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Feedback from the 2016 festival revealed that ticket holders really liked all the improvements we had made from previous years so the outline programme in 2017 will be broadly similar, but as you would expect we plan to add some additional features to further enhance your overall experience.    The 2017 festival will contain all the great things you have come to expect from Stepping Stones with wonderful music, dance, food, beer and fun from Friday evening until late Sunday afternoon - we guarantee a full week-end of enjoyment and relaxation.


The week-end of live music kicks off with a lively Ceilidh on the Friday evening to get the blood moving amidst the magical setting of Kirklinton Hall  - followed afterwards by a headline set in the marquee, by BOC Mallorca and Rick Kemp


There will be  three big music concerts in the marquee stage running over the week-end, each concert  featuring a set  by at least one of our headline bands: Oysterband, The Rheingans Sisters, Daoiri Farrell, and the Carnival Band.  Maddy Prior will feature in each of the three Marquee concerts.The hall stage, housed in the ruins of Kirklinton Hall, will host a  wall-to-wall programme of music throughout both afternoons and  through Saturday evening into the wee hours of Sunday morning. The third bandstand stage will again be positioned in the middle of the craft village, featuring a combination of the best local bands and open mic performances from musicians and entertainers attending the festival.  


Throughout the week-end there will also be a parallel programme of children and family friendly activities where you will be encouraged to have a go at everything, including arts and craft, music and dance plus local bands, storytellers, musical and song workshops plus master-classes and open mic sessions.  The week-end will have something to suit all tastes and ages and we will also be  throwing in a few unexpected events.  And remember that CHILDREN UNDER 16 ARE FREE when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.   There is plenty of space at Kirklinton to chill out well away from any noise down by the river on the Captain’s seat and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet to recharge the batteries. We want to give everyone a full-on traditional festival experience and provide some great memories to take home with you, whatever your age and energy levels!  



There is ample on-site parking and camping/camper-van space available so no queues or long walks are required to reach the concert venue. For those with limited mobility, there is a drop-off point close to the concert venue and for those with disabled parking badges, a designated zone.  


Our loos are proper flushing ones (eat your heart out Glastonbury!). There are disabled toilet facilities close to the Hall and stewards will be on hand to help anyone requiring assistance.


Once  again a range of delicious, locally produced food will be available close to the stages. Once again Hallsford  Farm will be serving barbecued meat and vegetarian food while the Brampton Community Kitchen will  provide light lunches, cakes and hot drinks.  The wood-fired Pizzas will be available throughout the weekend and Evie’s Crepe and waffles van will be there on Sunday. Kirklinton Hall Shop has ice cream and cream teas for sale.

What is a festival without the finest locally brewed ale - so, of course we will have a goodly selection of the best beer on tap, and we won’t forget the cider and wine drinkers either!


Kirklinton Hall is a 17th Century ruin which is being restored by the owners Ilona and Christopher Boyle, to bring it back to its former glory as a self-sufficient estate. In the meantime as it is being rebuilt, they are concentrating on restoring the gardens.  Take a walk across the little bridge over the burn and stroll through enchanting wood of the Faerie Glen and see how many fairies you can spot. Wander through the flourishing walled kitchen garden with its ripening strawberries and neat rows of vegetables or stroll beside the nut trees towards the Pig Palace two little piglets live in some luxury, enjoying a continuous flow of classical music (they also like mud and a scratch between the ears if you are so inclined). All this and enigmatic ruins too! What more could anyone want as a setting for a magical and intimate music festival!

Please note DOGS ( except for assistance dogs) ARE NOT ALLOWED ON  ANY PART OF THE FESTIVAL SITE

If you are bringing an assistance dog you will need to get a free pass for him/her when you buy your ticket.

Although dogs are not allowed on the festival site there are 2 local kennels where you could leave pets while you are having fun at Kirklinton Hall, which might be an acceptable option:

·         Whinney Brow in Roweltown, Carlisle CA6 6JJ. Contact 01228 675713 or

·         Ross-Lyne Boarding Kennels, Westlinton, Carlisle CA6 6AW. Call Michael on 01228 674530