All you need to know about one of the region’s biggest festivals returning to the city from 5 to 7 July at the War Memorial Park, Coventry.
Based in the city’s War Memorial Park, the three-day Godiva Festival offers live music, family entertainment, international food and drink, a craft village and a fun fair.
Organised by Coventry City Council, the festival prides itself on offering the best of Coventry and Warwickshire backed up by top national artists and performers.
Headlining the Main Stage on the Friday will be The Levellers. The band recently celebrated 30 years together, but this will be the first time they’ve ever performed in the city.
On Saturday the headliners will be Welsh rock band Feeder. The band recently released a new album ‘Tallulah’, which arrived 22 years after they released their debut and critically acclaimed album ‘Polythene’.
Finally, English rock band Busted will be headlining the Main Stage on the Sunday. The popular trio, formed in 2000, have sold over five million records around the world, with 8 UK Top 10 hits, including as ‘Crashed the Wedding’ and ‘Year 3000’.
These three bands are just the start of the music on offer though, with Robin S, known worldwide for her number one hit ‘Show Me Love’, performing Sunday on the Main Stage.
Also performing Sunday on the Main Stage will be one of the founders of hip-hop music, the Sugarhill Gang. They’ll be performing with influential hip-hop artists Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Scorpio 5.
Away from the Main Stage, Frank Iero and the Future Violents will be performing in the Rock Tent on Friday night.
There really is an act for all music tastes this year at Godiva
Ludic Rooms: Experi-Tent (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
The Experi-Tent will be full of fun technology to play with. Build and play with the marble run, enjoy a VR experience, see some digital images or hack and modify in the play space. Suitable for pre-school upwards.
Mini Petting Farm (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
The mini petting farm offers a traditional farm experience providing interactive fun with a variety of farm animals. A selection of animals will be on site including pygmy goats, lambs, pigs, a selection of rabbits and chickens. Handlers will be on site to assist and ensure the welfare of all.
Lives & Times and Greenspace area (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
A mix of historical and environmentally friendly groups will be on display at the festival, including RSPB, CADAS and the National Trust. There will also be demonstrations of traditional crafts.
Godiva Festival will, as always, have a variety of food and drink on offer, including ice creams, cakes, non-alcoholic drinks, hot food and more from independent stalls.
Other activities will include:
- Falconer (Sat 12noon-7pm and Sun 12noon-5pm)
- Miniature Railway (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
- Community Circus (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
- Charity Village
- Craft Area
- Go CV Sports and Wellbeing Zone (Sat and Sun 12noon – 5pm)
- Children’s fairground
Dates, Times & Location
As always, the Godiva Festival will be hosted in the country park zone of the War Memorial Park, just off Coats of Arms Bridge Road.
Friday 5 July – 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday 6 July – 12 noon to 10:30 pm
Sunday 7 July – 12 noon to 7 pm
There is car parking available onsite at the War Memorial Park, however this year there will be a £10 charge per day. Car parking can be bought online in advance to guarantee parking is available.
The festival advises that cars should not be left in the field overnight unless driving would present a risk to the safety of the driver and others.
West Midlands Railway operates services between Coventry and Nuneaton, and Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. It is expected that there will be increased capacity on these routes over the festival weekend.
The festival is a 10-minute walk from Coventry railway station and a 15 minute walk from Coventry City Centre.