Everything you need to know about Cornbury Festival 2020 (and win tickets!)

PUBLISHED: 14:36 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 March 2020

Cornbury Festival (photo: Ben Phillips)

Cornbury Festival (photo: Ben Phillips)

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The wonderful people at Cornbury Music Festival are offering limited free day tickets to those who really do deserve a special day out… and we want your suggestions

Van Morrison, Dido, Jack Savoretti, The Waterboys, Kid Creole and Ronan Keating are headlining Cornbury Music Festival this July!

But they won't be the only VIPs enjoying the unique festival atmosphere in the glorious setting of Oxfordshire's Great Tew Park. For amongst the crowds will be festival-goers who are heroes for a different reason. People who've triumphed over physical setbacks; people who have overcome illness, financial strains and family problems; people who deserve a little bit of TLC.

'For the past 16 years, we've offered fundraising opportunities and supplied tickets to local charities. This year we felt we should spread the joy a little further,' said festival founder-director Hugh Phillimore. 'That's why we've asked local celebrities to nominate the most deserving causes to receive free tickets. We want to share our lovely little festival with a few people who normally wouldn't get to attend.'

Cornbury Festival will be giving family tickets to each of the individuals or charities nominated: they can either donate their tickets to people they support, or use them for fundraising activities.

And read on - for there's also an opportunity for members of the public to put forward their own worthwhile suggestions.

Cornbury Festival runs from July 10-12: cornburyfestival.com

Ben Miller

Comedian, actor, author

'My nomination is Home Start Cotswolds, a local charity who do a lot to help young Cotswold families cope with the stresses and strains of parenting.'

Home Start Cotswolds provides friendship, support and practical help for families with young children in Cotswold District. Its trained volunteers - parents themselves - visit families in their own homes each week, working through problems together: home-start-cotswolds.org.uk

Lisa Maxwell

Actress and television presenter

'The CDCH [Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home] find forever homes with loving families for the many abandoned and abused animals in our county. Their rescue centre is an exemplary building with the best staff and the highest standards in animal welfare. I am super proud to be their patron and I personally want to thank them for bringing our beloved rescue dog Daisy into our lives. This is why I am nominating them.'


Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen

Husband-and-wife team - homestyle consultancy, design, and television personalities

'We would like to nominate LINC Charity [The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund] and Colbalt Health. We've been delighted to be patrons of LINC for years. Cobalt is a new charity association for us but, obviously, linked by its nature to the fight against cancers. Both are local charities doing wonderful work.'

LINC Charity provides emotional and financial support for people in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Worcestershire receiving intensive chemotherapy: lincfund.org

Cobalt is a medical charity helping people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions; it invests in equipment, research and education with the aim that everyone might have access to the best medical imaging for diagnosis: cobalthealth.co.uk

Alfie Boe OBE

Tenor and actor

'I've nominated Rays of Sunshine children's charity. As a long-standing ambassador, I would like the work that they do for children with life-threatening illnesses to be recognised as life-changing. The charity shows such generosity and heartfelt attention to the quality of life of these beautiful children, who deserve for all their wishes to be made true.'

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill children aged three to 18 by granting wishes and organising large scale events: raysofsunshine.org.uk

Katie Jarvis

Cotswold Life writer

'I'm nominating Jonathan Brough from Minchinhampton: one of the most delightful, positive friends I'm lucky enough to have, whose achievements are (or should be) legendary. Aged 18, during a gap-year in Canada training to be a ski instructor, Jonathan caught meningitis. Since then, he's been paralysed from the neck down, dependent on a machine for breathing. Now 32, he does loads of fundraising - not so much for himself, but to help others in a similar situation.'


Your chance to nominate

We are delighted to offer our readers the opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual to also be in with the chance to win four day tickets to Cornbury Music Festival 2020. We want to hear why this individual deserves to win. Are they a proactive member of the community; a friend who goes above and beyond or someone that stands out for all that they do?

To enter, email mail@cornburyfestival.com explaining why your suggested nominee deserves to win four tickets to attend a day at Cornbury Music Festival 2020 in no more than 100 words with the subject line 'Cotswold Life 2020 Cornbury Competition'

Terms & conditions

Competition closes at midday on Friday, April 24, 2020 any entry emails after this date will not be considered. Entrants must be 18 years or older. The prize is as stated and to be taken in accordance with Cornbury Music Festival. Winners will be selected and contacted by Cornbury Music Festival should they be successful. Cornbury Music Festival will solely use the data you provide for the purpose of running the competition, including contacting winners and the distribution of any prize. There are up to six winners of four adult tickets to one day at Cornbury Music Festival 2020.

Full Archant terms and conditions can be found here.

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