Grimsthorpe Festival will be ‘better than ever’

Grimsthorpe Festival organiser Daniel Sumpton at the castle ENGEMN00120130821100527

Grimsthorpe Festival organiser Daniel Sumpton at the castle ENGEMN00120130821100527

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New attractions, a stage in the woods, thousands more car-parking spaces and traffic management are expected to make this year’s Grimsthorpe festival “better than ever”.

The annual show, in its fourth year, will be held in the grounds of the picturesque Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Thousands of people flocked to the show last year, but some motorists ended up queuing to enter the grounds.

Event organiser Daniel Sumpton said they had taken measures to ensure there was no repeat this year.

Mr Sumpton said: “We had some issues last year with the traffic flow. We’ve worked hard to fix it. We have doubled the parking with an additional 5,000 spaces and a traffic-management company will be making sure access will be easy and we have none of the problems we had last year.”

This year’s extras include a Woodland Stage which will showcase a range of groups including The Big Betty Band, Speak Brother, Haze, Chris Cooper Band and The Offshore Rivers.

Bands including For the Girls, Swing Nouveau and Glass Onion will perform on the Courtyard Stage.

There will also be an Ale tent this year in addition to the beer tent.

Other events and attractions include a Battle of Britain Memorial flight, classic car and motorcycle show, 3-k and 10-k fun runs, dog shows, children’s face painting, festival food court, land train tours and Rutland falconry and owl display.

Many of the activities will be in huge marquees where visitors can take shelter if it should rain.

“The show is getting bigger and bigger,” said Mr Sumpton. “So there will be lots more side shows, workshops and circus acts. We are aiming to make the show better than ever.”

Festival goers will also help to raise money for three charities.

In past years the show has donated thousands of pounds to Help for Heroes and St John Ambulance.

This year the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance will also receive funds.

Mr Sumpton said: “We’ve started to support the air ambulance because we see them flying all over the place and we know people who have been helped by them.”

Gates open for Grimsthorpe Festival at 10am.

Car parking is free. Tickets cost: 13 years and over and adults £10, three to 12 years £6, infants free, concessions £8 and family tickets for two adults and two children £30.

For more information go to www.grimsthorpefestival.com.