It’s Almost Here!
The festival is just under a week away and the September weather is beautiful. Cornucopia is one of the last outdoor festivals of the summer and a perfect way to end the season on a high. For those who have been to Cornucopia before there are lots of new things to enjoy, including the new Cabaret Tent and the Gin Bar in the top courtyard. If this is your first time or you have heard about the festival and haven’t made up your mind to come yet, here are a few things to think about.
Cornucopia is fast becoming one of the region’s top music, comedy and arts festivals set in the grounds of the historic Burton Constable Hall. The festival has mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, with all of the music and comedy venues undercover. Most people say it’s the magical atmosphere that they enjoy at the festival, the house and grounds are inspiring and this is added to with our lighting displays and quirky village layout. On arriving at the festival you can make camp on the beautifully kept park land or come for the day/evening to enjoy everything there is to offer.
When you enter the festival village, possibly through the door to nowhere, pause a while on the village green next to the phone box, maybe catch a story or two, lean on the village gate whilst sampling the many real ales and ciders from the village bar known as the “Constable Burton”. Across the green you will see the “Land of Green Ginger” and don’t be surprised to see trolls and pirates as this is the family and children’s area. You can have a go at making things in the Judy’s Attic craft tent and bang a drum or two with the Yorkshire Dragon or if you fancy losing your last beer or lunch try being strapped into one of the zorbing balls or if this doesn’t do the trick there is always the swing boats.
Across the village you will catch sight of the village market where you can browse the stalls selling children’s books, toffee, aromatherapy products, wood working, jewellery, honey and beeswax, cakes, candles and holders, tie dye clothes and fine art. If you hear laugher from across the village it’s sure to be the new cabaret tent, you can’t miss it looking like a tube of tooth paste red and white. Throughout the day the cabaret tent will play host to theatre, spoken word and the Buzz Comedy club, before the program starts you can drop in for some wellbeing sessions. Later in the day the Cabaret Tent becomes the Off the Road stage with local bands and acts. Outside the Cabaret Tent be amazed by the circus trapezes act, including aerial silks, aerial hoop, hoola hoop and slinky.
The top of the village is lined by more outside traders and follow you nose to the food court to sample our wonderful food with artisan street food form Street Cleaver, Pizza of Dreams, Hand Held Food Company, Rendezvous 54, The Crepe Company and the Magical Tea Machine.
It’s rather difficult to miss our World Music Big top which forms the backdrop to the village. On Friday night we have Project Jam Sandwich, The Electric Swing Circus and the multinational Världens Band. Saturday’s program includes Hase Waites, Mambo Jambo, Calitia Flamenco Son, The Bagdaddies and Congolese superstar Kanda Bongo Man. Sunday’s programme includes The Balkan Bandits, Buffalo Skinners, Babajack and the ever popular Holy Moly and the Crackers.
Turning towards the historic courtyards, which come alive with light in the evening, you pause at the Barn Stage bar before entering the beautiful barn where on Friday evening you will see The Loud Shirts, jive to the Revolutionaries followed by Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders who will entertain you with stories and tunes from the Amen Corner days, Andy’s solo career in the 70’s and touring with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and George Harrison. Saturday opens with King Courgette, The Jon Palmer Band, another appearance from the superb Världens band, award winning blues guitarist Aynsley Lister and the electrifying Demon Barbers XL. Sunday opens with up and coming local band Mighty and the Moon, Texan swing from Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and finally be prepared to laugh you socks off with Tom Binns aka Ivan Brakenbury the Hospital DJ
If this isn’t enough, drop into the top courtyard where art exhibitions and installations blend with live music and, if mothers ruin is your tipple, this is where you will come across our Gin and Prosecco Bar. Beyond the festival village, in the Outlands, you will find archery, hot air balloons - though not too close together or you can explore the orangery and find yet more family activities going on.
So we are ready, the rest is up to you, come and enjoy this gem of a festival, it just won’t be the same without you.