Towersey is a small, traditional village on the border of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There’s a church, a pub, a village hall and a manor. It’s claim to fame could be that it’s the place where BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce lives.
But in fact it’s known across the world as the home of Towersey Festival, an incredible five day celebration of music, crafts and family fun, wrties Heather Jan Brunt.
And this year, the festival that started as a means of raising money to repair the village hall, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
For five days at the end of August the village of Towersey is taken over by the festival which is spread across five sites.
Families visit for the day or camp on the official campsites for the entire festival. They decorate themselves and their tents with flowers, bells, ribbons and fairy lights creating a magical space over the late August Bank Holiday weekend.
Festival goers can enjoy a feast of food, drink, craft activities , demonstrations, workshops, dancing of all kinds from ceilidhs to Morris Men, but most especially live music.
And this year the headline act kicking off the festival in Venue 65 is The Bootleg Beatles.
Festival organiser Joe Heap, who is the grandson of one of the original village committee members, said: “People come from all over the world, from America and Australia, but our core audience is still from within a 50 mile radius of Towersey. We have massive family appeal, whichis very important to the escapist atmosphere. People camp in groups because they all come together.”
The festival starts on Thursday August 21 and goes on through to Bank Holiday Monday August 25. Details of all acts and ticket prices for day and overnight visitors can be found on www.towerseyfestival.com