As You Like It Festival
1 – 5 August 2022
The AS YOU LIKE IT FESTIVAL ….. A summer garden festival with a difference!
Home for this four-night, three-day summer 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.
It’s so easy to dip in and out of the festival and enjoy all that your 4* accommodation offers including ensuite bedrooms, spa and swimming pool, in-house bar and restaurant, or simply enjoy relaxing in this stunning location. 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.
The onsite bedrooms, range 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 August, save the date, book your room or camper pitch (see tab below), 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, SUMMER GARDEN FESTIVAL.
As you Like It takes you away from the usual pitfalls of UK Music Festivals – no muddy fields, portaloos or having to set up the tent in the rain! Instead, you can expect dining in the brassiere, drinks in the bar, cooked English breakfast, comfy beds and much more!
- Four nights B&B
- Full Festival pass
- Lunch & dinner options include the hotel bar/brasserie and various on-site festival vendors
- 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.
- Late night bar session
- Full time services of our friendly, experienced team
- Fully financially protected for your peace of mind: ABTA P7419
- All existing covid guidelines will be followed. Vaccination is likely to be a mandatory requirement, unless expempt.
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.
Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
Over the last two years The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble has played major shows everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey and Shambala festivals. Their new live album was also released to great acclaim.
Joe set up this incredible band 19 years ago. Long before the current trend of big folk band line-ups and crazy folk fusions this band were drawing on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between. Not only is the live performance of this 50 piece band (or funky orchestra should we say?!) second to none, you will most likely see the stars of tomorrow, many leading artists on the folk scene having been students of Joe's. See more...
Founded in their native North West of England,Merry Hellis an eight-piece folk-rock band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. In four short years they have risen to become festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. They are continuing to develop an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances.
The band was forged in the smouldering embers of 90s Folk/punk band, The Tansads. Following an emotional series of reunion concerts in 2010, its members chose to tread the boards under a new name, ‘Merry Hell’, in order to reflect their new impetus, new hopes and, most importantly, new songs. See more...
Show Of Hands
"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...
Blair Dunlop Trio
Blair Dunlop, award-winning British singer-songwriter and guitarist, has now released 4 albums 2 ep’s and toured around the globe. All of this in a short 5-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. See more...
Jig(noun) a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons. An-tic(noun) A playful trick or prank. Well that's what the dictionary makes of the band’s name. A more musical definition would be to say that together they blend the natural elements of Blues, Folk, Roots and Hill Country Music and have fused the disparate talents of the members to hop between styles almost at will – but always with a touch of class. See more...
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim. See more...
The Horse Puppets
After seeing the Horse Puppets at a gig in the UK, several Costa-goers contacted us to say we must listen to them. How right they were! Under their previous name ‘The Retrosettes’ the band had a simple YouTube clip online that was seen by Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino. See more...
Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony. Original songs packed with punch and emotion that will get beneath your skin, and all delivered with great humour. Pre-Covid, Winter Wilson had completed tours of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most of Western Europe, in addition to the UK. Their eight studio albums had all received rave reviews, and 2019’s “Live & Unconventional” (recorded on tour with folk-rock icons Fairport Convention and onstage at Cropredy Festival) was no different. See more...
Gabriel Moreno and The Quivering Poets
Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian folk poet and singer-songwriter who has been performing for the past twenty years in Gibraltar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the UK. He has released four solo records with Amber Records and has ten poetry books published by Omicron and Orion in both Spanish and English. See more...
Sally Barker, annA rydeR & Marion Fleetwood - leave audiences dazzled, with phrases such as ‘luscious’ and ‘beautifully crafted’ tripping off people’s tongues at the end of a performance.
All three write the songs, sing and play everything on their debut CD ‘O YEH YEH!’. See more...
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow
Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit and Aaron explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create original music inspired by the traditions they grew up with. Much in demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound System and Roni Size. See more...
Robin James Hurt
Born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and living in Wexford, Robin James Hurt’s talents as a guitarist, singer and composer have brought him on a rich and varied path. He has played with artists such as the late legendary Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners, Sinead O’Connor, Finbar Furey,Camille O'Sullivan, Garrett Wall and many others, as well as bands such as The West Seventies and Gael Slí. See more...
A 4 piece acoustic band singing and playing a variety of Irish, Folk, Americana, Blues and Latin music with a generous dash of humour.
Michael Doonan: Founder member of the legendary 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie, Michael comes from a famous Tyneside musical dynasty - his Dad, John Doonan Snr, was an All-Ireland piccolo champion and founding figure of the UK folk revival in the 60s. As well as the Hunch, Michael fronts The Mighty Doonans folk-rock band, and adds vocals, flute and pipes to many a session from Shields to Sheffield. See more...
“A multi-talented ball of energy” Julianne Regan [ALL ABOUT EVE]
annA rydeR is a multi-instrumentalist musical dynamo; an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style that spans an array of genres. Her songs are simultaneously thought-provoking, poignant and humorous intertwining fluency with a poetic and intimate lyricism, communicating her unique take on the world around her. Her captivating stage presence is combined with a playful approach to performing which reaches out to the whole audience. See more...
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,Banterbring songs of biting social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes! Banter Ceilidh Band combines the talents of Costa del Folk regular Simon Care (melodeon), Nina Zella (keyboards and vocals) and Tim Walker (drums, percussion, brass and dance calling), and they have been described as the world’s smallest big band. 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.
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.
New for 22 - motorhome and caravan field
New for 2022 we have secured additional space to cater exclusively for motorhomes and caravans (no tents). Feedback from 2021 indicated that many of you prefer to attend summer festivals in your campers, we listened and have created an alternative option to the hotel in this wonderful setting for a few days camping. As You Like It can now accommodate up to 50 pitches with electric hook-up in 2022. There will also be portaloos and facilities for fresh water as well as waste water disposal.
Prices per pitch for one van (including awnings) with up to two occupants is £100 for four nights. Festival tickets are priced separately, and motorhome/caravan pitches cannot be purchased without festival tickets. Please note your towing vehicle will need to be parked in the hotel car park due to limited space.
Hotel dining facilities are limited to hotel guests only. Other vendors will be available on site for anyone staying in the motorhome/caravan field.
|Room Type||4 nights B&B pp|
|Classic Double / Twin||£529|
|Classic Double Solo Occupancy||£699|
|Walton Hall Double / Twin Superior||£619|
|Walton Hall Suite||£719|
|One Bedroom Apartment 2 share SOLD OUT||£629|
|Two Bedroom Apartment 3 share||£679|
|Two Bedroom Apartment 4 share||£649|
|Motorhome/Caravan Field||4nts pitch fee (festival tickets extra)|
|Motorhome/Caravan pitch (per vehicle, self-catered, must be booked with festival ticket)||£100|
|Festival ticket (per person, for those booking motorhome/caravan pitches)||£160|
The address for Walton Hall is:
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel
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.
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 1 August at 8pm
Tuesday 2 August: 1pm – 5pm & 8pm – 10pm
Wednesday 3 August: 1pm – 5pm & 8pm – 10pm
Thursday 4 August: 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 Campervan?
Yes, you can travel to the festival in your camper. However, you will not be permitted to stay ‘onsite’ in your camper, unless you have booked to stay on the motorhome/caravan field and purchased the relevant number of festival tickets.
Please note your towing vehicle will need to be parked in the hotel car park due to limited space.
What is the board basis?
The duration of the festival (four nights) is bed & breakfast for hotel guests only. Other vendors will be available on site for anyone staying in the motorhome/caravan field.
All rooms have complimentary WiFi, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
Room service is available 24 hours.
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. Assistance dogs allowed
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa
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.
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.
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).
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?