Wednesday 26 October
Creative Youth Festival

12 - 6pm
For ages 12 – 18

Have fun, experiment with new ideas and celebrate creativity at Wysing Arts Centre. 


Join us for Wysing’s first ever youth festival - a celebration of creativity in all its forms! During the day you’ll get the opportunity to take part in lots of different creative workshops and activities with artists: including inspiring make-up tutorials, collaborative storytelling games, and experimental sound workshops. 

You can meet friends, get involved in a tour of augmented reality artwork created by Wysing’s Youth Council, and see an amazing new installation by artist Uma Breakdown! 

Who is it for? 

It’s been designed for and with young people, with a focus on people aged 12 – 18. Young people can attend independently, subject to parent/guardian permission. Youth groups and organisations are also welcome to bring groups along. 

Why should I come? 

The youth festival is a chance to share your creativity, have fun and experience different kinds of art. You’ll get the chance to pick up creative tips from each other, as well as from professional artists. It could be a great way to boost you creative portfolio, meet new friends, or just to make things – the arts has been show to have a positive impact on wellbeing. 

Health, Safety and Wellbeing 

We want to support young people to have the freedom to explore creativity, independently. We ask the parent/guardian/youth worker to specify if they are happy to allow the young person to explore our rural site freely. To help you make this decision we have provided a risk assessment that specifies what we are doing to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of young people at the event. You can download it here.  


A calm, decompression space is available onsite. 

Accessible parking and toilets are available. 

If you have other access requirements that you would like to check with us before booking, please get in touch with Lucy Shipp, Education Manager, at Lucy.Shipp@WysingArtsCentre.Org and we will be happy to help. 

Full Schedule

A full schedule will be added here, approximately 3 weeks prior to the event.


Do I need to attend for the whole day? 

No, you don’t need to attend for the whole day, you can stay for as long as you want. 

Do I need to book? 

Yes, we are asking people to book via Eventbrite, so we know how many people to expect. Bookings must be completed by/with a responsible adult, in order to agree to the event details. 

Do I need to have any experience?  

No, you don't need to come with any previous art experience to join. Come along and try things out. 

Do I need to pay for the festival?  

No, all the sessions are totally free to attend with materials and refreshments included. You may want to bring some cash or a card to buy lunch, or you can bring a packed lunch with you. 

Do I need to bring lunch? 

You can either bring a packed lunch with you, or buy food here on the day with cash or card. Snacks and drinks will be provided for free during the day.  

How can I get there? 

Free travel is provided from Cambourne, Cambridge and Huntingdon with DBS checked taxi drivers. This must be booked by 9am Monday 24 October. The taxi departs from Cambridge at 11.20am, collecting from Cambourne at 11.45am, arriving at Wysing for 12pm. The taxi leaves Huntingdon at 11.30pm, arriving at Wysing for 12pm. All the transport will depart at 5.30pm and will follow the same route back, arriving Cambourne at 5.45pm, Cambridge at 6.15pm and Huntingdon at 6pm. Timings are approximate. 

If you require transport but find it difficult to attend from these locations, please get in touch with us so we can discuss potential travel options or other ways to support your attendance. 

Wheelchair accessible transport can be provided if needed. If you require wheelchair accessible transport, please tick the box on the Eventbrite ticket checkout page and we will be in touch by email to confirm arrangements with you. Please let us know by 9am Monday 24 at the latest, so we can make arrangements. 

I’m a parent/guardian/youth worker. Do I need to attend/stay on site for the event? 

We want to encourage young people to have the freedom to explore their own creative interests, in an environment where risks are managed as well as is feasibly possible. 

It is the responsibility of the adult (parent/guardian/youth worker) who books to ensure that they understand and agree to the plans put in place by Wysing to minimum potential risks during the event, and to undertake their own assessment of risk for the young person/people they intend on bringing to the event. 

A risk assessment is available to support group leaders, parents and guardians, to support the health and safe welfare of the young people for whom they are booking. Wysing is able to provide assistance in helping to identify any additional risks posed by any young people they are intending on bringing to the event. 

During the event Wysing will provide a room with WiFi and refreshments for adults to base themselves if they want to stay on site. 

Upon booking parents/guardians/group leaders will be asked to specify whetherif a) they are happy for the young person to be independent, b)if they will stay on site, or c)if they will accompany the young person during the event. 

What should I wear? 

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sturdy, comfortable footwear. Some of the festival activities will take place outside, so we recommend weather appropriate clothing. 

For other questions, please email Lucy Shipp, our Education Manager at Lucy.Shipp@WysingArtsCentre.Org. 


This opportunity has been supported by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, The Ragdoll Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.