Give your Bank Holiday a boost with a Towersey Festival Taster Ticket

Enjoy a full day of entertainment, and much more.

Enjoy a taste of Towersey Festival this Bank Holiday with a Festival Taster Ticket.

Allowing access to the Festival Green area of the famed annual festival (23-26 August 2019, Thame Showground, Oxon), the Taster Ticket gives visitors of all ages a chance to enjoy a full day of entertainment and activities, including appearances from some leading international acts.

Highlights include appearances from major street performers such as the comedic Dan The Hat, the inventive Pete White’s Suitcase Circus, traditional Indian magician Jaardu, Tanzania’s acrobatic Black Eagles, and the colourful marching Frumptarn Guggenband.

A myriad of stalls sell everything from hand-crafted musical instruments to unique jewellery and clothing, while various street food outlets is where you’ll find everything from tasty Mexican meals, curries and full English breakfasts, to delicious fudge, tempting desserts and vegan bites.

A focal point to the Festival Green is the Main Bar, which is home to a wide variety of real ales and ciders, including ales by local brewers Hook Norton, XT Brewery and West Berkshire, as well as national favourites like Marstons. Providing the music are a selection of acclaimed bands and artists including Irish country singer-songwriter Cíara Rafferty, fiery trio Bedlam, Anglo-Latvian Zydecajun ceilidh band Doughboy Zydecajun, bluegrass band Papa Truck, and one of the UK’s leading a cappella group groups, The Wilson Family.

Festival Director Joe Heap said: “Our Festival Taster ticket is a great opportunity for people to just dip into Towersey Festival and see what we have to offer. You won’t be able to see our main stage acts, such as The Selecter or Newton Faulkner, but you’ll still enjoy some excellent music, and a range of craft beers and ciders.

“It’s fantastic for families too, as there’s plenty to keep younger visitors occupied – from engaging adventures told by some of the UK’s best storytellers and live shows, to lots of drop-in creative and play activities as part of our growing Creative Quarter.”

Towersey Festival Taster Tickets are £12 (adv)/ £10 (concs) available from Bizzie Lizzie Flower Shop, in Thame, and online; or £15 (£13 concs) on the gate. All children (under 16) are free, and car parking is also free. Gates open daily at 10.30am.

But why not upgrade to a Day Ticket and enjoy the entire festival? A Day Ticket to the main festival costs just £45 (adult Fri-Sun)/ £35 (Mon). With a full Day Ticket, visitors can access all the main music stages and savour headline performances from Steve Harley and Fisherman’s Friends (Fri); Newton Faulkner and From The Jam (Sat); The Selecter and Hothouse Flowers (Sun); and The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (Mon). Younger Towersey-goers can also enjoy a complete range of activities as part of Towersey’s All About Children strand, including workshops, crafts, lantern making and lantern procession, as well as film screenings, talks, and dances, while the festival’s youth programming spans Big Build projects, performances, drop-in activities, and a dedicated social area.

The 55th Towersey Festival runs from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August 2019 at Thame Showground, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3JL. For tickets and more details see:


Friday 23 to Monday 26 August 2019
Towersey Festival
The Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3JL


Weekend Tickets (4 days)
Tier 1 / Tier 2 / Tier 3: Sold Out.
Tier 4: Adult £149; Conc £140; Youth (12-17yrs) £104; Child (5-11yrs) £65; under 5s Free.

Day Tickets (Fri-Sun): Adult £45; Youth £30; Child £20; U5 Free. (Mon) Adult £35; Youth £25; Child £15; U5 Free.

Towersey Festival Green / Taster Tickets: £12 (adv)/ £10 (concs) available from Bizzie Lizzie Flower Shop, in Thame, and online; or £15 (£13 concs) on the gate. All children (under 16) are free. [NB.

Weekend camping and per-night camping options available.

No booking fees. Instalment Plan available. Car parking free.


Box Office: 0115 807 7900

Day-By-Day listings (key acts only)

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
The Unthanks
Fisherman’s Friends
Beans On Toast
Chris Helme
Luke Daniels

Newton Faulkner
From The Jam
Will Varley
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
Rusty Shackle
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
The Urban Folk Quartet

Hothouse Flowers
Seth Lakeman
The Selecter
Steve Knightly
Elephant Sessions

Roy Remembered: A Celebration of the Life and Times of Roy Bailey, featuring Tom Robinson, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, John Kirkpatrick, The Wilson Family, Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba), Stephen Taberner (The Spooky Men’s Chorale) and guests (Towersey Exclusive)
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble (Festival Finale)
The Dung Beatles
Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys

All About Children (activities for ages 5-11 year-olds)
Youth programme (12-18yrs)
Ceilidh & Dance
Frumptarn Guggenband
The Folk Club
Street Theatre
Storytelling and Spoken Word
Film Screenings
Real Ale Bars
Street Food
Market Stalls

For full-line up of all acts, see festival website:


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