Get Stuck In

Our "Hands On" Workshops are where you get to learn something new or just sharpen up skills. From the Circus to Yoga and everything in between.Dance in loads of styles including Jive, French, Ceilidh, Zumba, Salsa, Morris........Poetry writing, Big Sessions, Community Singing, Knitting, Ukulele, Bodhran, Guitar, group playing, Clay Modelling, Sculpture, Paper Planes, Outbacks2basics and the now world famous Towersey Lantern build!  Younger visitors also have their own tailor made workshop programme to chose from at All About Children and Youth Festival.

Lantern Making

Our most popular workshop and a mainstay of Towersey.  Alan and his wonderful team will help any new comers to create their dream lantern.  A great activity to do as a team, solo or with family.  Start planning what you will build now!

Zulu Tradition Workshop

From KwaZulu Natal to the world's stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance.  Join zulu Tradition for a very special workshop open to all.  Learn the songs and dance of this amazing culture from these wonderful performers.


The daddy of all Yoga sessions!  This is perhaps our biggest workshop.  Sue's been running this daily morning yoga session for many years and has a big following but we always have room for more.  So bring a mat or a towel to lie on and start the day with a peaceful and energising stretch.

Hands-on Stone Age history workshops

Outback2basics deliver hands-on Stone Age history sessions, bringing the Stone Age alive with an interactive timeline and practical workshops.Having lived as Stone Age people in the Wilds of America with no modern equipment and roaming the wilderness as true nomadic hunter gatherers, Outback2basics now use their stories to teach these primitive skills.

Morris Dance Workhops

Join our guest teams over the weekend and learn Molly Dance with Ouse Washes,  Clog wih Stony Steppers, Northwest with Hexamshire Lasses, Cotswold with Towersey

 Morris is great excersise, brilliantly inclusive and easy to pick up.  It is also the traditional dance of this country and has a rich heritage.

Beginners Guitar with Thame Music Academy

Come and learn the basics to help you on your way or as an improver, get some tips and challenges to take your playing further.  Bring your own guitar.Thame Music Academy is a creative, innovative and professional music school specialising in the tuition of a variety of musical instruments. Open to both children and adults of all ages whether to work towards grades or just for fun! The academy launched in September 2015 and is now a well established business within Thame and the surrounding 

The Creative Quarter

A huge success in 2016 and back for 2017!. Expect the unexpected, engage your imagination, stimulate your senses and get creative with Art Wall, Bingo, Colouring Corner, Competitions, Cheese! Crafts Workshops, Destination Imagination Challenges, Dressing up Stage, Face Painting, Flying Models, Giant Games, Have a go at? Interactive Sculpture, Sculpture Village, Skill Swap, Talking Triangles, Junk Musical Instruments, a lovely Tea and Coffee shop and our famous pallet furniture to chill out on and read the paper. Something new for all to enjoy all day, every day.


Drumming & Percussion Workshop and Jam

Join Thame Music Academy for a percussion jam.  Simple rhythms built up to create an ensemble of noise.  Bring anything to bash, beat or shake out a rhythm

Thame Music Academy is a creative, innovative and professional music school specialising in the tuition of a variety of musical instruments. Open to both children and adults of all ages whether to work towards grades or just for fun! The academy launched in September 2015 and is now a well-established business within Thame and the surrounding areas!

Festival Choir with Roger Jackson

Join Roger for our huge community choir.  It seems to get bigger and better every year with over 100 singers last year. Whether you think you can sing or not, Roger will get you hollering out the tunes and making beautiful music with loads of other festival goers.  A great way to start each day; singing is food for the soul and puts a smile on your face.


NOTE: Weekend or Day ticket plus additional ticket required.
BOOK NOW 16yrs and over

Takes place Sunday 27 August, 6.30pm - 9pm Preparation Workshop, 9pm Firewalk

Honu Firewalks unleashing the power of positivity…

•Transforming thinking

•Breaking through barriers

•Empowering success

…simply life changing

Are you searching and seeking a positive, life changing experience? An adventure, a bit of excitement? Or are you just curious about how it can be done?

Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers. Firewalking has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the World, with the earliest known reference dating back to the Iron age. Now in 2016, Different Ways of Thinking is delighted to be to be offering the exciting experience of Honu Firewalks at Towersey Festival. 

This event is much more than walking on hot coals (although obviously that part is pretty damn awesome). The event will help you through your fears and limitations, identify what is holding you back, and guide you through the challenges you may face in your journey through life. With plenty of laughs and breakthroughs, left right and centre, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

You will come for your own reasons, as everyone does. Whether it’s just for the thrill and taking actions regardless, or it’s an opportunity to discover your own true potential and build the foundations for your future. Everyone will get something unique and treasured for themselves.

The Firewalk is the ultimate metaphor for change and empowerment. There is no doubt that walking across hot coals with confidence, purpose, focus, and determination is an experience you will remember forever.

You will attend a pre firewalking workshop and during a few hours of outrageous fun and excitement you will realise the limitless possibilities in your life and equipped with techniques that empower you, you will leave with a feeling of accomplishment and confidence that you could only have imagined. Once you take the power away from fear, there is really nothing stopping you. After all if you can walk safely across hot coals what else is possible?

Everyone remembers the first time they walked on fire and everyone has their own personal reasons for taking part. Honu firewalks will give you a positive effect, it is simply life changing!

NOTE: Weekend or Day ticket plus additional ticket required. BOOK NOW 16yrs and over

Beginners Melodeon

Come and get to grips with one of the most accessible traditional instruments.    Simple tunes can be picked up dead fast and before you know it you'll be able to join in with a bar session.  Bring a Melodeon.  More experienced players welcome too.


Zumba is one of the most popular and accessible forms of dance class.  Its infectious fast and fun and really easy to pick up and run with.  Kate Tpton is an exprienced Zumba teacher and brings a unique Festival flavour to her classes at Towersey!

Knit & Natter

Knitting, Crochet and a good chat.  Come and learn how, share skills or just crack on with your lastest project.  Blankets, Gloves, Scarves and more.  A perfect way to start each day in good company.

The Slackline School

SLS has been bringing the fun and exciting sport of slacklining to festivals and events for years, and is super excited to be a part of Towersey this year! Combining balance, focus and creativity, slacklining is one of the most fun and exciting new sports around and our workshops are open to all ages and abilities. Come and try something new!

Tune Sessions with Banter and The Oxford Nags

Join members of these great bands for a lively morning tune session.  Learn new tunes and share the joy of playing together with some great lead musicians.  All standards welcome.  Just pitch up and play.

Introduction to Storytelling Techniques

Workshop covering some of the basic principles of my approach to storytelling, including playfulness with language, a trust in ones own narrative instinct and interplay.  It’s lively, and fun. 

Lindi Hop and Jive Workshop

Join Oxford Lindi Hoppers and learn some basics and mre advanced Lindi Hp steps and dances.  Then take these steps along to Rob Heron on Saturday afternoon. 

Ukulele with Hamish Currie

Come learn to play this most accesible of instruments.  The most popular instrument in the work and such fun to pick up and bang out some tunes.  Everyone can have a go at this one and for those that already play, Hamish will take you through some great tunes and songs and provide loads of tips to improve your playing.

Games for Grown Ups

Play, Play, Play – some of your favourite old games and some new fun team games too. You don’t need to be fit just willing to have some fun.

Duck, Duck, Goose…Captains Coming (Port and Starboard)…Grandmothers Footsteps…What’s the time Mr Wolf?  Which was your favourite childhood game?

You’re never too old to play, and at this workshop there will be nobody who is left out. Come alone or come with friends either way here you will make lots of new friends.

Different Ways of Thinking are pleased to provide an opportunity to play some traditional games again, mixed with some exciting team games and trust games. You will laugh lots and are guaranteed some good old FUN!


Ballet for Fitness & Fun

A new one for Towersey!  Ballet is amazing for balance, core strength, flexibility and it's just so relaxing and fun.  With Maddie (tutor from the Royal Ballet!) you are in safe hands as she takes you through some basic workouts and steps.  Great for anyone who likes to dance, enjoys a workout and a stretch.  Everyone of any level or age welcome.

Ceilidh for Beginners with Nancy Potts

Nancy Potts takes you through a crash course in Ceilidh Dancing.  A great way to find your feet and enable you to enjoy dancing all weekend even if you've never danced ceilidh (Barn Dance/English Dance) before.

Songwriting with Ange Hardy & Lucas Drinkwater

Join Ange and Lucas to explore how they approach song writing and look at song structure, influences, experiences and your own approach.

French, Euro, Bal and Scandi Dancing

Classes in French, Euro, Bal and Scandi dance.  Learn all the basics and some more advanced steps for those theat have experience.  All levels welcome to come and try out some great Europeon dance styles

English Fiddle with Alma

Come and learn some great Fiddle tunes and some tips for better playing in this all levels welcome workshop.

Circus Skills with Rainbow Dragon

Pop along to the Rainbow Dragon stall on the Festival Green and have a go at Juggling, Devil Sticks, Diablo and more.  The guys are always happy to show you how and pass on handy hints.  And when Towersey is over, you never know, you might join the Circus!

Cajun Dance Tunes workshop and Jam with The Flatville Aces

Join one of the UKs best Cajun bands and pick up some wonderful Cajun tunes to play.  Bring pretty much anything to play!