Family fun and fairy tales at Beautiful Days festival 2019

The magic of Beautiful Days is back and this year’s family friendly festival promises more than ever before.

The Levellers’ independent and award-winning festival, at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, has revealed its main stage line up for the 2019 event, August 16-18, which includes LA punk rock band NOFX and Florida ska punk band Less Than Jake.

Headliners Skunk Anansie, Ziggy Marley and The Levellers, music from Seth Lakeman, Hothouse Flowers, Cara Dillon, The Fisherman’s Friends and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club are a mere taste of the eclectic line up over the three days.

Fiddler’s Arms folk sessions curated by Seth Lakeman’s musician dad, Geoff, offer pop-up gatherings next to the Big Top, with guest and session musicians, and room for festival-goers to join in.

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The 2019 Beautiful Days festival line up and Sunday fancy dress theme has been announced.
Photo: Jolyon Holroyd Photography

Down the hill at the Bimble Inn, the line-up is a host of ska, reggae, folk, funk and skiffle from Age of Glass, Along Came Shifty, Bloco Branco, Bridges, Cable Street Collective, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Huw Eddy & The Carnival, Jess McAllister, Mad Apple Circus, Malavita!, Reverend Ike’s Sunday Soul Service, Samantics, Stunflower, Ten Foot Wizard and The Belles.

Headlining Saturday night in The Big Top is Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers, combining traditional Irish music with influences from soul and rock.

See the full festival line up here

The seated Theatre Tent has increased in size this year due to ‘overwhelming’ demand for shows and will this year host stand-up comedy from John Shuttleworth, Robin Ince, The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret, and many more, plus welcomes back old favourites The Bo Diddlers and Le Navet Bete.

For Beautiful Days 2019 festival-goers can buy refillable pint cups at all the bars on site, for £1, replacing single use plastic ones.

Swap it for a clean one each time you buy a drink and take it home with you.

Beautiful Days festival 2019

For Beautiful Days 2019 festival-goers can buy refillable pint cups at all the bars on site, for £1, replacing single use plastic ones.
Photo: Beautiful Days

New for 2019 is a wild spa at the rear of the main arena, boasting views of the parkland and estate complete with wood-fired hot tubs; sauna yurt; hot and cold showers and Bedouin chill out lounge.

The two-hour spa sessions can be booked in advance for up to seven people. To book and for more information

The festival favourites – craft workshops, walkabout performances, site art installations, an array of food and craft stalls make a welcome return; real ale bars run by Otter Brewery; the Body and Soul healing garden with Thai massage and Indian head massage and deep tissue, acupuncture, hot bamboo and Shamanic healing.

Plus free workshops to inspire and invigorate including crystal bowl chakra bathing, yoga and wild food foraging talks.

Sunday’s theme for 2019 is fairy tales, so expect plenty of imaginative costumes – elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, dragons, witches, princesses and wizards; a totally magical end to the festival.

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Camping at Beautiful Days festival.
Photo: Jolyon Holroyd Photography

At the time of going to press, caravan pitches and bell tents had sold out, but there were still yurts and tipis available to hire.

See here for more information and availability.

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