Music, the arts, local produce and great beer, all set on a Lancashire town cricket ground.
Ramsbottom Festival is a local community-inspired festival in the pretty town of Ramsbottom, just outside of Manchester. Its modest lineup brings a mix of indie, rock, folk, ska and reggae with artists such as the Levellers, British Sea Power and Soul II Soul being big names in 2014. Based at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, it's a family-friendly event where – aside from music – the focus is on celebrating the surrounding community, and alongside international cuisine, there will be stalls from local producers, serving up proper British grub.
Thankfully, there's enough family entertainment to keep the kids away while you get suitably sloshed on ale (all locally produced, of course). There's also touring art shows in association with Wild Rumpus and the Wild in Art project, as well as circus performers, puppets, dancers, and magic.
Try out the special edition Ramsbottom Ale, specially commissioned for the festival by local producers.
How do I get there?
By car: Just 12 miles from Manchester City centre. Near junction 1 of the M66. But parking is limited in the town and on the festival site so public transport is recommended.
By bus: A System One Weekender ticket - Return travel between Ramsbottom and anywhere in Greater Manchester for the entire festival weekend for just £10.
By festival shuttle bus: The bus will depart from Chorlton Street, Manchester and Beech Road, Chorlton each day. Return tickets cost £10 daily.
Adult Weekend Ticket: £66
Children Weekend Ticket (ages 6-16/under 6s go free): £11
Family (2 adults/3 children) Weekend Ticket: £144
Adult Friday Day Ticket: £24
Adult Saturday/Sunday Day Ticket: £26
Child Day Ticket: £6
When can I get them?
Tickets on sale now
Where can I get them?
You can buy tickets via the Ramsbottom Festival website.