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Custard pies to levitate comedy festival into record books…

Comedy fans can’t be cowardly when it comes to custard at this year’s Levity Festival – as organisers are hoping to break a world record.

Festival organisers want to host an attempt at breaking the world record for the number of people involved in a custard pie fight when it takes place in Peterborough next month.

The record currently stands at just over 750 custard pie throwers, but Levity Festival, with a capacity of 20,000 people, has high hopes the record attempt won’t be pie in the sky.

Situated on the city’s Embankment, Levity Festival is the UK’s only three-day outdoor festival of its type dedicated to comedy and will be headlined by star names Al Murray, Lee Nelson and Omid Djalili.


Mark Ringer, who’s organising the festival alongside Stef Malajny and Tony Scibelli, told ESP – “It will be a huge amount of fun to try and break the world record. We want to use genuine custard pies for the attempt, not just shaving cream, and are looking for a supermarket chain or commercial baker to sponsor a truck load of pies. We’ll be supplying plastic ponchos for those taking part to wear so as they don’t spoil their clothing.”

The Levity Festival takes place over the weekend of July 19 – 21. The world record attempt is expected to take place on the Sunday.

“We are expecting wide coverage of the attempt, raising funds (a £1 donation to take part) and awareness for Comic Relief,” added Mark.


Many other comic stars of TV are due to appear at the Levity Festival including Chris Ramsey, Richard Herring, Lucy Beaumont, Doc Brown, Stephen K Amos, Alun Cochrane, Lucy Beaumont, Maeve Higgins and Phil Cool.


There’ll be plenty of entertainment for children and families. Comedic themed bands, circus acts, magicians, poets and actors will be present as well as comedy corner for children hosted by CBBC’s Ed Petrie and friends.

The Levity Festival will also have camping available very close to the main festival arena at Potters Way.

To purchase tickets visit the website Weekend tickets for general admission start at just £50.

Mark added: “It’s the first festival if its kind. A whole weekend of comedy for less than the price of a day ticket.”

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