Festival scene

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For Info on travel to the festival see our Visitor Info.

The Priston Festival was registered as a charity in 2011 (Reg. no. 1143394). The Festival is also a Full Member of Making Music, a federation of UK musical societies and promoters.

If you would like to get in touch please contact us at pristonfestival@googlemail.com

You can also write to the Priston Festival at:Manor Cottage, Priston, Bath BA2 9EH.


Priston Festival was formed as a charitable society by a group of local people in 2008.  The aim was to create an annual community festival which would allow us to celebrate local music and artistic talent - hence our slogan "Live 'N' Local"! 

Many of the acts who perform are from the nearby cities of Bristol and Bath – both renowned for their music scenes. We also stage a smaller number of  nationally-renowned acts  from further afield

We aim to stage an event which has a broad range of music.  Previous festivals have included folk, jazz, blues, rock, world, reggae, choral and classical music.  We also provide singing and dancing workshops, film, and literary events as well as children's art activities.

The main venue is the Village Green Stage outside the Ring O Bells pub. There is also a smaller Chill Stage in the Village Hall car park. These are where the majority of the acts on show perform, and they are free to view.
We also stage music, film and literature in  the beautiful parish church, the village pub, and the old village hall with its newly-refurbished car park.

Note there is no camping as part of the festival, but a limited amount of camping is available from a local farm by private arrangement (email for more information).

Most events at the Festival are free, but we raise the money we need to mount the Festival from selling tickets for selected events and through sponsors. We also make a small charge for parking (see Visitor Info.).

We welcome visitors as well as residents to the Festival and provide events which cater for all ages.

We seek to make the festival as sustainable as possible. Our main catering suppliers are local companies with good credentials in environmental stewardship. We seek to equip the festival through re-cycled materials (the main stage is built out of recycled wood). And we seek to reduce waste as far as possible and recycvle what waste there is.

Previous audiences have complimented us on the friendly village atmosphere.   We are very grateful for the support we receive from the village and ask audiences to be considerate in their behaviour, particularly if they are outside into the evening.  Parking in the village itself can be a problem, so we do recommend you use the Parking field.

Sponsorship is critical to our ability to present the Festival and you can find out how to become a Sponsor here. We are also very grateful to our individual donors and for the support we receive from other village organisations.

Over the years the Festival has acquired a number of assets which it makes available for use by villagers.  Stage lights are permanently installed in the Village Hall, and stage backdrop curtains can be made available for village events on request.  The Festival also has a number of marquees and gazebos which are available for loan or hire - ask a Committee member.