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As the comedy clubs and shows start to return, ESP’s comedy columnist Sarah Slack has exciting news of a festival that’s bringing back the laughs and is just down the road…

Get ready to add a long-awaited comedy festival to your calendar as this July the Cambridge Comedy Festival has announced an amazing line-up of over 150 acts, extensive Covid-19 safety measures, and a beautiful countryside open-air location that’s only a 30 minute drive from Peterborough.

Taking place on Grange Farm in Abbot’s Ripton, Huntingdon, this year Cambridge Comedy Festival will be a completely outdoor event whilst offering an impressive line-up of over 150 comedians performing between Friday July 9 and Sunday July 11 across four different stages, including headline acts such as Rob Beckett, Tom Allen, Al Murray, Nina Conti, Dara O’Briain, Gary Delaney, Milton Jones and Kiri Pritchard-McClean.

Whilst individual day tickets are available, for those wanting the fully-fledged festival experience however there will be camping passes for the event so you can pitch up and stay overnight within the site’s allocated camping zone, which will be offering 500 generously spaced pitches right next to the arena.

You can therefore look forward to a weekend away with family and friends sleeping under the stars after enjoying a whole range of activities and entertainment, as the festival will also be hosting live podcast recordings and there’ll be even a fresh water swimming lake on site. There will also be outdoor food vendors and plenty of family friendly events, including a kids comedy tent, to keep all ages happy.

At the front of everyone’s minds will obviously be how this year’s festival will adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, which is why we exclusively spoke to Andy White, the festival’s organiser, to confirm what measures will be in place to ensure everyone who attends can have a great time but also remain safe during such uncertain times.

“Despite roadmap restrictions on 21st June being delayed, we’ve made some minor adjustments to adhere to and follow PHE and Government guidelines allowing the event to take place – unfortunately the late night Comedians DJ’ing in the Glade and performances on the Lake Stage have gone and overall capacity is reduced but now legally it’s allowed to go ahead.

“Lateral Flow Testing at the entrance gate will not be required and attendees don’t have to wear face masks as it’s outdoors – maximum bubble size of 30 people allowed – although we will create safe bubble square markings in the main arena so people feel safe and comfortable plus this is an open-air event, which is the safest environment for meeting each other. We will still be encouraging Hands/Face/Space at all times.”

Both camping passes and individual day tickets for the festival are now available to buy online, so for more information on the full line-up and to book your tickets, visit

Sarah Slack


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