Roger Sanchez, Ibibio Sound Machine, Children of Zeus and more: Line-Up Announced for Lancashire’s Brand-New Boutique Festival

Gatherings Festival will take place between Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August...

By Emma Davidson | May 26th '22

Set amidst the sublime grounds of Gisburne Park, with flowing rivers, a wildlife sanctuary and ancient forests, Gatherings Festival will lead in a new era of cultural events for the historic Lancashire estate.

The incredible line-up for the brand-new festival combines health and wellbeing with some of the best DJs currently on the scene, including; Roger Sanchez, Ibibio Sound Machine, Children of Zeus, Crazy P, House Gospel Choir, Craig Charles, alongside Wellness guru Davinia Taylor, Chef Steven Smith plus poets, a pool party and goat yoga.

The inaugural Gatherings at Gisburne festival launches on Saturday 20th August – Sunday 21st August 2022 and invites guests to gather for a weekend of cultural indulgence, with music, multi-arts, fabulous feasts, and a sanctuary for wellbeing.

A weekend of wonderment flows through to exceptional dinners and feasts featuring award-winning local chef Steven Smith –plus a VIP pool party, Village Green with immersive theatre games, The Peacock Tales lounge with poets Chris Jam and Griot City, Ribble Valley folklore tales, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Hindelinis Jazz Café, and for those looking for a rejuvenation experience there’s ice bathing, IV drips, goat yoga and more.

The new boutique festival is set in the ancient and mythical landscape of Ribble Valley, also known as Middle Earth – the very same countryside that captured J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination. 

The enchanting charm of the valley is told through the Gatherings weekend, where music, dance, theatre, art, poets, and storytellers all play their part. The festival takes inspiration from the Sika deer that are synonymous with the estate and have roamed the grounds for centuries, which owners Guy Hindley and his wife Amber are committed to protect. 

The antlers fall from the deer in spring and are ‘gathered’ in homage. The estate is now a wildlife sanctuary, the first Lancashire estate to pledge over 300 acres to rewilding.

Commenting on the new annual festival, Gatherings, owner Guy Hindley said: “We are excited to bring Gatherings to all. On the success of our pop-ups last year, we wanted to create an annual music and cultural led boutique festival in the North, on this historic estate that I grew up on. 

“Gatherings is that – it’s the coming together of various tribes, creating a cultural melting pot – music, multi arts, immersive theatre, wellness experiences, pop up restaurants, glamping, and much more will all be happening throughout the weekend. And we have more plans to develop this beautiful estate’s Grade 1 listed mansion and to create a series of smaller events throughout the seasons.”

With luxurious lodges, historic houses and cosy cottages all with hot tubs, a glorious glamping village or the option to bring your own tent to camp in, Gatherings is the place to find your centre this summer.

Adult tickets, including general camping start at £166.95, with Gatherings (6-15 years) available for £90.95 and under 6s free. Daily admission tickets available and Golden Gatherers packages are also available from £240.95. 

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