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About the Ashton Keynes Festival 2020

The 2020 Festival may still be next year away, but a few enthusiastic souls are already beginning to think about plans for what might happen.

Ideas being discussed include expanding the scope of the Festival, beyond just music and arts, to embrace and celebrate many other aspects of creativity in the village.

We have already managed to sign up many of the previous Festival Instigators to lend their experience and expertise to help do the main organising.


But are looking to broaden our range of volunteers and events to be a platform to celebrate even more aspects of life in our community – here is your chance to share your ideas.

Ideas for 2020

The Organising Team are considering...


Firm Favourites

•Village Voices

•Friday Night Live

•Ashton Keynes shows off

•Ashton Keynes Open Gardens

•The Big Do

•Big Brunch Band

•Family Fun Sunday

Compline in the Church

New ideas for 2020

•Run-up & Follow-up Events

•Local Food & Drink

•Made in AK – local goods & even a Pop-up SkatePark!

•Family Sports Events

•Ashton Keynes Living Chronicle

•New musical ventures


YOUR inspired ideas!

What the Schedule Might Look Like in 2020

"Festival Fridays” in The White Hart

To try to capture more ideas, and enthusiasts to make them happen, some of the Chief Instigators (Core Organisers) have selflessly offered to meet up most Friday evenings in the pub... where they will discuss latest ideas and harvest more whilst supporting the critical institution of the village pub.

Dates of sessions will posted in the Village Magazine and on social media to confirm when there will be some key Festival Instigators lurking in the bar area at a designated table from around 6:30pm for an hour, so pop in and chat about your idea over drink (or two!).


Or you can always contact us from the safety of your home via email at theorganisers@ashtonkeynesfestival.net to share an idea or two!

Ashton Keynes Living Chronicle

Are you interested in the history of your community?

As part of plans being developed for the 2020 Ashton Keynes Festival, a group is looking to re-visit the Millennium Book produced in 2000 to see how life has changed in our community and you can be a part of our teams building the modern Ashton Keynes Living Chronicle.

The vision is to re-create the survey that was conducted to compare and contrast life with 20 years ago and also record many aspects of village life as a “living chronicle” using digital technologies that were not easily available at the turn of the century.

There are discussions about other ideas, such as recording cultural heritage around the parish in an online database, guided video tours of places of interest, audio recordings of villagers recollecting their lives, a photo gallery and projects with the School and other local groups. 

All ideas and fellow Chroniclers welcomed but standby for announcements about forthcoming events in the Autumn.

Make the most of this unique opportunity to go down in local history!

Join other members of your community and find an outlet for your interests and skills in this exciting series of projects.


Contact Neil Burston (07834 709 037) or email theorganisers@ashtonkeynesfestival.net to discuss further or come along to a "Festival Friday" to speak with Festival representatives