Knipfest 2017


Knipfest 2017 at Woodnook on Saturday 1st July was sensational.

Thank you to everyone who came and and supported us at Knipfest 2017 – the crowd, all the bands, the local businesses and the food and drink vendors.

A total of £14,000 was raised for charity this year! A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported us at our new venue of Kesteven RFC. Without you this money would not be making a difference. Thank you so much.

What is Knipfest all about?

In 2005 Julie Copley was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and started treatment. Whilst having the treatment, Julie and John Copley began fund raising for  “Breakthrough Cancer” and “Cancer Research”. Julie took part in a 50k walk with a group of friends, and arranged 2 gigs at Woodland Waters. Golf Days were also arranged along with other events. In total we raised an amount of approximately £25,000.

Julie was clear of this horrible disease for nearly 5 years, but unfortunately it returned in her liver and spine. Again she had treatment, but sadly lost her battle in 2010. Julie was loved dearly by all her friends and family and will be missed always.

Whilst Julie was undergoing treatment for the second time, her husband John was watching the London marathon, and thought it would be a good idea to do a Bike Ride from Lands End to John o’Groats. So he picked up the phone and called his good friend Phil Noon, who agreed immediately, and so the Rawhide Riders were formed. Joining John and Phil on this trip would be, Dave Penford, Johnnie Watchorn and Billy “the machine” Jessop. Lots of fun was had throughout the trip, and more money was raised for Cancer Research and the local Grantham Hospice.

Since then, we have held an annual Charity gig at Belvoir Cricket Club, to raise money for the Charities, with Phil’s band “Crazy Ape” kindly performing every year… and so the annual live music event known as Knipfest was born.

In order to raise awareness of our annual concert, not only have we cycled the length of the country, we have canoed the Caledonian Canal, done the national 3 peaks walk, and even driven to France and back on some old bangers..  so who knows what may be in store for this year.

Since its inception, the annual Knipfest live music event has increased in popularity year on year, and draws each year on the success of the previous years, with  new acts performing… and some not so new. Due to the growth of the event, we have a new venue this year, The Kesteven Rugby Club. The committee of John Copley, Richard Hart, Phil Noon, and Johnnie Watchorn assure you of a great show this year with some fabulous new acts, and as ever a wide selection of food and drink to keep you going throughout the evening.

In the lead up to Knipfest 2017 we will continually keep you posted with news and events via our social media channels and here on our official website.

In 2013 we raised around £75,000.. to date we have now raised over £120,000 for our supported charities. Thank you for all your support, and hopefully see you in July this year.

What is being done with your money?

In Feb 2015 we were invited to the Cancer Research labs in Leicester to see what pioneering research they are making, and the improvements they are making on the early detection and diagnosis of many forms of cancer.

Early detection is so important to the success rate of treatment. We could give you lots of stats but suffice to say that these guys are earning their salt.

Supported charities

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

We fund research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that’s most important to you. From the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumour and children’s cancers, we support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone


St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Grantham. We are Lincolnshire’s leading independent hospice, committed to providing the highest quality palliative and end of life care and support for patients and their families living with a life limiting illness in Lincolnshire. Over the past 12 months we have cared and supported more than 5800 patients and their families. St Barnabas provides specialist palliative and end of life care so that everyone can access and receive the support they need to live well and ease the process of dying. Honouring life by providing treatment, care and comfort to those we serve.


Dove Cottage Day Hospice is situated in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. We are an independent organisation offering high quality palliative day care to those people living in NE Leicestershire, Rutland and SE Nottinghamshire with supportive and palliative care needs, living with advanced progressive life limiting illness. We offer over 3,600 day care places every year and have a high carer to guest ratio. All of our services are provided free of charge, including a wonderful ‘home-cooked’ 3-course lunch. Transport can also be arranged as required.

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Mobile Phone Signal

IMPORTANT change for 2017

As regulars to previous Knipfest events will know, in the past there has been virtually no 4g mobile signal at the Knipton location. This year however the new location at Woodnook does has a 4g mobile network reception, so calling to arrange pick up towards the end of the event by family, friends or local taxi firms shouldn’t be a problem.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Unfortunately no, there will be a licensed bar on site. Normal age restrictions and licensing rules apply to the sale and consumption of alcohol. We want everyone to enjoy themselves, but please drink responsibly. We reserve the right to have security personnel remove people from the event if deemed necessary due to excessive alcohol consumption leading to rowdy, offensive or threatening behaviour.

Please note that all bags will be searched this year by security personnel on entry, and any alcohol found will be confiscated, with no exceptions.

Is there car parking at Knipfest?

Yes there is free car parking in site at Knipfest.

Can I get a taxi to / from Knipfest?

The new location for Knipfest this year means a taxi journey from town to The Rugby Club at Woodnook is approx 9 mins*

*Depending on exactly where you are in town. This timing is taken from St Peters Hill as a generic central town location.

Can I camp anywhere near Knipfest?

Sorry, but there are no camping facilities available at Knipfest. There are however a wide selection of B+Bs in and around Grantham, including a Premier Inn and Travel Lodge.

Where can I see the complete line up for Knipfest 2017?

The full line up for Knipfest 2017 can be viewed here and can also be seen across all our social media platforms. These pages will be constantly updated as we approach the event date so do check back regularly.

If it's raining will Knipfest be cancelled?

Knipfest will not be cancelled if it’s raining unless there is a serious deluge and the grounds become flooded. Please note there is a chance it could rain, and might be an idea to bring an umbrella just in case.

If I forget to bring my ticket can I still get in?

Unfortunately, without a ticket you will not be allowed to enter the grounds. Tickets are collected upon entry by our security teams and if you loose yours, you will be required to purchase another one.

Will there be food for sale?

Yes, there will be a range of food stalls available on site. There will be more details closer to the time.

What are the opening and closing times?

The gates will open at 4:00pm this year and the event is scheduled to finish at 12:00pm. If you wish to leave the grounds and return later on please remember to retain both your ticket stub and your official event security entry wristband. Without your event security wristband you will not be allowed back on site.

Can i get any cash out on site?

Unfortunately due to the remote nature of the site, there are no cash points available on site. There are several cash points available in Grantham. Remember to keep all your belongings including cash secure on your person at all times.

Is there disabled access?

Disabled access can be arranged, please contact us beforehand to discuss your requirements.

Is there anywhere to keep my valuable items safe?

There are no secure storage facilities at the Knipfest event. Please remember to keep all your belongings on your person at all times, and do not leave any unattended bags on the grounds. The responsibility of any valuable items is down to the person who owns them.

Is there anywhere to sit down?

Due to the nature of Knipfest, the only seating available is hay bales or on the ground. Please feel free to bring your own picnic chairs or blankets but do be aware that it may have been raining and so the ground may be wet.

Are there any toilets nearby?

There will be toilet facilities on site in the form of male and female Porta Loos.

Is the site safe for children?

We consider the site to be safe for children, and we welcome families to Knipfest. However please understand that the overall safety, security and responsibility of small children remains solely with the parents and/or guardians at all times. Please do not leave children unattended or allow them to wander off.

Can I bring food with me?

Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own food if you wish – please do remember to put all your rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you. Also, do remember that there will be plenty of catering services available at Knipfest, providing a wide range of great food.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions to gain access to Knipfest, however please remember that age restrictions do apply with regards to the purchasing and consumption of alcohol. Age challenge may apply at the bar and ID may be required if you look under 25. Please drink responsibly, and bear in mind that security will remove anyone who is considered to be disruptive to the event and general well-being of others, is a danger to themselves or others, or whose behaviour is judged to be inappropriate.

What sort of footwear should I bring?

Knipfest takes place on an open field, so you may find that stout walking shoes or wellies are ideal footwear, as the ground may well be muddy.

Where is Knipfest?

This year Knipfest takes place at a new venue – the Kesteven Rugby Club, Woodnook nr Grantham. Click here for Google map info.

What happens if i loose my entry security wristband?

Find a steward and report it immediately. We ask that you retain your ticket stub upon entry, and if you do loose your entry security wristband but still have your ticket stub, we may be able to replace it.

Can I re-sell my ticket if I cant go anymore?

If you cannot attend Knipfest 2017 after purchasing your ticket and would like to re-sell it, please get in touch with us before doing so.

What do I need to bring to get in?

If you have pre-purchased your ticket, you will only need your Knipfest 2017 ticket to gain access to the site. You will be issued with an entry security wristband on arrival. Please keep your entry security wristband on you at all times once issued. Please also be aware that you may need to bring your ID with you should you wish to purchase alcohol and are lucky enough to look under 25 as age challenge may be in force at the bar.

What sort of food and drinks are available?

There will be a wide range of different food stalls available, and a licensed bar serving alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Please drink responsibly.


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Phil Noon – 07703 134 700

Richard Hart – 07801 072 542

John Copley – 07904 323 421

Johnnie Watchorn  07976 458 964

Event location

Please note the NEW event location this year. We are not at Knipton this year.

The new location for Knipfest 2017 is Kesteven Rugby Club, Woodnook, Nr Grantham.