Every year the school community celebrates the educational principles of founder John Badley through an annual event: the 'Badley Celebration Weekend'. 

Staff, students and parents from the three Bedales Schools participate in a range of events and celebrations – including working together on projects for the Badley Whole School Effort across the campus in the spirit of the school motto “Work of Each for Weal of All” where activities can include tree planting and lake dredging. The Badley Community Festival takes place the day after and is a themed celebratory event.

Badley Community Festival 2017
24 September 11:00-17:00

Free entry (stalls charge individual fees)

Live music, arts and crafts, play areas, food stalls and more. Throughout the day, there will be workshops on writing, mindfulness and lots more. Food and refreshments will be on sale all day. The festival is an opportunity for us to share the wonderful surroundings at Bedales and our facilities with the local community, it is also an opportunity to fundraise for our charitable partners: MencapThe Kings Arms and the John Badley Foundation. The festival forms part of Badley Weekend which commemorates the school’s founder, J. H. Badley, and focusses on the community and the needs of people living locally.

Forgotten Circus

We are excited to welcome Forgotten Circus to the festival, performing immersive work throughout the day.

They thrive on merging all art forms, from music and set design, to acrobatics and theatre, to create unique multisensory environments. This year, to celebrate Bedales’ 125th anniversary, they will be developing an immersive performance piece with the students, to tell the story of the school itself through interactive and physical theatre, circus, costume and set design. Find out more: www.forgottencircus.co.uk 

Follow the Bee

Bristling with energy, this weekend puts John Badley’s vision front and centre, it’s all about head, hand and heart and everyone’s welcome.  Do get involved in the energy of Forgotten Circus and learn about the history of the school at the same time.

Badley Weekend & Badley Community Festival 2016

Bedales Community Festival drew people from far and wide during the annual celebration in recognition of Bedales' founder, John Haden Badley. Visitors were treated to an array of displays which included birds of prey, a petting zoo and hands-on activities including code-breaking, climbing wall, cake decorating, pizza baking and sand art. An activity tent set up by Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, kept the under 8s entertained and live music and refreshments based around the pavilion proved a hit with visitors. The Festival raised £2,300 to be split between MencapThe Kings Arms and Home Start Butser. Find out more about 2016's Festival.