This thriving major folk arts festival, returning for to celebrate it's 50th 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 2014 are confirmed as the Bank Holiday weekend of Thursday 21st to Monday 25th 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.
Celebrating the festival's 50th year will be Richard Thompson, Seth Lakeman, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy with The Gift Band, Lau, Michael McColdrick and John McCusker, Megan Henwood, Bootleg Beatles, The Chipolatas, Dick Gaughan, Georgia Ruth, John Smith, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, The Urban Folk Quartet, Blair Dunlop, Debs Newbold, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Merry Hell, Roy Bailey, Rusty Shackle, The Wilsons, Whapweasel, Will McNicol, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Folk Dance Remixed, John Kirkpatrick, MoltenAmba, Sheryl and Russell Cormier, Bursledon Village Band, Cock And Bull Band, The Flatville Aces, Glorystrokes, The Melrose Quartet, Under Her Skin, Against The Grain, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Kerry Fletcher, Marc Block, Mrs Midnights, The Ship Band, Simon Care Trio, and Vertical Expression.
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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. Ttickets are priced as follows:
5 nights and four days - Adult £135 (Camping £25 extra)
Adult Concession £105 (Camping £25 extra)
Youth (12-17yrs) £95 (Camping £25 extra)
Child (5-11yrs) £55 (Camping no extra)
Tickets for children aged under 5 are free - they must be ticketed.
Day tickets are also available priced at £40.
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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