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Preview: The Big Feastival 2023

Carrie Humphries


August bank holiday weekend 2023 sees The Big Feastival return to Alex James’ Cotswolds farm near Kingham for another year of delicious food, fantastic music and family-friendly entertainment. The festival gets bigger and better every year and this year’s line-up features some of the biggest names in music, along with award-winning street food and talks from some of the UK’s best chefs.

Headliners Sigrid, Tom Grennan and Blossoms will have everyone dancing in front of The Main Stage, and there will also be performances from the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Jake Shears, Newton Faulkner, Rick Astley and Mel C across the course of the weekend.

If you want to continue the party way into the night, then be sure to check out DJ sets from acts such as Tall Paul and Seb Fontaine, Krafty Kuts, SHOSH and Stanton Warriors at Alex James’ Cheese Hub. There will also be a silent disco on site each night to take you long into the early hours.

For those who love food, you will be spoiled for choice as you browse through decadent pop-ups, street food, rustic dining and bars. A new addition to the festival this year is the Fire Pit Sessions, which will see chefs creating mouth-wateringly tasty BBQ dishes.

You can also expect to see talks and demos from some of the best culinary talent across the kitchen stages. This year, the talent includes Anna Haugh, Chris Baber, Ching He Huang MBE, Nathan Outlaw, DJ BBQ, Crystelle Pereira and Asma Khan. You can even hone your own cookery skills with the Cook with M&S Food Cookery School, so maybe you can become the next top chef too?

There is also plenty to keep little ones entertained throughout, with appearances from Justin Fletcher and YolanDa’s Band Jam, and keep your eyes peeled for some very special celebrity guests for Bedtime Stories and a dance class! On top of this, there is also a classic fun fair, or you can enjoy family-friendly theatre productions of The Velveteen Rabbit, The Fabularium’s Reynard the Fox and Roald Dahl & the Imagination Seekers.

The Big Feastival is a wonderful place to spend the Bank Holiday weekend with your family and friends, so if you are looking for an entertaining and appetising way to spend some of your Summer, be sure to check the festival out. For tickets and more information, please check out the Big Feastival website.