Judgeday’s relationship with Cornbury dates back to the popular festival’s origins in 2004 when our team came onboard to assist organiser, Hugh Phillimore, with securing the license for the inaugural event.  Fast forward to 2008 and we were back onboard, and have worked closely with Hugh and the festival team ever since.

When Cornbury moved to Great Tew Estate in 2011, it was not without its challenges.  The 200 acre parkland is within very close proximity to the adjacent village therefore noise and impact to the local community was a high priority.  Also, the undulating land presents certain issues in terms of vehicular access for set up and public access, particularly in wet weather.

Our teams were heavily involved in designing the new site in advance of securing the new Premises Licence, to take the various challenges into consideration, including trackway systems and roadways, and creating comprehensive noise and traffic plans.   Our role included liaising with the local authorities and police to ensure a smooth transition to the new venue.

Cornbury is a family friendly festival, often described as a country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, it is set against the stunning backdrop of the sprawling Cotswolds’ hills. The Pleasant Valley stage (main stage) and campsites are all situated to make the most of the view and with everything from Morris Dancers and the Hairy Bikers’ Feast to Hot Air Balloons and a Comedy Tent, there really is something for everyone.

The team at Judgeday assist Hugh with the budget and site infrastructure, appointing and managing contractors. Whilst the festival team are responsible for artist liaison, ticketing and marketing etc. we are on-hand to produce and link all the elements together including bars, concessions, sponsors and installations, along with the event operations, managing site and stage production and technical production.


  • Site Design
  • Event Operations