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11am to 5pm on the Railway Land
and in the Linklater Pavilion

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Join us for our annual festival! This year's event will be a spectacular celebration of a wilder world - how we can make more space for wildness, and how we can find the wildness within ourselves.

We have a wonderful array of artists, experts and enthusiasts, as well as the inspirational Railway Land itself, to help us explore wildness though all of our senses!

The Wilder Ways Festival is free and accessible

To book walks, please visit our Eventbrite page

So Many Ways to be Wilder!

Explore your wilder side through music, dance and art

  • Come together to sing your hearts out and discover the soundtrack of our ‘wilder community’ with Ellen Muriel - suitable for all regardless of level or experience

  • Poetry and Art workshops  - Discover your inner artist with Ruth Lawrence and Ruthie Martin who will be guiding sessions painting with blackberry juice and writing nature poetry to complement your images

  • Breathe in the forest & dance yourself back to nature with Bam Bam dance

  • Acoustic jam - bring an instrument and play together, immersed in nature   


Walks and trails

  • Rewilding Trail – can you spot the signs that a bear has been around? What about a beaver or a wolf? Ignite your imagination about how our world could change with Dylan Walker of Wilderlife (All ages, no need to book)

  • Celebrate the plants of the Railway Land through folk song and herbal lore, with Sara Jane Glendinning and Jo Burke from Brighton Folk Choir (Adults only, please book) Walk through the woods and meadows of the Railway Land, stopping to appreciate the abundant flora on the way. Sarah Jane Glendinning will share her extensive knowledge of herbal lore and how plants have been used throughout the ages. Sarah Burke will share folk songs about the plants and trees that you pass - a beautiful way to deepen your connection to our wonderful native plants!

  • Interactive Listening Walks – join Bela and Bethan from Music for Connection in experiencing the world around us led by our ears (Adults only, please book) These walks combine listening, exploration, and sound foraging. It’s an interesting and absorbing thing to reconsider an object from its sound/s, rather than its looks or function. Bela and Hannah will invite you to explore and organise these found sounds in our environment, creating new sonic landscapes.

  • Wild Mind Wild Life with Grace Archer - rewild yourself by remembering YOU ARE the earth, not separate from it!  Light hearted, interactive nature connection for adults.  Expect sensory, sacred and maybe a little silliness! 


Experience the wilder world through all of your senses

Dive into Soilworld! An immersive, multi sensory experience exploring the incredible world below our feet. One teaspoon of soil has more living organisms than there are people in the world… have you ever met a tardigrade before?


Talks - All talks BSL interpreted 

  • Celebrating the Bronze Age in Sussex with Tristam Bareham

  • All Things Fungi - incredible images and insights into the world of fungi with Max Mudie

  • Readings from Wilder Journeys by contributor Jenny Brisk, and the opportunity to reflect on your own wild journeys – both inwards and outwards!

  • 'The Superpowers of Soil Life' How a compost revolution for Living Soil can heal our world with Tom Daniell


And more…!


Help us shape the Railway Land Wellbeing Space - share your ideas and insights


Kid's crafts with Blackberry Moon

The Nightjar’s Journey: An epic story of one bird’s migration told with the help of puppets

Information stands 

Delicious food and drink

Angels with Attitude Choir

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