Grimsthorpe Castle set for festival of music and culture

Grimsthorpe Castle.
Grimsthorpe Castle.
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The grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle will be alive with music and family entertainment when the Grimsthorpe Festival makes its return.

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday and offers a blend of traditional entertainment and quirky attractions to provide an action-packed day out for the family.

More than 10,000 people attended last summer’s festival and organiser Daniel Sumpton is hoping to attract record numbers this year.

He said: “Grimsthorpe Festival 2013 is going to be fantastic. We have some amazing treats lined up for our lovely festival-goers this year.”

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.

Mr Sumpton said: “Grimsthorpe Festival is all about celebrating 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.

“This year’s festival is going to be amazing value for money. It really is about providing great entertainment for great value and I think this has to be one of the best value tickets for a festival around.”

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 which will include a flypast by a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

The festival takes place in the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

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