Mark Norman of the Folklore Podcast fame 
will be talking about the Black Dog tradition 
Mark has lovingly restored an original Black Dog and will be bringing it along to this years festival. 

This year we welcome Simon Barnard who will be displaying 
prehistoric bronze casting and offering both one to one workshops and pewter casting workshops from his stall  
(these are offered at an additional cost) 

Back again is the ever popular Pretty Penny run by Simon Craig 
where for a small charge you can make your own penny pendants

For those who love "World music" 
Tall Paul will be running his stall, with a range of hand crafted Didgeridoos, drums and gongs. plus various other musical instruments

For the first time we have a local chap, Vince King coming along with his stall of fabulous hand carved wood work 

On a musical note we have the 
Anderida Roadshow coming along 
they will be running daily workshops from their stall space where you can have a go at playing various instruments and jamming sessions throughout the weekend
Culminating on the Sunday afternoon with a performance in the main marquee with anyone who has worked 
with them over the weekend. 
Let harmonious chaos reign

On Saturday evening as is now part of the Roots tradition 
we have a community drum circle to kick off the music
Run by your hosts Phil and Lynne 
Sham Tastic is a light hearted affair that usually 
ends in total mayhem

On the Friday evening we have Koth playing for us the beautiful instruments that will also be on sale from his Dark age music stall

With all this excitement going on why not choose to relax for a while and get a treatment from Anneli 

 Or have a personal Gong bath from 
The Gong masters

Martin and Sue will not only be running two fabulous workshops, mini besom making and pencil making 

They will also once again have their very popular stall 
selling hand crafted goods all created from the sustainable woodland they own and run here in Kent 

Lucy Virtue returns this year, a local herbalist offering consultations and a range of hand made tinctures and creams 

Every village needs it's village shop but Mark and his team offer much more than that ! 
The "youth club" is becoming a legend at Roots 
a place where the Yooth can hang out and chill 

Talking of legends we have local woodsman 
Mark Sidders who will be letting you have a go at making 
Gypsy flowers 

Animal lovers best bring your credit cards as Wendy's creations are going to steal your hearts 
local artist Wendy sculpts the most amazing lifelike creatures 

Sharing a stall with Wendy is the very talented 
Gill Bridgestock
Gill works in silver and pewter to create gorgeous items to adorn your house with 

Here is a list of some of the free workshops and talks on offer 
at Roots this year 

Log hive making with Matt Somerville 

Primitive projectiles with Raymond Noakes 
Ray will also be having a stall space and running 
a Spear throwing range !

Making a pond on a budget with Deb Shotton 

 Felt badge making with Della Newman 
Della will also be running workshops and selling 
her amazing crafts at the Spinning Earth stall

House protection magic with Vic Hyland 

Pirate tales of smuggling with author Nils Vister, 
who will also have a stall selling his wonderful books 

 DIY funerals with Holly and Andy 
Clay hedgehogs with the Hastings woodcraft folk
in the kids marquee


Also this time around we have Merrie Ye Mead running a mead stall and Mead hall ! 

And local brewery Old Dairy will be running a bar each night 
when the music is rocking