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The Forbidden Forest festival is coming to Grimsthorpe in May

The tranquil countryside surrounding Grimsthorpe will come alive for a day when an ‘intimate underground music festival’ rolls into the area for the first time.

Thousands of revellers are expected to attend The Forbidden Forest,as it comes to the Wild Oaks Forest, on Sunday, May 5.

Revellers enjoying the Forbidden Forest festival(7563748)
Revellers enjoying the Forbidden Forest festival(7563748)

Joe Quinn, the founder and co-owner of the festival, said: “With previous editions successfully selling out, Forbidden Forest runs for a solid 11 hours and has quickly made its mark as an inclusive party with a distinct DIY attitude that’s reminiscent of the UK house scene from decades before.

“ It’s an intimate, creative and enchanting addition to the festival calendar.

“Tickets for the May edition are on Final Release, with Forbidden Forest’s rapidly growing reputation cementing its place as one of the UK’s most eagerly anticipated events.”

An earlier festival held at Wymeswold Airfield in Leicestershire in September last year attracted criticism but Mr Quinn assured residents there would be no problems with the Grimsthorpe event.

“We actually received praise from the police on how well the [Wymeswold] event was run,” he said.

“In fact one comment from a police officer regarding the event was ‘On the night of the Forbidden Forest Festival all the jail cells were full in Leicester City and not one of those was cells was occupied by anyone who had attended the festival’.

“In terms of medical issues we had no major problems or incidents at the Wymeswold event which for a dance music festival is quite the accolade.

“Exurbia Events historically and presently works alongside the local authorities and statutory bodies inclusive of the local SAG teams when planning and delivering events.

“Taking on board intelligence gathered from historic events with revised and bolstered plans created allowing for a safe event delivery,with anything less being damaging to us as a business.”

He added that ‘customer experience’ and ‘offering a safe place for people to escape their normal daily routines’ is ‘paramount’ to the organisers and that a resident who lived closest to the site in Prestwold and the owners of Prestwold Estate would be ‘happy’ should the festival return.

Ray Biggs, access manager for Grimsthorpe Castle, confirmed the event will be taking place on their land.

He said: “We have been talking to the event organisers.

“The Grimsthorpe and Drummond Estate Trustees would not allow anything to take place that would damage the estate and the estate has been here for over 500 years.

“Anything that Grimsthorpe undertakes is subject to due diligence with everything that we

“We are very happy with the situation.”

For tickets for the event, visit www.forbidden-forest.co.uk.

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