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The Big FeaSTiVal

COMES BACK FOR MORE Join Jamie Oliver and Alex James - and countless other musical and culinary superstars - at Alex’s Kingham Farm, FROM 28TH – 30TH AUGUST Grab the blankets and dig out the wellies and shades –The hottest festival in town is back for a bank holiday weekend extravanganza. With stages showcasing sensational artists and foodie vans stacked with gourmet grub, the Big Feastival is proving year on year that the Cotswolds can deliver a family-friendly festival that doesn’t compromise on cool. With this year’s glittering line-up announced, there are more reasons to celebrate than ever. Step forward rapper, MC and hip-hop superstar Dizzee Rascal, the sweet-tongued and fabulously-coutured Paloma Faith, chart-stormer Example, Faithless’ very own bard of dance Maxi Jazz – all these and so many more (Sophie Ellis-Bextor,The Feeling and Heaven 17 have just been confirmed) - are due to fuel three days of tunes and good times. On the foodie frontlines Jamie Oliver once again will beshowing off his culinary skills, heading up an ensemble of chefs just as recognisable as the acts on the music stage. Hitting the AEG Big Kitchen this year are Monsieur Raymond Blanc, Monica Galetti, Mark Hix, Gizzi Erskine and Ashley Palmer-Watts – not to mention Jamie’s beloved mentor Gennaro Contaldo (be warned - the banter between these two is saucier than anything in the pan).

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For the little ones, CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher (AKA Mr Tumble) and well-loved oinker Peppa Pig herself are heading up the programme of entertainments, which is set to include percussion, dance and yoga workshops. But it’s not just the kids who’ll have the opportunity to awaken their musical talent. Head on over to The Udder Stage to warm up the vocal chords in workshop sessions run by experts from London’s Roundhouse, before performing on stage as part of The Big Feastival Choir. Not to mention that this will be the venue where you can get your shanty on with the Folk Idol competition (beards supplied) and dance the night away in a Silent Disco.

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Alex himself will be back at the helm of the Cheese Hub (how many other rock stars do you know who make their own cheese?) but those counting calories will find a nice counterbalance in the Healthy Living Zone with Deliciously Ella and Hemsley + Hemsley, a first for 2015. Indeed, you’ll likely remember that healthy eating is at the centre of Jamie’s foodie philosophy and the Big Feastival is proud to raise funds for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which aims to educate the nation on the provenance and preparation of food. From the Kitchen Garden Project and Home Cooking Skills resources for schools to the community-focused Ministry of Food, the charity aims to shape society through better food education for all. This year welcomes a brand new collaboration with The Art Of Dining, who will be hosting daily funfilled feasts at the festival. As a UK Summer Festival Exclusive, you will be invited to put on your walking boots, pack your torches, fill up your hip flasks and come on an adventure with ‘Gone Camping’ – an immersive dining experience like no other. If you can’t wait to get on down for three days of Feastival fun but aren’t usually a happy camper, the Glamping Village offers a luxurious alternative. With a ‘pamper parlour’, concierge service, bar and relaxation area and top-class showers and loos, it’s a way to spend a long weekend in style. It’s also one of the easiest festivals to reach for outof-towners.Those heading down from London will be delighted to learn that the action’s only a threeminute stroll from Kingham station. To find out more about the Big Feastival and book tickets, please visit www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival or call the ticket hotline on 08444 539 047. There is a special ticket offer for local residents living in the OX7, GL54 or GL56 postcodes – book before 14th August and receive 10% off adult and teen weekend and day tickets. Under 12s go free.

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