Music and so much more at Grimsthorpe Castle festival

The packed out grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle at a previous festival
The packed out grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle at a previous festival
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Magnificent Grimsthorpe Castle is the backdrop for a bumper festival of music and a lot more besides on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

More than 50 acts will perform a varied mix of rock, indie, folk and spoken word on six stages over the course of the day.

Vintage cars at Grimsthorpe Festival.

Vintage cars at Grimsthorpe Festival.

But a host of other attractions means there is always something else to delight visitors, including a classic car show, beer festival, sideshows and a children’s area.

Music on the main stage will feature 10 rock and Indie acts including Lost Souls, Infamous Vampires, The Red, Glass Onion and Devlin Blue.

The Show Ring stage offers a subtler sound of traditional and contemporary folk music, from artists including Miller Magic, Haze, Max Miechowski Quartet, Unique performers and sandfly.

Several local musicians and singers will get the chance to show their flourishing talent on the acoustic busk stops stages in a giant marquee.

Daniel Sumpton at Grimsthorpe Castle.

Daniel Sumpton at Grimsthorpe Castle.

The emphasis is on low tech music, provided on the day by Tim Kirby, The Buskin’ Brothers, Haytham Mohamed, Dedboy, Amy Key and Rebecca Vaughan, to name but a few.

The Speakeasy, spoken word stage is a new feature for this year’s festival. Performers will offer a variety of poetry, prose and comedy.

More tranquil will be the atmosphere in the courtyard, where performers will jam in a relaxed style while the audience enjoys refreshment from the castle restaurant.

Visitors to the festival will never be far from the music, but eyes will also be on the show ring, where displays will capture something of the county show, with owl and falconry displays, Side Saddle Association riders, a dog show, terrier racing and much more.

A children’s area will give youngsters their own mini festival, including interactive music, dancing, singing and storytelling.

Some of Lincolnshire’s finest brews will be included in the Grimsthorpe Beer Festival, along with other real ales, lagers and soft drinks.

Among the many other attractions lined up for the third festival is the classic car display. This highlight of the show will feature more than 150 vintage vehicles.

Another favourite moment should (conditions permitting) see a flying visit by a Lancaster bomber, and Spitfire and Hurricane fighters from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The festival gates open at 11am and the music will start at noon, finishing around 7pm. Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for children aged 3-12 on the day.