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.

The Festival is held at the National Trust Great Coxwell Barn

The Hollow Rd, Great Coxwell, Faringdon SN7 7LZ

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.

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.

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!

The Gatehouse Oxford

The Gatehouse has been operating as a local drop in café for Oxford City homeless and the vulnerably housed for thirty years.

The Aims of the charity are: “To relieve poverty and hardship among homeless and needy people in or near the City of Oxford and, in particular, by the provision of a drop-in centre.”

On a more personal level this is achieved by welcoming the homeless and vulnerable and providing a place where companionship, dignity, and refreshment can be found in a warm, safe and therapeutic environment. All services offered by The Gatehouse to its Guests are provided free of charge.

Armaleggan Morris will be dancing to support The Gatehouse on Saturday the 17th at 2pm

White Horse Rotary

White Horse Rotary is a group of like minded individuals in the Faringdon area who want to meet informally and give back to community through fund raising activities and community support. As a satellite group of the Faringdon Rotary Club, we will be supporting many of the Faringdon Rotary Club’s activities (Fireworks, Thomas the Tank, Christmas tree recycling) and charities and in addition we will also be holding our own fundraising activities and nominating our own charities to support.

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  

Saturday Evening at the Barn

The Great Barn Festival, 16th – 18th September, National Trust Great Coxwell Barn Nr Faringdon Grab a drink and a haybale, kick back and enjoy the great line up of Saturday evening music at the Great Barn Festival starting from 6.00pm. Music from The Knights of Mentis, The Autumn Saints, Paul McClure, Kev Minney, Steph…

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 all…

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 website…