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!
See the site layout at the bottom of this page.
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. There is a laminated map with a lovely 3 mile walk available in the box office.
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.
We have set out our Covid-19 plans in the festival management plan which we have agreed with the local authority and as you'd expect things are a little different than they'd be in a normal year. Our aim is to make the festival a safe and comfortable space for all to enjoy.
All staff, volunteers, artists and traders will be required to have a lateral flow test prior to their arrival. We encourage everyone else to do a lateral flow test 24 hrs before arriving as well; please do not attend the festival if your test is positive, if you have Covid symptoms or if you have been contacted by Test & Trace and told to isolate. On arrival attendees will be asked to scan a QR code, or to enter their details on paper forms during their visit. We ask everyone to bring masks and hand sanitiser and to respect everyone else by maintaining social distance, especially in any enclosed spaces. Thank you.
There will be sanitising stations around the site, but please bring your own too, so it's always to hand.
The Main Stage and Frontier Stage will be totally open stages this year, so please bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on. We'll be marking out safe spaces and corridors on the ground to allow social distancing. The Folk Stage will be covered but without the usual walls, and you'll need to bring your own camping chairs for there too.
Toilets will be individual "portaloo" style and there'll be plenty of them. We've increased the sanitising frequency.
The bar will have a servery with separate order and collection points. You can see the bar protocol as well as the menu on the food and drink page. We're using compostable single-use glasses to minimise contact and there will be yellow recycling bins specifically for these around the site. Please don't put anything else in these bins as this will compromise overall recyclability.
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...