Everything you need to know about Grow Festival 2020


It is with regret that we have to cancel all performances of Heliosphere for today. This is due to increasing wind speeds and rapidly changing weather conditions that make it unsafe for it to go ahead. We sincerely apologise for this change to the schedule.

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Everything you need to know about Grow Festival 2020

We have created a list of our most frequently asked questions so you can plan your time at Grow Festival and ensure you have a wonderful w

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What is Grow Festival?

Grow Festival is a two day arts festival hosted in Corby Town Centre. This year’s theme is light. There will be street theatre, music, dance, installations and crafts as well as other performances and a Full Moon Party!

Where is Grow Festival happening?

This year’s festival will be held in Corby Town Centre and Willow Place and the path through the woods to the Boating Lake on Friday 7th February, and in Corby Town Centre and Willow Place on Saturday 8th February 2020. Please refer to the map in the festival programme for exact locations.

What does Grow Festival cost?

Entry to the festival is completely FREE*, as well as viewing the performances and taking part in the workshops, however there will be opportunities to give a donation. *With the exception of the Full Moon Party which is priced at £5 per person (age 18+) see below for details.

What can I expect from the festival?

We are expecting a large amount of people to attend, so please be aware that there may be large crowds and groups during performances. Due to most of the festival being situated outside in a public place, there will be people walking through event areas and some ambient noise, as well as music. There will also be some ambient noise and music in performance spaces that are situated indoors in empty shop units. Please refer to the access key in the Grow Festival programme for information about specific performances.

Where can I find the Festival Programme for dates and times?

Please click through the links below to view timings of the full festival programme online. A printed programme (including map) is available FREE at the festival from The Core at Corby Cube or from festival volunteers wearing blue Grow Festival t-shirts (indoors) or high vis (outdoors).

The following amends have been made to the programme since publication:

Sound Play Dome on Friday is open to the public:
Saturday times for Soundplay Dome are the same as published.

This Little Light Of Mine is on Saturday only.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes.

How can I join in the Mardi Gras lantern parade on Friday 7th February?

If you have made a lantern, you can collect a light for it from a gazebo in James Ashworth VC Square between 5pm and 6pm on Friday 7th February. There will also be a limited amount of lanterns to carry if you do not have your own, which will be issued on a first come, first served basis. We will be gathering at 6pm for the parade, setting off at 6.15pm led by the Spark! drummers through the woods to Corby Boating Lake. Please wrap up warm and wear sturdy shoes!

When and how can I see Museum Of The Moon?

Museum Of The Moon is open to the public on the remaining dates and times below – entry is FREE and on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure you get an opportunity to see the moon as capacity is limited and we anticipate queues. Please be aware that we may be required to close the queues towards the end of the day to allow for those already in line to view the moon within the programmed time slots.

Take the lift or walk down the stairs to the -2 level in The Core At Corby Cube to access the artwork – festival volunteers will greet you there.
N.B. There is an amplified soundtrack accompanying the Museum Of The Moon installation.

Friday 7th February  open  to the public 6pm – 9pm

Saturday 8th February open to the public 11am – 5pm
plus 8pm – 11pm Full Moon Party – book £5 tickets at The Core at Corby Cube (age 18+). Tickets can be bought online, by phone on 01536 470470 or from The Core at Corby Cube ticket office on Friday 7th or Saturday 8th. We advise booking in advance to guarantee a space.

Why is Grow Festival not happening in July, like the previous 2 years?

Light festival season is in wintertime when it starts getting dark early, so to show off the artworks to their full extent, we are holding Grow Festival in February. It is being held on a Friday and Saturday evening this year, as Sunday is a school night!

Can I trade at Grow Festival?

We are no longer accepting traders for this year’s event and unofficial traders will not be allowed on site. If you wish to enquire about trading at a future event please email info@madewithmany.org


Please do not park on the grass verges or the main routes around the town centre as it can create an obstruction and/or damage to the grass. Town centre car parks are available and within easy walking distance of the festival. The car parks nearest The Core at Corby Cube are Corby International Pool or Victoria Place and are both pay and display. However, on Saturday parking is anticipated to be extremely busy near The Corby Cube as a Swimming Gala is also taking place that day at Corby Pool. You can also park within easy walking distance at either Town Centre Gateway Car Park or the Oasis Retail Park which can be paid upon leaving the car park. Please note that parking charges also apply for disabled parking at all of these car parks.

Photos and videos

There will be official Grow Festival Photographers and Videographers throughout both days of the festivals, they will be identifiable by Grow Festival lanyards. As this is a public event we are unable to ensure that other members of the public are not taking their own pictures and uploading them to the internet. If you do have any concerns please contact a member of the festival team who will be wearing a festival lanyard and a Grow Festival t-shirt or a high-vis vest.

What facilities are there at the festival?

As the festival is in the town centre, there are many shops, cafes and restaurants around the town centre that can cater for every need during their ordinary opening hours. On both days, there are public toilets in Willow Place on the balcony which is accessible via lift (entrance next to River Island). Please note that there is a 20p charge for these toilets. Baby changing facilities are also available here. Toilets are also available at The Core at Corby Cube and the Corby Boating Lake cafe. Please refer to the map in the programme to locate these facilities.

For more information about town centre facilities please visit www.willowplace.co.uk

Access information

If you need any access assistance during the festival, please ask a festival volunteer. Volunteers will be wearing Grow Festival t-shirt (indoors) or high-vis (outdoors) and will be happy to help you.

If you need a quiet area please visit Corby Library during opening hours, where there are several accessible quiet areas.

9am – 6pm on Friday 7th
9am – 5pm on Saturday 8th

Lost Children & First Aid

Lost children will be taken to the Core at Corby Cube for collection if a parent or guardian cannot be found. First Aiders will be based at The Core at Corby Cube.

Where can I give feedback about my experience at Grow Festival?

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Contact us via the website and we will endeavour to answer as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that staff are out and about working at the festival.

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