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Didn’t get your Glastonbury tickets this year? Don’t fret; come to ‘Godstonebury’ instead! Godstone’s very own festival of performing arts returns in June, promising all of the excitement of its rather more famous namesake minus the mud, queues and portable toilets.

Two years ago, the enterprising young people at The Orpheus Centre in Godstone (a residential performing arts centre for young disabled adults), inspired by their own performances there, decided that they wanted to hold their very own Glastonbury Festival as a way of promoting the work of the centre, raising funds, and showcasing local musicians to an appreciative audience. A lot of planning and hard work later, ‘Godstonebury’ was born.

This year, our apprentices have decided to go bigger, better and bolder, and Godstonebury 2 is shaping up to be an event to remember for years to come.
Godstonebury has two stages hosting local bands and solo performers across the whole music spectrum. Performers include The Kick (rock covers band from South London); Demelza Stafford (opera singer); These Cats (Surrey based jazz band); Empty Search (Surrey rock band); Epsom & Ewell Silver Band; Open the Skies (metal); Underdog Victory (ska/punk/indie); WKC All Stars (classic disco and soul); Mike Hatchard (pianist); annaJo (singer/songwriter) - and internationally renowned musician Herbie Flowers with the Dave Ingledew Band will be making an appearance too! The stages will run from 2pm until 9.15pm

Other entertainment on the day includes face painting, bouncy castle, giant games area, craft displays, vintage vehicles, hot food, ice cream, cakes, coconut shy, story teller, stalls, reiki healing, Taekwondo display team and a licensed bar.

The festival will be held in the grounds of The Orpheus Centre and the gates will open at 1pm for the public to have a wander around and soak up the festival atmosphere. At 2pm, Godstonebury 2 officially opens with an introduction from the centre’s founder, Richard Stilgoe and a performance from the Orpheus apprentices. It will then be bands, beer and bouncy castles all the way to just after 9pm when the excitement draws to a close.

All day tickets for the festival are just £6 for adults and £3 for children. Family tickets and concession rates are available.

For more information please contact Hazel Dee at The Orpheus Centre ( on 01883 744 664 or email

Editor’s Notes:
1. The Orpheus Centre in Godstone, Surrey, was founded in 1985 by Richard Stilgoe, writer and presenter, to assist young disabled people to participate in music and theatre.

2. The Orpheus Centre is an inclusive performing arts centre founded by entertainer and musician Richard Stilgoe in his former family home in Godstone in 1998. The Orpheus Centre aims to use music and the performing arts as a vehicle for self-development by offering young people creative experiences through which they will discover and develop new skills, new aspects to themselves and therefore new expectations. Orpheus works in a user-led way, providing care services in a sensitive, flexible manner to meet individual needs, and delivering educational programmes in a way that meets individual goals. The Centre also employs the social model of disability to inform practice and the youth-work approach to personal development; encouraging individuals to define their identity and role within their communities.

3. Opened in 1998 the Orpheus Centre offers young disabled and non-disabled people the opportunity to explore new talents through creative activity, including music, dance, theatre and stage arts. Offering week long courses and a three year full-time Apprenticeship scheme, the Orpheus Centre provides an accessible, supportive and liberating environment where young people can become part of a creative community

4. As well as the in-house training and performances the young people of the Orpheus Centre are available for commissions, workshops and outreach performances.

5. We are also an accessible performing arts venue, specialising in inclusive performance work. Our theatre is fully accessible and as a centre for young disabled people our premises are designed for disabled people. Our venue is completely wheelchair accessible, we have electric automatic sensored doors, a low level telephone, flat/ramp access, a talking lift, guide dogs are very welcome, we have accessible parking, large print/Braille is available and all toilets are accessible. We put on around 30 performances a year and we are a recognised theatre venue.

6. Centre Court is the Orpheus Centre’s semi-independent living project. Centre Court broadens the experience the Orpheus Centre can offer long term and short term students. 12 young physically disabled people spend a year living in the self contained, fully equipped and customised flats, supported by residential staff to develop life skills and confidence. Centre Court enables the young disabled people to make the transition to living independently in the community.

7. Baseline Studios are an extension of the creative production and performance facilities at the Orpheus Centre. It comprises of 3 state-of-the-art technology studios providing young disabled people and other community groups’ access to new technology, work spaces and tools to broaden their learning and develop new opportunities. By virtue of being totally accessible, Baseline will break down barriers that exist between young disabled people and technology.

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