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Travelling Light: Greenbelt Festival moves to Kettering in 2014

After 15 years at Cheltenham Racecourse, the Greenbelt Festival is moving to the grounds of Boughton House, near Kettering in Northants in 2014 ...

With extensive work now beginning on Cheltenham Racecourse’s £45 million redevelopment scheme, Greenbelt has taken the decision to move on, with huge thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse for their years of support for the festival.

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of The Jockey Club: “We have had 15 successful years working with the Greenbelt team, developing a really strong working relationship, with both parties helping to grow Greenbelt into the hugely successful event that it is today. However, with the grandstand redevelopment taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse over the next two years, we are not able to provide Greenbelt with the site and facilities that they require to create the event. For this reason, Greenbelt are to relocate elsewhere, but we wish Greenbelt and the team the very best in their new location.”

Boughton House – nicknamed 'The English Versailles' – provides a stunning new location for the festival, and brings Greenbelt together with the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, which operates the estate.

Maurice Whittaker, Commercial & Creative Director, Boughton House says: “We are delighted to welcome Greenbelt to Boughton House in August 2014. With so many vistas – from sweeping lawns, wide avenues of trees and the recently restored lake system, to small intimate areas, including Orpheus, our land art installation by Kim Wilkie – we hope that  Boughton will provide an inspiring setting for an inspiring festival!”

And Greenbelt Creative Director Paul Northup explains: “Our theme for our 40th festival last August was ‘Life Begins’ and with our move to Boughton – to what will be Greenbelt’s seventh site in its 40-year pilgrimage of the imagination – I feel all the excitement and anticipation of a new life being born. I am confident that, for both our community and the content we curate, the move will provide a fresh start, a new sense of vision, and a heightened sense that together we can make a festival that is life-changing.”

The festival takes place over August Bank Holiday weekend, 2014. Further details will be released in January 2014, when tickets for the festival will go on sale. More about the move here on the Greenbelt blog.

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