Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in News |

Headlining Saturday night in The Big Top are phenomenal Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers who combine traditional Irish music with influences from soul and rock. Their first album People in 1988 was the most successful debut album in Irish history. Also announced today to complete The Big Top line-up are former Bellowhead front-man and multiple BBC Folk Award winner Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, revered lyricist Thea Gilmore who releases new album Small World Turning in May, plus Queen Zee – one of the most eye-catching and engaging live acts in the UK right now, folk duo The Rails and singer-songwriter Beth Rowley.

The Main Stage line-up is completed by the brilliant Sam Duckworth AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, John Robb’s The Membranes with accompanying choir, folk/country band Nick Parker and the False Alarms, Cornwall based sibling duo Echo Town and Bristol’s Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves. Plus there is a Special Guest who can’t be announced until the end of May. The final artists and DJs announced for The Little Big Top include  Barry Ashworth, Reach Up, Lionstar, Subgiant, Mr Lexicon, Pattern Pusher plus DJs for the Silent Disco and Big Fish Little Fish family rave.

See full line-up here

The Theatre Tent
The seated Theatre Tent has increased in size this year due to overwhelming demand for shows and will this year host stand-up comedy from John Shuttleworth, the enduringly brilliant comic creation of Graham Fellows who is well-loved from his Radio 4 series The Shuttleworths plus, award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster Robin Ince. Shows will include Mr Bloom & his Band – a four-piece band of musical gardeners, fronted by CBeebies best known gardener, Mr Bloom. Plus Entertainingly Different present their ever popular early morning Rise ’n’ Shine sessions each day. Lucky Dog Productions present The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret – a bumper package of routines, songs and dances from The Boys’ 30-year career featuring some classic movie sequences along with some hilarious Music Hall sketches the pair toured in the 1940s and 50s. Clarke Andrew’s Tempest is an enchanting reinvention of Shakespeare’s play played out through song and physical theatre featuring songs written and performed live by internationally renowned folk singer Jim Causley alongside performance from actor Charlie Coldfield. One of the country’s best-known historians Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell present Histories of the Unexpected – an exciting and fun new show that demonstrates how everything has a history and also that those histories link together in unexpected, and often rather magical, ways. The Theatre Tent also welcomes back favourites The Bo Diddlers and Le Navet Bete plus Circo Rum Ba Ba who present their new show Dress Circle. Noisy Oyster present aerial acrobatics and spectacular cycling stunts with the individually crafted one third life-size marionettes of The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe, plus Soap Soup Theatre combine beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music to present The Pixies’ Scarf, Scratchworks take on the Romans and the Patriarchy with their show Womans and the line-up is completed by the highly physical, intensely silly show Film De Mime and improvised comedy sketch group The RH Experience.

Beautiful Days has never just been about the stages though – the festival has craft workshops, walkabout performances, site art installations, an array of food & crafts stalls and real ale bars run by local brewers Otter Brewery. Plus…………

Wild Spa 
New for 2019, we have a Wild Spa at the back of the Main Arena, with stunning views over the Estate, where you can indulge yourself with wood fired hot tubs, wood fired sauna yurt, hot & cold showers, private changing rooms & cosy Bedouin chill out lounge complete with huge bean bags, rugs & throws. 2 hour spa sessions on the Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun are available to pre-book now for up to 6/7 people at a time.
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Healing Garden

There is also chance to immerse yourself in the Body and Soul Healing Garden with firm festival favourites like Thai Massage and Indian Head Massage and Deep Tissue to Acupuncture, Hot Bamboo and Shamanic Healing. There are free workshops to inspire and invigorate including Crystal Bowl Chakra bathing, Yoga and wild food foraging talks.

The Sunday theme for 2019 is ‘Fairy Tales’………..elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, dragons, witches, princesses & wizards. Which mythical creature or character will you be?

Tickets are on sale now! All tickets are weekend camping with discounts for children. There are family campsites and campervan fields. Caravan pitches and Bell Tents have SOLD OUT but there are still Yurts and Tipis available to hire. For all accessibility queries please go to the festival website.
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