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

Forests are friendly – the perfect place for Cloudspotting Festival

Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival is a family friendly festival with a difference. Cloudspotting doesn’t happen in a field, loaned by the farmer addressing a need for agricultural diversification.  It doesn’t take place in a town or city park, creating a temporary world in an urban environment.  Cloudspotting takes place in the heart of Gisburn Forest, part of the Forest of Bowland, a landscape recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are 33 AONBs in England, designated in recognition of their national importance and to ensure that their flora, fauna, views, historical and cultural associations are protected for all to enjoy. Living and working landscapes, all beautiful, all different, each AONB has been awarded its designation with individually special qualities. Forest of Bowland AONB designation The Forest of Bowland received it’s designation in 1964 and has several attributes that contribute to it’s outstanding natural beauty: the grandeur and isolation of the upland core the steep escarpments of the Moorland Hills the undulating lowlands the visual contrasts between each element of the overall landscape the serenity and tranquillity of the area the distinctive pattern of settlements the wildlife and the landscape’s historic and cultural associations Sounds beautiful doesn’t it. Gisburn Forest Gisburn Forest is a working and dynamic forest owned by United Utilities, created and managed by the Forestry Commission.  At 3000 acres in size, Gisburn Forest is not only home to Cloudspotting Festival but is a magnet to mountain bikers, walkers, birdwatchers, naturalists and horse riders.  Gisburn Forest Bike Trails are home to some of the best mountain bike runs in the country.  Glide easily along mellow trail by Bottoms Beck, twist and shout through...

Sneaky peak at new material by our Sunday night headliner, This Is The Kit

We are thrilled to have a sneaky peek at a brand new song from our Sunday night headliner, This Is The Kit, in advance of her new album release this July.   Now signed to Rough Trade, this footage of ‘Moonshine Freeze’ being performed in session preludes the forthcoming new album from This Is The Kit due for release on July 7th 2017.  Visit the official website to pre-order your copy on limited edition red vinyl (nice!) as well as other special celebration merchandise. “Cloudsotting Music and Arts Festival is one of my favourites”, Kate Stables This Is The Kit’s leading lady, Kate Stables describes Cloudspotting as ‘one of her favourites’ and last played on our Sunday line-up in 2015.  We cannot wait for her to return with a bigger band and this exciting new material to headline our Sunday night in the forest. Visit our artist page for more info about This Is The Kit or for a full line-up click here. Full weekend tickets for Cloudspotting 2017 are still available and also a limited number of Sunday tickets.  For full ticket information, click here.         Like this:Like...

Cloudspotting the exhibition now on at Mee Maws Cafe in Blackburn

People of Blackburn……is your head in the cloud? Cloudspotting Exhibition now in Blackburn, is a selection of our favourite images of 2016 which capture the energies and excitement of Cloudspotting.  Our collection highlights the beautiful location, quality music programme and engaging arts activities which enables our subjects to picture so attractively. Cloudspotting the Exhibition is now officially a tour! After a fantastic opening residency at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Cloudspotting the Exhibition is now officially a touring exhibition.  From today, it’s current residency is the newest café in Blackburn, Mee Maws 71-73 King William Street.  This fantastic café although newly opened is no stranger to art.  The café is situated under The Cotton Exchange, an iconic Blackburn landmark.  Built in 1863 it has had many uses over the years including a lecture hall where Charles Dickens is said to have given a reading of his work.  It was most recently a cinema (The Apollo) but closed it’s doors in 2005. The venue has recently been taken on by Re:source who plan to restore it sympathetically to become a fantastic venue once again.  Recently the building was  included as a town centre venue by the excellent National Festival of Making where Lazerian and the Carboard Box Company created a surreal installation of alien-like cardboard pods called Chromatogram.   Mee Maw – an exaggerated cotton-mill lip reading language Mee Maws Café takes it name the form of speech derived from exaggerated lip movement to allow lip reading in the cotton mills of old Lancashire, once the main industry of the region.  The exhibition is on display in the café until Friday 26th May and is open Tuesday to Saturday.  This is the first...

Cloudspotting Exhibition on now at Cltheroe’s Platform Gallery

Is your head in the cloud? Cloudspotting Exhibition is a selection of our favourite images of 2016 which capture the energies and excitement of Cloudspotting.  Our collection highlights the beautiful location, quality music programme and engaging arts activities which enables our subjects to picture so attractively. Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival has produced it’s first exhibition in a proper gallery!   On display until the 15th May at The Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, and influenced by the talented friends of the festival who have been involved in our festival images, we dedicate this exhibition to all Cloudspotters who have contributed in their own way.  Featuring photographs and videos produced by local creatives Derren Lee Poole, Matthew Collinge, Kristien Cooper and Aaron Dunleavy this exhibition gives a mini-slice of our wonderful and rich festival. Bogarts – Curious yet handsome creatures of the forest!   The exhibition includes information about this year’s festival through visual images; including Bo our Kerith Ogden commissioned Hen Harrier and our full musical line-up.    Bo features throughout Cloudspotting 2017 in the pre-festival information and at the festival.  With support from RSPB, the Birds of Bowland Project in our family activities programme explain how we can support Bo and her feathered friends in their forest environment.  As well as introducing Bo and activities for this year, the exhibition features the images of 2016 activities.  A success in 2016, Play in a Day returns to Cloudspotting 2017.  This year Jack Herbert (National Youth Theatre) will facilitate this extremely popular activity on Saturday 29 July. “Its great to have Cloudspotting exhibition here.  The vivid display sums up what makes the music and arts festival so special”m Katherine Rodgers, Arts Development...

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...


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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