Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones Festival returns to the ruins of Kirklinton Hall, near Carlisle in the remote Scottish Borders in Cumbria on Friday 9th until Sunday 11th June 2017.
Oysterband, BOC Mallorca, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, The Carnival Band and Maddy Prior will headline the Marquee Stage whilst the Hall Stage will provide wall to wall music from a wide range of local artists. The Bandstand, set in the centre of the craft village, is the venue for acoustic and dance acts while wandering musicians may pop up anywhere to busk. Plus a full kids programme, plus open mic events and more.
In addition to the headliners, other announced acts include: Hardwicke Circus, Hicks and Goulbourn, Daoiri Farrell, Hefted, Iain K. Brown, France, Henry Maybury, Hadrian’s Union, The Misdemeanours, Ben Maggs, Shipcote and Friends, Tenth Avenue Band, Delta Sunrise, The Hedgehog’s Skin, Big Blue and Tilly Moses with more to be announced.
Weekend tickets are priced at £75 per person (under 16s free), or £85 with camping.
Camping available on site at Kirklinton Hall for tents and campervans at £5 per person per night. No caravan hook-ups available. 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.
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.
Set in the Cumbrian countryside, only 7 miles from Carlisle, the grounds of Kirklinton Hall are a delight in spring with walks through woodlands full of bluebells (and fairies) to the peaceful river Lyne while the scented border, nuttery, herb and vegetable gardens are a delight to explore. The residents of the Pig Palace and the little stream full of mini-beasts to catch and observe are particularly popular with children. Unfortunately there is no public transport to Kirklinton but taxis are always available at Carlisle station.
Excellent locally produced food, real ale and a range of local crafts are on sale. There is ample parking close to the stages, flat camping, flushing toilets and the friendliest stewards of any festival.
Activities for Adults and Children
There is a full programme of children’s activities, music and dance workshops and all the fun of the fair for all ages throughout the weekend.
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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