Escape to a razzle-dazzle world of adrenaline-fuelled intrigue and pure imagination at HowTheLightGetsIn's very own circus- a delight for adults, kids and inner children alike. Roll up, roll up for a visual feast of aerial and acrobatic performances, flying trapeze, tightrope walkers and stunningly slick acts that will leave you breathless.
For the evening performance, the family-friendly show makes way for a more glamorous, sultry affair. Shattering the barriers of comedy, circus, burlesque and vaudeville, our nightly production whips audiences back to a magical lost era of decadence and delectation.
Long Table Banquets
HowTheLightGetsIn is a feast for more than just the mind.
Every afternoon and evening, our resident chefs lay out a sumptuous four-course meal to keep you nourished and ready for the spectacle unfolding in our fields.
You'll have fine food and finer conversation, accompanied by cabaret, dancing and performance all night. It won't easily be forgotten.
As the greatest minds of our time gather for a drink and a meal, take your seat alongside them for a truly unique experience.
Converse with Nobel laureates, challenge the shadow cabinet and explore the universe with particle physicists. Be part of the company, not merely an observer. You won't get many chances like it
Comedy & Cabaret
As night begins to fall, something in the air changes. The high-octane intellectual thrills of the day melt into something headier, as the best comic minds of a generation join forces with the most ravishing, eye-popping performers around to ease you into an evening of pure entertainment.
The Riverside Fayre boasts a host of stalls and vendors, with fine crafts, attractions, and a dazzling array of dining options, all enjoyed to the beat of one of our pop-up music stages.
Explore the best and boldest street food in the UK, or just stroll through the bustling market and wait for something to catch your eye.
To apply to exhibit at the 2018 festival please visit our Riverside Market page here
Recline in the cosy, candle-lit hush of our boutique picturehouse and let us take you on a voyage of discovery , Whether you need a night off from dancing or wish to throw yourself into new and strange ideas, our cinema programme is the perfect complement to your festival experience
Brought to you by TVF International - the world's leading independent provider of documentaries - HotDocs showcases a whole host of fascinating documentaries, so that you'll never want for stimulation and intrigue between sessions. Settle in the comfy shade of the pavillion and enjoy the show.
Come, kick back, relax with us and enjoy classes & workshops in our heated dome, alternative healing therapies in our heated bells, Opendo Juice Bar, Intuitive Guidance with Isik, Bill Commerford therapies & our spa boutique.
If you enjoyed your spa treatments at the festival and would like to try them again, visit Kanga's website to learn more about the services offered.
Please note: all injuries and health requirements must be disclosed to your massage or yoga therapist for your safety. We also ask that all customers arrive 10 minutes before your booking is scheduled to begin.
Who said rides are only for children? Play on the Carousel, lose yourself on the Helter Skelter, and wonder at the Black Mountains from the Ferris Wheel. We're sure Wittgenstein would approve.
So, step right up — ladies and gentleman, young and old, boys and girls, Nobel Prize-winning economists and members of the shadow cabinet — all the fun of the fair is waiting!
When dark descends on our festival, things can get a little strange. It starts with a drum and chanting emerging from the darkness, and before you know it, you've been whipped up into a frenzied procession of grotesques leading you into the heart of chaos and insanity that is Midnight Mayhem.
Join in the revels each night as we process through the festival collecting lost souls to take part in our late-night anarchic comedy debates. We pair our comedians with some of our rowdier speakers to host our Midnight Mayhem debates in which anyone can take part. So pull on the boxing gloves and step into the ring — you never know what awaits!