What's new 2021?
In a "normal year" there'd be loads of international acts, 4 covered main stages, in big tops and large marquees; plus workshops, dancing, great traders, lovely food, great beers, and the most friendly audience and volunteers you'd find anywhere; on-site camping (with your car by your tent if you like) and proper toilets and showers. This year will have a few changes, firstly because we've had the opportunity to move to a stunning new location, but also because we're currently assuming some Covid restrictions will still be in place, which will require some deviation from the norm.
One key change is to the main stage, normally in a large big top, this year it will be an open stage, with plenty of room to spread out. We're also being flexible about the other 2 stages, which will necessarily have a more open feel - watch this space for more. Another change is to ticketing. To reduce contact in the box-office where you would normally collect your wristbands, we'll be posting wristbands out in advance.
Beautiful New Setting
2021 is going to be extra special. We have a brand new location, on beautiful lakeside parkland at nearby Kirklington village. Whilst the Racecourse has been a great venue for the last 5 years, and our original site became too small, we are really excited about the new setting for the festival - a glorious background with lakes, trees and green green grass!
There's loads more room for camping, by your car or in your caravan or motorhome. The fields are flat permanent pasture, surrounded by woods, and the lakes.
Dogs: we have always welcomed well-behaved dogs to our campsites, but this year they'll also be allowed into the arena (though not into any enclosed venues) so please feel free to bring your dogs (at no extra cost). There are great walks from the festival around nearby woods and fields (a regular walking spot for at least one of us) - the Robin Hood Way goes just by.
It's also only half a mile from a National Cycle Network track - NCN 645 - which passes the old Kirklington Station.
We are really excited by our new venue, and we're sure you'll love it too.
New Dates: 2nd to 5th September.
We're moving to the first weekend in September, from our normal June weekend, with high hopes that we'll be well on the way to putting the pandemic behind us by then.
The incredible vaccine roll-out and the Government's roadmap is giving us confidence that a festival of our size will be able to go ahead safely, even while larger festivals are sadly having to cancel. Given our size, we'll be able to go ahead even if the current stage of the roadmap is still in place - though the Government's aim is that we should be in stage 4 as early as the end of June.
Whatever the rules, we'll be taking great care to make the festival Covid-safe. There may be rules limiting ticket sales, we're re-thinking the stages and layout (see above) and we are planning for social distancing so that you can feel safe while you're here. Our aim will be to make visiting the festival even safer than a trip to the supermarket!
As we get nearer the date, and we know more about the protocols we'll need to introduce, we'll set it all out for you. We are a member of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) who are providing resources and advice on all of this, so you can be assured we'll have everything covered.
This year we'll be introducing a camp fire, in association with "Forest, School for All". All sorts of round-the-fire activities for all ages.
More info here...