Live music has become a really important feature of Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival in recent years. Saturday’s event is music-based and runs from afternoon into the late evening, while on Sunday the music is part of the long-established Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair, with a street market and many other entertainments.
Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair has often had an historical theme: in the past it has featured Sealed Knot battles, American Civil War and 1940’s re-enactments. The theme for 2015’s fair was “The 1960s”, so for our Sunday music programme in particular we featured bands with a ’60s flavour – of all the genres, from skiffle to psychedelia! There was no overall theme for the 2016 fair, although to celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier in the month, there was an overall flavour of “the Best of British” and a group of Home Guard (“Dad’s Army”) re-enactors attended. Click here for full 2016 programme details and artists’ biogs etc
The Midsummer Festival 2017 had an historical theme, celebrating the ancient origins of Castle Bytham, including its Norman castle mound, medieval church and numerous other buildings to be seen dotted all around the picturesque village.
2018 was our biggest and best line-up yet, with music on two stages and several popular new features, including a relaxing tea tent full of comfy armchairs.
Bythams Music was not involved in the Midsummer Festival 2019, and the 2020 event was sadly cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.