Alex James’s Big House In The Country Event
A review of this year’s Big Feastival event and how to get your hands on tickets if you want to attend in 2019!
If you were a fan of Britpop band Blur in the 90s, then you’ll likely be aware that former band member Alex James is now in the cheese business. And that he does in fact live in a very big house in the country – on a farm in the Cotswolds to be precise. For the past 7 years, James has combined his love of food and music, to host a superb family festival known as ‘The Big Feastival’ on his 200 acres of farmland. Here’s how the popular event went down over the August bank holiday weekend of 2018.
Festivals don’t always scream family-friendly, but parents and their little ones were extremely well looked after at this event. A dedicated marquee housed all the essentials including a nappy-changing area, toys for pre-schoolers and a dining room with a kids’ menu.
Some of the big names in the live entertainment line-up included Peppa & George Pig, The Gruffalo, Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom and Paddington Bear. The little ones could hop from one activity to the next – doing everything from practicing their circus skills to making pizzas and petting animals. There were also plenty of fairground attractions to keep smiles on their faces – whether the kiddies were riding the Big Wheel or crashing the dodgems, there was laughter all round, but the haystack mountain was a particularly popular hit.
If you attended the Big Feastival for the music, then you wouldn’t have been disappointed with this year’s line-up. The main stage featured some jaw-dropping acts including Basement Jaxx on the Friday, Craig David on Saturday, and finishing up with the incredible Paloma Faith on the Sunday. These stars were joined by the likes of James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Rak-Su and Professor Green. There were plenty of gems to be found on the Udder Stage too – powered by generator hire services, this smaller stage was home to Spice Girl Mel C’s 90s Mixtape, Indigo Velvet and Lloyd Llewellyn.
The Big Feastival’s food influence wasn’t just about cheese, although if you visited the Alex James Cheese Hub, complete with cheeseboards, toasties and fondues, then you certainly wouldn’t have been disappointed. Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Annabel Karmel were some of the top name celebrity chefs that drew the crowds this year. Cooking workshops, demos and sampling were just a handful of the activities you could have indulged in. And there was even a giant fire pit available for you to toast your own marshmallows over. A great meal isn’t complete without your favourite tipple to enjoy it with though, and many festival-goers spent hours going from tent to tent sampling various craft beer and wine tasters.
If you missed out on this year’s fabulous Big Feastival, then you’ll want to make sure you’re ahead of the game for 2019. Register your interest early so that you can be notified as soon as tickets are available for next year’s event. You’ll also be given priority access and be eligible for exclusive offers.