What is Voewood? Voewood is a house shaped like a butterfly and one of the great houses of the Arts & Crafts Movement, voted by Country Life as England's Favourite House in the Eastern Region and featured in Dominic Bradbury's book 100 Iconic Houses of the Twentieth Century. It is at the artistic heart of an event which was named as one of the best Arts & Music Festivals by Sunday Times Culture 2014.
Nick Ward wrote "...be prepared for the moment that the house reveals herself to you...". The festival takes place in the setting of its grade one listed gardens in the presence of this great work of art. Of all the stars that come, the house remains the biggest. It creates magic and embraces all.
The festival is deliciously diverse and is the collaboration of kindred spirits. We have an important political debate, a fifteen year old making her debut and Mike Heron playing forty-five years to the day from his gig with The Incredible String Band at the mother of all festivals, Woodstock. Martin Parr photographed the last festival and we are launching a book of his pictures with an introduction by Booker Prize winning novelist DBC Pierre.
There are author talks by writers such as Louisa Young, DBC Pierre and Owen Sheers during the day as well as readings by John Hurt. The great children's author Philip Ardagh is coming.
As dusk settles the music begins and as Walter Pater wrote "...all art aspires to the condition of music...". The music line-up, curated by David Donley, is a fabulous mix of legends and the very young. Midge Ure, Glen Matlock, Nadine Shah, Paul Young and his band Los Pacaminos to name a few.
There will be a safe area, with activities, for children, delicious food by Bite the Bullitt, drink by Adnams, teas on the lawn and magical camping in the woods.
You can buy a ticket just for the day, evening or the whole weekend. All the performances, including the music, are tented, so in the event of inclement weather you need not get wet unless you want to.
North Norfolk is a renowned area of natural beauty and there are numerous camp sites, B&Bs and boutique hotels nearby. See our useful information section for details.
Festival is not really the right word to describe us - next year we will simply be called Voewood...