Pub arts venue celebrates first anniversary

Jake Pell and Suzette Neptune of Castle House ENGNNL00120130827125821
Jake Pell and Suzette Neptune of Castle House ENGNNL00120130827125821

Staff at Banbury’s Castle House on Market Place are toasting their first anniversary after opening as a pioneering pub/arts venue a year ago.

On Saturday, August 30 the pub, which occupies a former house first built in 1602, will throw open its doors for a music party a year-to-the day since it opened.

A top line-up of bands from Banbury will get the party jumping, with headline act Get Loose joined by David Bowie tribute act Timothy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Oxford-based Kastaphor, Banbury rock band Tess of the Circle and The Next Hot Thing, fronted by Castle House landlady Suzette Neptune.

Ms Neptune and business partner Jake Pell said they wanted to thank the people of Banbury for their support in creating a venue that has become a ‘comfortable home’ for artists of all persuasions.

Mr Pell said: “We’ve had an amazing level of support from artists, performers, the people of Banbury who have stuck with us and from new people who just keep coming through. It just proves there’s this great niche for artists in the community as well as people power supporting it.”

The venue prides itself on giving artists opportunities by helping them organise exhibitions, gigs and shows and in its first year Castle House has paid host to acts as varied as magicians, mind readers, circus performers, comedians and painters.

There are events each night of the week including poetry readings, open mic events and comedy nights.

Ms Neptune said: “The best thing about the arts is that they bring people together and get people to interact.”

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