This thriving major folk arts festival, returning for its 49th year, features a professional programme of folk and roots music, ceilidhs, international dance teams, family entertainers, workshops and a Children's Festival which incorporates entertainment, music, puppetry, circus skills and craft workshops.
The dates for 2013 are confirmed as the Bank Holiday weekend of Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August. Towersey has developed in the last few years from a very Folky event into a more eclectic festival with a fair amount of World and broader acoustic music, singer songwriters stage, poetry, street theatre etc.
The latest act to be announced Orkestra del SolThe Blockheads, Nidi d'Arac, Joe Danks, Eliza & Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, The Spooky Men's Choral, Banquet of Boxes, Fabian Holland, Vamm, Lisbee Stainton, Sam Kelly, The Willows, Angles, and Debs Newbold.
They join Show of Hands, The Unthanks, Home Service, Mama Rosin, Spiers and Boden, Vin Garbutt, Dan Walsh, Gas Mark 5, Lucy Ward, Moulettes, Roy Bailey, Sara Grey + Keiron Means + Ben Paley, Sketch, Skinny Lister, The Poozies, Tim Edey, Dave Burland, Grace Petrie, Manière des Bohémiens, Tickled Pink, Toothless Mary, Zulu Tradition, English Contra Dance Band, Gavin Osborn, Jess Morgan, Polkaworks, The Diatonics, The Gloworms, The Hedgehog's Skin, The Jigalots, The Liam Robinson Dance Band, The Mighty Quinns, and The New Slide. For the line-up details as available please click here.
The 3 stages are spread across the Showground will feature dance displays, music, comedy, magic, puppetry, clowning and storytelling. Musical and comic walkabouts will wander the Showground with stiltwalkers, jugglers and street theatre throughout the weekend. Plus activities from Yoga to Bop Around, through hands on Workshop learning to Concerts, Ceilidhs, Club Sessions.
The early bird offer has ended. Tickets are priced as follows:
5 nights and four days - Adult £110 (Camping £20 extra)
Adult Concession £104 (Camping £20 extra)
Youth (12-17yrs) £77 (Camping £20 extra)
Child (5-11yrs) £55 (Camping £20 extra)
Tickets for children aged under 5 are free - they must be ticketed.
There was a pay a 50% deposit option available the other half must be paid by 31 May. Day tickets will be available at a later date. To buy tickets, click here.
This year's theme for the Ceilidh has not yet been confirmed. This year there will be 14 dance events totalling over 30 hours of dance.
The famous Children's Festival and Shooting Roots for Youth, has a busy schedule offers hands on learning, a chance to be involved, to loosen up, to meet new friends and even form a band. Both the Children's Festival and Youth programmes are staged in specially dedicated venues; both have a programme packed with opportunities, vision, and skills.
The Acoustic Stage is expected to return for late night wind downs, new sounds and local acts. The programme runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There's a home for hundreds of camping families with Site 1 which is a family, quiet site, but indeed open to the wider family, i.e. children, youth, aunties, uncles, grandparents and anybody else who forms a family group. A 'Chill Out Zone' is on Site 2, a gathering point in the middle of the site for that 'coffee and book moment' the 'meet you there place', the visual arts, the get away from the hubbub space or just a spot to 'chill'.
Camp sites are for season ticket holders only and will open at noon on Thursday. Please do not arrive in Towersey before then.
There is also a large FREE car park for day visitors, flat with access for the disabled although said to be a bit rough underfoot.
More information will be here when available.
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