GORING and Streatley Festival has been granted permission to erect a marquee on Gardiner recreation ground
GORING and Streatley Festival has been granted permission to erect a marquee on Gardiner recreation ground in Goring.
Goring Parish Council, which owns the land, has allowed the organisers free use of the land from June 17 to 19 next year.
The festival committee wants to put up a 500-seat tent to host concerts, lectures and activity workshops during the closing weekend. It would have a licensed bar and sell hot food.
Simon Carter, the festival’s director, told the a council meeting: “The marquee proposal is a key part of our plans for next year, although there will be so much more going on.
“It will be good for the local economy as it will bring more visitors into the area, which will especially benefit pubs and shops.
“We are asking for 500 seats not on a whim but based on our own experience of last year’s festival and on feedback we received from visitors.
“Goring Cricket Club has supported the idea and agreed to arrange its away games for that weekend.”
He said a line-up for the marquee had not been finalised but would be in place by September.
It is hoped that the first night will be a rock concert with local bands. The Lightyears, who grew up in Goring and played at last year’s festival, would headline. Saturday’s events could include four arts and crafts workshops culminating in a Chinese dragon parade around the village.
Historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley, whose father Peter lives in Whitchurch, is expected to give a talk on the Sunday morning. This would be followed by an evening concert featuring the Goring and Streatley Concert Band.
Prices will vary from Â£5 or less for the workshops and about Â£10 to Â£25 for the bigger events.
Councillors approved the request on condition that the rest of the field remained open to the public.