The Field of Avalon aims to provide folk and roots music with an arts focus, a festival within a festival – stages, a pub, a great range of delicious food outlets, fairground attractions, and a plethora of stalls selling books, vintage clothes, and circus paraphernalia. We are home to one of the largest covered eateries at the festival: a huge vegetarian café with seating for 200-plus. This year, for the first time, the Avalon Café will be selling organic wine to accompany its fabulous meals. The café’s acclaimed stage presents live performances from breakfast time at 10 am until 3 in the morning – a fabulous sonic mix of up-and-coming acts, established festival bands, and a soupçon of cabaret.
Find time to head over to Ye Olde Medieval Avalon Inn for a drink or two in unique half-timbered surroundings. Our serving wenches and swains will be happy to serve up a fine ale straight from the cask as well as ciders, spirits and wines. You can expect all sorts of ad hoc music, entertainment and fun from the moment we open at 10 am, right up until we close at 3 am.
Following on from the success of last year’s layout change, we are going to keep the Avalon Field much the same but with a few tweaks. We had a few crossover sound issues between the two stages last time and so we are going to alter the angle of both slightly and add some sound buffers.
Avalon is a riot of colour, flags and installations, and provides plenty of places to seat your derriere and rest your weary legs. For the children, or the child within, we have swing boats and a helter-skelter. On the main stage we have, as usual, a fine selection of top-notch folk and roots music, with the odd, but wonderful, surprise thrown in for good measure.
We are delighted to welcome the Iona Community once again who will be found in the far corner by the old railway line. Here you can warm up in the light of their comforting fire, have a cup of tea and a chat: it really is a tranquil haven for all, particularly those feeling a little over-whelmed by the whole festival experience.
So, bring your picnic and blanket and pitch up for the weekend: we look forward to sharing it with you!