Fundraising

The Brinklow festival has been raising funds for community groups since it’s inauguration in 2015. As a biennial event over £35,000 has been raised for community groups and facilities. 

The festival is run by villagers on a voluntary basis with invaluable support from many community groups that has made the event such as success. Community Groups involved include the Scouts, WI, St John’s Church, URC Church, Parish Council, Village Lengthsmen, Youth Club and Brinklow FC. 

Our festival aims are to organise a fun and safe event suitable for all raising funds that provide grants to support village life. 

In 2019 over £11,000 was given to community groups to support the development of village life and ongoing maintenance of key village facilities. Funding is determined by the event committee following application from groups. 

Successful grants were awarded to; St Johns Church (window restoration), Scouts, URC Church (Porch Roof), Village Hall, OAP Christmas Lunch, Lengthsmen (equipment), Parish Council (community safety project) and Youth Club. Additionally smaller grants were given to community groups that assisted and also attended the event. 

Your support of the event in previous years has significantly supported life in Brinklow and beyond. 

Community Hall

Community Hall

The Brinklow Community Hall is a meeting point for many groups and organisations in the village.

St John’s Church

St John’s Church

St John's Church Brinklow is a 13th century stone building that received a grant to support it's ongoing restoration.

Brinkow 1st Scouts

Brinkow 1st Scouts

The 44th Coventry (1st Brinklow) scouts have over 50 members meeting weekly in their own scout HQ located behind the village hall. Boys and Girls from all the scouting sections

Information

We welcome all visitors to the festival locally and from further afield and hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. We know that many people have come back year after year. 

Our aim is to try to provide something for all ages and make the festival accessible as possible for all. 

To help planning and make your visit as enjoyable as possible we have put together all that you will hopefully need to know here. 

Frequently asked questions & Useful information

We ask all visitors to use the official car park which is sign posted off Rugby Road. 

Parking is £5 per car for the day including a programme. We accept cash only. 

IMPORTANT:

The car park is in a farmers field. In 2021 we are planning to reconfigure the parking slightly to take greater use of flat ground, however please drive slowly and follow the marshals instructions.

Wheel chair users and pushchairs may find the ground rough, please talk to the marshall at the car park entrance. 

We are unable to accept any liability or cost relating to any vehicle damage whilst driving on or being parked in the event parking field. 

We ask all visitors to use the official festival car park. For any individuals not parking in the official festival parking field, please ensure that you do not block any driveways, paths or points of access. police and parking enforcement will visit the festival. Please also support the festival by purchasing a programme and making a donation in lieu of parking in the festival information tent.

Our disabled parking is very limited and on a first come first served basis.
Disabled parking can be found in the village car park at the end of Barr Lane next to the doctors surgery.
Only visitors with Blue Badges will be able to use this area. We also request where possible to use this as drop off and collection point.

Most of the activities and stalls are cash only – including parking. There is NO cash machine in the village, however you may use the village post office on Saturday morning. The nearest cash machine is at either Tesco on Clifford Bridge Road or Morrisons Binley, both on the edge of Coventry. 

Dogs and Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a lead throughout the village and on the festival field. Please also clean up after your dog, there are lots of bins dotted around the village. 

The festival will run from 11am to 5pm on each day.

A full timetable will made available prior to the event.

Programmes will be available to purchase in the car park or at the information tent on the main field

Food & Drink will be available at many points throughout the village; on the festival field and also many of the village facilities.

Please don’t forget to support our excellent three pubs, deli, post office, chip shop or chinese takeaway

We have lots of space for stalls selling goods and crafts as well as community fund raising groups. Registration forms will be available closer to the festival.

We will have a festival information tent on the main field which will be manned at all times. The team will be able to answer any questions and provide support. 

Trained first aiders will be available on call from the festival information tent on the main field.

We ask that where possible the event toilets on the festival field are used. 

There are disabled accessible toilets in the village hall and also St Johns Church and URC hall (please check opening in the programme).

Drones are strictly prohibited during the times that the festival is taking place. 

Sorry BBQs are not permitted on the event field or car park. 

In the event of rain, we still expect the event to go ahead, but ask that visitors dress accordingly as the event is mostly outside. 

Should the weather be severe and the event be cancelled, this will be announced on social media. 

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities all festival long.

Throughout the village there is entertainment and activities for all ages. 

Our main village field hosts over 20 live bands and acts, inflatable, fair rides, stalls and activities. It is also on our main field that you will find food, drink and refreshments as well as the home for our popular dog and car show. 

Across the village our churches host a range of activities, food and drink as well as our village hall and scout hut. 

Brinklow’s three pubs will be open for food and drink as well as their own range of live entertainment and activities. Also don’t forget to visit the village, shop, Deli and take-aways. 

Scarecrow Trail

Our scarecrow trail stretches across the village and has consistently included over 100 displays. Displays are varied and often have sound, effects and even a few surprises! 

The trail is flat and suitable for all ages. 

The Brinklow villager’s creativity is becoming legendary with something for everyone. The competition for scarecrow competition categories is strong. 

Visitors can also enter scarecrows into the ‘guest field’ by booking their place in advance. 

Scarecrow registration forms both for village residents and guests are made available 2 months before the festive.