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An atmospheric, offbeat indoor camping venue is being offered to festival goers headed for Bristol Folk Festival on April 29 – May 1. Those wanting to camp for the three day festival – which is back in the city after 32 years – will be able to stay just a minute’s walk from the event’s Colston Hall venue at the impressive St Mary-on-the-Quay church. The Grade 2 listed neoclassical building, with its distinctive columned Corinthian portico is situated in Colston Street and originally stood on the River Frome waterfront when it was completed in 1840. The church will welcome campers to its hall for just £12 a night (*under 15s accompanied by a responsible adult are full price but under 5’s go free.) The camping facility will be open from 2-5pm on the opening day of the festival (Friday, April 29) and then from 10pm-10am daily, until 10am on Monday, May 1. There are toilets on site and a kitchen where campers can make their own tea and coffee. Campers should bring their own sleeping bags or bedding. Camping tickets are available from the Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 and online at www.colstonhall.org More information on accommodation and parking can be found at the festival website www.bristolfolkfestival.com
The festival, with its strong South West stamp, is one of the first events on the UK music festival calendar. It is fielding one of the strongest programmes of any UK festival this year with arguably “The Big Three” of folk as its headliners – Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and Bellowhead – rarely seen together at the same event. Lakeman is also the event’s patron. More than 40 diverse acts make up the effervescent programme and festival goers can be guaranteed no wet weather problems with the whole event taking place on two stages in the city’s revamped Colston Hall.