Fun for 6,000 at the Bloxfest annual event

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Knight's Sam Morris and Ellis Talbot NNL-151005-122053009
The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Knight's Sam Morris and Ellis Talbot NNL-151005-122053009

Bloxham welcomed thousands of visitors to its annual community festival, Bloxfest on Saturday, May 9.

The event is now a firm favourite on the north Oxfordshire calendar, featuring a wide range of music to suit all tastes with other entertainment including demonstrations, performances and children’s events.

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Helen Baker demonstrates spinning wool NNL-151005-121838009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Helen Baker demonstrates spinning wool NNL-151005-121838009

There was a range of stalls to browse selling everything from fudge to hand made crafts.

Bloxfest secretary Sian Phillips said: “It’s a big event to put on and it’s really popular. Our footfall this year was about 6,000.”

Ms Phillips was in charge of three of the festival’s five stages – one located at each of the village’s pubs. She organised 30 bands each playing 40 minute sets.

Banbury Folk Club ran its stage at Randall’s Garden, featuring ten acts and a youth stage, concentrated on talented young bands at Sunnyside, another private garden turned over to the Bloxfest entertainment.

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Lilly-Mai Francis, and sisters Olivia and Kiara Sullivan shelter from the rain under an umbrella NNL-151005-121746009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Lilly-Mai Francis, and sisters Olivia and Kiara Sullivan shelter from the rain under an umbrella NNL-151005-121746009

On the Red Lion Stage Bloxham Primary School gave a choral performance and students of Bloxham School presented a programme of jazz.

Meanwhile visitors were fascinated by a ‘wool garden’ in which spinners, carders and weavers demonstrated the production of yarn from raw wool.

The New Folium marquee organisation enjoyed a roaring trade in its food tent on the Red Lion site, providing a bar and delicious food including paella and a barbecue.

Ms Phillips said: “We run the festival to break even. People don’t pay to come along so we have to raise money for things like staging, marquees, the PA equipment, first aiders, licensing, insurance and security.

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Ella Wilton and Warren Jackson hard at work preparing food in New Folium's tent NNL-151005-121824009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Ella Wilton and Warren Jackson hard at work preparing food in New Folium's tent NNL-151005-121824009

“We rattle buckets on the day and there is a big raffle that raises a good sum. And we hold a lottery through the year where people pay £5 a month and stand to win cash prizes.”

For more coverage see www.bloxfest.org.uk and facebook.com/blox.fest

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, crowds watch the school choir singing NNL-151005-121957009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, crowds watch the school choir singing NNL-151005-121957009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Adverse Camber's drummer Steve Ridgway NNL-151005-122111009

The annual Bloxfest with music, activities, food and drink at Bloxham village. Pictured, Adverse Camber's drummer Steve Ridgway NNL-151005-122111009