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What is it?

A festival of artisan food and drink, with free chef demos, free tasting sessions, live music and family entertainment.


When and where is it? 

Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11 2017 at Towcester Racecourse from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday and 10am to 5pm on the Sunday. There is ample free parking at the racecourse.


How do I buy tickets? 

You can buy tickets online and avoid the queues, or simply pay on the day. Tickets are on sale here.

NB: When buying online, we do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties. Tickets will be emailed to you directly after purchase and you can bring the printout or the reference number along on the day. Your order can also be found via surname and address so please don't panic if you forget it! On cancellation of the event, ALL presold tickets will be refunded for the full amount.

Is it suitable for the disabled?

Yes. There is disabled access to the whole festival and disabled toilets on the ground floor of the Empress Stand. There is also disabled car parking, or dop off, next to the main pedestrian entrance. Please show your blue badge and our car parking marshals will be happy to direct you.


Can I bring my dog? 

We are unable to accommodate dogs at the festival in 2017.


Why Towcester?

The Roman name for Towcester was Lactodorum - Latin for 'Dairyman's Fort'. Where better then to have a festival celebrating food and drink! Our festival is a celebration of artisan food and drink and aims to bring economic benefit to all in the food sector, particularly artisans, and celebrate the town of Towcester.


Sounds good: any other entertainment?

Yes. loads. There’ll be music and other entertainment at the festival. There’ll be a free cricus for kids, (big and small!), tastings, hands-on have-a-go sessions and a chef demonstration stage, featuring the best local chefs.


I want to be there as an exhibitor or vendor: what should I do?

Please contact us.


Do you need volunteers?

Yes. The festival needs lots of volunteers. We have a fantastic band of volunteers, many of whom come back every year, but we always need more. If you can give up a little time, please email us at info@towcesterfoodfestival.co.uk. In return, you get free tickets, a branded T-shirt and a free feed!

Who is behind it?

The event directors are Kevin Ackerman, chief executive of Towcester Racecourse and our founder Crispin Slee. Crispin was named runner up as Local Food Hero in the 2015 Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, sponsored by Carlsberg UK, for his work helping to promote local food and drink. We are supported by Louise Ward, who manages the festival, and an army of volunteers who help deliver the event. Towcester Food Festival is also supported by South Northants Council. Masterchef judge and food critic William Sitwell is our Patron.

Free Parking

Parking at the racecourse is free and there is plenty of it. Car parking marshals will be on hand to direct you on arrival. Parking is accessed via the rear entrance from the Shutlanger Road. Take the turn to Shutlanger off the A5 and follow the signs. Futher maps and public travel details can be found at towcester-racecourse.co.uk.

Disabled access

There is disabled access to the whole festival, along with disabled toilets and disabled parking or drop off next to the main pediestrian entrance.


Parking in Towcester

There is parking in Towcester but there is loads of parking at the racecourse and it is right next to the festival and free so to guarantee yourself a space, head straight for the racecourse.

How to find us

The racecourse is located on the A5, just south of Towcester. The nearest train and bus stations are Milton Keynes (11 Miles) and Northampton (11 Miles). The full address is Towcester Racecourse, London Road, Towcester, Northants. NN12 6LB.


For information on all train services

Please contact National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950.


For information on all bus services

Please contact Stage Coach on 01604 676060.
You can also visit the Towcester Racecourse website.

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