Fun for Kids & Families

Chinese Brush Painting
and more in the
ARTISAN TENT

Climbing Wall and
Bungee Bounce
and other
ACTIVITIES

Medieval Combat
on the
WATERFRONT


Tie your Own Fly
in the
ARTISAN TENT

Make Your Own
Drop Spindle in the
ARTISAN TENT
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Kids love the Heritage Festival

Photo: Scott Yates

Seacoast Media

 


 



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THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
is filled with entertainment and educational fun for kids and families. 

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ARTISAN TENT
(10 am- 6pm)

The Artisan Tent is packed with artisans offering “try-it-yourself” traditional arts. Try Chinese brush painting, fly tying, spinning, letterpress printing, and fused-glass fun with magnets. Learn more here.

 

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Family-Friendly Activities can be found at the Waterfront Venue and throughout the Downtown Venue, including farm animals, a model railway, a medieval encampment with sword fighting demonstrations, jugglers, a climbing wall, a bungee bounce, kayaking on the river, and a roaming raceway. Learn more here.

 

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PERFORMANCES

Performances at the festival delight audiences of all ages. A few highlights for kids and families include: Indian Dancers of the Seacoast, the Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Murray Irish Dance Academy, Tardy Brothers Extreme Jugglers, Sing-Along with Susie Burke, Accordion Man Gary Sredzienski–and lots more. Learn more here.

 


 

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CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING

Create traditional Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy with Bruce Iverson.

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FLY TYING

Try fly tying with Bob Wyatt, who uses his artistry to imitate the look, flutter, wiggle, color, and silhouette of a bug or bait fish.

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POTTERY

Witness the process of creating unique handmade pots with Jessica Seaton and Deb Moran.

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PRINTING PRESS

Join Newmarket resident Tom Johnson for demonstrations of the art of printing–and create your own bookmarks using an antique letterpress.

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FUSED GLASS
Make glass and ceramic magnets with Alesia Dopson and the folks from To Your Arts’ Content.

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SPINNING
Judith Bastianelli works her spinning wheel, demonstrating the magical transformation of wool into yarn. Make your own drop spindle and learn your own spinning magic!

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WEAVING
Join “The Bonnie Weaver,” Pat Lipman, and try your hand at this beautiful traditional craft. Leave with a treat to take home: a woven bookmark.

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WOODWORKING

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