Past Festivals

What you missed in 2019

Despite the best efforts of the British weather, the Great Barn Festival 2019 delivered its usual mix of family fun, thought provoking theatre, singing, dancing, music, side splitting comedy and the best of local talent, albeit missing a few marquees thanks to the wind!

We had music from the Award winning David Gibb, a Barn Dance with the fabulous Warren & The Magpies as well as a silent disco

The usual mix of family storytelling, puppetry and theatre saw pirates from Rattlebox Theatre, stunning puppets from Wild Boor Ideas, Shakespeare in a suitcase productions for the whole family and even a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

The Barn Festival is not just for kids and families. Julia Titus and Her Pig Foot Band bought the house down (although not literally as its an ancient monument!!) The wonderful Sun & Moon Theatre bought us some Shakespeare in its original form as well as comedy from the Oxford Imps

Some incredible local talent bought the Hayloft Bar to live: Eddie Cooke, BMW, Bad Uke Rising, Soundabout Choir, WOAPA, Alex Falconer & Jess Marshall, Armaleggan, Rich Rainford, Caola McMahon, Sarah Derrick and What the Pluck!

Not forgetting the beautiful craft stalls found at our Marketplace, yummy food vendors and a full programme of arts & craft in our children’s tent. Phew….its amazing we fitted so much into a weekend!

Luckily it wasn’t just us who had a great time! Here’s what some of our lovely guests thought….

“Just to say we absolutely loved both the events we took part in. The kids found Midsummer Nights Dream hilarious and it was wonderful to see them laughing so hard! The actors were just brilliant.”
“We loved the African Drumming workshop and it was brilliantly structured, the teacher was fantastic. We really felt we learnt something and wished we had paid for the adults in our party to have a drum too! It had me looking up African Drumming lessons on my phone afterwards!”
“I hope it will be happening again next year as I would have loved to attend some of the Sunday sessions too.”

“This was the best weekend EVER- never before have my family met The Mad Hatter and had tea with Alice, then had yummy pizza cooked outdoors and Morris danced all afternoon! Such a chilled vibe and lovely food”

“We had a fantastic afternoon last year at the festival. Story telling at its finest”

“Absolutely loved it. Will definitely be back next year!”