Biggest and better Grimsthorpe Festival is planned

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EXCITEMENT is already building for Grimsthorpe Festival, where contemporary music and art meets traditional rural entertainment.

Last year around 10,000 people visited the event which is held in the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle Estate on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Organisers promise this year’s event is set to be one of the county’s most action packed events with more than 100 live musical performances across six stages, with bands and performers from all over the world on the bill.

The six stages include the main stage with rock and indie bands, the folk stage, the courtyard stage, world stage, and under-age stage for young bands and musicians.

Founder and organiser Daniel Sumpton said: “Grimsthorpe Festival 2012 is going to be fantastic.

“We have some amazing treats lined up for our lovely festival goers as well as all the old favourites including the classic car show, which this year will see the introduction of a classic motorbike show.

“Grimsthorpe Festival is all about celebrating of the very best in music, the arts and culture.

“It is a place where we can all come together, have a picnic on our ‘Village Green’ and listen to some fantastic music.”

There will be a show arena showing a number of performances, including A Bit on the Side from the Side Saddle Association, dance groups and displays. There will also be a large number of side shows and workshops to entertain the crowds, including The Knights of Skirbeck, Lionheart Company of Bowman, and circus acts.

New for 2012 is the introduction of the speakeasy stage, which features live comedy and poetry, and busk stops which features acoustic acts.

There will be a huge range of culinary delights on offer as well as an extensive range of arts and crafts stalls, roaming entertainers, a fairground, relaxing therapy and massage zone and farmers’ market.

The festival will be topped off by a visit from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The event is raising money and awareness for a number of local charities including British Red Cross and Joel’s Quest.

Tickets cost £8 for adult, £6 concession, £4 for children age three to 12 years and free for two and under.

Tickets can be purchased at the main gates on the day and parking is free.

For more information visit or call Daniel Sumpton on 07711 705604.