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Here you'll find all the information about our on-site courses, which we're currently developing with a range of practitioners. More updates to follow in 2023...

Festival Set Design & Construction

This exciting course, based at Rockaway Park, launches our new educational skills programme. Comprising three weekends of theory, practical knowledge and hands-on experience, you will design, create and then build part of a set. You will also learn about ethical practice to help us in our mission to manifest positive change and create a better world. Featuring specialist tutors in festival, TV and film design & construction, as well as providing opportunities to make connections and network with key industry professionals, this course aims to train and support a new generation of ecologically-focused festival designers and builders.

Take a look at our taster video below featuring Course Leader and lovely chap,

Neil Dezell.

Course Structure

Held over three weekends, the course structure is as follows:

DAY 1: Introduction to Set Building & Construction
  • Brief history of festivals

  • Ecological approaches

  • Basic Health & Safety

  • Theory of Set Piece Construction

  • Practical workshop introduction, including tips on tool use and cutting list

  • Practical set construction session

DAY 2: Set Painting Techniques
  • Brief history of set painting & carving

  • Ecological approaches

  • Health & Safety with products

  • Theory on paint mixing

  • Practical workshop introduction, including tips on brushes & techniques

  • Test painting

  • Practical painting session

DAY 3: Set Construction, Stack Building & Lifting
  • Brief history of construction

  • Ecological approaches

  • Health & Safety

  • Theory of lifting techniques

  • Harness shackles & other kit

  • Practical introduction to outdoor space

  • Prepping, layout & tie-off

  • Practical set construction session

All materials, kit, tools and PPE (personal protective equipment) are provided. Each day provides plenty of time to put theory and new knowledge into practice, as well as learn and develop new skills. For those well-earned breaks, Rockaway's Community Forest Garden and the Vegan Café are open for relaxation and scrumptious meals or snacks.

Course Dates

We are planning for this course to be available in 2023. Further info about the actual dates will be confirmed in the Spring...

Course Fees

For the full 3-day course, the total cost is £480

If you wish to only take part in 1 or 2 days, the cost is £180 per day

Booking the full course means there’s a saving of £60

Booking a Place

A booking link will be available when we've confirmed the dates.


Once you’ve secured a place, you'll be sent a questionnaire so we can get to know more about you and your interests, as well as any access needs or other requirements. Neil, our course leader is fully trained and experienced in working positively with any form of need or disability, so you will be fully supported during your time with us.


You will also receive a more detailed itinerary of each day so that you’re fully prepared for what will be covered for both the theory and practical sessions.


"Would those who say it can't be done, please stand clear of those doing it"

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