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Countdown to Wentworth Festival


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In just over a week, thousands will “Never Be Lonely” when they get together for a “Fine Time” at the “Beautiful Neighbourhood” of Wentworth in Rotherham for the Wentworth Festival.

Wentworth Festival is held in the grounds of stunning Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest fronted stately home in Europe and a structure that itself is steeped in history.

The festival launched in 2017 and is the brain child of radio presenter pals Toby Foster and Steve White – the idea was born in the beer garden of The Horseshoe in Harley. Passionate about Rotherham, their aim being to create a fun family day out for their neighbours and friends.

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As the organiser put it: “Wentworth Festival is a truly homegrown festival, created and supported by people who live locally and organised to a very high national standard. We promise you a fun, and safe, day out in the September sunshine against the stunning backdrop of South Yorkshire’s Wentworth Woodhouse.”

The event was sadly postponed in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic but is back in 2021 with music acts including Cast, Space and The Feeling.

Held on Saturday September 18, it will be the weekend that musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, written by The Feeling front man Dan Gillespie Sells, launched on Amazon Prime. The film is set in Sheffield and was filmed on location in the steel city, as well as Rotherham.

The event has a new music stage for up and coming local artists and a comedy stage.

In a recent Facebook post Steve White, thanked those buying tickets. He said: “It’s been a slog. We’re not going to lie to you. It’s been a difficult 18 months, as it has been for everybody. We are not pretending we are alone in that but we are just grateful to you for supporting us, getting us where we’ve got. Because without you, definitely we wouldn’t be able to put this gig on.

“This is the biggest festival we’ve done so far and we’ve sold more tickets than ever before.”

Tickets are running low but some are available at Wentworth Village Shop and The Horseshoe in Harley.

Images: Wentworth Festival

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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