New sports festival coming to Cheltenham is offering free camping
A new festival that hopes to combine the best of sports and music is set to kick off next month. Cheltenham’s first sports and music festival, “Cheltenham 7s”, aims to be a festival for all sport lovers “whatever your ability, age or choice of sport” – but even if you don’t really like sport that much, you’re still welcome for good food, good music and good vibes. The festival will be hosted at Newlands Park in Southam Lane, Cheltenham between July 30 – 31, where there will be host of competitions for rugby, netball, Super Six Fitness and much more.
: Aerial footage shows Jeremy Clarkson’s farm as fans descend on quiet village There is an alcohol licence at the festival, local brands, local food and even free camping. Organiser Fred Million said: “We will be showing the Lions game on the big screen at 5.30pm then into music festival after.
Welcome to all to spectate and enjoy the various food trucks, burgers/sushi/ kebabs/falafel and ice cream. “We have an athletes’ village with different brands, clothes, nutrition, car stands and much more including a Red Bull music truck and the recharge fitness area.” Get today’s top stories and entertainment for free straight into your inbox
Explaining how he and close friend and fellow rugby player Jack came up with the idea, Fred said: “Jack and I met in 2018 playing rugby, through our love of the sport and talking over a few drinks, Jack had the great idea of running a sports festival. “He asked me if I could help out and we launched it together in September 2019, but due to Covid-19 we couldn’t run it for 2020. Our aim is simple, to create a fun festival with sport, a community atmosphere and have a party after what has been a horrible year.
“We want to expand the sporting side of the festival next year to offer netball and rugby to minis and juniors which would be amazing.” The team was keen to stress that although the focus was sports heavy, ‘anyone can turn up’. They said: “This is not just for sports fans, this is for everyone.”
Children are welcome too, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must leave the premises by 6.30pm.
What to expect
Food Organisers are proud to be hosting The Woozy Pig at the festival. They said: “We have The Woozy Pig with us and they are going to be offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a succulent BBQ style and pulled meats food truck ready to give you that get-go for the day.
“We have TGDG who will be offering a variety of wraps, salads, meats, and a wonderful menu for all to enjoy for every meal of the day. “Blindside Pizza van will also be with us, this is the Gloucester captain’s very own van – why not get the best pizza in town from the main man himself. “If you need that quick start in the morning Todd from Stubborn Rhino will be there with pastries and coffee.
You better get in there quick. We have a few more coming and can’t wait to announce them soon.” on Lewis Ludlow’s pizza endeavours here.
They also announced this week that Brink & Babs from Oxford would be joining the celebrations. They said: “Brink & Babs. Delighted to announce that @brink_babs_oxford will be at the 2021 Festival, offering their Artisan Kebabs.
“Only using the finest sustainable British meat!” Stalls Big names to expect include:
- For Sport CBD
- Gloucester Biltong
- Help for Heroes
- Core 37
- Nortii clothing
- Nutrition X
- KIA car stand,
- Sara Di Silva clothing
- Rocket power
- Keeps Getting Better Fitness.
Organisers added: “The range on offer will allow these brands to showcase what they have and bring their newest products to the market.
I know that they are looking forward to sharing this festival experience with you.” On Friday there will be music, food, and festival stalls all the way through the evening, which the festival is calling “a feast for the senses”. On Saturday it’s game day followed by a big party, organisers say: “Sunday, have your brekkie, and off you go.”
Covid safety measures When it comes to preparing for coronavirus safety measures, organisers said: “As it currently stands we are all set to welcome you to the biggest music and sports festival in Gloucestershire, however, due to Covid-19 we must update you on protocols at the festival. “Please make sure that you bring your masks and any additional PPE as you feel necessary to support you and the team at the festival. we will be operating under the sports governing bodies current guidelines.
“Please note that social distancing will be enforced under the current guidelines. This is subject to change as the road map gets better.” In a recent update from the festival regarding coronavirus restrictions being lifted, organisers said: “We have been working hard on how best to deliver our first festival.
“Along with several major festival organisers, we have taken the decision to proceed with Cheltenham 7s Festival based on the government’s plan regarding July 19. “We are therefore putting all of our resource and effort into ensuring that Cheltenham 7s Festival proceeds as planned. “So what are you waiting for?!
Come join us this summer to celebrate getting out and about again! ‘Weekend’ and ‘Mixed Rugby Touch’ tickets are still available – book now.” If the event is cancelled due to coronavirus, tickets will not be refunded but will roll over to 2022. Furthermore, the bar will not be accepting cash due to safety measures.
Gates will open at 12pm on Friday, July 30 and tickets are selling from GBP15.99. Click here for more information and here for tickets. Parking and camping is free when you buy a ticket – to find out more about the location and what to expect there, click here.
To follow the festival and all their latest updates, find them on Instagram @cheltenham7sfestival or click here.
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