Trad Academy Summer Camp – August 2016

6:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday 14 Aug 2016
£320 per child for the week (email us for information about concessions)
Chellington Centre
With Chance Kellner, Ed Hicks and Pete Truin
Please email us to reserve your place

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Banjos kindly provided by Hobgoblin Music

Banjos kindly provided by Hobgoblin Music

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The Trad Academy welcomes you to our first ever summer camp for kids! Activities and workshops start in the evening on Sunday 14th of August and run until Friday 19th where the week will end with a small performance and a big celebration!

We are so excited to expand the Trad Academy to offer young people the opportunity to learn music from a variety of folk traditions, with the aim to create and share song and dance with new friends and in a beautiful setting.  The course will be led by Chance Kellner, with support from Trad Academy tutors.

The Chellington Centre will be our home for the week. It is especially set up for young people and provides everything we need to make the week a success. It is in gorgeous Bedfordshire surrounded by fields, forest, lakes, and wildlife. We will spend as much time outside as possible. Campfires, outdoor games, and hikes are definitely in order. The centre is a beautiful old church that has been recently converted to accommodate bunk beds and bathrooms/showers, a kitchen, and learning spaces. All the children will be sleeping indoors. Please visit their website for more information

During the week there’ll be a choice of workshops.  We’ll be running sessions on fiddle playing, singing folk songs, country dancing, step dancing, playing in bands and banjo playing.  Our friends at Hobgoblin Music have also agreed to lend us some 5-string banjos for the week so anyone who wants to will be able to borrow a banjo for the week and attend workshops everyday taught by Ed Hicks.   Hobgoblin Music sell loads of folk instruments in shop round the UK and we’re really excited to have their support for this project!

To apply for a place on the course please contact us.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

More information:

There are limited spaces as we can only accept up to 38 children. The child to adult ratio will be roughly 3:1.

We will provide 3 nourishing and delicious meals a day as well as snacks and yummy things throughout the week.

The course is aimed at young people aged 8-13.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag OR sheets and duvet

Indoor shoes

Outdoor shoes




Waterproofs (jacket and trousers)

Hat for hot weather

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap (with container), shampoo, hairbrush, deodorant (if needed)



Clothes: socks, underwear, items for cold weather (jumpers, long-sleeve shirts, tracksuit bottoms), items for warm weather (t-shirts, shorts), leggings, etc.

Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes

Something special from home (for example: soft toy, blanket, photo, journal, object)

Personal medical items

Instrument (if portable)

    • Torch
    • Hat and gloves for cold weather
    • Books/activities for free time
    • Sweets/Treats to be shared (nothing homemade or unpackaged)
  • Here’s a video about the beautiful Chellington Centre:


The Chellington Centre
St Nicholas Church
Felmersham Rd
MK43 7NA

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