Great Barn Festival

Our Festival

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


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.

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

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 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

Pump House Project

Based in Faringdon, The Pump House Project is a community centre; running a weekly timetable of activities, events, classes and clubs for the whole community. Our aim is to provide a variety of low cost activities for all ages and abilities in Faringdon and the surrounding villages.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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