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About GTSF

See a bunch of photos from 2021 at the foot of the page here.

For specifics and terms and conditions click here

We have bounced back in a big way after Covid, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, many of whom contributed to our online funding campaign, and a grant from Arts Council England - but mainly due to the volunteers who helped stage the festival and everyone who bought a tickets and came along in 2021. Huge thanks to absolutely everyone!

2021 was a different festival in many ways. We moved to a fantastic new setting in lakeside parkland at Kirklington, 3 miles the other side of town from our previous site at Southwell Racecourse. Southwell is a beautiful Nottinghamshire market town (see the about Southwell page) approximately 13 miles from Nottingham and 8 miles from the A1 and Newark. See how to get to us here.

 

We also made a few changes because of Covid that we've decided to retain after overwhelmingly positive feedback, including the stage layout. We also moved from our historic early June dates to September in 2021. We're not going back to June and plan to settle on a regular weekend from 2023. This year it's July 14th to 17th.

There is plenty of space to camp, right on the festival site - it really is a lovely spot, by the lakes. You can bring your vehicle onto the campsite, so no need to lug tents and equipment about. For those not camping there's a free day car-park right next to the entrance. Or for a bit of extra luxury, why not try glamping?

Well behaved dogs are welcome to the campsite and into the festival arena.

You'll find over 40 artists performing over 4 days on 3 main stages plus a children's stage and a workshop tent. The Main Stage is a large open arena (we recommend you bring chairs). The Folk Stage has a folkier feel to the music and it's in a marquee, (without walls). The Frontier Stage is our smaller third stage with a more lively feel to lots of the music. This is also an open stage. You can bring chairs or mats to all the stages. Stages used to be in marquees, but 2021's open stages were such a success, we have decided to retain them (and this this is what the majority of those feeding back asked for too).

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Dogs Welcome!

Dance remains a popular part of the festival with an emphasis on variety and entertainment. Ceilidhs or other social folk dances normally take place each day on site.

Southwell is a family friendly and fun festival with plenty of entertainment for the kids and youths alike.  Many children’s activities are aimed to be educative as well as fun with our own instrument workshops, and various other hands-on opportunities. Family entertainment always includes a liberal dose of street theatre and ‘walkabouts’ as well as storytellers and musicians.

We are a not-for-profit organisation run by enthusiastic and experienced volunteers who love staging the "biggest little festival in the land"!

We are a member of the Association of Festival Organisers, the UKs predominant organisation for independent festivals, where we share best practice and benefit from technical advice and experience. This was particularly valuable during the pandemic.

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