Attractions for all the family to enjoy

THE LITTLE NIPPERS

We’re super excited for you all to see what we have in store for your little nippers this year!  

The Festival has all the usual crazy capers for the little nippers, including a circus with acrobatic and trapeze acts, jugglers and magical stunts performing throughout the day. New walkabout characters will meander through the crowd and mingle with the masses, so be warned, they’ll have you giggling like a schoolgirl. Punch n Judy have decided to join us again! obviously we’re still nervous about their tempestuous relationship getting out of hand, but hey ho, couples in love!

All the other stuff from years gone by and a whole lot of new stuff will be on site too; you can take your seat on the waltzer, walk on water! or win a prize catching a little ducky. The kids zone tent will play host to a number of music and crafty workshops, where the kids (of all ages!) can join in and learn a new skill (like playing a ukulele or the African drums) or simply make cool things. 

We’ll also see the return of the very popular Professor Pumpernickel who’ll educate your little darlings about the wonders of Science - in other words, he’ll be making a mess, exploding stuff and doing some mind-bending magic! 

 

 

Corbridge festival drinks

Here at Corbridge Festival we like to think we know how to make a party go with a swing.  Great music, great company, and, of course, great beer.  To that end, we’ve laid on some fantastic booze offerings - something for everyone.  Except the kids.  

Hadrian Border will be running not one but two bars, serving their iconic pale session ale Tyneside Blonde, classic Farne Island amber bitter, and if we’re very good indeed, we could be treated to a sample of their expression of a hipster’s favourite style, Reiver IPA. Firkin great.  

The zeitgeist-defining Wylam brewery will also be putting on a bar.  With the move to their spectacular new premises at Exhibition Park in Newcastle they certainly know a thing or two about catering to thirsty gig-goers.  Every single beer that comes out of Wylam is a superstar, with iconic branding and distinctive flavours, but surely we’ll all be praying they bring a decent supply of Jakehead, their irresistible supercharged IPA.  Once tasted, you’ll drink nothing else.

For those who prefer a more delicate beverage, there’ll be a cocktail bar serving all your favourites, offering plenty of opportunities for hilarious double entendres.  What do you get if you cross Sex On The Beach with a Squashed Frog?  Nudge-nudge-wink-wink-say-no-more.  Maybe stick to the G ‘n’ Ts, ladies.

Now the boring bit.  At Corbridge no personal alcohol is allowed into the arena (offenders will be publicly humiliated), so leave those sweaty Strongbows in the tent, keep those tepid Carlsbergs  at home, and delve into the delights of our superb bars, whilst taking comfort in knowing every penny spent will be ploughed back into making next year’s event even bigger and better than this.  Drinking as social service - who’da thunk it?

Our Cocktail Menu - Get choosing. 

Aperol Spritz 

The feel-good summer drink of Northern Italy, Long refreshing and moreish, 

Aperol mixed with Prosecco over ice and topped with soda 

 50 ml Aperol                              

75 ml prosecco 

25ml soda

Ice 

Orange slice 

 

Mojito 

The classic mixture of rum, mint, lime and sugar, served classic, strawberry or raspberry 

50ml light rum 

12 mint leaves

20ml gomme 

25ml lime juice (fresh)

 

Apple and Elderflower Collins

The flavours of an English Summer served tall over ice.

Gin, elderflower liquor, apple juice and lemon juice shaken and served over ice 

50ml gin 

25ml elderflower liquor 

25ml apple juice

25ml lemon juice

Soda 

 

Cherry Gin Sling

For the lovers of Gin and Toni with a twist

Gin, cherry brandy and lemon juice 

50ml gin

25ml cherry brandy

25ml lemon juice (fresh)

Soda water 

Slice of lemon 

 

Perfect Pimms

Fruity refreshing and very civilised 

50ml pimms No1 cup

50ml 7up

50ml ginger beer

Slice of orange

Slice of lemon

Slice of cucumber

Half strawberry

Mint  

 

 

Corbridge Festival wouldn't be the same without our wonderfully quirky performers roaming amongst our festival goers. 

This year we will be joined by....

Les Busketeers  Vive La France!

Les Busketeers avec flashy pants and flashing blades lay siege to your city or ville. Arsos and Demestos sing and dance their way into the hearts of every woman in the land. Distributing roses from their musical sedan chair, they romp along Rue de Remarks with songs, skills, swords and very cheesy jokes. Formidable!

We understand that some people go to festivals just to sample the food. Which is why we offer a huge selection of streeet vendors representing cuisine from around the World.

This years selection of includes:

  • Middle Eastern
  • Mexican
  • Polish
  • American
  • Greek
  • French
  • Italian
  • Indian

...and not forgetting our very own fish and chips!

We also offer vegan and plenty of sweet things. 

Uke Workshop will be held in the Dragonfly tent (behind the clubhouse) on Saturday at 11am (for campers).
 
Ian Brown's renowned uke workshops are coming to Corbridge this year so be ready to sing, have fun and surprise yourself.
  
This workshop is suitable for total beginners (aged 8 – 80+) and those who have made a start but cannot join chords together. (8-12 year olds should bring an adult with them) 
 
If you have your own ukulele please bring it along, but it's not necessary as we can supply a uke to a limited number. 
 
Many of Ian's students have moved on to become part of and even starting ukulele groups as a result of taking the first step at music festivals. 

Ian's workshop will take place on Saturday 8th July at 11am in the Dragonfly tent and later there will be an opportunity to show off what you've learned to the public! It's amazing how much you can learn in an hour!

Astral Circus brings to your faces a great big smile! Circus skills are all neatly wrapped up into wonderful acrobatic and magical shows.

You can find them in the red and yellow stripey tent, throughout Saturday. 

Astral Circus

Unleash your inner musician!!

Come down to the Academy of Music and Sound tent in conjunction with JG Windows and discover the music in you.

There will be tutors at hand and workshops available on various instruments for beginners. Starter packs will be available to buy and order from JG windows and tuition available from The Academy of Music and Sound. Later in the evening you can hear the very best in young new talent from the North East.  

Taking place on Saturday 8th July from 12.00 until 3pm in the AMS tent. 

AMS Gateshead    JG Windows

JB Flowers Magic presents Punch n Judy.

Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically Mr. Punch and one other character who usually falls victim to Mr. Punch's club. It is often associated with traditional British seaside culture. The various episodes of Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy—often provoking shocked laughter—and are dominated by the clowning of Mr. Punch.

The show is performed by a single puppeteer inside the booth, known since Victorian times as a "professor" or "punchman", and assisted sometimes by a "bottler" who corrals the audience outside the booth, introduces the performance, and collects the money ("the bottle"). The bottler might also play accompanying music or sound effects on a drum or guitar, and engage in back chat with the puppets, sometimes repeating lines that may have been difficult for the audience to understand. In Victorian times, the drum and pan pipes were the instruments of choice. Today, the audience is also encouraged to participate, calling out to the characters on the stage to warn them of danger or clue them in to what is going on behind their backs. Also nowadays, most professors work solo, since the need for a bottler became less important when busing with the show gave way to paid engagements at private parties or public events.

Ben Gates' Sound Sculptures and Giant Percussion installations and workshops. Tried and tested hundreds of times, this ensemble of unique self made harmonic instruments allow people to musically engage with each other in a safe environment. They are robust and waterproof. The 'Giant Sculpture Kit'  creates abstract shapes and structures with modular sounding parts, effectively making an interactive 'Sound Sculpture'. All of this works in a structured setting with the possibility of groups to develop a piece of performable music. 

 
If you like fire, explosions, loads of mess and mind bending magic, you'll love Professor Pumpernickel!
 
Professor Pumpernickel can be found around the kid's zone tent, performing throughout Saturday.
 
Science made fun!

 

All the fun of the fair...

Double Decker Den is a mobile soft play Double Decker Bus which has been especially designed to ensure that your children have a fantastic time no matter how old they are.

We've got a great programme of kids craft sessions running throughout the day organised by @ The Workshop Hexham. Louise will provide the resources and ideas, your kids just need to provide the imagination. 

When Nature Calls

Although we do have a number of 'portaloos' around the site we also offer the luxury of flushing toilets.