Grande finale on the cards this weekend at UK's first socially distanced outdoor festival in Ribble Valley

The UK's first ever socially distanced outdoor festival, hosted in the Ribble Valley, is set to end with a grand finale this weekend.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 3:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 3:48 pm

Event timings have been adjusted so that the sessions end at 10pm, in accordance with covid 19 guidelines, at the Gisburne Park pop up festival.

The finale brings to a close 11 weeks of music and entertainment on the idyllic setting of the Gisburne Park Estate where more than 30,000 festival goers have attended a line up of 100 plus events.

The festival, which originally launched in July and was due to close in August, was such a success organisers announced a five week extension into September with further plans in the pipeline for the autumn and winter months.

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'Cockney Rebel' Steve Harley will play at the finale of the Gisburne Park pop up festival this weekend

Robyn Isherwood, founder of Gisburne Park Pop Up said: "We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 11 weeks.

"The response from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to welcoming you for a fantastic finale this weekend .

"After 11 incredible weeks, this weekend is our final closing parties and we are pleased to confirm they will still be taking place in keeping with the government guidelines and regional lockdown rules.

"The health and safety of our guests and employees is - as always - our number one priority and we will continue to operate the strict physical distancing rules that have been in place all summer."

The scene is set for the grand finale of the Gisburne Park pop up festival this weekend

Robyn added that all staff are equipped with PPE, hand sanitizer is available to all festival goers and all attendees must register under the track and trace system.

Robyn added: "As an outdoor event you can still attend the event in groups of up to six and in keeping with govrnment rules, you can meet up with other households still. It is only in other people’s homes and private gardens where household mixing is banned.

The finale line up includes the Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra on Friday, Sam Divine and the Shapeshifters on the Saturday and on Sunday the 'Cockney Rebel' himself Steve Harley and his acoustic band plus support. And festival goers are sure to be treated to some of his greatest hits including Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun, as well as the world-wide hit and UK Number One, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me).

With all major UK festivals and events cancelled this summer, the Gisburne Park Pop-Up has re-invented the outdoor entertainment experience while observing the latest social distancing guidelines.

Guests can book their own individual hexagonal pitches, each large enough for a social bubble of six and spaced 2.6m apart. Designated bar-to-pitch service brings delicious food and single serve drinks directly to the customer eliminating the need to queue, whilst a sophisticated one-way system ensures festival-goers can make their way around the 10-acre site with a minimum of 2m physical distance between other guests.

For guests wishing to stay the entire weekend, onsite luxury five-metre wide bell tents are available to book. Each comes with electricity, an outdoor fire pit and access to on-site private showers.

Tickets and information for the Gisburne Park Pop-Up events are available at If you have tickets for this weekend and have any questions please get in touch with [email protected]