Stepping Stones Festival Returns To Cumbria

An intimate folk music festival which each year draws in crowds of more than 500 people is set to return to Cumbria.

Now in its sixth year, the always popular Stepping Stones Festival, coined by legendary folk singer, Maddy Prior, will take place in its usual venue, in the breathtaking grounds of Kirklinton Hall between June 9 and 11.


Delivering world class music, local food, drinks and crafts as well as a programme of fun and games, this family friendly festival offers something for all ages. The weekend programme will include three concert performances taking place in Kirklinton’s main hall as well as wildlife exploration, instrumental singing and dance workshops, master classes, storytelling, fairground stalls, circus tricks and much more.

The festival which showcases artists who have been specially selected by Maddy for the quality of their performances as well as their future potential, has been deliberately designed to be small and therefore intimate with guests mingling freely with festival goers.

The weekend of live music kicks off with a lively Ceilidh on the Friday evening to get the blood moving amidst the magical setting of Kirklinton Hall  – followed by a headline set in the marquee, which is yet to be announced.

There will be three big music concerts in the marquee stage running over the weekend, each concert featuring a set by at least one of the headline bands which includes, Oysterband, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, BOC Mallorca and the Carnival Band.

The hall stage, housed in the ruins of Kirklinton Hall, will host a wall-to-wall programme of music throughout both afternoons and through Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday morning. The third bandstand stage will again be positioned in the middle of the craft village, featuring a combination of the best local bands and open mic performances from musicians and entertainers attending the festival.  This stage is perfect for acoustic bands who don’t need power or who wish to use a portable sound system.

While there will be two undercover seated venues and a bandstand to perch under should the weather take a Cumbrian turn, there are also Kirklinton’s stunning gardens to explore and enjoy at your leisure. The Craft Village will also return, with local traders selling their handmade wares offering visitors something a little bit different.

For festival goers making a full weekend of it, camping is available with extra room for caravans and camper vans for just £10 per person for two nights.

Any profit made during the festival will be re-invested back into the festival and local artistic initiatives while also supporting the festival’s designated charity, the Great North Air Ambulance.

There will be designated onsite parking and disabled toilets for those with limited mobility, as well as a drop-off point close to the concert venue.  With a range of tickets available please visit: for more information.

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