Marlborough Festival 2023 - Development and Launch

by Marlborough Festival 2023 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,770

raised so far



To raise £10k or more for the planning and development of Marlborough Festival in 2023 and the Launch Event in July 2022.

by Marlborough Festival 2023 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th June 2022 we'd raised £1,770 with 14 supporters in 126 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.


The idea for Marlborough Festival was born when residents Sandra Bhatia and Luke Jackson recognised a need to rejuvenate the beautiful historical town of Marlborough and celebrate its communities in the aftermath of Covid.


Drawing on their backgrounds in festival production (Sandra) and television (Luke), they propose a 3-day community music & arts festival in July 2023.

Setting Out Our Stall

Marlborough Festival 2023’s aim is to showcase the Best of Marlborough, Wiltshire and the South West, in the form of music, food & drink, spoken word and the Arts.


Let There Be Music

Like the much-loved and much-missed Jazz Festival that went before, Marlborough Festival will feature music on multiple stages and in venues throughout the town. 


Our musical offering will cover more musical genres and we aim to showcase the best new local talent, alongside the main headliners.


Food and Drink


Local Food & Drink will also be championed, with a mix of restaurateurs, producers and growers from the area, and the finest wines, beers and spirits right on our doorstep.


Talk Talk Talk

There will be a full programme of electrifying talks, featuring notable people with unexpected links to Wiltshire.


The Reason We're Here

The purpose of this Crowdfunder campaign is twofold:

  • To help us produce the Launch Event scheduled for 22nd July 2022 at the Town Hall.
  • To help toward the initial planning and development of the main event in 2023.


The Launch Event

This will announce the Festival to the world and get everyone excited, as well as help raise additional funds (planning and development ) for the main event in  2023.


The Launch will be a taster of the main event, with speakers, exhibitors, and musical performances, and hopefully with a few glasses of bubbly and some nibbles too!


How You Will Be Helping Us

The planning and development money raised will help support initial costs around the programming, planning, production, marketing, suppliers and recruitment for both events, and further fundraising.


So Far So Good!

Everybody we've spoken to, from young to old, seems to feel the same way: it's something we all want to see happen.


We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support from the community so far, so thank you!


last year we canvassed High Street businesses about the Festival, and many of them have donated gifts as 'rewards' to encourage donations from the public. These rewards are highlighted, and more are coming, so please check back regularly. 

Thank you!




This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Eversfield Organic Lunch for 2

Eversfield Organic have quickly established themselves as another reliable source of excellent local produce on the High Street – and their upstairs café is also a prime spot to check out the goings-on in town. They are offering lunch for 2 to anyone pledging £30, with 3 promises: great food, great drink, great atmosphere. Sit down, relax, and watch the world pass by below.

£5 or more

Supporter of Marlborough Festival

We know that times are tough - and we appreciate the support. A fiver goes a long way when you're paying for paper clips, parking and A4 printouts. Thanks!!

£10 or more

Shout Out! to Friends of Marlborough Festival

Pledge a tenner and we'll give you a shout out and a big thank you across our social media. Keep it simple (and SFW), and don't forget to include your @ and # !

£10 or more

Coffee Passport - Your daily hit at Tarte In A Box

Tarte in a Box is the compact coffee & cake emporium at the West End of the high street, behind St Peter's Church. Their tarts (both sweet and savoury) are incredibly good, but the coffee blend is outrageous! Jane is offering a working week's coffee supply - 5 daily doses - for a tenner, any style you like. We recommend a slice of carrot cake to go with it. And a whole tart for dinner. You won't regret it.

£18 or more

Book Token from the White Horse Bookshop

The White Horse Bookshop has been nurturing minds in the High Street for 75 years, its intrepid staff dedicated to tracking down the rare gems that keep you awake at night. A book token from this place buys passage to a world of pure imagination. More importantly, it buys hours of silence from noisy children. What's not to love?

£19 or more

Hamper from Tesco

Tesco has been feeding the nation for over a century now, and providing food and drink as far away as Malaysia. They have kindly put together a hamper of their 'finest' wares, for one lucky donor to enjoy. Delicious and great value. We appreciate their support!

£20 or more

Fancy A Pint At The Welly?

The Wellington, a solid supporter of live music in Marlborough, and home to Ramsbury Gold amongst other fine ales and wines, have come up with a lovely way to lend their support to Marlborough Festival. The first ten people to pledge £20 can show their receipt to the bar staff - and they'll pull you a pint of your choice (beer mind, not spirits). Now that's what we call care in the community!

£20 or more

Cushion from the India Shop - Hilliers Yard

The India Shop, snuggled amongst a row of shops in Hilliers Yard, is a true hidden gem. For more than 3 decades it has sold lovingly curated items from all over the world, particularly southern Asia, the Americas and Africa. Come and see for yourself! Owner Matthew has spent years scouring the globe for treasures, and has singled out a beautiful ornamental cushion from his collection. Not only is this great value; it is also a rare treat.

£30 or more

Eversfield Organic Hamper

Eversfield Organic are the newest independent retailer to establish themselves on the High Street, offering amazing local produce (meat with traceable provenance, quality veg). To show their support for Marlborough Festival, they are offering a hamper of your choice - Luxury shop goods or Sunday Roast Box - to the first person to pledge £30 to our cause! They know that quality – and community – matter, and we are chuffed to have their support.

£40 or more

Food and Drink Voucher for the Red Lion, Avebury

The Red Lion – watering hole for druids, bikers and mystic truth-seekers - has had a refurb. Not only does it look gorgeous on the inside (seriously, check it out), but the kitchen smells gorgeous too! To support Marlborough Festival, they are offering a voucher for £40 - enough for 2 people to have a proper crack at the menu, and solve the mystery of those delicious aromas (clue: try the steak & red wine pie).

£50 or more

Fine Dining At Home from Sue Brady Catering

Sue Brady Catering: consistently excellent meals for schools, corporate events and weddings. Boss Kymee is a Town Councillor and founder of 'Love Marlborough Kids Meals', which provides free meals for families in Marlborough. Kymee has pledged a meal for 4 from their 'Luxury Food To Go' range, of classic dishes from around the world. Starter, Main, and Dessert. If you live nearby, she’ll even deliver it, because she’s awesome.

£55 or more

Bed and Breakfast for 2 at the Castle & Ball

The Castle & Ball: festival heroes and longtime providers of fine food, drink and comfy beds in the middle of the High Street, are offering not one, but FOUR humdingers for your consideration: A lovely double or twin room, front or back-facing, any time in the next year, with their famously ample breakfast to set you up for the next day. Free parking & pet friendly. Planning a weekend party, or a wedding? Snap this up! (normally £95-£120)

£75 or more

Luxury Manicure & Wash/Cut/Blowdry at LK Matthews

LK Matthews, Marlborough's premier hair&beauty emporium, is run by rock'n'roll heroes Lee Matthews and his wife Karen. They love live music, and feel that everyone should be able to dance tipsily in the rain to a gig in the High Street. To help make that happen, they are offering the ultimate manicure by Karen, plus a wash, cut and blow-dry by Lee, to the first person to pledge £75. And THAT's what we call value!

£90 or more

Parade Cinema Friend's Membership worth £100

Marlborough's newest cultural hub. Blockbusters, arthouse classics, great cakes and a decent bar. A year's Friend's Membership gets you all of the above, plus 4 free movie tickets (then £2 off all year), priority booking, no booking fees, and 10% off food & drink (including the excellent hot dogs). It's run by a lovely team, so even with movie fatigue, it's a great place to hang out and look at the artwork. Top tip: best toilet soap anywhere.

£220 or more

4-Course Dinner for 4 at Rick Stein

In terms of food and service, Rick Stein restaurants embody the Best of the South West like no others, so we're delighted to have their support. The front of house staff work hard to make each meal memorable, and the kitchen will prepare 4 courses of astonishing food for your 4 favourite people, no questions asked. They'll even throw in a bottle of wine to help it down. This is one to buy now, and keep in reserve for a special date. Great value.

£280 or more

Garden Design Plan from Munro Garden Design

Munro Garden Design create outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and environmentally sustainable. So for anyone planning a garden facelift, a quiet arbour, or just new ways to encourage the wildlife, this is the advice you need! Great value at £350, priceless at £70 off. Full consultation to design a new planting scheme? Advice on rejuvenating that tricky back garden? It's like having Beth Chatto in your back pocket, and Monty Don on speed dial.

£300 or more

Draft and finalise a Will for a couple.

ILS Ltd have been drafting wills for people in Marlborough and the South West for over 25 years, and handling all aspects of probate, executors, deeds and Trusts, etc. If you're not sure what all that means, you should probably give them a call. Here’s another great reason to support your Festival: pledge £300 and they'll draft a couple's Will, and amend it as often as you need. They'll even store it for you! Peace of mind guaranteed.

£20 or more

Lunch For 2 at The Food Gallery

The Food Gallery is a Marlborough gem. They've been taking people in, feeding them great food and sending 'em happily away again, for years. It's a perfect recipe, and not just because of the buzzy atmosphere. Fresh, delicious hot/cold sandwiches, majestic cakes, and their own blend of (rich, nutty, chocolatey) coffee available by the half pound for home brewing. Tick the box below to guarantee a taste of Marlborough Welcome not soon forgotten.

£30 or more

Super Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Lamb, Marlborough

The Lamb's magnificent Sunday Roast, perfected over the years by equally magnificent chef Jackie. Plus something to wash it down with, courtesy of landlord Vyv. After a restful night in one of the fantastic rooms upstairs - and a brisk morning walk - what could be better? A superb plate of meat and ten (ten!) veg. Taste and value you won't find anywhere else in town. And as everyone knows, the Lamb does a cracking pint of 6X, just saying.

£30 or more

Bubbly High Tea for Two at Bow Belles worth £40

Bow Belles specialises in intimate lunches and dinners, with classic cocktails to relax the mood and get the chat flowing. Bridging the lunch/dinner divide, they offer a decadent High Tea, tailored to your taste. Choose from a selection of luxurious sandwiches, irresistible warm scones, macaroons & homemade cakes. Served with a glass of bubbles. Top tip: book in advance for a choice of cosy indoor setting, or a table in the secret garden.

£65 or more

Hamper from Waitrose

Waitrose has its own estate in Leckford, Hampshire, producing great food and drink for its stores around the country. This hamper will be a lovingly curated selection of the Best of the South West, with the guarantee of quality that customers in Marlborough have come to expect over the last 40 years. It's great to have them supporting us!

£150 or more

The Pino's Doppio - £200 to spend however you like

Family-run restaurant off Marlborough High Street serving simple and fresh Italian food. Amazing pizzas and pastas, great fish dishes, and the lamb chops are out of this world. The service is friendly and very effective, which makes ordering WHATEVER YOU WANT TO THE VALUE OF £200 much easier than you'd imagine. The only place in town that serves Amaro Averna, which we are told is the Pope's favourite tipple.

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