6 – 8 JULY 2018
PODINGTON, NORTH BEDS
Famously described as the love child of a liaison between Glastonbury and a village fete, Daxtonbury, now in its eleventh year, sets out to mix lots of loud music with country crafts and fun activities for all the family.
‘The Best Three-Day Party In Bedfordshire’ takes place over the weekend of July 6-8, on farmland near the village of Podington in North Bedfordshire.
As well as over thirty bands and artists performing on the Main Stage throughout the weekend there will be a host of other activities to entertain and enjoy. Local company, Urban Safari, will be bringing an amazing collection of exotic animals and reptiles, there will be the chance to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, hang out in the cinema tent, watch morris dancing or let the kids loose in the play area complete with inflatables and rides. The main arena will play host to the most hotly contested welly-wanging event in the county and in another corner of the site a group of (fairly) well-behaved Vikings will enthral festival-goers with their Norse sagas and invitations to enter their temporary village. Even dogs are allowed so long as they are accompanied by their well-behaved owners. This is a festival where the organisers always believe in trying to do things just a little bit different!
Following the overwhelming success of last year’s event, the site has been enlarged and re-modelled with additional car parking, spacious camp sites, a food village, beer tents, cocktail bars and even more craft stalls. New for 2018 is the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of ‘glamping’ – with your bell tent already erected and just awaiting your arrival – a few yards away from clean toilets and hot showers!
But Daxtonbury is not just about a lot of people having a good time. At the heart of the festival is a desire to raise money to fight cancer and support local medical charities. Dax Miller, the festival organiser, has dedicated the annual event to the memory of his close friend Chris Kelly who met an untimely end in 2009. Daxtonbury can only happen thanks to the generosity of the many bands who waive their appearance fees, companies who donate their services and the volunteers who give their time and effort to ensure the success of the event. Last year an amazing £10,000 was donated to two local charities – all thanks to a load of people having a good time in the middle of a field!
Come and be part of this year’s party. Festival tickets include free overnight camping with advance bookings costing just £40 for the three-day weekend or £15 for a single day. In keeping with the family nature of the event all children under 13 get free entry. For more information and to buy tickets go to the dedicated website at www.daxtonburyfestival.co.uk