Free fun for all the family at Charlbury’s Riverside Festival

Crowds enjoying the music and entertainment at Riverside Festival in Charlbury. This year's event is from tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday. Picture by David Murphy. NNL-150724-114258001
Crowds enjoying the music and entertainment at Riverside Festival in Charlbury. This year's event is from tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday. Picture by David Murphy. NNL-150724-114258001

Free family-friendly music in a ldyllic riverside setting in the Cotswolds will feature more than 40 acts at the weekend.

Riverside Festival in Charlbury will kick off tomorrow (Saturday) from noon and see musicians play across three stages with rock, indie, jazz and folk genres on show.

The event regularly attracts thousands of people of all ages and concludes on Sunday from 11am-8pm.

Very much a family event, children can join in free music workshops with Salt Box Music, go on nature adventures with Little Wild Things and try their hand at a range of creative arts and activities.

This year’s festival will also be welcoming mystical woodland folk, if you wanted to dress as an elf or fairy, nymph or gnome, now is your chance!

Riverside is also an enticing blend of old friends and new acquaintances. On Saturday get your ska on with the 2Tone All Ska’s perfoming on the main stage then turn it up with the fantastic Zurich.

Topping off the evening will be sparkly-spangly pop of Alphabet Backwards, with alternate-country band The DreamingSpires headlining.

Sunday opens with Cornwall’s Tailor Made Truth. Oxford favourite and blues rock artist Mad Larry Band is also on the bill along with favourite swamp rockers the Mighty Redox. The ascending Balloon Ascents will feature and the main stage closes with indie rock from Leader.

The second stage line-up will feature a strong roots and Americana flavour running through the bill with Loud Mountains, Great Western Tears, featuring members of Swindlestock, and The August List joined by acclaimed Nashville-based song writer Don Gallardo

Rousing folk troubadour Franc Cinelli and his band will also be playing before a headline set from Knights of Mentis. Other artists include Oxford’s swashbuckling party-starters Peerless Pirates and country-psych rockers Kid Calico & The Astral Ponies, woth Bear on a Bicycle opening the show on the Sunday.

A fringe stage has been set up following many requests by performers wanting to appear at the festival. Saturday afternoon will feature octogenarian Gwyn Osborne singing popular tunes from his youth and the return of harpist Mark Harmer.

In addition to the usual Riverside bar serving craft beers from Witney’s Wychwood Brewery, the popular Pimm’s and Tins tent returns along with the Riverside Gin and Tonic Lounge. Junior festival goers can get thirst-quenchers from the Punch and Juicy Bar while parents can enjoy a good cuppa at the Pre-School Tea and Cakes tent.

No camping onsite but local campsites are available. For more information on the festival visit www.riversidefestival.charlbury.com