Music fans go crazy for Cornbury

The skies stayed mostly clear for the 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 to the high energy flamenco of the Gypsy Kings and the idyllic pop of 10cc –heroes of last year’s Cropredy festival.

X-Factor winner Sam Bailey playing at Cornbury

X-Factor winner Sam Bailey playing at Cornbury

As usual with this family friendly event, children were much in evidence enjoying the stalls, fairground rides and circus games while 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 took his two children Elle, five, and Max, three, to the festival along with his wife Kate, who worked on the Enstone Primary School stall, said: “The children 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 first time, said: “We’re enjoying it and I love the atmosphere.

Highlights of this year’s festival included 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 Peatbog Faeries, who delighted the audience with their energised Scottish folk tunes on the Sunday. There was also a pitch perfect performance by this year’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

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