Grimsthorpe Festival shaping up to be bigger and better than ever

Festival organiser Daniel Sumpton is ready to greet visitors at Grimsthorpe Castle
Festival organiser Daniel Sumpton is ready to greet visitors at Grimsthorpe Castle

The final preparations are being made to Grimsthorpe Festival which organisers promise will be bigger and better than ever.

The event held in the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle on Bank Holiday Monday will feature live music and family entertainment

More than 10,000 people attended the first event, which was held in 2011.

Last summer’s festival was called off because torrential rain caused the ground to be waterlogged.

But organiser Daniel Sumpton is hoping to attract record numbers this year.

He said: “We can’t wait. We have been working very hard all year on this festival and we can’t wait to see everyone’s faces on the day.

“This will be a the biggest yet that is for certain.”

The festival is known for attracting visitors from all walks of life as it offers music across five stages, classic car displays, comedy performances, poetry readings, circus acts, dancers and children’s entertainment.

This year’s festival will 
raise money for Help for Heroes and St John’s Ambulance.

The main music stage will host rock and indie bands while the other stages around the site will host performances from acoustic acts.

Demonstrations in the show ring will come from A Bit on the Side from the Side Saddle Association, dance groups, The Knights of Skirbeck and the Lionheart Company of Bowman.

Anyone who is looking for a more relaxing atmosphere will be able to enjoy the therapy and massage zone or browse the farmers’ market.

For younger visitors there will be a funfair, Punch and Judy show, story-telling, games and graffiti artists. There will also be plenty of stalls offering food and refreshments throughout the day.

Organisers have also lined up a visit from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with a flypast by a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children aged three to 12, two and under are free.