Greenbelt Festival moves to Boughton House, in Northamptonshire

after 15 years at Cheltenham Racecourse

By Scott Williams | Published: Wed 13th Nov 2013

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Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August 2014
Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ, England MAP
£129 for adult weekend tickets
Daily capacity: 22,000
Last updated: Mon 4th Aug 2014

Greenbelt Festival 2014 will take place in the grounds of Boughton House, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The all-age inclusive friendly arts festival with its roots in the Christian faith which offers a host of world music, international and home-grown acts takes place on the bank holiday weekend from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August 2014.

With extensive work now beginning on Cheltenham Racecourse's £45 million redevelopment scheme, Greenbelt, now in it's 41st year has taken the decision to move on, after 15 years at Cheltenham Racecourse. 

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of The Jockey Club said, "We have had 15 successful years working with the Greenbelt team, developing a really strong working relationship, with both parties helping to grow Greenbelt into the hugely successful event that it is today. However, with the grandstand redevelopment taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse over the next two years, we are not able to provide Greenbelt with the site and facilities that they require to create the event. For this reason, Greenbelt are to relocate elsewhere, but we wish Greenbelt and the team the very best in their new location."

Boughton House – nicknamed "The English Versailles" and home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry will not only provide a new location for the festival, but also brings Greenbelt together with the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, which operates the estate.

Maurice Whittaker, Commercial & Creative Director, Boughton House, said, "We are delighted to welcome Greenbelt to Boughton House in August 2014. With so many vistas – from sweeping lawns, wide avenues of trees and the recently restored lake system, to small intimate areas, including Orpheus, our land art installation by Kim Wilkie – we hope that Boughton will provide an inspiring setting for an inspiring festival!"

Paul Northup, Creative Director, Greenbelt added, "Our theme for our 40th festival last August was 'Life Begins' and with our move to Boughton – to what will be Greenbelt's seventh site in its 40-year pilgrimage of the imagination – I feel all the excitement and anticipation of a new life being born. I am confident that, for both our community and the content we curate, the move will provide a fresh start, a new sense of vision, and a heightened sense that together we can make a festival that is life-changing."

Further details about Greenbelt will be released in January 2014, when tickets for the festival will go on sale. There are no acts confirmed yet for 2014

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