Greenbelt Festival

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Widely regarded as the leading family festival of arts, music and spoken word in the UK, Greenbelt is a 4 day festival that takes place in Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, UK.


2012 line-up, news and rumours.

Speech Debelle, Bruce Cockburn and Bellowhead were amongst the first wave of music acts confirmed.

Keynotes & Speakers confirmed include Dr Andrew Tate, who will be discussing postmodern fiction, theory and spirituality, Professor Mary Gray, who will be discussing Feminist Liberation Theology and Spiritualities, and former music journalist Caspar Melville.

Theatre & comedy highlights include the return of Kevin Tomlinson's Kepow Theatre, with much more to be confirmed for the 2012 programme.

To view the full programme line-up as it is updated click here.

The festival have announced on their website that a new website is due on March 5th, and the theme for this year is Saving Paradise.

2011 line-up and past line-up highlights

Big acts booked for the 2011 event included Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Billy Bragg and Idlewild, to see an overview of the past Greenbelt highlights, click here.


Greenbelt is a boutique family festival with justice and faith at it's core. Although a predominately Christian festival, the event is inclusive and accepting of all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief.

As well as music entertainment for the adults to enjoy, the festival also integrates children into the fun, full programmes at a number venues directed at children and youngsters.

Every year there is a different theme, and the festival is also praised for the beautiful selection of art installations onsite.

Quotes from the media

  • “No matter who you are or where you come from or what you believe in, if you’re open-minded and care about the arts, or think for yourself and forge your own opinions, you’ll be at home in this place.” Art Rocker
  • “Britain’s greatest festival... The content, the opportunities to be challenged, affirmed, welcomed and angered as well as entertained and introduced to new things... it’s enough to make me nostalgic the day after it finishes.” The Huffington Post
  • “Greenbelt was an eye opening experience. Here was a Christian festival where I was made to feel welcome and included. Here were people, like me, committed to a better world, where poverty and injustice were no more and who were prepared to put their faith into action.” Mohammad Imran

Music stages and other entertainment

At the 2011 event, there were the following stages and venues:

  • Main Stage
  • The Big Top
  • The Performance Cafe
  • Underground
  • Centaur
  • Jesus Arms

Aside from the music, the events open minded ethos paves the way for their workshops, talks, panels, talks and seminars about applying faith in current times.

There is also an extensive arts programme of comedy, dance, theatre, literature and film throughout the event.

Exploring social justice is also welcomed, as attendees gain wonderful opportunities to get involved with on site campaigns throughout the weekend.

History and facts

While the core aim of the festival has remained the same throughout it's run, the festival is nomadic and has so far taken place in six different locations.

Past locations include it's beginnings in Prospect Farm Charsfield to the historic Knebworth Park. The festival currently resides at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The festival is also a registered charity, run by a small staff team, aided by a large following of volunteers and a few subcontractors.

Ticket prices

Tickets can be purchased via the main website, or booked by calling 020 7374 276.

Here Price until 30th April) + Adult Wknd Ticket: £99.00
+ Adult Concession Wknd Ticket: £68.00
+ Under 18 Wknd Ticket: (5-17 years) £55.00
+ Family Wknd Ticket: (2 Adlts, 2 Und. 18s) £259.00
+ Single Parent Fam. Wknd Ticket: (1 Adlt, 2 Und. 18s)£165.00
+ Infant Wknd Ticket: (0-4 years) £0.00