North Walsham

The music festival on your doorstep

Just Regional
Sep 8, 2016 3 mins read

The crew behind the Trunchonbury music festival have kicked the 2017 event into action with a launch party.
Invited guests and friends, including MP Norman Lamb and his wife Mary, came along to the party at the club house at MADRA sports ground in Knapton on Sunday, August 28.
The evening included music, food and plenty of fun as a precursor to the 2017 event planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Trunchonbury all started back in 2007 in the little village, near North Walsham.
Steve Randell, one of the organisers said: “Then, it was a very modest beginning where a handful of friends enjoyed camping and dancing in a private garden, now it has grown into what is a full-blown music and arts spectacular catering for all tastes and ages.”
In 2009, more than 1,000 people enjoyed a fun-packed weekend when Trunchonbury came alive.
“Early on it was felt Trunchonbury should be more than just fun,” said Steve. “We wanted to help good causes as well, and thanks to the fantastic support from our guests and patrons on this occasion we managed to donate £3,500 to Big C cancer charity.”
By 2014, Trunchonbury was really on the festival calendar and, with the support and help from an army of local people, more than 3,000 attended.
Music, drama, entertainment, food and drink, kept folk and their children occupied for the whole weekend – which proved to be an exceptionally successful family event.
That year Trunchonbury was able to donate £10,000 to causes such as the Mundesley inshore lifeboat and Trunch Village Hall.
“With our contacts, fantastic local support, and festival team (our tribe of smiley people) we were encouraged to continue with the Trunchonbury festival so 2017 looks to become the biggest and most magical weekend yet,” said Steve.
He said thanks to MADRA and “wonderful local farmers” the event now had a considerably larger venue. “There will be extra days, more camping, and many more quality acts and entertainments. In 2017 we will cater for 5,000 people a day and will continue to help raise funds for good causes. This year we particularly want to support the Mundesley inshore lifeboat again along with MADRA (Mundesley and District Recreational Association).
“If we are as successful as we have been we can contribute to even more nominated causes and charities. Expect first class music from all genres with bands playing throughout the day, there is a dance tent each evening, the ‘live lounge’ in the main bar along with wonderful beers from all over, a drama and arts stage, a superb market place with an array of products, services and foods all linked to a fully equipped campsite, diverse children’s area including some exciting acts, magic workshop and more, healing fields, tepees, and who knows what else?” said Steve.
He encouraged potential sponsors and performers to get in touch to “make this festival even more magical”.
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