Organisers say Lancashire 'pop up' is the UK's first socially distanced festival

A new event which claims to be the UK’s first socially-distanced festival is about to get under way in the Lancashire countryside.

By Phil Cunnington
Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 3:45 pm

The Gisburne Park Pop-Up starts on Saturday (July 11) and runs until August 30, offering daily events and weekend breaks.

Some of the UK’s biggest names in dance music – including Jonas Blue, Shapeshifters and Sam Divine – have been announced to play the festival’s weekly ‘Party in the Park’ experience, alongside a programme of immersive movie nights, live entertainment and family-focussed events.

Dress-up movie nights include Grease, Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge with family-friendly screenings of Dumbo, Frozen and Finding Nemo.

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An artists impression of how the seating area and the stage could look for the Gisburne Park Pop Up festival, at Gisburne Park estate near Clitheroe, which organisers say is the UKs first socially distanced festival

Organisers say the festival, at the Gisburne Park estate near Clitheroe, is reimagining the outdoor entertainment experience while observing the latest social distancing guidelines. Guests will book their own individual hexagonal seating areas, 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, while a 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 an entire weekend, onsite luxury five-metre wide bell tents are available to book. Guests can also stay Ribblesdale Park, which is also within the Gisburne Park Estate and features lodges and cottages.

Robyn Isherwood, events director of Gisburne Park Pop-Up, said: “After a summer of cancelled events, we wanted to deliver a unique, safe experience for people to enjoy outdoors with the Gisburne Park Pop-Up festival. There is something for everyone from socially-distanced raving to big name DJs, through to movie nights and family fun in the heart of the North West countryside.

“Our guests’ health and safety is our number one priority. We’ve ensured everyone can relax and enjoy the experience, safe in the knowledge that the strictest social distancing and hygiene measures are in place for all customers, staff and entertainers.”

The camping area for the Gisburne Park Pop Up festival, at Gisburne Park estate near Clitheroe

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