Tickets: FREE
Naul's Mill Park Coventry, CV1 4AR
Until Sat 28 Aug 2021

Beneath The Trees

Sat 28 Aug 2021
Naul's Mill Park
Coventry, CV1 4AR
Duration: 12 noon - 7pm


Want to know what to expect on the day? Check out the LINE UP below and the site map to get a feel for Beneath The Trees!

Site Map

Co-produced by Coventry Arts Collective and Coventry City of Culture Trust

An urban village fete of music, food, dancing, performance, people, and storytelling for the whole family. Beneath the Trees invites you to feel the magic of the earth beneath your feet and find the space to breathe with family and friends.

Join Coventry Arts Collective for a magical and memorable experience at Naul’s Mill Park, a beautiful Edwardian park in the centre of the city as you uncover one of our hidden green spaces, full of nature and wildlife. Enjoy all that the park has to offer including the rose garden, the spoken word tree and the nearby River Sherbourne.

Come along and experience a range of on-stage activity from local, and global, performers and artists, take part in workshops and find out more about the green work happening in our city as you engage with local eco-organisations.

Entry to this event is free but limited.

Please note: Entry times are staggered due to Covid restrictions. You only need to book one ticket per person, which will allow you to access the venue at the specified time and stay for the whole day.

If you would like to attend but were unable to secure your preferred timeslot we still encourage walk-ups on the day.

Beneath the Trees is commissioned as part of the #GreenFutures programme supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the #LoveCoventry programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.


Line up

Please arrive to Beneath the Trees at the time printed on your ticket. You are still welcome to come if you don’t have a ticket.

Here's what to expect on the day:

12pm Gates Open – check the site map and explore the different areas.


All day: wildlife and woodland bug hunts and kids activities
The Park Rangers, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Friends of Naul’s Mill Park


12pm: Welcome, What’s On, Coundon’s Hot Talent Winners, Lyra & Lydia
2pm: Mario Nikolov (Quick Feet Dance)
2pm: Leo Goldenchild
3pm: Fabulous Bradleys
4pm: Take 5 Live Art Class (Snod, Yeadon, Easton, Gaylita & more)
4.30pm: Nuala Pinson (Irish Stories)
5pm: Welsh Choir
6.45pm: Lydia Bruton & Standard Triumph pipers Closing Ceremony


12pm – 5.30pm: Coventry Art Guild, Gallery 5
1pm – 3pm: Nyasha Pitt, Rachel Brown, Rayhaan Ali, Aoife O’Toole, Nuala Pinson, Barry Patterson
3pm – 5.30pm: Curtis Libard, Luke Clarke, Robbie Albrighton, Derren Brady, Damon Smallridge, Whizzy, Rachael McDonnell


1pm – 3pm: The Real Mr Bradley, Alexandra Johnson, Chris Fernandez, Commotion 20/20, Caitlin Hill, Taylor Louise Thomas, Jade Barradell, Ruby Road
3pm – 5pm: Limbani Nilhane, Aaron Woodhouse, Chrissie Dux, Siana MB, Chantelle May Boyle,
5.30pm - Ruby Road
6.45pm: Lydia Bruton


Various times throughout day: English, Irish Musicians, Scottish Triumph Pipers and Welsh Choir


All day Live Mural (Katie O’Sullivan); All day Live Textile Art Show (Amanda Haran)
1pm – 5pm: Lyra Sindhu, Julia Kozhan, Lola Rae, Navtei Vesta, Caitlin Mcarthy, Lydia Rogers, Bex


12pm – 5pm: Fabularium, Wild Man of the Woods, Ernie Boxhall, Comhaltas, Talking Birds
1pm - 2pm / 3.30pm - 4.40pm / 5pm - 6pm: The Wizard of Cov (Ruby Road)


Throughout the day: Flatpack Film Making, Art Workshops, Animals, Books, CDs and Merchandise
Amy Smart, Poppy, Chantalle, Rachel Doughty, Julia Gandy, Rachael Trimble, Leva Traia, Neill Griffiths, Tala Lou Lou, Jackie Hall, Aaron Wodhouse


The Animation Station!

Calling all budding young animators and future filmmakers. Fancy having a go at making your very own stop motion animation film? Making your own animated short is a lot easier than you’d think, not to mention it’s a boatload of fun for all the family. In this drop in workshop you’ll learn how to make a short film using just a few props and your smartphone!


Good to know

Do I need to prove my Covid status at the door? 

No, we won’t ask you to prove your vaccination status or recent test results. However, please do not attend if you are showing Covid symptoms. This is in line with current Government regulations, which may change, so please keep an eye on the latest government guidance.

What happens when I arrive?

A City Host volunteer will meet you and answer any queries you may have.

Do I need to print my ticket?

No. If possible, please show your ticket on a mobile device. However, you don’t need a ticket to attend - just walk up.

What if it rains? 

The event is entirely outdoors and will still take place in wet weather.

Will there be any wristbands? 

No, wristbands will only be given to staff members. Re-entry is permitted,, provided we are not at capacity.

Where can I park? 

Naul’s Mill Park is in a residential area where there is no public parking. You are welcome to cycle, scoot, take the bus, taxi, or walk to the event. City centre car parking is around a  10-15 minutes walk away. WARNING: the access from Coundon Street and Marlborough Road is for residents only. Please don’t be a nuisance by trying to park there. carparklocations

Is the event wheelchair accessible? 

Yes, the site is fully accessible for wheelchair users. 

Is there security on site? 

Yes, there are professional security staff on site. However, Coventry Arts Collective Ltd accept no responsibility for loss or damage to your items. Make sure you secure your personal items at all times. 

Are there any toilets? 

Yes, portaloos are provided for all users. 

Is there food and drink on site? 

Yes, concessions will be providing food and drink, including local craft beers and ales. Challenge 25 will be in place for alcohol sales. The nearest corner shop is quite a way away, so please come prepared with your own comforts for the day. Bring a picnic blanket or chair if you plan to stay all day.

Can I bring alcohol in from outside?

No. Bags will be checked at the festival entry points. There are fully licensed bars available for you to buy local craft beer and ales. Please remember that glass is not allowed anywhere at Beneath the Trees, so please make sure to decant anything you are planning to bring into the event site into plastic containers before you arrive.

Will tap water be available?

No. Severn Trent tried their best, but there’s no source under the park site. Please bring your own water, or buy from the concessions.

Can I bring chairs, picnic blankets and kids’ sunshields to the festival? 

Yes, please do. Please do not put anything bigger than a tent peg into the ground to protect the park’s tree roots and mycelium. 

Can I bring a barbecue?

No, food will be available to buy on the day from the licensed concessions. You can bring your own picnic.

Is smoking allowed? 

No. Please also avoid vaping as much as possible, as this is a family festival site, and we’d like to keep the air clean and fresh. 

Will there be WiFi?

No. We do not have WiFi – you will need to operate on mobile data.

Can I charge my phone?

No. There is no electricity to charge phones, so please come prepared and fully charged. We are keeping generators and electricity to a minimum to avoid noise pollution for those who wish to write, paint, enjoy the park and take part in yoga, creative pursuits and workshops.

Can I bring my dog? 

Apart from Assistance dogs, this will be a very busy family festival and dogs will only be allowed in the north end of the park, near the basketball courts to avoid any distress. The Park will be closed as we put the event together on Saturday morning until the event finishes on Saturday night. Where capacity allows, dog walkers will still be able to pass through the event to get to the other side of the park, sticking to the paths away from event activity.

Will you be accepting cashless payments at the festival? 

Cash and cashless may be available depending on the selling artist or food concession. It’s best to come prepared for both scenarios. There will be no cashpoint ATM at the festival site so make sure to bring cash for vendors who do not accept card payments.

Although most of the performance and workshops are free, please make sure you bring plenty of pocket money so you can buy art and crafts, donate workshop materials and pay for activities. There are no cash points near the site. Coventry city centre, or Coundon shops are the nearest.

Can we camp overnight? 

No, the festival site is open to the public from 12:00 to 19:00 strictly and the park must be vacated before sunset to comply with health and safety licencing and regulations. 

Do I have to book in advance for any of the entertainment?

A few things have to be booked in advance, so it’s good to pop by the tents and see the people running workshops and classes to put your name down to attend. Keep your eye on social media too: #BeneathTheTrees

Most entertainment and shows on site are free and you can simply turn up, get yourself a nice spot, relax and enjoy! However, it is advisable to arrive nice and early so you have plenty of time to find a good spot and try something new.

Social media: #BeneathTheTrees

Use this hashtag to find out about free workshops, performances and what’s on live before and during the festival using the hashtag #BeneathTheTrees.