Down to the woods Festival
Cancelled for 2016

Due to the present financial climate and current ticket sales a decision has been made to not proceed with this year's inaugural Down To The Woods Festival.

Having taken a long hard look at this year's event, we have had to make this very difficult decision which has not been taken lightly to cancel this year's Festival.

If you have purchased tickets for this year's festival you will have been sent an email regarding your full refunds.

We would like to thank all of you for supporting Down To The Woods Festival 2016, We hope by giving you as much notice as we could you are able to make alternative arrangements this summer.

If you have any question please contact us at

Yours Sincerely
The Events team - Down To The Woods Festival

DOWN TO THE WOODS is a brand new, special kind of music and arts festival.

DOWN TO THE WOODS replaces its predecessor of three years, Hardwick Live (sold out in 2015 – thanks for your support good people!), with a welcome alternative to the established mainstream music festivals..

DOWN TO THE WOODS will deliver some of the best heritage and new acts in the country – but that’s not all. DOWN TO THE WOODS will bring you comedy, dance DJs, spoken word, art and more than one or two surprises for you to enjoy.

DOWN TO THE WOODS is going to be special……very special.

DOWN TO THE WOODS will launch with three stages and many pop up surprises. The stages are The Grand Arcadia where you will find our festival headliners and a host of other stunning acts, Foxes Folly, home to the best in new music and more of the artists you already adore and Badgers Den where comedy and dance reign supreme. There will of course be plenty of bars, food outlets, fairground rides and as for the rest…..If you go down to the woods today……

Line Up

2016 Lineup

WE ARE SCIENTISTS join PRIMAL SCREAM, CHASE & STATUS CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN and many more at the largest festival in North East England this summer

Down To The Woods, the most exciting newcomer on the UK’s festival calendar, have announced iconic indie rockers We Are Scientists as the latest additions to the inaugural boutique festival in Co. Durham.

The artists join legendary Saturday headliners Primal Scream and bass juggernauts Chase & Status on Sunday at the 10,000 capacity festival, held in the beautiful grounds of Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield from August 13th – 14th.

Featuring some of the biggest names in music, Down To The Woods is also the perfect chance for music fans in the North East to discover some of the most exciting new artists around today. Set in a glorious landscape of gardens, forest and countryside beside a huge ornamental lake, it’s a unique setting to witness a hugely diverse contemporary line-up.

Joining Primal Scream on the festival’s main stage ‘The Grand Arcadia’ on Saturday are Echo & The Bunnymen, Clean Cut Kid, The Selecter, Vant, The Jacques, Lucy Spraggan, Hayley McKay and a very Special Guest still to be announced. On Sunday Catfish and the Bottlemen and We Are Scientists join headliners Chase And Status, alongside Kwabs, Age Of L.U.N.A, Bleanavon, Hidden Charms and more.

The ‘Foxes Folly’ stage, located near the Roman-esque secret garden is headlined on Saturday by The Sunshine Underground and on Sunday by Peter Hook & The Light. Playing host to 20 acts over the weekend it features a wide array of upcoming talent including the likes of Kagoule, Kloe, Holy Esque, Neon Waltz and Tempesst.

Offering much more than just a stellar music line up, Down To The Woods also features top class comedy acts on the festival’s third stage, the ‘Badgers Den’. Acclaimed stand up comedians Howard Read and Mike Wilkinson appear alongside leading North East natives Lee Kyle and Cal Halbert.

In the evening the ‘Badgers Den’ becomes the perfect dance venue, with a full line-up of DJs bringing the beat to the party masses. Saturday features Joey Negro, Liam Carty, Michael Johnson, Rob Oxley, Adam Fraser and Duncan Sheehan on the decks. Sunday sees sets from Richy Ahmed, Denney, Jeremy Healy, James Burton, Peter Wharrier and Appo.

Dotted throughout the site, Down To The Woods has a whole host of further attractions including a tempting array of culinary delights from around the world, a fantastic family-friendly fun fair, a kids playground and face-painting, plus the adult-only pleasures of the fabulous Gin Palace, Champagne Bar and the quintessentially British Pimms Garden alongside various craft beer stalls.

Down To The Woods is the only festival of its size and calibre in north-east England. Weekend tickets for Down To The Woods are priced at £99 per adult, £28 for young people aged 13 - 16 and £15 for children aged 3 - 12. Day tickets are available and there are also boutique camping and special ‘Gold Ticket’ VIP options.

If you go down to the woods today...


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