Four stages, over 50 acts at festival

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, The Fleeting Minds.
The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, The Fleeting Minds.

PICTURESQUE Grimsthorpe Castle is the setting for an upcoming music festival featuring more than 50 live performances.

Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, on the August Bank Holiday Monday, is all set to be a massive event, with four stages, a show arena and lots of sideshows.

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, Towering Heights

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, Towering Heights

The main stage will feature popular rock and indie bands such as Oceans, Towering Heights, The Fleeting Minds, Glass Onion and The Messengers, while the folk, world and acoustic stages have top line-ups of their own.

Acts originating from Nepal, Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland and Scotland will grace the world stage. Rob Reynolds, Cruel Folk and The Substitutes are among the acts lined up for the acoustic stage, while Naseby Crossing, Treebeard and Alabama Chrome are geared up to hit the folk stage.

Grimsthorpe Festival is an event for all the amily, with a whole host of other attraction planned to appeal to everyone.

In the show arena, the Rutland Falconry and Owl Display team will bring out some of their birds, more than 150 classic cars will parade and the ‘Drakes of Hazzard’, while ducks and sheepdogs will provide an entertaining display.

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, dog show

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Festival 2011, dog show

Sideshows will include a dog show, chainsaw wood carving and children’s storytelling.

Founder and organiser Daniel Sumpton came up with the idea for Grimsthorpe Festival after visiting some of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

He said: “Grimsthorpe Festival is a celebration of the very best in music, the arts and culture. It is a place where we can all come together, have a picnic and listen to some fantastic music.”

The introduction of live music at Grimsthorpe Castle is a new addition to the fun day which is a charity fund raising event for St John Ambulance.

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Castle 2011, spitfire

The Guide, Grimsthorpe Castle 2011, spitfire

It will take place at the castle on Monday, August 29, with music starting at noon.

Tickets are £6 (£5) and £4 for children under 12, available at the main gate from 10am. Car parking is free.

Daniel said: “This year’s Grimsthorpe Festival is going to be fantastic value at just £6 for an adult ticket. This has to be one of the best value tickets for a music festival.”

Another highlight of the festival will be a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast by a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

Information: www.grimsthorpefestival.co.uk