Great Barn Festival

Our Festival

The Great Barn Festival is a quirky family event celebrating the best of music, theatre, art and nature in an ancient rural setting.

FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBERSUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

Local and international musicians, storytellers and theatre companies fill our programme, set in the magnificent National Trust Barn and grounds.

Workshops from rural craft to illustration and a children’s tent buzzing with ideas will keep the family happy for hours.

Set in rolling tranquil countryside, our festival is welcoming to all abilities with a relaxed staging style.

Play it Forward Tickets

It’s been a tough few years for many families and here at the Great Barn Festival we wanted to find a way that we, and our wonderfully generous festival goers, can help bring a smile to some local families faces.

We have introduced our ‘Play it Forward’ scheme. When you purchase your festival tickets, there will be the option to buy either a £4 or a £8 ‘Play it Forward’ Ticket. These tickets will be distributed to a number of local families who have had a difficult time and deserve a little treat. It won’t change the world, but it will certainly give a great weekend out to families for whom ‘treats’ and ‘days out’ just aren’t an option.

The tickets will be distributed through two amazing local charities, who work tirelessly to help improve the lives of local families.

Be Free Young Carers who supports the lives and wellbeing of young carers in Oxfordshire. They help these young people have a chance to be children, relax, make friends and have fun away from the pressures of their caring roles

http://www.befreeyc.org.uk/

The Pump House Project is a Faringdon based community centre whose aim is to provide a variety of low cost activities for all ages and abilities in Faringdon and the surrounding villages.

http://www.thepumphouseproject.org.uk

Proudly supported using public funding by the Arts Council England

We are pleased to be a members of both the Family Standard Arts and the Age Standard Arts. These logos demonstrate the companies commitment to providing family-friendly and age-friendly Arts events.

They prove our commitment to providing activities that all family members can enjoy together. That we are welcoming to families, with helpful staff, good facilities and considered pricing.

The Great Barn, Great Coxwell

Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, the Great Barn was built of Cotswold Stone around 1292 making it over 700 years old.

It was a favourite of William Morris, who would regularly bring his guests to wonder at its structure. Morris called it ‘unapproachable in its dignity’.

For further details on this most unusual festival venue, please visit
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-coxwell-barn

Our Charities

We are in the lucky position to support and be supported by a number of charities at the Festival. From helping in the car park to running crafts in the children’s tent, donating their time and effort to the greater good, our Festival Friends are who add the spirit and help make it all possible. If you see any of these charities about the site shaking their buckets, please give generously. All are very worthy local causes. If you would like to volunteer to be part of our team get in touch – there are lots of perks!

RotaKids

RotaKids are part of the Rotary Family. The main objective is to introduce Rotary ideals to young people and giving them the chance  to put back into society, instead of just taking out
www.facebook.com/FaringdonInteractandRotaKids

Sobell House

Sobell House is a hospice based on the Churchill Hospital site. We offer specialist palliative care to those facing life threatening illness, death and bereavement in Oxfordshire.
It is our mission to enrich the lives of our patients and those who love and care for them. We aim to make sure that excellent palliative and end of life care is available to everybody in our community who needs it.
www.sobellhouse.org

Armaleggan Morris will be dancing to support Sobell House on Saturday the 18th at 2pm

Root & Branch

An independent charity providing activities that promote recovery for people who experience mental health difficulties.
Located on an organic farm in the beautiful Vale of the White Horse, we offer a wide range of interesting activities such as gardening, blacksmithing, woodworking, crafts, artwork, pottery, ceramics and cookery.  This helps people to regain their self-esteem and hence lead a fuller life including returning to work or education.
www.rootandbranch.info

No5 Young People

A Reading based charity who provide life changing counselling and mental health services to young people. Their vision is for a world that does not stigmatise young people’s mental health and accepts it is a normal part of human development. They are supporting a better mental health future for young people through tailored counselling, workshops and group therapy sessions.
www.no5.org.uk

Newbury Soup Kitchen

The Newbury Soup Kitchen is a voluntary organisation providing help and support to the Newbury homeless, rough sleeper community and those less fortunate than others. The primary operation is a friendly drop-in centre each and every Thursday for vulnerable adults who perhaps have mental health issues or are just lonely. We welcome all comers with hot food for the evening, a friendly face and a welcome opportunity to chat
www.newburysoupkitchen.org.uk

Supported by FINK Street Food who will be serving up gorgeous Middle Eastern food with a mission.

C.O.G.S. is a FREE 1-2-1 counselling service for 12-25 year olds serving Faringdon and the surrounding area.

The phone lines are open every week from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm daily. Outside of these times please leave a voice mail option will apply and calls will be returned in office hours.

Please call 07938 566557 if you feel that you, or someone you know needs help and support. Making that initial call may be hard but we hope will be a positive step towards your mental wellbeing.

The service is available to you if you live in Faringdon or surrounding area.

Our Story

The Great Barn Festival was established in 2018 by Boxed Up Events with the support of the National Trust. The Festival continues to bring life, colour, laughter, music and theatre to this magnificent 13th Century Barn, a much loved local landmark

Boxed Up Events
Boxed Up Events is an Oxfordshire based company, initially, the kitchen table project of two determined mums with a strong background in marketing, PR and events management. We firmly believe our creativity,  enthusiasm and experience help us make truly memorable events very achievable on every budget.
www.boxedupevents.co.uk

National Trust
The National Trust is a conservation organization in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The trust describes itself as “a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone  
​https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-coxwell-barn

Fantastic Family Theatre at the Barn Festival – The Tempest

Family friendly Shakespeare for the whole family. There is no better way to appreciate Shakespeare’s work than through a live performance. Set on a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere, The Tempest is a fantastical tale of magic, a powerful sprite called Ariel, a strange wildman called Caliban, murder, romance, greed but above allContinue reading “Fantastic Family Theatre at the Barn Festival – The Tempest”

Music for children that grown ups enjoy listening to. Surely not!

David Gibb returns to the Great Barn Festival to work his musical magic. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together. Performing at 10.30am on Saturday 17th September. His performance is included in your gate fee. Full details on our websiteContinue reading “Music for children that grown ups enjoy listening to. Surely not!”

Beowulf

Rattlebox Theatre presents part of the famous Anglo-Saxon epic ‘BEOWULF’ in this small but perfectly formed adaption! Engaging storytelling, beautiful clever puppetry accompanied with evocative live music A gripping retelling of Beowulf in painstakingly created miniature Catch the performance in The Great Barn on Saturday 17th September. Tickets available through the website