Crowds enjoy family-friendly festival

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The skies stayed mostly clear this weekend as the crowds flocked to the annual Cornbury Festival at the Great Tew estate.

Music fans were treated to a plethora of talented acts ranging from Scottish folk heroes Peatbog Faeries through the high-energy flamenco of the Gypsy Kings to the idyllic pop of 10cc, heroes of last year’s Cropredy festival.

As usual with this family-friendly festival, children were much in evidence enjoying the stalls, fairground rides and circus games whilst their parents soaked up the sun and enjoyed a beer or two along with some of the tasty gastronomic concoctions on offer.

Paul Newton of Enstone who brought his two children Elle, 5, and Max, 3, to the festival along with his wife Kate who worked on the Enstone primary school fundraising stall, said: “The kids have really enjoyed it. We’ve been playing in the circus making masks and paintings. There is juggling and hoola-hoops and the kids can have a go which is really good.

“We’ve done a lot of festivals like Glastonbury and Reading but this is far more family orientated and it’s safe and easy to take the kids.”

Pat Vincent who lives locally but was attending the festival for the very first time with her three children added: “We’ve been meaning to come for years but have never got round to it. We’re enjoying it and I love the atmosphere.

Highlights of this year’s festival were veteran musician/TV presenter Jules Holland, retro-popsters The Feeling who delighted crowds on Friday, revamped 80s popsters Simple Minds on the Saturday and Scottish folk/dance act The Peatbog Faeries who wowed the audience with their energised Scottish folk tunes on the Sunday.