Pageant Assessment: Teddy Rocks, Dorset, UK

The high-octane Teddy Rocks Pageant is a not solely a life-affirming celebration of rock and roll, it additionally has a life-saving objective. Yearly the guts of rural Dorset lights up with  a bunch of rock and rolling stars and music legends to each entertain and lift cash for youngsters with most cancers.

The pageant began in 2011 when pageant founder, Tom Newton, turned impressed by his little brother, Teddy, who died of a uncommon bone most cancers aged simply 10. He put collectively a couple of gigs in The Greyhound pub in Blandford Discussion board to boost cash for the kids’s most cancers charity Teddy20. The pageant title and slogan, “Preventing Kids’s Most cancers with Rock”, is a testomony to him. 

Since then Teddy Rocks has expanded at a formidable charge, and in 2018 moved to a a lot bigger venue at Charisworth Farm.

Together with an enormous number of native bands, the pageant was in a position to get some huge names on the checklist this yr, amongst them The Darkness and The Zutons.

Why go to Teddy Rocks

Teddy Rocks one way or the other manages to create an electrical, boozy environment whereas nonetheless being household pleasant. This yr children got ear defenders to guard them from the loud music whereas having fun with the enjoyable actions and the loads of inexperienced areas the place households may calm down.

Happy families at Teddy Rocks

Completely satisfied households at Teddy Rocks (c) Lucy Woods

At full capability the pageant can accommodate 5,000 folks per day. There are 4 phases (two indoor and two out of doors) – my favorite was the Merry Woodland stage, situated below a reasonably cover of bushes with a bar promoting scrumptious cocktails for simply £6.

What makers Teddy Rocks actually particular is their dedication to elevating cash for charity. All income from ticket gross sales go to Teddy20, as does the income from alcohol offered by native brewery Corridor & Woodhouse. All of it provides to the beautiful, constructive vibe, and affirms the kindness of humanity.

Raising money for charity at Teddy Rocks

Teddy Rocks is dedicated to elevating cash for charity (c) Andrew Moss

This yr, the pageant smashed their file, elevating greater than £107,000 for Teddy20.


The well-organised tenting space was situated proper subsequent to the pageant, so in lower than 5 minutes we may stroll out of your tent to the primary stage. There’s additionally a separate space for household campers needing a little bit of quiet. Loads of portaloos are conveniently situated close by. 

The main campsite at Teddy Rocks

The primary campsite at Teddy Rocks (c) Lucy Woods

In the course of the weekend, temperatures plummeted to 1-2 °C, regardless of it being sunny in the course of the day. It was very chilly at evening, and so I might advocate bringing loads of blankets and layers, even should you assume all you’ll want is a sleeping bag and a onesie.

On a constructive be aware, the Pageant virtually offered out of Teddy Rocks hoodies, so not less than our chilly state did some good for charity.

What’s the music like at Teddy Rocks

The vast majority of bands acting at Teddy Rocks 2019 are native bands, with a couple of larger names thrown into the combination.

I used to be in a position to see greater than 25 performances in the course of the weekend because the phases have been in such shut proximity. On the Onbuy predominant stage, I cherished watching the all feminine band The Franklys, who rocked out with excessive vitality and perspective.

Chris Payn Teddy Rocks

Dorset-based artist Chris Payn performs with rock & roll model (c) Andrew Moss

Elsewhere, the Merry Woodland stage was buzzing with vitality and pleasure throughout Chris Payn’s efficiency. The Bournemouth-based singer belted out some epic hits, culminating in an electrical efficiency of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Covers have been a well-liked theme of the weekend, and the Greyhound stage was virtually solely dedicated to cowl bands. My private favourites from this stage have been Blinked 182, Tenacious G and Foo Forgers, all of whom drew fairly a crowd.

The Darkness Teddy Rocks

Saturday headliner The Darkness, fronted by Justin Hawkins (c) Andrew Moss

Indie, people, ska, punk, metallic and dirt all made an look too whereas Black Water County, who resembled a merry band of dreadlocked pirates, mixed punk and people with aplomb and resulted in a frenzy of vitality.

Saturday headliner, The Darkness, placed on a cracking present accompanied by some spectacular pyrotechnics. Lead singer Justin Hawkins was on fabulous type, bedecked in a multi-coloured catsuit whereas singing nostalgic hits corresponding to “I Consider in a Factor Referred to as Love” together with his epic falsetto voice.

What else is occurring?

Smaller festivals are inclined to have fairly restricted choices in the case of meals, purchasing and non-music actions, however Teddy Rocks is an exception. There have been dozens of stands promoting garments, funky hats and youngsters’s toys.

There was a glitter bar, hairdresser, pretend tattoo stand and even an actual tattoo stand. Within the mornings, festival-goers may partake in yoga and circus video games, and watch a sequence of attention-grabbing talks on topics together with the extinction rise up.

Performers at Teddy Rocks

Circus performers (c) Andrew Moss

For the youngsters (and kidults) there have been dodgems, a haunted home, a bucking bronco and bungee trampolines. Large teddy bears have been dotted across the pageant and children may observe a map to try to find all of them (some have been even hiding up in bushes).

Foods and drinks

Merry revellers enjoying a pint

Merry revellers having fun with a pint (c) Andrew Moss

Meals was in huge provide at Teddy Rocks with choices for everybody together with vegans and vegetarians. Wooden fired pizzas, hog roasts, deep fried chips, lamb burgers, burritos, curries and Halloumi chips have been all on the menu.

Most dishes price between £5 and £eight and most of the stands have been serving meals made with contemporary, native elements.

Lamb Burger from Fishmore Hill Farm

Lamb Burger from the Fishmore Hill Farm stall (c) Andrew Moss

Drinks have been additionally in abundance, though by Sunday among the beers had run dry. Pints of beer from Corridor & Woodhouse and Cranborne cider price between £four.50 and £5, a really affordable value for a music pageant.


I spent most of Teddy Rocks with an enormous smile on my face, scrumptious meals in my stomach and a sore throat from singing alongside to so many bands. With the added bonus of elevating cash for charity, what’s to not love?

Truth File

How a lot: 2019 tickets have been £81 for weekend tenting, and 2020 tickets are already on sale. Early fowl tickets are additionally £81 for adults and £21.60 for ages 6-13 (below 5s go free).

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for Teddy Rocks 2020

Getting there: Charisworth Farm is a few mile from Blandford Discussion board, and the venue is best to succeed in by automotive. You may both park on-site or there will even be a shuttle bus to the pageant from the city centre.

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