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Dream with your eyes open

Fantasy Forest is the brainchild of a group of seasoned festival veterans whose dream it was to introduce a different kind of festival to the UK.

A festival that brings fans from all genres of fantasy together for the weekend, providing a feast of entertainment and spectacle. Whether you’re into sci-fi & fantasy films, books and TV, fantasy arts, comics, anime, cosplay, LARP, steampunk or historic re-enactment, all are welcome. A gathering place to meet like-minded people. Get together with old friends and make new ones!

A magical venue

Located in the grounds of Sudeley Castle in view of the rolling Cotswold Hills, it’s a fairytale setting perfect for fantasy frolics.

Often referred to as one of the most idyllic wedding venues in the UK, this is a truly unique venue with a history that spans over 1,200 years.

And while you are at the festival, don’t forget to visit the tomb of Queen Katherine Parr, last wife of King Henry VIII, who lived and died in this castle. The chapel, tomb and award-winning gardens are open to festival visitors on Saturday and Sunday after 5PM.

Dream with your eyes open

Fantasy Forest is the brainchild of a group of seasoned festival veterans whose dream it was to introduce a different kind of festival to the UK.

A festival that brings fans from all genres of fantasy together for the weekend, providing a feast of entertainment and spectacle. Whether you’re into sci-fi & fantasy films, books and TV, fantasy arts, comics, anime, cosplay, LARP, steampunk or historic re-enactment, all are welcome. A gathering place to meet like-minded people. Get together with old friends and make new ones!

A magical venue

Located in the grounds of Sudeley Castle in view of the rolling Cotswold Hills, it’s a fairytale setting perfect for fantasy frolics.

Often referred to as one of the most idyllic wedding venues in the UK, this is a truly unique venue with a history that spans over 1,200 years.

And while you are at the festival, don’t forget to visit the tomb of Queen Katherine Parr, last wife of King Henry VIII, who lived and died in this castle. The chapel, tomb and award-winning gardens are open to festival visitors on Saturday and Sunday after 5PM.

The history of Fantasy Forest

2021

Year of the Phoenix

Twice the time to prepare = twice as good.

After a difficult start in 2019, Fantasy Forest went all out and improved in every way. With result. The camping tickets sold out 2 months before the festival started and Fantasy Forest saw over 300% growth compared to 2019 and saw the first edition of Stoked launched, the official Anne Stokes fan event.

Despite covid measures and an insane +30 degrees in the sun, thousands of people were able to enjoy bands such as Perkelt and The Dolmen. The future of Fantasy Forest was as bright as the sun

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2020

The Dark Age

The world is in lockdown and the Guardian Tree could not risk exposing the magical creatures of Fantasy Forest.

For the first time, Fantasy Forest enters the digital world. 16.000 people world wide get a glimpse of what Fantasy Forest is all about through a 4-hour long livestream. A grand success, which led to annual livestreams in a quality rarely seen within the fantasy scene. 

The livestream saw multiple bands from across Europe perform live, live Q&A’s and much more!

2019

Year of the Dragon

There is a first time for everything. After years of preparation, festival veterans launched their own event at Sudeley Castle: Fantasy Forest Festival.

Fantasy Forest 2019 can be considered a success, despite it’s lack of visitors. With bands such as The Dolmen, Greenrose Faire and Harmony Glen, combined with the experience from it’s team and the overall scale, the first festival was up there with established festivals

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