Beginners guide to Cornbury Festival

· Cornbury Festival

Civilised, charming and irresistible - Cornbury Music Festival screams “classic English garden party” and should be your first stop for all things summer. Held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, on the 8th-10th July, this festival is a treat for the whole family and will give you a relaxing weekend full of brilliant entertainment.

If you feel like rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life - superstars, rockers, farmers and little old ladies with their homemade cakes, the lot! – then here is a bit more info about this open air party.

The Music and Comedy Line-Up

There’s no better place for mellow, happy, sing-along songs than Cornbury Music Fesitval. With an ecletic mix of artists across 4 stages, there is sure to be a little something for everyone.

The sort of people you can expect to see are Jamie Cullum, Soul II Soul, Wilko Johnson, Lemar, Bryan Ferry, All Saints, Seal, James Morrison, Netwon Faulkner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gabrielle Aplin and many more.

As for comedy, the fest have gathered a bunch of rather funny folk and gave them a mini festival of there own. Headlining the comedy emporium will be Carl Donnelly, Dane Baptiste and Ed Gamble, with 13 others joining the party too.

More, More, More

So they’ve given you music, they’ve given you comedy… but the folks at Cornbury music fest haven’t stopped there as there is a LOT of other stuff going on throughout the weekend. With such a variety of activities, there’s a little something for everyone in the family.

For all of you that love yourself a bit of poetry or freestyle rapping, then make sure you don’t miss out on the ‘festival of words’ that will also be happening throughout the weekend. For all those who aren’t too bothered about that, there’s an area for children who will be hosting a variety of workshops, “The Mayflower Tent” which is the coolest hangout area for teenagers (complete with cool chairs and guitars), culinary delights, arts and crafts, a fairground, roaming entertainers, massage therapists and healers and a disco shed. And we’re just getting started…

Think of the festival this way (as perfectly put by the folks at Cornbury themselves) – it’s a country fair with a twist or a farmers market with a dancefloor… it’s a little bit different, and that’s why we love it.

Camping and VIP

Not only is there a grand choice of entertainment for the weekend, there’s also a choice for where you can lay your head to rest at night. As well as the general camping area, there’s also a “quiter caming zone”, perfect for those who don’t want to be disturbed by by the late night entertainment or families with young children. If you want to bring alone your own caravan or campervan then there’s a special site reserved just for you too.

Fancy being a bit more upmarket than a simple pop-up tent? Cornbury have a lot of glamping options avaliable for the weekend, including tipis, yurts and podpads, which all come with upmarket showers and toilets. Or, for an experience like no other, take a look at the Pop-up Hotel – glamping but with all the services of a boutique hotel. This means you’ll be treated to friendly staff who will offer a helping hand, a pamper area, outdoor terrance and even a spa. Very lush.

As for the VIP tickets, buying one means you get access to a beautiful tent next to the main arena with sofas, tables, chairs and a fenced off front and back “garden” area to watch over the festival from. You’ll also be treated to some smart loos, a bar and a café Nero. What else could you need?


An adult ticket for the weekend will cost you £170 and if you fancy staying overnight to camp, then it’s an extra £30. Day tickets for the fest cost up to £80 each or if you’re after the VIP experience then tickets are £315 with camping. There’s also ticket options for young person, child, over 70s and campervan.

You can grab tickets now by clicking here , or if you fancy checking out some more info then you can head over to their official Twitter page


Emily Thursfield