The Big Feastival 2018

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With more mouth-watering grub, bigger tunes and more fun on offer than ever before, this year’s Big Feastival is looking simply scrumptious. Here’s a small taster of the goodies in store.

THE MUSIC

Talent like this needs no introduction: Basement Jaxx return to the Feastival for a barnstorming Friday night DJ set, the unstoppable chart-topper Craig David rules over Saturday’s festivities and - riding high on the success of her album The Architect - Paloma Faith will close the Feastival on Sunday.

2018 also welcomes in Clean Bandit (the act who’ve had more UK top five singles than Adele or Bruno Mars), mega-selling artist James Arthur, Brit-winning singer/songwriter Tom Odell, 2017 X-Factor winners Rak-Su and Hackney’s own rapper/songwriter/actor/presenter wunderkind Professor Green.

But that’s not all. This year summons some real icons of music onto Alex James’ farm - from hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang to original Spice Girl Melanie C. The Undertones will also be bringing plenty of Teenage Kicks - and what would the Big Feastival be without an appearance from The Cuban Brothers and Cheltenham’s home-grown beatbox superstars, Duke?

We’re especially looking forward to Britpop Brass – promising ‘classic tunes from the golden era of Britpop, performed by the world famous Cory Band.’ (For the complete line-up, make sure to check the website.)

THE CHEFS

Stepping into the kitchen this year are culinary luminaries Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffmann, Mark Hix, Andi Oliver, Gizzi Erskine and Masterchef 2017 winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed - and a larder’s worth of other big name chefs (not to mention party-starter and Feastival Favourite DJ BBQ. Check the BF website’s Recipe Corner to get you in the mood for food.

THE FOOD & DRINK

Gourmets, gluttons and grazers of all kinds will always be well catered for at the Big Feastival - you can count on that. And all the Feastival staples are back on the menu, from extravagant feasts and banquets to tantalizing street food stalls.

Alex James Cheese Hub returns (of course!) as does the NEFF Big Kitchen (where you’ll catch top chefs in action), the NEFF Cookaholics Cookery School (where you can sharpen your own culinary skills) and Table Sessions - which is all about intimate hands-on sessions, talks, tastings and demonstrations.

Children can grab a side of education to go with their gobbling at the NEFF Little Kitchen, where they’ll will learn to pick their own organic produce then prepare and produce their own dishes.

THE FUN

This year, children’s faves Peppa Pig & George, Paddington Bear and the Gruffalo will be joined once again by children’s TV maestro Justin Fletcher - while Adam Hensons Cotswold Farm Park will be bringing more furry and feathered friends along for the Feastival fun.

As for hands-on entertainment? Little ones can learn circus skills aplenty at the Jitterbug Circus and clamber a haystack mountain in the Little Dudes Den (while generous parents splash out on some groovy gifts for youngsters at the Little Dudes Shopping Village).

Meanwhile, The Makery will encourage all sorts of arty-crafty business, as tree-climbing and workshops gets both minds and bodies running wild.

Parents will welcome the chance to browse the Lifestyle Village, where boutique home wares await. And let’s not forget the Vintage Funfair - its big wheels, waltzers and dodgems offering non-stop fun for all ages, all weekend!

DON'T MISS...

Flavours from around the world at the sizzling Street Food Alley; A West End sing-a-long family fun in the Big Top with Baby Broadway; Rock n' Roll for kids with Andy and the Odd Socks.

THE DETAILS

WHEN: FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST - SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST 2018

WHERE: ALEX JAMES FARM, KINGHAM, OX7 6UJ

Direct 90 minute trains to Kingham Station available from London Paddington; evening bus service to Oxford via Chipping Norton available - check www.bigfeastival.com for details