Down By The Riverside Festival Brings Theatre and Music to Beautiful Lancashire Location

May 18, 2017 - 9:00am

Down By The Riverside Festival Brings Theatre and Music to Beautiful Lancashire Location

Taking place at Dolphinholme House Farm in Dolphinholme, Lancashire on the 3rd of June, Down By The Riverside has an impressive schedule of theatre, live music, and children’s activities. Add in some high-quality food and drink options, and this promises to be a highlight of the summer for all who attend.

In planning the event, organisers Steve Lawrence and Mark Gorst (Director of Bloc Roc CIC) has enlisted the help of several huge theatre companies, many of which have performed at popular events such as Glastonbury Festival. As such, expectations have been set high, but Steve is confident that his team can deliver something truly special, something that will stand out against even the most popular festivals around the country.

“There’s absolutely nothing like this in Lancashire at the moment”, says Steve. “The combination of live theatre and music is sure to be a huge hit with local families, and we’re hugely grateful to the Dolphinholme community for their support in this project.”

The main event is sure to be a vibrant, magical affair; the story of a Phoenix and a Turtle destined to come together. Mermaids and mad scientists will be there to help or hinder them, but whatever the outcome, it’s guaranteed to be a spectacular show for whole family.

There will be no shortage of musical talent, either. The roster covers a huge range of genres, from the acoustic tones of Lancaster’s Molly Warburton, to the energetic pop-rock of Blackpool locals The Atmospherics, ensuring that there will be something for everyone.

Beyond theatre and music, Down By The Riverside also has several local artists in attendance who will be running some interesting interactive workshops for adults and children alike. Perhaps most notable is Adrian Pritchard, who will be bringing the Osmosis Machine (winner of the Visitor’s Choice Award, Neo Art Prize 2014).
The unique riverside location has allowed for the inclusion of some unexpected amenities, namely a beach with a dedicated lifeguard, where festival-goers will be able to take a dip in the water or a ride on a donkey.
After the event, there is the option of overnight camping at a very reasonable price, or booking into one of the fantastic local B&Bs (The Fleece Inn and Greenbank Farmhouse being recommended by the organisers). For corporate groups, there is also the option of “glamping”, Down By The Riverside offering a very attractive package including a beautiful glamping tent, member of hospitality staff, money off drinks, and many more perks.
Beyond Radio, a community radio station based in Lancaster and media partners for the festival will be on-site throughout the day to contribute to the event. The festival is still looking for corporate sponsors who will join names such as local marketing company Arran Eleanor Creative to increase their reach in these final few weeks. To get in touch and learn more about sponsorship options, contact

For more information on Down By The Riverside, and to purchase advanced tickets, go to