Important announcement: The Young Farmers Festival is postponed until 2020, the new date will be announced soon.
Farmers Weekly is hosting the all-new Young Farmers Festival, a unique new event to do one thing – bring Britain’s incredible young farmers together for a celebration like no other.
The weekend extravaganza will feature music, sports, discussions, fun activities and, of course, general revelry.
See below for the very latest information on the 2019 Young Farmer Festival, including when and where we plan for it to be held, how you can get tickets and what you can expect to enjoy while you’re celebrating with us.
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In January, we launched a survey asking young farmers what they wanted a festival designed solely for them to be like – and they didn’t disappoint with their feedback.
We’ve were blown away by the response and want to thank everyone who took part – we have considered all of your ideas in our quest to make this festival an unforgettable experience for everyone.
After all, our young farmers are the future of our great industry and they deserve the very best.
When is the Young Farmers Festival being held?
The festival is planned for Thursday, 2 May 2019 and will finish on Sunday, 5 May 2019.
A vast majority of survey participants have told us these dates are suitable – there does seem to be a gap in the diary over this weekend.
Where is it being held?
The Young Farmers Festival will be held at the Offchurch Bury Estate in Warwickshire – nice and central so that nobody has to trek too far.
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How do I get tickets and how much will they cost?
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on the Eventbrite page for the Young Farmers Festival.
Until 31 March – early bird discounts
From 1 April to 1 May
- £175 – standard advanced ticket for all (including UK YFC members)
From 2-5 May
- £200 – on the day (including UK YFC members)
All tickets include camping, parking, access to all the great activities and entertainment, plus a great British breakfast on the final day. All you need to bring is a tent and spending money for food and drinks.
After feedback, group bookings are now being accepted. For more information and to buy tickets, go to the Young Farmers Festival website.
Can I bring a caravan or campervan to the festival?
Yes – we’re making provisions for a limited number of caravans and campervans on the festival site this year, so be quick if you would like to bring one.
Caravan/campervan entry costs £70. Go to the Eventbrite page of the Young Farmers Festival for more information.
What kind of music will I be partying to?
Legendary Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark are set to crank the party up to fever-pitch on the first night of the Young Farmers Festival. On Friday 3 May, the dynamic duo will headline the opening night of the festival.
On Saturday 4 May, Greg James will bring the unforgettable young farmers party to an electrifying crescendo with a DJ set that’s sure to feature many absolute bangers.
What else is going on?
We’ve got more fun and games than you can shake stick at. Check out a selection of activities taking place throughout the weekend:
- Mixed tag rugby 7s tournament
- Mixed dodgeball tournament
- The Wolf Run Challenge
- Farming’s Take Me Out
- Britain’s Fittest Farmer live final
- Farming’s Got Talent
- Musical Bingo
- Outdoor cinema showing films chosen by you
- Hot Fuzz
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Super Bad
- Drum Cafe
- Attempts to set many new Guinness World Records
- Karaoke bus
- Human Table footie, sumo suit wrestling, bungee running, rodeo bull, “Last One Standing” game
- Chill Out Zone with yoga, massages and wellness classes
- Virtual reality experiences
- Debate zone
- And much, much more
For the full weekend agenda, go to the Young Farmers Festival website.
Is there an age restriction for the Young Farmers Festival?
The festival is for anybody who is aged 18 or older on 2 May 2019. There is no upper age limit, but remember that this is a festival designed specifically with young people in mind.
The rule is, if you’re old enough to have kids who can attend then you’re probably too old.
Do I have to be a member of a Young Farmers Club?
No, you don’t need to be a YFC member. This festival is for all young people who have a specific interest in farming, so you don’t have to be a farmer to come along.
Speaking to Farmers Weekly, NFYFC’s chief officer James Eckley said the festival is a great event for young farmers to come together.
“The Young Farmers Festival looks as if it will provide a fun environment for young people from the rural community to meet up and to get away from the day job, whilst taking part in a varied programme of events,” he said.
“We all want to celebrate the people who play such an important part in building a successful UK farming industry and this could be a great occasion to reach out to a wider audience – everyone’s potentially a young farmer, they just might not be aware of it yet”.
What is the Young Farmers Festival all about?
The festival has been designed as a celebration of the amazing contribution made to UK agriculture by young people from across the British isles.
You’ll be camping on a farm, making memories with your mates and meeting new people. During the day there will be plenty to keep you entertained, including sports, competitions and other activities. By night you’ll be partying hard to headline DJs and entertainment.
You’ve told us who you want to see perform – BBC Radio 1’s Greg James, Scott Mills and Chris Stark are all booked – and we’re booking more DJs all the time.
What specific activities are going on during the weekend?
It’s safe to say we’ve got plenty to keep you entertained and partying hard. We’ve got all of these great attractions throughout the weekend:
🏉 Mixed tag rugby 7s tournament – teams of 7 (maximum 3 subs)
- The winning team will bag tickets to Gallagher English Rugby Premiership Final at Twickenham on 1 June 2019
🏐 Mixed dodgeball tournament – teams of 6 (maximum 3 subs)
- There’s a £250 cash prize for the winning team
To enter a team, go to the Young Farmers Festival website and complete the registration form – mixed-gender teams are welcome.
You will need to have a ticket to the festival in order to take part in the sports tournaments.
Guinness World Record Live
Fancy breaking a world record and getting your name in the history books? We’ll be attempting to smash three Guinness World Records at the festival this year.
The team from Guinness World Records on site to help out, with the best participants getting a chance to make an official attempt at setting a new world record. If it’s broken, your name will appear in the Guinness World Records book.
Farming’s Take Me Out
If you’ve got a mate who could do with a hand in the love department, then this is your opportunity to help them find it.
Entries are open for Farming’s Take Me Out – go to the Young Farmers Festival website to enter yourself or a friend and our team will be in touch to arrange for them to take part in this love-fest.
As if finding true love isn’t enough of a draw, you will go on your date straight away and enjoy getting to know each other over some drinks and nibbles.
Farming’s Got Talent
Do you have a talent or want to show off your performance skills? Sign up for Farming’s Got Talent if you’re a singer, dancer, magician, comedian or have something completely unique to show our judges.
We’ve got some incredible prizes for the winners. Go to the Young Farmers Festival website to enter yourself.
Your favourite films on the big screen. Kick back and enjoy a selection of movies with popcorn and pals.
Wolf Run challenge
We’ve already announced that all festival-goers will get free entry into a super-fun obstacle run held during the big weekend included in their ticket price.
On Friday, 3 May, young farmers will gather at the starting line of an epic 1km obstacle course called the Wolf Run challenge, designed by award-winning farmers.
Imagine the sort of mad and muddy races YFC clubs hold during their county rally – this Wolf Run challenge will be even bigger and better.
What is the Wolf Run challenge?
Warwickshire farmers Charlie and Will Moreton are the guys behind this epic obstacle course set over rough terrain – you might recognise them as the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards Diversification Farmers of the Year.
The Wolf Run is an acronym for “woods, obstacles, lakes and fields”, which tells you that this is no walk in the park.
This is a high-adrenaline course that will see you running, wading, climbing and crawling your way to the finish line.
Participants will have a blast negotiating a series of about 12 man-made and natural obstacles stacked throughout the course at the Young Farmers Festival host farm in Offchurch, near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.
“Although it’s only 1km, it’s going to be action-packed with runners tackling plenty of obstacles,” says the Wolf Run’s Will Moreton.
“People can push themselves as individuals as a great test of their general fitness or have fun as a group of mates helping each other through the course. It’s going to be great fun.”
This isn’t a competitive race, it’s designed purely for a good laugh while putting your strength and fitness to the test.
Taking part isn’t compulsory, so if you’d rather cheer on others then that’s totally fine with us. After all, you can’t beat a good bit of people watching.
Watch the video below of a full-on 10km Wolf Run to get a flavour of what’s in store at the Young Farmers Festival 2019.
Is there overnight camping? What if I don’t fancy camping?
Yes, there is full weekend camping. Campervan spaces are available but are limited in number. Camping is great fun and free with your ticket but if it’s not your thing, there are also a number of lovely hotels, B&B’s and farmhouses nearby, and taxis to get you to and from site.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Campers are welcome to bring food and drink to the campsite. A wide selection of food and drink will be available for purchase in the Festival Village, where festival-goers will not be permitted to bring their own alcohol for consumption.
There will be limits to the amount of alcohol allowed in the campsite, please see Ts&Cs for further information.
Can I bring my pet?
As much as we love pets, things would get a little chaotic if every man and his dog came along.
So we’ve decided the men (and women) can come, but the dogs must stay at home. Guide and assistance dogs are, of course, welcome.
Is the festival wheelchair accessible?
The site is generally suitable for wheelchairs, but please be aware that the festival is a completely outdoor event in fields that could pose problems for mobility (particularly in wet weather). Find out more on the Young Farmers Festival website.
Are there cashpoints on site?
There will be no cash points on the festival site. We will be accepting card payments for the main bars, but please do ensure you have enough cash for the weekend.
Who do I contact about lost property?
Any lost property that has been handed to the festival organisers on site will be collected and kept safe.
If you have lost something, please email a detailed description of the lost item(s), along with a contact telephone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know if it has been found.