Longleat launches Festival with Bite

THINK Longleat and “bite” and you might imagine one of the famous Lions of Longleat taking a chunk out of a foolish visitor, but the new Festival with Bite, on the weekend 4th and 5th July, will be a celebration of food and music.

Two of the UK’s most successful indie rock bands will headline the new summer festival with the food served up with demos by television celebrity chefs James Martin and the Hairy Bikers.

The music line-up will be headlined by Liverpool favourites The Wombats on the Saturday night and Razorlight on Sunday, plus other live music acts, and on the cookery stage there will be a guest appearance by Emma, Viscountess Weymouth.

The two-day event will also feature a Food Court with a range of food and drink stalls and there will be funfair entertainment for all ages.

Longleat Live – The Festival with Bite will raise funds for the African wildlife charity Tusk and the International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE).

Lady Emma says: “I am incredibly excited to be launching this new summer festival weekend showcasing three of my very favourite things; music, animals, and food. Longleat has been the stage for a number of iconic artists including The Rolling Stones, who performed on the steps of Longleat House, and more recently Elton John in 2016.

“Now, for 2020, we are reviving our musical heritage with the launch of Longleat Live: The Festival with Bite – which will become an annual event.

“The combination of fantastic live music, in a stunning setting with great food, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations alongside our amazing animals and other fun attractions will make this a truly unique event.

“Where else in the world can you experience the excitement of a drive-through safari, meet adorable koalas, and then listen to fabulous live music acts while sampling great food and drink – and all enjoyed within historic ‘Capability’ Brown parkland?”

Pictured: Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, with chef James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, The Wombats and Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell (photograph by Nick Paulsen)