Our Festival is a musical celebration of Bluegrass and roots of Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians with a Beer and Cider Festival complete with excellent Home Cooked Food.

The Festival is located at Victoria School and set in a beautiful area, with ‘Claremont’ a former Victorian Carmelite convent as a stunning backdrop. We are ideally situated on the South Coast of England between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK with easy transport links.

This all makes for a very special event for your summer diary.


Further information


The Festival Site

LINE-UP 2017 - More tbc

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...and previously 2015 & 2016...


bluegrass discoverY

During the run up to Bluegrass weekend we will be hosting Bluegrass Discovery with free events scattered around Poole Bournemouth and Wimborne featuring many of our artists playing over the weekend. Where you can sample the flavour of the Festival. Most of these events will be FREE.

Further details will be posted here and on social media, so stay tuned.

The Bluegrass Team




Our Speciality Beer and Cider Festival features carefully selected ales and ciders from the best of craft brewers from the UK and abroad and including this year a selection of Casks direct from the USA featuring some of their best IPA’s and Darker beers.

We are also proud of our Home Cooked food that we serve at the Festival.

With burgers and sausages from a local butcher, vegetarian chilli and baked potatoes with our very popular Hog Roast on Saturday. So no need to pack a hamper it is all here, home cooked and fresh!

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Festival on 21st and 22nd July 2017 so be sure to keep updated as tickets are always limited.

Please note this is a non smoking venue.




Tickets are on sale now.

Children - Children are FREE to enter if they are no higher than the tallest parent's shoulders, otherwise normal ticket price.

Dogs - Well behaved dogs are welcome but must always be a lead.

No refunds on door.

No admission without a Ticket or Proof of Purchase.

Our tickets will remain the same great value as 2016. All tickets include a FREE Festival Glass and Programme.

Friday 21st July 6pm - 11.30pm £14.00

Saturday 22nd July Noon - 11.30pm £18.00

Weekend Saver (Great Value) for both days £25.00

Many of you have used We Got Tickets who are great people and, you are like us and are very happy with their excellent service, so we are pleased to use them again this year.

BH Live Tickets our local ticket partner for Beer and Bluegrass 2017 and they offer On-line, Telephone and in person booking at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Ticket Office – open between 10:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Sunday.

Telephone 0844 576 3000. 

Calls cost 7p per minute plus your telephone provider’s access charge.

On the Door

Tickets are limited due to the popularity of Beer and Bluegrass, but may be available on the door for all sessions, it’s a first come, first served basis!




Victoria School and Gardens


How to get to Beer and Bluegrass

Please note this is a non smoking venue.

We encourage the use of public transport and we are fortunate that Victoria School and Gardens Branksome Poole BH13 6AS is very accessible by railway and bus. Please download Map of venue here.

Branksome Station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth mainline. Upon exiting the station car park, cross the road and walk past Lidl in St Aldhelms Road, Lindsay Road is ahead of you. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and the entrance of Victoria School and Gardens is on the opposite side of the road. Signs will guide you to the Festival.

The bus stop is Branksome (Tesco) and is outside St Aldhelms Hall BH12 1AD. More Bus (M1 & M2) and Yellow Buses (18/R1/R2) from/to Poole to Bournemouth town centre run every 10mins from Bournemouth to Poole Bus Station.

Bournemouth and Southampton Airport are both served by low cost airlines. The advantage with Southampton is that the rail station is a short walk from the Terminal, and then by taking a Weymouth bound train Branksome station is less than an hour away. If you fly into Bournemouth take the B1 Yellow bus service to Bournemouth Rail Station then train to Branksome.

Victoria School in Lindsay Road BH13 6AS has ample parking. Upon entry signs will direct you to the Festival Car Parking. For Weekenders who wish to park overnight in campers vans this may be possible but no facilities or hook up are available. If in doubt please email us well before you travel.

We strongly ask you not to Drink and Drive, but for designated drivers please do not park in Lidl or other private car parks!

We have no camping facilities at the Festival, but we can offer space, for a small donation to Victoria, for Camper Vans to stay (no hook up) in a wooded area near the main gate.

As last year we have agreed with our friends St Leonards Farm Park, Ferndown BH22 0AQ to have a special rate for campers going to the Festival. This is a excellent park and there will be a special area for Festival goers, quote ‘Beer and Bluegrass’ and please book in advance!

There are dozens of Hotels close by but if you are after a reasonable stay we would suggest Premier Inn Westcliff Poole Rd, BH2 5QU (approx 15min walk) or the newly built Travelodge Poole Hotel Holes Bay Road, Poole BH15 1LS.

This is right opposite Poole Rail Station and two stops away from Branksome Station. If you are travelling from outside the area please contact us and we will do our best to give you guidance.