The Festival was founded in 1996 by a group of parents, with the aim to provide funding for a music teacher at our local primary school. The Festival quickly became a huge success and since, has been able to give substantial grants to schools and community groups in The Blackdown Hills. Being able to do this has put a huge smile on our faces as it is our belief that everyone, regardless of age, ability, experience or income, should have the opportunity to enjoy making music!
Organised and run entirely by our dedicated and enthusiastic committee of volunteers allows all proceeds to be given out in grants for musical education to our local primary schools: Churchstanton, Buckland St Mary, Hemyock and Upottery. Other recipients of Festival Grants have been Awliscombe School, Churchinford Pre School, Churchinford Youth Club, Churchinford Youth Dance Group, The blackdown Hills Folk Band, The Sheldon Singers, Clayhidon Church Organ Restoration Project, The Blackdown Hills Music Group, Blagdon Hill School, Bishopswood Handbells, Barn Door Records and more!
What to expect this year!
Our festival has a reputation for giving stage to a varied musical line-up and this year is no different! We have some wonderfully talented musicians for your entertainment throughout the weekend, some groups are local and some have travelled many miles to be with us for the weekend. The Saturday afternoon will certainly keep the kids amused with a wide variety of activities to entertain kids big and small. So why not join us for an afternoon full of fun in the sun (hopefully), bring the family, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day in the Blackdown Hills.
On offer over the weekend we have a wide selection of real ales also lagers, local ciders, flavoured ciders, wine, Prosecco and soft drinks- something for everyone’s liking.
To accompany the beverages on offer we will be serving a wide and varied selection of good food, including vegetarian options.
Please do your bit to help us recycle the glasses and keep reusing your glass we provide. We operate a voucher system at the bar so be sure to get
your tokens in the voucher tent after the admission tent.
This year we are running our own campsite again (within walking distance), please play your part to help us ensure that it is as successful as our festival has been.
You can view the details regarding camping by clicking here
So what are you waiting for! Book your tickets now and join us all in a sun dance as we prepare for the best Festival yet!
Commitee of Volunteers
Ann Papworth, Jane Garlick, Emily Hopcraft, Maggie Powell, Phoebe Garlick, Megan Sterrett, Stuart Wright, Tom Eyre, Alex Ettringham, James Troy-Brown, Aaron Lockyer
Click on the links below to see how you can be involved to help us this year!