Festival Info

How the Festival is structured

THE FESTIVAL WILL BE MADE UP OF TWO DISTINCT HALVES

THE AFTERNOON

Doors open at 12pm


There will be live music on the mainstage.  This will be more low key and will be mainly acoustic artists.   It will be a mellow vibe building through the afternoon and closing with a full band.


It is during the afternoon that our workshop programme will run.  There will also be  charity information stalls to visit, child friendly activities and maybe be even a visit from a minion or a princess.   


The afternoon is more chilled and family focused.  


We close the doors on our afternoon activies at around 5.30pm


More details of specific workshops and activities will be updated as we get closer to the festival

THE EVENING

Doors open at 6pm (The evening will have an age restriction of 14+)


The evening is when the focus shifts more  to the music.  However, the purpose of the festival remains, each of the artists performing will speak about the issues of mental health to promote and encourage healthy conversation about the subject.  This festival is not about fundraising it is about breaking down the barriers that create stigma and isolation around mental illness. 


We have  an amazing line up of  music artists that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.  Each of the acts are as passionate about  changing the conversation about mental health as they are about their music.


We are extremely  pleased to have the amazingly talented Lucy Spraggan as our headline act this year.


Workshops

Poetry Prescribed

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Poetry Prescribed deliver therapeutic workshops promoting poetry as a self healing tool, and an effective way to manage mental health and wellbeing. Poetry has the ability to inspire thought, expression and creativity. We believe that through poetry we can connect to self, others, and our communities.

Egytian Yoga

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Breath work and embodying physical postures   that symbolise different life stages in this “moving meditation” can alter self defeating thoughts embedded in the sub conscious. Chill out neuro transmitters and happy brain chemicals are also stimulated. Performed regularly it is thought that yoga   can enlarge parts of the brain associated with memory focus and concentration.  Balance between the higher and lower self (sema) and connectedness is the ultimate aim

Zumba Taster and Talk

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Rebecca Manners will be offering a short Zumba session and talking about how Zumba helped with her own mental health.


Read her story here http://www.zlifemag.com/story/teaching-dance-to-cope-with-bipolar-disorder/ 

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. 

It aims to help you:

  • become more self-aware
  • feel calmer and less stressed
  • feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
  • cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
  • be kinder towards yourself.

Drum Circle

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Drum circles are an effective tool for  health and wellness and a breath of fresh air in our fragmented stressed out world.  Research is pouring out pointing to Therapeutic Drum Circles as a powerful option for stress reduction and that is good news given that stress is the precursor for mental and physical illness.

Benefits:

  • Mental clarity
  • Mood enhancement
  • Community connection
  • Physical energy


MHFA England

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           What is mental Health?


Mental Health First Aid England will be running a session talking about what mental health is and looking at stress reduction.   


They will also have a stand at the festival so you can find out more about Mental Health First Aid  

Keep Checking Back For Details of More Workshops

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REGULAR UPDATES

Information about  Festival Friends, workshops, timetables and activities will appear on this page at regular intervals.

Guaranteed Entry Tickets

The Grey Dog Festival is a free entry festival with a capacity of 750 people.   

We anticipate that this event will be popular and that it is likely that there will be more than 750 people wanting to attend.


We are also aware that people may be travelling some distance to attend this event  and will therefore want to be sure of getting in therefore. 


300 GUARANTEED ENTRY TICKETS  HAVE NOW GONE.

DON'T PANIC A FURTHER 200 ARE NOW AVAILABLE.


TO ACCESS TICKETS YOU WILL NEED TO ENTER THE FOLLOWING CODE:

GDF1112


Terms and Conditions

Tickets  will only be valid for guaranteed  entry between 6pm and 7pm.  


You can order a maximum of 6 tickets.


At the request of  the venue all under 18's must be accompanied by an adult

 (at least 1 adult to every 4 under 18's)


Any tickets found on resale sites or being sold by any means will become void

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