A four day event of talks, walks, theatre and film that culminates in a Sunday showcase with stalls offering practical advice in dealing with death, dying and end-of-life choices.
We aim to support a growing social movement of talking about death, and how we remember our loved ones.
The event kicks off with ‘Outside the Box’, a one woman show by Liz Rothschild. Funny, wise and taboo busting, Liz confronts the ‘elephant in the room’ with grace and humour, asking the audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life, with a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary from the funeral industry.
On the Friday night there is the opportunity to gather with fellow Harold and Maude fans and listen to ‘When Harold Met Maude’, a talk by Lucy Coleman Talbot, author of the Little Book of Maudism, before watching the film in the atmospheric Anglican Chapel.
You can also make a Magical Circle of Life wreath with Vera from Floriography, bring children along to a Always and Forever Stomping Story and watch ‘Questioning the Dead’, a film based on the installation by internationally acclaimed artist, Marcus Coates.
On Sunday, April 2nd you will find a showcase of exhibitors throughout the site:
Stoneletters Studio – hand carved memorials
And Vinyly – when the album that is life finally reaches the end wouldn’t it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity?
Tree of Opals – cremation ash jewellery made from a loved one’s remains cast into beautiful pieces in solid sterling silver or 9ct gold.
Elysium Memorials – personal, bespoke memorials which are beautiful, unique pieces of artwork in their own right, yet the origin of their creation honours the life of a loved one.
Honest Coffins – quality, environmentally friendly coffins handmade in Britain
Brahms Electric Vehicles ltd – The Brahms electric hearse is elegant and restrained; a symbol of a considerate life that is not ostentatious or wasteful of natural resources.
Bellacouche – making fully biodegradable ‘soft’ eco coffins with integral shroud and wood frame, designed for an environmentally friendly natural burial.
Cradle to Grave – beautifully hand crafted in Dorset, they produce bespoke, unique coffins for green, environmentally friendly and alternative funerals and woodland burials
Steampunk exhibition – Victorian Spiritualism Through a Steampunk Lens.
Pyrotastic – offering a service they call ‘Launch a Loved One’, to send your dearly departed on one last spectacular journey
Poetry Machine – bespoke pay as you feel poems on the spot, at fairs, events & festivals
Somerset Willow – each one of our wicker willow coffins has been beautifully and caringly hand woven by one of our skilled basked makers in our workshops in Somerset, making each coffin unique, special and a personal tribute to a loved one.