Get creative and learn new skills at special classes for adults and teens led by our team of professional artists. You’ll have a chance to show off your creations or performance on the day of the parade and at the grand finale in Calder Holmes Park. No previous skills required.

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Samba Drumming with Handmade Samba

Led by Mitch Oldham. No need to book, Just turn up. If you’re under 14, you’ll need an adult with you.  Suggested donation £3 per session

Sunday 16th 4–7pm
Monday 17th 5.30–8pm
Sunday 23rd 4–7pm
Monday 24th 5.30–8pm


Stilting Workshops with Jess Woodhead

Sorry, these are fully booked for this year.

Workshop dates are as follows:

Friday 14 June 4–6 (beginners only)

Sunday 16 June 12–2 (beginners only)

Friday 21 June 4–6

Sunday 23 June 12–2

Wednesday 26 June 4.30–6.30

Friday 28 June 4–6

Please note beginners must attend all 6 sessions and improvers must attend all 4.

This year we won’t be offering to sell participants their stilts, but we can point you in the direction of someone who can make you a pair.

It is massively important, for Health and Safety reasons, that each participant has an adult with them for at least the first two sessions, and in the parade with them, as a spotter.


Parade Dance Ensemble with Gil Burns

Wednesday 12th 6–7.30
Monday 17th 6–7.30
Monday 24th 6–7.30
Monday 24th 7.30–9 (making)
Wednesday 26th 6.30–8

Anyone of any age is welcome to come along and learn a fun and easy dance routine with dancer Gil Burns that they will perform in the parade, accompanied by The Handmade Samba Band.

You will also need to come to the open workshops to make your costume.

No need to book, just turn up to the sessions wearing loose clothing and trainers/comfy footwear and if you’re under 14 please bring an adult with you