Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
10:32 AM 21st July 2020

A Socially Distanced Festival At Gisburne Park

With over 90% of UK Festivals cancelled this year it is good to see a festival taking place in the north of England that is still going ahead.

Festival goers at the UK's first social distancing festival
Festival goers at the UK's first social distancing festival
The UK’s first purpose built socially-distanced festival is taking place in the Lancashire countryside for eight weeks with big name DJs, live entertainment, open-air cinema, family fun and on-site glamping - making it the perfect staycation or day trip for fun-loving Brits this summer.

Taking place from July 11 to August 30 2020, the new Gisburne Park Pop Up, will take place on the Gisburne Park Estate: a historic Grade I-listed, 1,000-acre private estate within the Ribble Valley. Festival-goers can purchase day passes or multi-day glamping tickets with 24,000 attendees expected over the eight weeks.

Up to 480 festival goers will attend each event and will book their own individual hexagonal pitch, each large enough for a social bubble of six and spaced 2.6m apart.

Drinks and food are delivered by waiters to the hexagonal pitches, eliminating the need for queuing. A one-way system ensures guests can make their way around the 10-acre site with a minimum of 2m physical distance between themselves and other guests. Festival-goers can choose from four event concepts:

Festival goers dance in their designated pitch
Festival goers dance in their designated pitch
Party in the Park
Taking place every Friday and Saturday evening, this open-air party sees some of the biggest names in dance music perform on the banks of the river with incredible stage production. Festival goers can dance under the stars to acts such as Jonas Blue (29 Aug), Sam Divine (1 Aug), Jackmaster (8 Aug) The Shapeshifters (25 July) and Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra (24 July) with more to be announced soon.

Pictures In The Park
The dreamiest way to watch a classic film is under the stars, far from civilisation. Recline in your deck chair and reach for your popcorn, as the silver screen lights up the night with some of the most enchanting movies ever made. Immersive open-air cinema nights take place every Wednesday and Thursday evening where guests are encouraged to dress up in keeping with the movie theme. Screenings include Moulin Rougee (29 July) and Rocket Man (6 Aug).

Pub In The Park
The biggest, most beautiful pub garden in the country is now open on Sunday evenings. We all hate Monday so this is the perfect time to relax and socialise in an adults-only environment. With bands on stage, a choice of real ales, bottled cocktails and fine wines along with the classic pub roast.

Up to 480 festival goers can attend each session  - or 80 social bubbles of six
Up to 480 festival goers can attend each session - or 80 social bubbles of six
The Family Show
Taking place Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoons, Picnic in the Park is an interactive day time event designed for families of all ages to enjoy together. While the entertainment kicks off on stage, from a Disney Sing-along complete with actors and entertainment to an afternoon of Opera

On-Site Accommodation
For guests wishing to stay the entire weekend, onsite luxury five-metre wide bell tents are available to book. Each comes with electricity, an outdoor fire pit and access to on-site private showers. Guests can also choose to stay at the north of England’s leading hot tub holiday destination, Ribblesdale Park, which is also nestled within the Gisburne Park Estate and features luxury lodges and cosy cottages.

The Gisburne Park Pop-Up festival is taking place at the Gisburne Park Estate, Clitheroe BB7 4HT until 30th August.

Tickets are available to buy from from

Prices start from £20 per hexagonal pitch with ticketed events starting from £10 per adult and £5 per child. Boutique glamping starts from £120 per tent per night.