The Big Feastival at Alex James’ Farm near Kingham
Does The Big Feastival need an introduction? Oh, OK then. Started in 2011 on the farm of Alex James (made famous as bass guitarist in ‘80s band ‘Blur’) this mix of food and music is a riot of family fun and a weekend of big names from music, food and CBBC.
This year’s event takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August and you can either purchase day tickets or weekend camping from the Thursday to Monday.
The focus on being family friendly is strong and there’s a feeling of village fete meets festival line up when you consider straw bales to climb on, face painting, a lego tent and Justin Fletcher (massive if you are under 5) are all huge draws for the little ones. This goes on whilst you see parents nursing a hell of a hangover following some heavy partying with a line up for 2018 to include Craig David, Paolma Faith, James Arthur and Clean Bandit to name but a very few. With multiple stages there’s plenty of opportunity to listen, dance, sing along and hear something new.
The food is undoubtedly a big draw for many with a wide variety of food stalls, pre-booked dinners, foodie venues such as the cheese hub, cookery school, pop-up restaurants, cooking demos…
Of course there’s also the exhibitors flogging food, clothes, clever ideas and if you are lucky you may even get some of the freebies being handed out to try the latest fad before it hits the big time.
It’s all great fun but be warned, the word on the street is that this is not cheap since everything inside the venue must be bought (and there’s a lot to buy) after you have bought your (also not cheap) ticket, made much worse if you take kids who want to go on everything…and everything comes at a price. However, people flock here in their tens of thousands so have a great time. We will be sitting in the garden enjoying the (very) gentle ‘thud, thud’ on the breeze!
And of course if camping on site isn’t your bag, why not check availability of our cottages – we’re located less than a mile from the site so it’s the best of both worlds.