Bicester celebrates homegrown talent as premier arts festival returns

The Bicester Festival roars into life later this week, bringing together people of all ages and abilities to celebrate the arts.

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2019

The action will take place at seven venues across three days, with an emphasis on performance, creativity and culture.

The majority of the events are free including: an age friendly creative pop-up, taking place at Bicester Library on Thursday and Friday (19 and 20 September); the local display of talent on the Best of Bicester stage in the Market Square on Saturday (21 September); and a family fun day, focusing on the environment, at OYAP’s Studi02 on Sunday (22 September).

Garth Park hosts the two events requiring tickets, with friends and families encouraged to sing a-long to The Greatest Showman on Friday evening (20 September) and a musical showcase of three live acts performing in Roots, Rock and a whole lotta Brass, on Saturday night (21 September).

Saturday’s musical treat is also an opportunity for residents to support the Bicester Foodbank, with 10 per cent of all ticket proceeds going directly to the charity. Janet Ray from Bicester Foodbank said; “Being part of a community event like the Bicester Festival will make a real difference to our funds heading into the winter. We thank everyone who’s bought a ticket, contributing to the wellbeing of our community and we hope the evening goes off with a bang!”

Gig Buddy tickets have also been introduced for Saturday night, encouraging festival-goers to bring a friend to enjoy the evening's entertainment together. Each £10 ticket will now allow entry for two people.

Environmental issues will be focused on over the three days as part of the festival theme ‘Earth – gaining ground’. No single use plastic will be handed out at stalls taking part in Saturday’s food and craft market on Sheep Street and the Vegetarian Society are displaying their giant veggies at OYAP’s Studi02 to encourage awareness of their #‎EatToBeatClimateChange campaign. Residents are encouraged to show their support by walking, cycling or even scooting to the festival.

For the safety of those watching and taking part in events in the town centre, there will be some road closures in place on Saturday. Vehicles will not be permitted to access Market Square or Sheep Street from 7am until 6.30pm.

There will also be some temporary road closures on Saturday to allow for the festival procession from OYAP’s Studi02 to the town centre and back. Restrictions will be in place between 10.30am until 11.30am and 3pm until 4pm, affecting the length of Church Street, Causeway and Church Lane and various points along Kings End, Chapel Street and Manorsfield Road.

Taxis will be able to access the Market Square throughout, guided by traffic management officers. Emergency Service vehicles will not be restricted.

Tickets for the special events at Garth Park can be bought at Coles Books on Crown Walk or online at https://bit.ly/2kKfrRf

For up to date information about the event follow @BicesterFestival on Facebook.