Cock & Bull was started in 2011 to throw a party to raise funds for Jamie’s Farm. Launched by a group of friends with a love of festival culture, we wanted to create an intimate event with a social purpose at the heart of the party. We drew a broad group of artists, volunteers and creative spirits to the cause and raised an amazing £21k in the first year. Over the years the festival has grown organically by word of mouth, but the capacity and aims have stayed the same. Each year we have added new areas to enrich the experience and have raised a whopping £150k for the charity.
What makes Cock & Bull special?
Well, it’s hard to pin it down to just a few things but we think it’s the general sense of community, the family atmosphere, kids and adults running free, making new friends and catching up with old ones. The fact that the festival is run by and for Jamies Farm gives the festival a unique spirit. The passion of everyone involved creates a family feel with all guests, volunteers and performers pulling in the same direction. The intimate site and small size means you’ll make friends and bump into them again. And of course, we love bringing you the finest music, dj’s, workshops and creative talent from the UK festival scene.
Started in 2009, Jamie’s Farm has impacted over 4,700 disadvantaged young people who visit one of their farms for a week-long visit that combines ‘Farming, Family and Therapy’. Their carefully crafted programme that mixes tangible jobs around the farm with therapeutic support is helping vulnerable children, primarily those with poor behaviour and poor engagement at school, to re-engage with education and see their futures in a new light.
It all began when Jamie took his then class from Haling Manor School, Croydon, to his mother’s home at Sheep House Farm just outside of Bath. He realised then how valuable visits like this could be, and so began a journey that would change the lives of so many children for the better.
In 2009, Jamie’s Farm was officially made a charity and in 2010 they bought a permanent home for the charity at Hill House Farm in Box. This was also the year that they won best new charity, so a good year all round.
The first ever Cock & Bull festival sees hundreds of people partying and enjoying themselves while raising £21,000 for Jamie’s Farm.
Jamie’s Farm goes from strength to strength: a city farm in the heart of London opens giving long-term support to London schools beyond their farm residential.
Jamie’s Farm expands to a new farm in Herefordshire, doubling the number of children who can visit each year to 900.
A big year for Cock & Bull Festival. This is the festival’s 6th consecutive year and raised a record £55,000 for Jamie’s Farm.
A tough decision is made to have a rest from Cock & Bull Festival whilst the Jamie’s Farm team focus on further expansion. But it does mean more time than ever to plan for 2018…
Jamie’s Farm have just opened their third farm in beautiful Monmouthshire – they can now support 1,350 children each year! The 7th Cock & Bull Festival takes place, back with gusto after the rest year in 2017.
Forward to April 2019 and Jamie’s Farm have opened their fourth farm in Lewes, East Sussex. It has been an incredible adventure and one that doesn’t stop here. Jamie’s Farm still needs as much funding as they can get to help more disadvantaged children. For now, the future of Cock & Bull is still unknown, no event is planned for 2019. What will 2020 bring?