As You Like It Festival

26 July – 30 July 2021

If all the world’s a stage and the men and women are merely players, then we have plenty of players for the stage at this unique festival ….

Home for our brand new four-night, three-day country garden festival, is the stunning 16th Century Walton Hall, nestled in 65 acres of beautiful English countryside, just outside Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tucked away amidst woodland, with the River Dene running through the grounds, close to Warwick, Leamington Spa & Warwick Castle there is plenty to see and do when you are not listening to the music.  Maybe grab your walking boots and enjoy one of the many walks right from the grounds, or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Whatever you choose to do, whatever the weather, there is always a warm bed and en-suite bathroom waiting for you at the end of the day.

We have exclusive use of the full complement of bedrooms, ranging from classic twin/double rooms situated in the more contemporary hotel & coach house, plus one & two bedroom apartments to lavishly furnished suites, some with luxurious free standing bathtubs in the grade II listed Walton Hall.

So, for four nights and three days in July, if you have nothing else in your diary right now, save the date, book your room, tell your friends and pack your bag. We will be ready and waiting to welcome you with warm smiles, a fantastic line-up and plenty of safe space to explore this stunning location whilst enjoying our boutique, socially distanced, Country Garden festival.

Go on, “live a little, comfort a little and cheer thyself a little,” and join us for some much-needed midsummer madness!

We have a maximum of 350 places so don’t think about it for too long!


If you're not ready to book but have further questions then please feel free to email us at and we'll be happy to help

Tickets still available at the entrance on the day. Advanced purchase is now closed.
What's Included
    • Four nights B&B with an optional £15 per person per night dinner supplement.  Meals including breakfast may need to be pre-booked in order to ensure any existing social distancing guidelines are met.  Priority dinner reservation times will be given to anyone who has pre-purchased the dinner supplement.
    • Festival pass. Concerts will be outdoors
    • The festival will start on Monday evening with the first concert 8pm – 11pm.  On subsequent days, the concert times are likely to be:
      2pm – 5pm
      8pm – 11pm
      Times are subject to change.
    • Between 5pm and 8pm the opportunity to appear on our popular ‘Busking Corner' stage will be available.
    • Ceilidh – socially distanced dances included!
    • Late night bar session
    • Full time services of our friendly, experienced team
    • Fully financially protected for your peace of mind: ABTA P7419

In the event that the festival cannot proceed due to coronavirus restrictions, in the first instance we will look to postpone to an alternative date and contact you as soon as possible with your options.  At all times, when a material change to your holiday takes place, you will be entitled to a full refund should you wish.

AYLI Programme
Line Up

Gigspanner Big Band - Thursday Night

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fROOTS, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre.’ See more...

Show Of Hands - Monday Night

"Returning by popular demand" may be a hackneyed phrase, but it's certainly accurate when applied to Show of Hands. Since our first festival in Spain in the Spring of 2014, Show Of Hands has been acknowledged as the act most of our festival-goers want to see again. See more...

Edward II - Wednesday Night

Edward II, the English roots band that made their name in the 1980s with their unique blend of Caribbean reggae rhythms and traditional songs from the British Isles, are back in business and heading for Costa del Folk! See more...

Knight & Spiers - Thursday Afternoon

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Peter Knight and John Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. See more...

Chris While & Julie Mathews - Thursday Afternoon

Chris and Julie are two of the best and most hard working musicians on the world folk roots scene, having played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. See more...

The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican - Tuesday Afternoon

Put on your finest knitted gladrags, style your barnet, put on your dancing shoes and bring your finest singing voices, as we cordially invite you to witness the Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops). See more...

Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Tuesday Afternoon

The "Titan of Twang" and the "Concertina Crooner" team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman, (patriarch of a folk dynasty as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts) teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the "wow factor" to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. See more...

Tim Edey - Wednesday Afternoon

A winner of the BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, Tim Edey is rated by many to be one of the world"s finest ever melodeon and guitar players in the current folk & contemporary scene. See more...

Ric Sanders and Vo Fletcher - Wednesday Afternoon

Fairport Convention's Ric Sanders is one of England's most versatile fiddle players, while guitarist Vo Fletcher has composed, performed and recorded a wide variety of musical styles, with artistes as diverse as Nigel Kennedy, Rik Mayall, & the Albion Morris Band. Prepare to be amazed! See more...

Mather Robinson Band - Wednesday Night

"A prime cut of English folk rock ... carve yourself a slice!" The Mather Robinson Band are a four-piece folk rock band comprising four voices accompanied by mandolin, acoustic guitar, acoustic fretless bass and flutes & whistles. They sing exciting, original and wide-ranging material from contemporary political commentaries and towering anthems to "traditional-esque" love songs See more...

Gerry Colvin Band - Tuesday Night

Folk-pop legend Gerry Colvin must be one of the most endearing and energetic musicians on the planet, just as much at home playing small clubs as he is supporting Status Quo on their Aquostic Live Tour. This multi-talented singer-songwriter performs all his own material, combining catchy melodies with thoughtful lyrics on love, society, angst and Johnny Cash! See more...

Fleetwood Cave - Monday Night

Marion and Gregg met through TRADarrr. Both are familiar faces on the folk circuit, having played many folk clubs and festivals between them.'Mesmerising harmonies....anthemic songs and great hooks....gorgeous acapella singing' See more...

Luke Daniels - Wednesday Afternoon

Luke Daniels is a composer, songwriter, guitarist and virtuoso melodeon player who performs traditional jigs, reels and folk songs, oh and renditions of Bach and of course his signature c1880 polyphon machine. Just in case you don"t have one at home, a polyphon machine is a restored Victorian music machine that provides his unique accompaniments to tunes like The Cumberland Reel and classic folk songs. See more...

Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders - Tuesday Night

Following a chance meeting at Whitby Folk Festival in 1993, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America, creating one of folk music's most enduring partnerships. In this time, they have recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums. Their obvious rapport has made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene in the guise of their duo work or as the well-loved line-up of Last Night"s Fun. See more...

The Hut People - Thursday Night

As the festival-goers at the first Costa del Folk in Spain discovered, The Hut People perform a unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world, courtesy of Sam Pirt and his foot-stomping accordion and Gary Hammond with his mind-boggling array of exotic percussion. There'll be some Quebecois foot percussion & dancing thrown in for good measure too! See more...

Lebedek - Thursday Afternoon

Drawing on the diverse cultural heritage and musical pedigree of its members, Lebedek present their unique and fresh sound of pan-European music.  A collaboration of musicians who are all masters of their craft, who between them come from and include Ukrainian, Macedonian, Polish/Dutch and Anglo/Celtic backgrounds!

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood - Tuesday Afternoon

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood are a Norwich-based trio comprising Christina Alden (vocals, guitar), Alex Patterson (fiddle, vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro, vocals). They formed in late 2015, and released an impressive and award-winning debut CD, Call Me Home, in 2016 See more...

Sound of the Sirens - Thursday Afternoon

Sound of the Sirens blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating songs and describe their new album "This Time", as a collection of moments, emotions, challenges and stories. See more...

Katie Spencer - Tuesday Afternoon

We can't wait to welcome the ridiculously young and talented Katie Spencer in July. Katie creates modern progressive folk music, drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, as well as her strong spiritual connection to the East Riding landscape. See more...

The Brothers Gillespie - Wednesday Afternoon

We are very excited to share that The Brothers Gillespie will be performing at the As You Like It Festival. Brothers James and Sam Gillespie grew up in the Northumbrian village of Wall and sing finely crafted original and traditional songs. See more...

Banter - Every Day

If you are a Costa regular, then this fab trio will be well known to you. Playing great sets and ceilidhs at many of our previous festivals, Banter bring songs of biting social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes! See more...


Walton Hall Hotel & Spa

Located just a stone's throw away from Shakespeare's birthplace, the 4-star Mercure Walton Hall Hotel & Spa is a 16th century Grade II listed building with a wealth of character. Situated within 65 acres of private grounds, the hotel is tucked away amid woodland and beautifully maintained green land. Ideal for couples, the hotel is equipped with an in-house bar & restaurant as well as leisure facilities, including spa treatment rooms, a swimming pool and a gym.

Close to Warwick, Leamington Spa and Warwick Castle. Set in 65 acres of unspoiled Warwickshire countryside, the hotel is a perfect venue for the festival.

Classic Twin/Double Rooms

Classic Double and twin rooms are located in the contemporary hotel and Coach House. Rooms are modern in design and all have an en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board. In room WiFi.

Each room sleeps up to two adults.

Superior Rooms

Situated in the 16th Century Hall, Superior double rooms have a more traditional decor with air conditioning and include a Nespresso coffee machine, TV and telephone. Bathrobes & slippers, privilege toiletries and complimentary *newspapers are provided.

*newspapers may not be available depending on current restrictions.

One Bedroom Apartments

Each apartment includes:
Kitchen area with fridge/freezer / microwave / oven / hob and toaster / tea and coffee facilities / crockery and glassware / dining area / contemporary lounge equipped with flat-screen TV and DVD player. Each apartment features a shower room with toilet

There are only two one-bedroom apartments and each has, one bathroom, with bath and shower and a hairdryer.  Towels and bed linen are also included.  There is a spacious lounge and kitchen.

Two Bedroom Apartments

Each apartment includes:
Two bedrooms, one double & one twin. Kitchen area with fridge/freezer / microwave / oven / hob and toaster / tea and coffee facilities / crockery and glassware / dining area / contemporary lounge equipped with flat-screen TV and DVD player.  Of the nine available two bedroom apartments, each apartment features one bathroom, some with only a shower (no bath), others have a shower room and an en-suite

Some apartments include an outside terrace area.  There are ground floor apartments, first floor apartments and some with two floors.  They are situated a short walk from the main hotel. 


Suites are located in the 16th Century Hall and have an extra seating area with comfortable chairs and a coffee table giving you space to relax. Nespresso machine, TV and telephone, bathrobes, slippers, executive toiletries and newspaper are provided.

Beds are king size with good sized bathrooms.

As You Like It Festival 26 - 30 July 2021 [4nts]
Music starts 8pm 26 July and closes 11pm 29 July
A deposit of £60pp is required to secure the booking
Room Type4nts B&B pp
Classic Double - ON REQUEST£499
Classic Twin - ON REQUEST£499
Classic Double Solo Occupancy SOLD OUT£679
Walton Hall Superior Room -ON REQUEST£599
Walton Hall Suite - ON REQUEST£689
One Bedroom Apartment (2 share) SOLD OUT£599
Two Bedroom Apartment (3 share) SOLD OUT£629
Two Bedroom Apartment (4 share) SOLD OUT£599
Optional £15 pp per night evening meal supplement. Use for bar snacks or as a contribution towards a meal in the restaurant. Reservations to be made with reception
Tickets Only

We have a very limited number of festival tickets available for ‘As You Like It’ this year and they’re offered on a first come, first served basis, please use the link above to request yours.

What to Expect
The Festival field will open at 18:30 on Monday evening for anyone joining us on the opening night. Access will be from 11:30 each subsequent day.

Concert Times
13:30 – 17:30 / 20:30 – 22:30
23:00 – 01:00 'Later' with Tim Edey (indoor venue, subject to Covid restrictions if necessary).
Bring your own chair/picnic blanket/weather appropriate clothes.
Please note, only alcohol purchased ‘on site’ will be permitted. Bag checks will be carried out.
Food will be available from the Hotel throughout the day.
Bar licence until 01:00 residents only bar thereafter.
No dogs allowed in the festival field.

Festival Tickets Terms & Conditions
On arrival at the Hotel, you must present your booking confirmation and photographic proof of identity (e.g. drivers license or passport) in order to be issued with your wristband for entry to the festival. You must retain the wristband on your person at all times during the festival as it may be invalidated if any part of it is removed, altered or defaced. The full cost of a replacement wristband is £130 or £40 per day.

Should Covid/social distancing measures be required during the festival, it may be necessary to restrict access to indoor venues and priority will be given to hotel residents. 

There is sufficient space in the outdoor venues where the main concerts will take place, to comply with existing social distancing rules.

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and in the event you cannot, or no longer wish to attend the festival, or you wish to cancel your ticket for any other reason, you shall not be entitled to a refund.  In the event that the festival is postponed or cancelled by us (e.g. due to Covid restrictions) a full refund will be issued.

Ticket TypePrice pp
Full Festival£130 (£150 on door)
Monday evening only£30
Tuesday full day£40
Wednesday full day£40
Thursday full day£40
Getting There

The address for Walton Hall is:
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel
CV35 9HG

Tel: 01789 842424

There is plenty of parking on-site.  However, please notify us in advance if you are planning on travelling in a motorhome or van.

Public Transport
Stagecoach from Stratford-upon-Avon:  No.18 Wellesbourne
Taxi from Wellesbourne – Walton Hall approx. 8mins

Birmingham Airport: 28 miles

Warwick Parkway Train Station: 10 miles


What are the check-in and check-out times?
Check-in is from 3pm.
Check-out on the day of departure is up until 11am.

What time are the concerts? *all times subject to slight adjustment until the programme is finalised
The first concert will be on Monday 26 July at 8pm
Tuesday 27 July: 1pm – 5pm & 8pm – 10pm
Wednesday 28 July: 1pm – 5pm & 8pm – 10pm
Thursday 29 July: 1pm – 5pm & 8pm – 10pm

Will we need our own chairs?
Yes, bring your chairs, picnic blankets and weather appropriate clothing for the outdoor concerts.

Is there on-site car parking available?
Yes, there is plenty of on-site, free car parking for everyone attending the festival.

Can I travel to the festival in my Camper Van?
Yes, you can travel to the festival in your camper.  However, you will not be permitted to stay ‘onsite’ in your camper.  You may park in the carpark for the duration of the festival providing you are booked to stay in the hotel.

Room Service
Room service is available 24 hours.

What is the board basis?
The duration of the festival (four nights) is bed & breakfast with an optional £15 pp per night evening meal supplement.  Use for bar snacks or as a contribution towards a meal in the restaurant.  Reservations to be made with reception.

All rooms have complimentary WiFi, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

Leisure Facilities
There is a gym, swimming pool and spa treatment rooms inc a sauna.

Is there WiFi at the hotel?
Yes, there is free WiFi onsite.

Can I purchase festival passes only?
The festival is capacity limited and we have contractual obligations with the Walton Hall, we are not currently selling individual festival passes. However, if nearer the time, capacity allows festival passes will be released.

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, dogs will not be permitted to attend the festival, even with a well behaved owner.

Hotel Address
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa
CV35 9HG

Wellesbourne To Walton - Walk
Site Map
  • Jeff Morton
    Take out the sun, the hotel, the sea and the food for a minute - Ibiza 2018 had the best line up of any festival I have attended. The quality of the music was outstanding, enhanced by the fact that they all loved being there.
    Jeff Morton
  • Carol Youlton
    Most folk festivals are well organised and have lovely people helping. Costa del Folk raises that to a whole new level with wonderful people, care and attention from the first minute you book. The mix of known and unknown musicians and music is brilliant. It is a lovely happy party from start to finish. And in a nice hotel in the sunshine. Doesn't get any better.
    Carol Youlton
  • Jane Townsend
    My perfect holiday! Enjoyed every minute at Costa Ibiza 2018 and 2019 and I'll be there next year! Great music - old favourites and then the music you discover and love too! Great hotel, lovely rooms, great food (excellent for vegetarians too).
    Jane Townsend
  • Brenda Keys
    My favourite holiday. What's not to love. We've been to three now and so looking forward to the next one. Beautiful setting, great hotel, superbly run event with wonderful performers in a sunshine setting. What more could anyone want?
    Brenda Keys