The show must go on! – Poltimore House music and arts festival will go ahead weeks after a huge overnight blaze at the East Devon historic home

The show must go on – an East Devon music and arts festival at Poltimore House is set to go ahead in May despite a huge fire ripping through the property earlier this month.

Tickets are now on sale for the Poltimore Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, starting at £35.

Funds from the event will be used to help rebuild what was destroyed by an overnight blaze – suspected to be an arson attack.

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Because the emergency services have left a 10-metre exclusion zone around the house, the festival will now take place exclusively in the grounds, where 13 acres of parkland will be turned into a ‘bohemian paradise’.

Festival organisers the Music in Devon Initiative (MIDI), Exeter University, Poltimore House Trust and Friends of Poltimore House said they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by community support since an overnight blaze tore through the house on April 8.

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The festival music stages will be outside.
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Nick Hall, MIDI director, said: “We have been astounded at the sheer level of support since the fire. There have been offers of help for all aspects of the festival’s infrastructure to help it go ahead and raise funds that are needed more than ever to cover the damage caused by the fire.

“This is a testament to Poltimore House enchanting all those who visit and the whole reason we are keen to see this wonderful asset restored for people to enjoy for generations to come. So please show your support by buying a ticket and you’ll get to enjoy beautiful boutique festival at the same time.”

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The festival will take place outside this year.
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There will be plenty to do outdoors at the festival.
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Carol Jobling, Friends of Poltimore House spokeswoman, said: “Although we are absolutely devastated to see 20 years of our painstaking restoration work go literally up in flames, we are humbled by the support and offers of help that are coming from the local community and beyond.

“Poltimore House isn’t just bricks and mortar, it’s a beacon of our resilience and determination.

“The fire has brought everyone closer together than ever before, so please help us to rebuild and rise again by securing your tickets today.

“Let’s show the world that nothing can dampen our South West spirit or dim our Devon resolve.”

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A host of music and entertainment has been planned for the 2024 festival.
Photo: Poltimore Music & Arts Festival.

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The festival in previous years.
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The blaze caused hundreds of thousand pounds of damage, destroying two decades of restoration work.

While the main structure remains intact, the blaze ripped through the entrance hallway, library, surgery and other key internal spaces, which had been brought back into use.

For more information on the festival line-up, and how to buy tickets, see here.

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