Welcome to our family-friendly festival.

Ticket sales are now OPEN – buy MarshFest 2024 tickets now.

We’re busy planning for the next MarshFest which will be on Saturday 14th September 2024. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for more details.

Have a look at this year’s line-up, the entertainment, and local food and drink from the day or dig into the story behind the festival.

With every penny raised going to good causes, we’re proud to have made over £27,000 at MarshFest over the years.


Thank you for helping us to raise £12,000 at MarshFest last time around – our highest total ever! This made a big difference to Marshfield School, the Cricket Club and Warmley Park School and College.

There was a big thank you due, as ever, to our many volunteers. From face painting to pulling pints and everything in between – we appreciate the time you took and you’ve helped to make MarshFest so successful.

Our first ever Battle of the Bands was a huge success with incredible talent on show from our 6 finalists. The winner – Intermission – went on to shine on the main stage as well as scooping a £300 music voucher from El Toro Music, Chippenham.

Andy Methley took some brilliant photos which graced the pages of the Gloucester Gazette, Bath Life and the Bath and Wiltshire Parent, amongst others.

James, Guy, Jess, Justin and Hugh

Entertainment

MarshFest promises fun for all the family! Here’s a flavour of what entertainment is on offer this year – we’re adding to the list all the time:

Lucy Lost-it

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Lucy Lost It back to MarshFest! She’s entertained us brilliantly for a few years now. Lucy delights crowds with magic shows, circus skills, and balloon modelling, she’s very funny and she always has a rapt audience.

MarshFest kids entertainment crowd

Graffarty

Graffiti specialist Graffarty is run by Steven Fitzpatrick, a professional Graffiti Artist based in Bristol who has been painting graffiti on and off since the late 1980s. 

After a successful outing last time, he’s bringing his show back on the road to MarshFest, so see his amazing demos and spray paint your own graffiti name under his supervision to take home and enjoy for a small cost.


Makery Kate

Award-winning crafter extraordinaire Makery Kate has provided her brilliantly popular hands-on craft materials, offering family-friendly projects to complete on the day.

Makery Kate at MarshFest girl in apron

Zumba with Jess

She was so popular – she’s back again! And this time for everyone to enjoy – we’re delighted to have Zumba with Jess on our main stage! Get up, get moving – it’s perfect for adults and kids. Jess says: “I have been teaching Zumba Fitness in and around Bath for over 15 years. It’s a great workout, both cardio and conditioning and anyone can participate, no matter how old, young , fit or unfit. You do not need dancing experience, just the ability to move and shake what your mumma gave you 😜”.


Games Area

Test your strength with our tug of war. Why not pit yourself against your neighbours and see who triumphs? Or try your hand at our child-friendly archery (no arrows!) as well as classic sports day favourites.

MarshFest games area archery

Face Painting

Don’t miss our brilliant face painters who will transform children into a creatures of their choice, from unicorns to superheroes.

MarshFest face painting girl

Hay Bales

Time and again we’re told that it’s the simple, rural fun of our hay bale stack that keeps the kids entertained for hours. Please note that parents and carers are responsible for their children on the hay bales.

MarshFest hay bales fun

For more information on the day, why not visit our handy FAQs.

Music line-up

As well as new acts on our New Music Showcase, we’ve got some new acts and fabulous favourites coming to MarshFest 2024. Here’s who you can expect to see on the day.


Fancy Biscuits

Fancy Biscuits

A high-calibre, high-energy funk and soul band, bringing a huge sound and party vibes. Putting their unique twist on a trunk-full of funk, soul and disco classics, this 6-piece class act are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, with floor-fillers from the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and James Brown and tones inspired by modern-day funk heroes Scary Pockets and Vulfpeck.

Find out more here…


Antalya

After a thumping set last time around, Antalya, a hugely talented band led by James Warren, is back for another amazing set of blues-inspired brilliance. Enjoy!


Johnny Gibbons

After a stupendous DJ set last year, Johnny “Bad Ass” Gibbons is back with a killer sun-set session to get us all dancing


El Toro

El Toro band logo

Making its debut this year, El Toro is a heart and soul band featuring three of the most experienced musicians in the South West. The trio play the best in rock anthems and funky mashups guaranteeing an amazing experience.


Rubix Groove

Rubix Groove band

Cooking up an eighties’ storm – we’re delighted to introduce Rubix Groove! It will be impossible not to get up and dance with these floor fillers.


Food and Drink

Offering delicious local food and drink is very important to the MarshFest team, so here’s who will feed you!. New food for 2024 announced soon!

Chai Walla

Chai Walla

Chai Walla brought delicious street food-inspired Indian dishes to MarshFest.

Pizza Folk

Marshfield’s Jenna and her team fed the festival! Pizza Folk make delicious wood-fired, Neopolitan pizzas fresh to order.

Marshfield Ice Cream

Marshfield Ice Cream logo

Famous the country over, Marshfield Ice Cream treated MarshFesters to scoops of the creamiest ice cream in tantalising flavours.

Really Awesome Coffee

For anyone who needed a caffeine fix, there was a range of coffees, teas and hot drinks (and more) onsite from the Really Awesome Coffee van.

New Music Showcase

This year, in partnership with El Toro Music, we’re excited to announce our new Music Showcase.

During the afternoon of MarshFest, up to six finalists will complete a 40 min set on the new El Toro Music Stage . Each act will present a set of primarily original material with some exciting takes on covers of other artists.

To be a part of our Showcase, simply submit links to your online material (Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Linktree etc), along with your introduction, line up, history, influences, and of course, contact details to newmusic@marshfest.co.uk by Monday 1st July 2024. The panel of judges will then shortlist up to six acts and announce the finalists on Friday 19th July 2024.

Judges will be looking for a mix of passion, musicality, presence and originality.

Finalists will be awarded a music voucher to spend at the El Toro music shop in Chippenham. Each band member will be provided with FREE entry to MarshFest, and a food and drink voucher. We’ll also provide each band member with two FREE tickets to MarshFest for their supporters.

Remember, there is no overall winner – just a celebration of great local talent to enjoy on the day – good luck!

El Toro Music

El Toro Music is an award-winning independent music store, located in Kington St Michael, Chippenham. With a unique, modern approach to customer service, sales and support they are committed to providing the best customer experience possible with the best products they can find.

They also provide vocal, guitar, bass and live performance coaching as well as instrument and pro audio service and repair.

We’re very grateful for El Toro’s help and support for an event we hope to keep building from year to year, encouraging more musicans, young and old, to step forward and shine.

Contact MarshFest

Whether you’d like to get involved and would like to hear more about the event, you can email us on info@marshfest.co.uk, contact the MarshFest team via Facebook or Instagram or fill out the form below.