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Welcome to the Orange Ashton Court Festival.


If you're not familiar with the festival, it's Bristol's best kept secret - a fantastic outdoor festival held every summer featuring.....

Two outdoor stages featuring the best of local bands with national headliners to finish. Click here to find out who the headliners are.

The WKD Bigger Top featuring souly, funky, hip-hop, jazzy bands.

The Colston Hall Global marquee featuring a unique mix of modern and traditional music from around the world.

A Performing Arts marquee featuring dance, poetry, comedy and theatre.

The Bath Ales Acoustic marquee.

A large kids' area.

"Blackout" supported by Metro, a marquee featuring experimental film and music

Plus over 150 stalls selling foods and crafts from around the world, two Event bars and fairground rides.

The entertainment runs from midday to 11pm on both days.

Frequently asked questions

These aren't just the things we think you should know; they really are the things that people phone up and ask us. In the weeks before the festival, the phones are red hot with queries, so please read on, help us out and save yourself the cost of a phone call...


What's the deal with tickets?

You can just turn up and pay on the day - £6

However, you could save a few bob by buying your ticket in advance from the Bristol Ticket Shop, 12 The Arcade, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3JA
Open Mon - Sat 9.30am - 6pm, telephone 0870 4444 400.

If you pay cash, you can get it for last year's bargain price of just £5. If you use a credit card or book online at, there will be a booking fee.

What about parking?


Parking at the lower car park will be £5 per day. If you want to park in the privilege car park next to the site and avoid the walk up the hill, advance tickets for this are available from the Bristol Ticket Shop for £7 plus booking fee. Tickets are limited to just 1000, so there is a likelihood that these will sell out.

Can I camp?

There is no camping at this event. If you want to find accommodation locally, we suggest you try Bristol Tourism's accommodation web page by clicking here.

Will the suspension bridge be closed?

The Suspension Bridge Trust has again decided to close the bridge for the whole of the festival weekend, to cars, pedestrians and cyclists alike. Please check out our travel page - click here

Who are the headliners/is it true that XXX are playing?

Super Furry Animals, Lemon Jelly, Zion Train, Roni Size, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and 150 more acts are playing. More details are on the news page.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! Kids are welcome at the festival, those aged 14 or under get in for free and we have a kids area.

Can I bring my dog....



...or should I leave him in the car?

NO! If you love your pet, leave it at home.


Is there disabled access?

Blue Badge holders can park for free in the privilege car park right next to the festival site. The festival is held on a sloping field which is lumpy in places, and sometimes muddy. We want to welcome as many people as possible to the festival, but the decision to come has to be yours.

When/where are programmes on sale?

They are available now. A list of where to buy one is on our programmes page.


Orange Ashton Court Festival

16th &17th July 2005


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