We want you to have a fantastic day out
so here are some top tips to help!

21st + 22nd September 2024

Getting to Thoresby Park

Use the postcode NG22 9EP for your SatNav, which will bring you through the main park entrance, follow this road until you reach the car park.  Please research your route before setting off as some SatNav may attempt to take you on a fruitless adventure through private roads!

The address is
Thoresby Park,
Nr. Ollerton,
Newark, Nottinghamshire,
NG22 9EP

Thoresby Park is only 22 miles North of Nottingham City centre.
Follow Military Museum and Courtyard signs from the A614, A1, A616 and A6075.

Opening Times

10am – 5pm daily

Bring Cash

Our amazing producers and exhibitors have so many great things to buy but the signal for card machines and technology in the forest is limited. The event field is surrounded by trees and the signal is intermittent. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything you might want to buy… All our exhibitors take cash!


Whatever the weather come along!  It’s England so we know how to deal with the weather. We are prepared as the Festival of Food & Drink has a number of large marquees including our Beautiful Things, Kids Cookery School and Cookery Theatre, lots of great companies and activities around the main field and weather cover close to Street Food, catering, bars and cocktails! We are ready! Are you? Rain or shine!

The Festival of Food & Drink is coming to Thoresby, are you coming too?

Make a short break of it with a 3-night stay at the beautiful adults only hotel, Thoresby Hall, positioned a stone’s throw away from the event giving you the ultimate convenience. You’ll enjoy free breakfast and dinner, activities, access to leisure facilities, and great evening entertainment, all with no children and no hidden costs. Just book online at or call 01623 821000

Places to Stay

At Clumber Park there is a Caravan Club site. During the festival weekend the site gets VERY busy so make sure you book in advance! The camp site at Clumber Park is closed. There are other local campsites available.

Click here for Caravan Site 

Our favourite hideaway

The Sherwood Hideaway has a 3 night luxury lodge with hot tub package for the weekend. Take a look: –

Dogs ARE Allowed

We don’t mind you bringing along your dogs but ask that you take care and pick up your poop! We are a Food & Drink Festival so we ask that you take extra care to clean up after your dog. We are also a family show. Dogs will not be allowed into the Cookery Theatre or Main Food & Drink Marquee – these areas are Assistance Dogs only.

I have mobility issues, where can I find out information about how to get around?

The park is accessible for scooters/wheelchairs and also has accessible toilets. The festival will be on a mixture of hard standing and short cut grass areas.

Where can I buy tickets from?

Tickets for 2024 are now on sale you can book here. You will also be able to purchase tickets on the day at the festival, these are subject to availability.  We recommend you take advantage and buy your tickets in advance. Tickets will be at a higher price on the day.

What does the ticket include?

General admission includes: Parking, access to the festival on your chosen day, seeing all the fantastic traders for shopping, the TV chefs in our Cookery Theatre on your chosen day, live music, Savage BBQ fire demonstrations.

For families – circus school and artventurers arts and crafts are included. Other activities will be available including rides and attractions which will be chargeable.

I have a question about my ticket(s) that I have purchased?

Please contact See Tickets Customer Service Team – Click Here

VIP tickets what’s included?​

The VIP ticket will include: –

  • Priority parking on arrival
  • Fast track entry into the festival
  • Access to a VIP area with seating for you to take advantage of throughout the day
  • A ‘Meet and Greet’ with our special celebrity chef guests – in the VIP area
  • An exclusive Goody Bag with samples and offers.

*Meet and greets are subject to availability and the event organiser will select which of our guests on the day will to go into the VIP area. The meet and greet times will be advertised in the VIP marquee each day.


How do I book Adult workshop/sessions?

Our 2024 sessions have not yet been announced so watch this space. You can add on your session via the ticketing page when they go on sale. These sessions will have limited tickets available so we strongly recommend booking in advance.

I have already bought my admission tickets? How do I book onto a workshop/session?
Go to the ticketing page and click to add – ‘I have already bought my admission ticket’.

How do I book Kid’s cookery sessions?

Kid’s cookery sessions for pasta, ice-cream, butter making etc are bookable on the day at the Kids Cookery Workshop Tent – £4 each on a first come first served basis. Get there early.

Do you have concession tickets?

We provide a free personal assistant ticket to customers who are unable to attend The Festival of Food and Drink without the aid of a designated person.

To apply for a complimentary PA ticket please contact

What music will there be at the festival?

We will have live music in our street food area. Singers/bands will be announced soon!

What is on at the festival?

We had a fantastic 2023 festival line-up for the whole family to enjoy. Take a look at our ‘2023 Highlights’ section on our website. All timetables and schedules will be added to the website a few weeks before the festival.