Cloudspotting 2017.....Tier 1 tickets now available!

28th to 30th July 2017

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“A classic combination of music, lovely food and drink, family and arts activities in a stunning location. It’s good value, and regulars applaud its non-commercial feel.”

 – The Guardian


“The human beings at Cloudspotting Festival were some of the most enlightened beings we have encountered on our Earth mission so far.  We danced together, we sang and clapped our hands.  All ages, united in one song.”

– Zpor, Henge

A family-friendly festival featuring:

2 Live Music Stages  |  Late night DJs  |  Outdoor Food Court  |   Interactive Arts  |  Music Participation Workshops  |  Cinema  |  Songs & Stories stage |  Early Years Music  |   Family & Field Theatre  |  Outdoor Pursuits  |  Mountain Biking  |  Health & Wellbeing  |  Beer Festival  |  Star Spotting…

“Probably the only festival left where you can listen to the headliner as you snuggle down with your kids and a glowstick in your tent.”

– The Guardian

Glamping shop now open!

Don’t just chill-out at Cloudspotting…..stretch-out!  Festival Glamping Accommodation available from £15 per head per night! At Cloudspotting we want to make your stay as comfortable as possible and have limited availability of some special glamping accommodation at 2016 rates. 4m Canvas Bell tent accommodation – sleeps up to 4 adults available for £180 = £15 hd/night The above is based on a 3 night hire (Friday – Sunday), fully constructed and carpeted for your arrival and include unlimited access to hot showers and flushing toilets all weekend. Additional camping equipment available and set-up for your arrival on request. If the Bell Tent is not right for your group, please contact Helen directly to discuss bespoke accommodation options.  To book and confirm, please contact For more information, please look at our “About” page Like this:Like...

See….Hear….Imagine Something New – Cloudspotting Festival 2017

Join us for the seventh chapter of Cloudspotting Festival for our dazzling arts activities programme guaranteed to engage one and all throughout the weekend. Cloudspotting takes place at Gisburn Forest, between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th July.  Our glorious setting is nestled into the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB, just 40 miles north of Manchester. Rock-Up, Tune-In, Art-Out! Arts award, birds, bikes, carnivals, choirs, circus, crafts….and we’ve only done ABC.  All this and more is available as part of the family arts and activities programme at Cloudspotting Festival 2017. The full arts and music programme for the blooming Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival has been confirmed, apart from a few surprises we want to keep secret.  We can guarantee you that a rich programme of magic and adventure lies in wait for those who come to this North West forest escapade.  For more details, check out our full listing of our weekend activities. Hang out with our feathered friends The early bird catches the worm but we have plenty of family friendly arts activities throughout the weekend to keep you entertained whether you’re a wild goose or a night owl.  The natural habitat of the Forest of Bowland is a source of great inspiration for the festival’s artistic themes.  This year, protection of the native birds of the forest will be the central focus of our progranme.  Bo, our celebrated and endangered Hen Harrier has already had a striking presence in this years logo.  Join her and feathered friends native to Bowland throughout the weekend as you dip into our exciting leisure programme of interactive activities produced in association with the RSPB….. Arts...

Jesca Hoop returns to Cloudspotting Festival

We are chuffed to bits to welcome JESCA HOOP back to Cloudspotting , her first appearance at the festival since 2013. “A boisterously declarative album that’s urgent and at times seditious” (Pitchfork) 2017 has started with a bang for Jesca.  Her new LP ‘Memories Are Now’ was released in February on the legendary Sub Pop label.  It is a wonderfully dexterous collection of songs, exhibiting her wit and songwriting power.  It is also hook-laden, powerful and at times visceral and haunting, garnering excitable reviews from across the board.  Well worth waiting for 🙂 Cloudspotting Sundays are gloriously chilled days reflected by a more acoustic edge to the music programme. With that in mind, Jesca joins a gaggle of leading female artists on top of their game.  Confirmed to star on Sunday – This is The Kit, Holly Macve, Hannah Peel, and Rioghnach Connolly of The Breath.  This stellar line-up of female talent brings our weekend of excellent music and art to a conclusion of fully satisfied proportions. For full weekend line-up details of Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival 2017, follow this link.     Like this:Like...

Our family friendly music festival flyer is now available to view on-line

We are so proud of our tasty little flyer for our family friendly music festival, we don’t want you to just wait until you pick it up – we want to make it available to you right here, right now. We have included lots of juicy information about the music and arts festival including our packed music line-up for each night of the festival.  Our handy to-do-list of our engaging family arts and activities will help you plan your weekend.  The flyer also features details of our new areas for 2017 including our Teenage Hideaway and new Enchanted Forest acoustic stage.   And we haven’t forgotten to include information of how to get your hands on our very special tickets. Our beautiful flyer also features our festival mascot for 2017, Bo the Hen Harrier and even features a colouring-in page of Bo to keep whilst you count down the days for Cloudspotting 2017. Click on the image below to view our flyer in your full screen. Like this:Like...

Festival day tickets now available!

We are pleased to release limited number of festival day tickets for our glorious festival. FRIDAY DAY TICKET SATURDAY DAY TICKET SUNDAY DAY TICKET Follow the above links to our box office for more ticket info. Like this:Like...

Artist submissions are now closed!

Thank you so much for every musician, every band, every agent and every believer who has sent us details of their band/act to be considered for this year’s programme.  We love the fact that there is so much talent and originality in music out there and that so many artists would love to perform at Cloudspotting. This year more than any other, we have been inundated with a huge amount and range of talent but we only have so many slots we can offer and now that we are close to finalising our final programme for the festival we must close the door on submissions for this year. Please feel free to contact us in the autumn for consideration for Cloudspotting 2018 and let us know if you have any upcoming dates close to us you think we should come and see you perform live at. Have a wonderful summer, Cloudspotting Festival Team x Like this:Like...


Tier 1 tickets On Sale
Adult Weekend £109.00
Kids (2-12yrs) £30.00
Teen (13-17yrs) £55.00
Weekend Car Parking Ticket £10.00
Weekend Live-In Vehicle £30.00

Wonderful to enjoy glorious countryside, a soundtrack of eclectic excellence and no sense of commercial exploitation…

Fun filled, fabulous, friendly full of character festival

Geese flying, adults clapping, children dancing, bubble man blowing, everyone smiling, happiness radiating

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