So 2017 will see the 17th BodFest taking place. The Bodicote Festival first took place in 2000 to celebrate the millenium. It has taken place every year since. The original festival was held in Kingsfield and centred around a weekend of family fun including a barn dance, hog roast, live music and fairground activities amongst other things.
The original committee retired in 2012 and handed over the reigns to a new organising group. BodFest'13 and BodFest'14 was moved into the heart of the village and focused around the pubs, restaurant and church, with a family arena at Town Furlong. We had a festival style street market, a food court and 23 bands/musicians playing across two stages. The day passed successfully with many 1000's visiting us on the day. However it was clear from feedback from visitors to the event and local authoritites we had outgrown the new site.
In 2016 we moved back to Kingsfield and on the whole a successful event was held. Again with feedback from people we aim to continuously improve the event and to make sure the event is safe for ALL to attend.
For 2017 we have an opportunity to use a venue with lighting, covered seating and huge onsite parking. the venue is still in Bodicote - at BODICOTE PARK, Home of Banbury RUFC.
Yes it is another change - yes it is a risk changing again but in order to try and manage costs we needed to consider all options.
In 2016 we spent over £14000 to put on the event - this isn't sustanable without major investment or fundraising and we are a very small committee.
We hope you understand the reason for change and will support what is now the Premier One Day Family Festival in North Oxfordshire.
Since 2013 BodFest has supported numerous village causes, charities and this year for the first time have funded and supplied the lighting for the Bodicote Christmas Tree.