Cornbury Music Festival

7th-9th July 2017

Location: Great Tew Estate, Oxfordshire


Reviews: 2016 and 2015

The Cornbury Festival is a musical carnival made for the whole family. It’s a music festival but it is disguised as a country fayre.  It attracts a more ‘civilised’ crowd and is fairly genteel in comparison to a lot of other music festivals.  Cornbury is a perfect introductory festival for those unsure about roughing it at a festival for the first time!  Pimm’s and picnic blankets or comfy camping chairs are definitely more the order of the day here, rather than heaving mosh pits…

They say:

The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind: a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family.

Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is civilised, charming and irresistible – a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes.

In short, The Cornbury Music Festival represents classic summer entertainment for a friendly crowd from all walks of life. A country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist; a farmers’ market with a dancefloor; a local carnival with a classic contemporary soundtrack.

This year marks the 14th and final Cornbury. We have been promised it will end on a high and with the odd sparkler.

What’s happening in 2017?

The number one draw this year is undoubtedly Canadian superstar Bryan Adams, who is sure to get the crowd going. But a plethora of other big name acts are also booked in alongside him for the festival’s farewell weekend. Big band supremo and national treasure Jools Holland, Chrissie Hynde’s perennial Pretenders, and a host of Cornbury favourites including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti and Scouting For Girls will all be in attendance. Yorkshire rockers Kaiser Chiefs make their Cornbury debut headlining Friday night. Recent No.1 country sisters Ward Thomas also make a welcome return, along with Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, festival darling Imelda May, and last year’s crowd pleasers, Australian troubadours The Pierce Brothers.

Heading up the newcomers, and boasting an awesome live reputation, US soulsters St Paul & The Broken Bones will join Paul Weller protégés, Stone Foundation, Mark Ronson-collaborator and indie darling Rose Elinor Dougall, and Danish new-disco superstars Black Dylan. Also joining the bill are Festival promoter Hugh Phillimore’s favourite 90’s popstars Right Said Fred and the man who created Band Aid, Midge Ure.

Phillimore said, ‘When you’re having a farewell party you want to be surrounded by people you really love, so we’ve invited artists we’ve known and enjoyed watching over the years and luckily they’ve all been keen to join us for our Fabulous Finale’.


The festival site at Great Tew has four camping areas: General Camping – This is the main campsite that the majority of Cornbury Festival goers choose to camp in – a tented campsite set it stunning surroundings with showers, toilets, catering and nightly entertainment. Quieter Camping – This is if you prefer not to be disturbed by the campsite entertainment, or if you have young children. Live-In Vehicles – If you would like to bring a live-in vehicle you will need to purchase a ‘Campervan Permit’. Glamping – The ‘Glamping’ area at Cornbury is becoming more popular as the festival grows. Nestled amongst the trees on manicured lawns, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from in the form of ready erected tents, Yurts, Tipis, and Gypsy Caravans, etc.

How to get there: Shuttle bus services from nearby Banbury and Charlbury stations.

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