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ASHTON COURT FESTIVAL, BRISTOL

The Ashton Court Festival in Bristol was a free community festival conceived in 1974 by Royce Creasey, a motor cycle designer. It evolved into a full music festival with the best of local bands and headliners. Held on the beautiful 900 acre Ashton Court Estate over a weekend in mid July, it was noted for it's very relaxed atmosphere. It comprised multiple music stages, crafts, trade stands, food and bars and ran from 12:00-23:00 on each day. 2007 was a difficult year with debt carried forward from 2006. To help meet tougher licensing laws, increased security measures were required. The site was moved from Barn Field to Smythes Field, in front of the Ashton Court mansion house, licensed capacity was reduced from 40,000 to 30,000, and gate prices were increased to 15 per day. Bad weather on the Sunday  meant that it was not possible to provide emergency services on site, and license conditions could not be met. Organiser Steve Hunt said that pre-paid Sunday tickets would be refunded. Another organiser, Ian Evans, said that they would need to work out the implications of the loss of income. Shortly afterwards the receivers were called in to wind up the organisation. More http://www.ashtoncourtfestival.com

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On Sunday 20 July 2008, a few gathered at Barnes Field, Ashton Court, the spiritual home of  the festival, but there were no organised events. 

Pictures taken Saturday 14 July 2007 ...

Memories of Saturday 22 July, 2006  ...

 


The www.free-events.co.uk website lists hundreds of events in the UK. Many make ideal family days out and holiday ideas, whilst others are more adventurous, colorful, exciting, and even eccentric or quirky. We include carnivals and parades, firework displays, music festivals, county agricultural shows, pet shows, village fates, sporting events, air shows, boat shows and many charity events. You will find event descriptions, dates, times and locations, and links to further information - blue for external information, red for internal pages with event descriptions and photographs. The main page lists brief descriptions of events in date order for the year ahead. If you would like your event considered for inclusion, please see the contacts page.

 

 

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