Not just music…

There’s so much more to Big Love than great music and parties. Sure, you can hit it hard till 5am, but it’s nice to have some chilled, stimulating or even strenuous activities to join in whilst you recover!

All activities are free unless otherwise stated – no hidden charges or VIP areas – everyone’s a VIP at Big Love!

Creative

Party mask-making

In this 90-minute workshop you’ll learn how to make some fabulous burlesque-style masks. The session is run by Silvia Sacrestano, an Italian fashion textile screen print designer and carnival costume artist. Read more about Silvia’s workshop.

All materials are included, and Silvia will be shaping the session around the theme of Mother Nature, so you can wear your masks to the themed evening party.

FREE SESSION but donations appreciated to cover the cost of materials (feathers, papers etc.). (12:00-13:30 Saturday)

Stone carving

Our friend Anthony Lysycia will be providing expert demos of the art of stone carving and the chance to try it yourself (safety equipment provided)! Anthony qualified for his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in the 80s, and fast forward to the present and Anthony now works on huge blocks of stone weighing up to several tons. See his work and try your hand with a chisel!

FREE SESSION but donations appreciated to cover the cost of materials. (various times throughout Saturday & Sunday daytime)

Fluid Art workshop

Pablo is an established acrylic artist based in Surrey. He will be running an art class/workshop at Big Love, where you can come and produce your own piece of fluid art, to take home.

FREE SESSION but donations appreciated to cover materials provided by Pablo, with any excess going to charty. (13:00-14:30 Sunday)

Booking essential due to limited places and materials! Please sign-up for Pablo’s workshop here.

PhotoChilli.

PhotoChilli photo projects

Top London photographer Mark O’Brien will be getting people involved in various photo projects and installations all weekend, with the option of taking home an original print.

Small fee to cover cost of prints if you want to take one home.

Comedy, Poetry, Spoken Word

Standup Comedy

This year we’ve persuaded some ruddy marvellous comedians to keep you in stitches. Hosted by Mat Troy, comics will include Rachel England, Twammers, Rufus Mufasa, and Scoops.

Part of the Unite & Inspire Sessions in the U & I Radio marquee (various times)

James Dunn.

Spoken word

Hosted by James Dunn, expect spoken word, stories and poetry with Paul Hilliard, Priya Louise Hall and Calum Stewart.

Part of the Unite & Inspire Sessions in the U & I Radio marquee (various times)

Health, wellbeing and empowerment

Gary.

Self-defence class

A 2-hour workshop that teaches you simple but effective ways to physically and mentally defend yourself. Not the obvious festival thing? True, but actually, we think it’s the perfect environment to pick up some techniques to feel more empowered.

Gary Henshaw, a top self-defence instructor, will be sharing share his knowledge in a fun and supportive way, including tips for de-escalating situations, breakaway techniques, the law, and striking options. Learn more about the self-defence workshop….

This will be a fun workshop and fairly low impact and not very physically demanding and is suitable for participants from most levels of physical ability! FREE SESSION but donations appreciated. (14:00-16:00 Saturday)

Booking essential due to limited places! Please sign-up for Gary’s workshop here.

Festival pool.

Swim & Sauna

Start your day with a dip in our indoor pool* and perhaps a sauna to sweat-out the previous night. Both can be found inside Baskerville Hall. No bombing or heavy petting.

Or if it’s really hot again like 2018, stroll down to the river and have a dip there or hire a kayak.**

FREE (Saturday & Sunday mornings). * Pool opening hours depend on lifeguard availability. ** Please take extra care near the river – it’s not part of the festival.

Dragon and Jay.

Warriors: Panel Discussion

Join Dragon and Jay as they host a panel discussion entitled Warriors: People who have thrived in the face of adversity. They’ll be interviewing a range of highly interesting individuals, as they share their inspiring stories.

FREE SESSION. (16:30-18:00 Sunday)

Drum and Bass Workout.

Drum’n’Bass workout

Getting on it doesn’t mean letting yourself go! Slip into your leg warmers and get sweaty to some top class tunes from Bristol’s Drum’n’Bass Workout. As Dr Meaker memorably sang, “My Love’s in Lycra”. Or was it “My Love’s A Fighter”? Well, either way, what better way to burn off those cocktail calories?

FREE SESSION

Dragon and Jay.

Mental Health: Panel Discussion

Depression and mental health issues aren’t the obvious things to raise during a party festival, but they affect so many of us nowadays, they can’t be ignored. Join Dragon and Jay for Mental Health: It’s Good To Talk, as they chat informally with an interesting panel about these issues. Join in the discussion in a friendly, supportive and non-judgemental environment, or just listen to what’s helped others.

FREE SESSION. (16:30-18:00 Saturday)

Social Muscle Club.

Social Muscle Club

Social Muscle Club is a marketplace where everyone is rich and has a ridiculous amount of fun. Come and join in with a heart-based economy, involving spontaneous giving, receiving and commitment to strangers. Your practice starts here, with a hint of chaos, cabaret and comedy. We’ll show you how.

Optional: bring a performance offering if you feel like it!
FREE SESSION. (14:30-16:00 Sunday)

More fun stuff

Dusty Fingers Cardiff logo.

Pop-up record shop

Cardiff’s Dusty Fingers will be offering the chance to browse some incredible vinyl in their pop-up record shop, whilst dropping some irresistible beats under the gazebo.

(Friday, Saturday and Sunday daytimes)

Silly games and activities

Gladys, Big Love’s Head of Camp Entertainment, will be dusting off her bullhorn and leading/cajoling you into some very silly fun and games on the lawn on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

FREE. (Saturday and Sunday afternoons)

Shop till you drop

This year our market area is expanding and moving outside, with stalls to cater to all your festival needs.

(Friday, Saturday and Sunday daytimes)

Fully Blown Riders

Watch out for our team of Fully Blown Riders rampaging through the site, making sure there’s no slacking from the serious business of having fun!

The Naughty Playpen

Anyone found breaking festival rules or nominated by their friends may find themselves imprisoned in the Naughty Playpen for 10 minutes.