Sample the Towersey Festival experience

  • Showground tickets offer unbeatable value.
  • Enjoy a day of entertainment for just £8/£3 conc.

Towersey Festival by Phil Sofer (c)

Towersey Festival’s Showground programme offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience just some of what the famed annual event has to offer.

Kicking off on Thursday 21 August 2014 with an appearance from The Bootleg Beatles, the 50th festival continues with a packed programme of entertainment right over the Bank Holiday.

Towersey Festival by Phil Sofer (c)A Festival Showground Ticket allows visitors access to the Showground area on Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August 2014, and a chance to enjoy a variety of activities, from great live bands and dance displays, to street theatre and craft fair – all for just £8/£3 concessions (available at the gate on the day, from 10am-6pm).

Over 60 stalls offer gifts and goodies, from handmade soaps, unique jewellery and clothing, to garden herbs, while Towersey Real Ale and Cider Festival, well stocked with acclaimed and award-winning beverages, presents the perfect accompaniment to the array of delicious street foods, courtesy of local artisan producers.

As always, there’s also a range of free performances and activities aimed squarely at families, with art, craft, science and circus workshops, puppet shows, face painting, games, singing, dancing, storytelling and more.

Among the many entertainers taking centre stage or mingling through the crowds are comedy acrobats Mattress Circus, storytellers Debs Newbold and Taffy Thomas, and dozens of singers and musicians. The Sculpture Village showcases some weird and wonderful large scale sculptures, with demonstrations and hands-on activities, while Aylesbury Youth Action will be inviting you to help paint a giant ‘five’ and ‘zero’ to mark the festival’s 50thanniversary.

Towersey Festival by Phil Sofer (c)Following great success last year, The Showground Bar Stage is back by popular demand, and bought to you in association with local promoters The First Thursday Music Club, Musically Monstrous, Charlbury Riverside Festival and Crash Records. Invited guests include acclaimed clawhammer banjo player Dan Walsh, Thame-based duo The August List, jazz combo The Mouldy Figs and bluegrass band Papa Truck.

Car parking is free, and there’s also a red London Routemaster bus shuttle running regularly between Thame and Towersey throughout the festival.

If you are attending, why not also check out the festival’s opening act, The Bootleg Beatles (Thu 21 Aug, tickets £22/£11), upgrade to a Day Ticket (£20-£40, available Fri-Mon), or purchase a full festival ticket (£55-£135 with major discounts for Thame and Towersey residents) and enjoy such acclaimed acts as Richard Thompson, Seth Lakeman and The Chiploatas, plus some great films, spoken word activities, and dancing. Under 5s are free.

For further information and to book tickets, call 023 8071 1818 or see: www.towerseyfestival.com

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