Beer and Bands at Tockwith Festival 2013

Growing into one of the best events on the UK music festival calendar, The Tockwith Festival in York was back this year for the fifth time last month. Its budding reputation is no surprise to anyone – it’s got the lot! Those who went could drink and dine with new friends, enjoy the music acts spread across two stages, and experience a unique UK festival like no other.

The Tockwith Festival has a family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of great supervised activities planned for children. The setting is another attraction for the festival, with the festivities hosted in a charming marquee village.

Tockwith FestivalThe festival has become popular due to its earthy, home-grown vibe and family-friendly atmosphere. You won’t find any repetitive electronic music, bizarre art installations or throngs of blank-eyed, chemically enhanced punters here. It’s a good old fashioned celebration of great food, fine ale and quality music. If you missed it this year, read on to discover how you can be part of the action in 2014.


Each year, the festival begins at midday and finishes roughly 11 hours later. Unless you live in York and have a home to return to, it’s a good idea to find a hotel in central York. There are many on offer, and many are located in some of York’s beautiful, old buildings, which date back hundreds of years.

If central York is booked out, or you would like to enjoy a more rustic environment, it’s possible to find great last minute hotel deals on offer outside the city. Perhaps you could stay more than one night, to recover and enjoy the local hospitality and pretty scenery.

The Music Line-up 2013

The headliners this year were The Fossil Collective, a folk duo who play beautiful indie and folk tunes with a gorgeous harmonious sound. With a UK tour under their belts and 2 critically acclaimed EPs, they were a natural fit to this easy going festival. Their set went down a treat, and they wowed the music fans with their soulful music from the main stage.

Other bands to hit the main stage were Wilful Missing, the Gary Stewart Band, the Young Believers, Jacobean Rough and many more. If you’re interested, the full line-up can be seen on the official website.


Eat, Drink and be (very) Merry!

The Tockwith Festival is often referred to as the Tockwith Beer Festival due to the wide range of quality ales available. Try one of 45 different drops, and find a new favourite among the huge selection. If beer isn’t your thing, don’t be discouraged. The festival also offers ciders, wines and other less intoxicating options for the designated drivers and kids in your group.

There is a beer to suit any preference, with Bitter, Mild, Golden, Pale, Old and Traditional Ales. The choice can be overwhelming at first, but there’s nothing better than enjoying a freshly poured beer and listening to some folk music in the company of friends. Choose an ale and start tasting!


One of the best features of the Tockwith Festival is the food on offer. It’s locally sourced from farms in the area, with many organic ingredients used. You could dig in to succulent roast pork, freshly wood-fired traditional pizza and much more. There was something available to suit any appetite, so no reveller went home hungry.

Have we whetted your appetite for 2014? Keep an eye out on the official site for news of next year’s event!

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