the eyes.
Purbeck Repair Cafe and Clothes Swap:
- An informal and mindful mending circle with clothes swap will take place in our beautiful rural arts setting next to Corfe’s ruined castle.
- Experienced menders will be onsite to sit with you and mend items or show you how to make handstitched repairs to a range of garments to extend their lifespan and prevent them ending up in landfill.
- Learn to darn, patch, use a darning loom or upcycle.
- Bring along items to mend and sit with us and stitch and chat, or even just sit in our lovely setting under the trees, by the river, having a coffee and cake.
- For the swap bring along up to ten items of really good quality clothing or shoes.
- They need to be in as good condition as you would be happy to receive them in.
- Drop off items between 11am and 12.30pm before heading off for a mooch around our arts and environment festival, browse the stalls, visit the gallery, admire the views, have a delicious lunch with Sprout and Bean popup cafe.
- Meanwhile we will sort items ready for you to return to claim for your new wardrobe at 1.30pm.
- The Sprout & Bean pop up cafe will be serving food from lunchtime.
- There will be a bar serving from lunchtime through into the evening.
Free Live music from 2pm:
- Allsort'd Choir
- An afternoon set to get our afternoon off with a bang.
- Fresh from winning the Swanage Carnival Talent competition [again], we are delighted to welcome back this lovely choir.
- Allsort'd Sing are an inclusive signing choir from Swanage of currently 20+ members; they have fun and enjoy singing an eclectic range of songs!
- Building confidence, and supporting communication using Signalong, is a fabulous way to learn to use sign language.
- Dry eye in the house at the end of this? Doubt it…
- Stripped back acoustic performance from Eliza Alder
- Fresh to the Purbeck music scene and new to Sandy Hill Arts, Eliza captivates audiences with her smooth, expressive voice and charming personality.
- She plays and sings a combination of stripped-back acoustic hits and her own melodic originals.
- Taking inspiration from the folk & jazz greats, she’s definitely one to watch.
- Glenn Ross acoustic set
- Glenn Ross is a seasoned Purbeck based singer songwriter whose music has recently been aired on STV and BBC introducing to name but a few.
- Vocally likened to Nick Drake his thought provoking poetic lyrics are sure to connect with fans of acoustic music.
- Accompanied by Becca Defilet on violin and Peter Lubbock on guitar, with the one and only Rob Mills on sax.
- Most activities are outdoors so dress appropriately.
- This event is suitable for all ages.
- We will have limited seating: a mix of hay bales and some folding chairs on a first come-first-served-basis.
- Like the many other local outdoor performances, please bring your own camping chair or similar if you want to be sure you can sit down.
- Please do let us know in advance if you need seating because of a health issue.
- There will be an accessible temporary toilet on site for the weekend.
- The Sandy Hill Arts 1-acre site has a range of walking surfaces, including earth tracks which can get muddy when wet.
- The event is held in an ex-industrial site with several levels, and while most areas accessible via slopes rather than steps, surfaces are mainly grass or gravel.
- We are easy to access on foot from the village through the station.
- Please visit us by bus (Breezer number 40), or train (Swanage Railway).
- There is no parking at Sandy Hill Arts, although if you need parking because of a health issue we will try to sort something out if you let us know in advance, please.
- If coming by car, please park nearby at the National Trust Car Park (East Street BH20 5DR, free for NT members and free to all in the evenings. This is a 5 minute walk from the event venue) or the West Street Car Park (BH20 5HH).