St Neots Festival 2023
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On 24th June 2023 we successfully raised £8,721 with 84 supporters in 42 days

Let’s make St Neots Festival as sustainable as possible, keep it free for everyone, bring our community together and protect our environment

by James Tortise-Crawford in Saint Neots, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

There’s so much more we could do to bring people together and to celebrate one of our most beautiful parks – community activities, greener power, waste reduction…

Help us keep St Neots Festival free and green and Aviva will TRIPLE your pledge!


A new performing arts festival is coming to St Neots, with the first St Neots Parade in over a decade.

Expect live music and dance. Expect to get creative. Expect amazing food and drink.

Expect the unexpected.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2023, Priory Park in St Neots will be transformed into the site for a brand new festival.

Our team of volunteers is working hard to fill it with amazing performances, activities and stalls, but we need your help to make it as sustainable as possible, and to keep it free for everyone.

And on the Saturday, the Festival will be opened by hundreds of people in the St Neots Parade, bringing back the spirit of the carnival that ran through the town from the 1950s until the 2000s.

Our long-term aim is to be net zero carbon, zero landfill. For our first year, steps include using no diesel generators for our stages, encouraging active and public transport and minimising single-use decorations and signage.


Why is it important?

Festivals are special – they bring people together as a community to share in something joyful and celebratory. At a time when a cost of living crisis is putting socialising and entertainment out of reach, it’s more important than ever to have free, high quality events locally.

But festivals and events use a lot of energy and produce a lot of waste. And rising prices have also had an impact on our already very tight budget, so to reduce our environmental impact we need some help.

We also need to make sure the festival doesn’t lose money, so we can make this a regular fixture in St Neots' events calendar.

What will we use the funds for?

We need some help getting the first ever festival over the line, making sure it’s as green as it can be.

Every penny you give is generously tripled by Aviva.

Some of the things we can do with your help:

  • Use biofuel for the main stage and battery packs to power other performance areas, rather than non-renewable diesel (£2,000)
  • Bring the park to life with reusable flags, bunting and signage (£1,000)
  • Run relevant workshops and demonstrations (£750)
  • Encourage active transport with temporary cycle racks (£500)
  • Work with our food and drink suppliers to minimise single-use plastics and landfill (£TBC)
  • Hire urinals to reduce the use of chemical toilets (£750)

Every penny counts, and we will make our budget go as far as we can, no matter how much we raise.

Who are we?

St Neots Festival is being delivered by a group of volunteers brought together through Neotists (a not-for-profit Community Interest Company), in partnership with St Neots Town Council and Huntingdonshire District Council, with support from a wide range of incredible local businesses and community organisations.

Find out more at 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Big thanks!

Your name on our wall of thanks, to recognise your generous support in keeping St Neots Festival free and green. And remember, everything you give is generously tripled by Aviva!

£100 or more

Two passes to the Hospitality Bar

Two passes to the Hospitality Bar, with a view of the main stage and creature comforts including a cocktail bar, proper washrooms and some seating. And your name on our wall of thanks!

£250 or more

Six-pack of passes to the Hospitality Bar

Six passes to the Hospitality Bar, with a view of the main stage and creature comforts including a cocktail bar, proper washrooms and some seating. And your name on our wall of thanks!

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