Arcane Festival

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Arcane Festival is a 3 day festival held in City Farm, Oxfordshire.

The festival prides itself on being a "self-styled micro festival", and it's aims range from raising funds for charities and causes to good old fashion festival fun.


2013 Informaton

There have been no updates on thei festival since 2011

2011 Line Up and past line-ups:

The 2011 event feautured Chumbawamba, Imperial Leisure, 3 Daft Monkeys, Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, Vaudeville Rave feat. JFB (Beardyman), Prism, Brickwork Lizards and more

For information on past line ups, you can view them by clicking here.


To understand the vibe at Arcane Festival it is important to remember it started as a birthday party for a friend.

You will still be sitting on straw bales and drinking locally produced scrumpy, and you will have the chance to see some of the nations best Jazz and Alternative acts as well as local talent.

It is a small crowd with 2011 being limited to 500 guests. Ideal if you are looking for a more personal festival or if you are looking for a small scale event ideal for families.

As the festival organisers state themselves "Small is beautiful".

History and Facts:

Arcane Festival started out as a birthday party for a friend, with each year becoming more popular than the last until that party was featured on most lists of “must go to boutique festivals”.

The big selling point to this festival is the size, with the 2011 capacity being limited to just 500.

Because of this the farmland of City Farm is not too badly damaged and a majority of the food and drink can be sourced organically and locally.

In 2011 all the beer, ale and cider for Arcane Festival was produced within 30 miles of the festival site.

Music stages and other entertainment

Up until 2011 there was just the main stage, The Winchester Stage and Sound systems but now Arcane Festival has opened a separate acoustic tent. The tent is in the style of a Parisian cabaret club serving feline themed cocktails and some great music.

Handbaked Arcade usually make their way up to provide retro gaming for the Arcane guests. Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, Pacman and many more.

There are also some white walls acting as wind breaks as well as a canvas for graffiti artists.

On Site Information:

Camping site:

The new quiet camping area is perfect if you prefer mornings or if you have brought some small people.


There are plenty of stalls selling jewelry, clothes and locally produced items.

Festival Food and Drink:

All beers, ales and ciders were sourced within 30 miles and a majority of the food was produced in the local area.

Vaults and Garden Café are on hand to provide local organic food and there is a mobile wood fired pizza oven for, well, pizza.

Drugs at the festival

Arcane Festival does not discuss a drugs policy but is held in the UK and so is subject to its laws.

Camping and other accommodation:


As of 2011 there are two campsites. One as you would expect and one quiet camping area for families and light sleepers. The camping is included in the price of any ticket, even one day tickets have one night camping.

If you don’t like camping most of the close options are bed and breakfasts or rooms at local pubs.

Other Accommodation

The Swan Hotel is a local pub boasting some good beers and good food. The rooms are well kept and comfortable. 21 Acre End St, Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29 4PE 01865 881225

The Talbot Inn is located riverside and has ales served straight from the cask to be enjoyed on the decking for a great summer evening. They also have 8 newly referbished en-suite rooms. Oxford Road, Eynsham, Nr Witney, Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29 4BT 01865 881348 ‎

Location and travel:

By Train

The closest station is Oxford Rail Station.

By Bike

A strong cyclist can reach the site from Oxford within 30 minutes. There is cycle path from Oxford along the A40 until you reach Eynsham roundabout.

Alternatively, you can cycle via Botley and Swinford toll bridge – according to the locals it's a preferred choice for those who prefer the scenic route

By Car

From Oxford, take the A40 to Cheltenham/Witney from the Wolvercote roundabout at the top of Woodstock Road.

Continue until you reach a TOTAL petrol station and motorbiking shop on your left. You're at Eynsham roundabout.

Take your third exit, signposted Long Hanborough & Church Hanborough. Carry on this road whilst looking on your left.

You'll pass some round-roofed barns, then an entrance with a white sign to a landfill site. Start signalling left and slowing down: City Farm is the next left.

Festival contact and ticket information:

For tickets and information see the Arcane Festival official site here