This year Stepping Stones Festival takes place at a new location the ruins of Kirklinton Hall, near Carlisle in the remote Scottish Borders in Cumbria on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June 2014.
The traditional Âopen micÂ event will be held on the Saturday during the day in addition to an afternoon concert, with Steeleye Span heading the line-up on the Saturday evening. Other bands include Alexander Gold, Andrew Spud Sinclair, Balkan Bandits, Bottle Bank Band, Charlie Dore (with Julian Littman from Steeleye Span), Griogair Morrison, John Spiers, The Freedom, The Hefted (Maddy & Friends), Ian Brown, Katie Ritson, Krazy Kat Theatre Company, N'dodo, No Soap No Radio, Olly Alcock, and Red Ruff.
Adult tickets are priced at £37 for the weekend, and £20 for children aged 12-16 years, children aged under 12 can attend free of charge. £27 for just the Saturday evening concert and £10 to local residents for the Friday evening concert.
There is free camping available on site at Kirklinton Hall. This will be in a flat field with only emergency lighting, porterloos and cold water. The site will be open from 4pm on Friday the 13th and campers must vacate the site by midday on Sunday 15th. No dogs are permitted on site. The nearest shops are at Longtown 4 miles away. There are no caracans or campervans allowed.
Ticket holders wishing to secure cheap but civilised accommodation are invited to use the Irthing Vale Caravan and Camping Park which is a 15 minute drive from the festival site. A courtesy bus service from Bramtpn to the festival site will be provided at 11 am on Saturday morning, returning after the evening concert.
For those wanting to take a caravan/campervan there's the Irthing Vale Caravan Park - a small run family caravan and camping site. Facilities there include a toilet block (the pink building) with free hot showers, a laundry room with free hot water, 3 deep sinks for washing up, and a washing machine and tumble dryer (for a small additional charge). Prices are £15-00 per night for 2 adults using any combination of car/ tent/caravan/motorhome, and they are offering a £5 discount per couple for a third night.
Food will be provided by Halsford Farm and a combined team from Kirklinton Church and the Brampton Community Centre. Geltsdale Micro Brewery from Brampton are running the Bar. Whilst Kirklinton’s main performance area is roofed, because the Hall is a ruin the music will be audible to people wandering around in the grounds as well as to those sitting or standing under cover.
Kirklinton Hall is on a minor road off the main Brampton to Longtown road.
Navigate onto the A6071 road from Brampton heading towards Longtown, then look out for the festival signs.
More information will be here when available.
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