So much fun in the sun at the Jelly Festival at South Creake, near Fakenham

Having fun in the sun at the Jelly Festival. Picture: Steve Hunt Having fun in the sun at the Jelly Festival. Picture: Steve Hunt

By IAN CLARKE
Sunday, August 19, 2012
9:26 AM

It was a banquet of music - and proved a tasty treat in the sun for thousands of festival goers aged from eight months to 80 years.

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A youngster shows off her baby Hunters at the Jelly Festival. Picture:Steve HuntA youngster shows off her baby Hunters at the Jelly Festival. Picture:Steve Hunt

The fifth Jelly Festival at Compton Hall, South Creake, near Fakenham, has been biggest and certainly the hottest so far.

The estimated 3000 people who attended from as far afield as Australia partied until the early hours on Sunday.

Nearly 60 acts ranging from Mercury Prize-winning Roni Size to American washboard thrashing folk band The Felix Brothers to reggae and Balkan performers were on the five stages around the festival site.

“We have created a really zesty summer feel. The idea is to have something to appeal to everyone and is very family orientated,” said organiser Ben Gardner.

The main stage at the Jelly Festival. Picture Steve HuntThe main stage at the Jelly Festival. Picture Steve Hunt

The event is in the grounds of his family home and the 30-year-old was delighted with the perfect summer weather.

“It helps put everyone in a better mindset. Everyone strips down and are a bit more free - and the sun makes you feel so happy.”

Ben started the festival five years ago and about 700 attended the initial event and it has grown steadily since.

“I thought there was a gap in the market for people who wanted to go a festival but did not necessarily want to go for the whole weekend. There are not many times in life you get people of all ages together to have fun.”

Chasing Tigers in the Big Top Bedroom Stage at the Jelly Festival. Picrture: Steve HuntChasing Tigers in the Big Top Bedroom Stage at the Jelly Festival. Picrture: Steve Hunt

He has spent several months researching acts to get the right mix of bands, solo artists and other entertainers to create the right mix.

As well as the acts on the stages, Jelly Festival also has perfomers walking around the eight acre site doing circus skills and also a range of activities for children.

This year’s festival has raised money for Rebecca’s Wishes, which is run in memory of Rebecca Fairhead, a former Fakenham schoolgirl who died of a brain tumour in February 2005. The charity provides children with cancer with holidays and special outings.

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