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Chilli Fest

Fri 30 Aug – Sun 1 Sep

Adult £19.50, Child £10.50 National Trust/Art Fund Member Adult £6.00, Child £4.00 Event charge applies to all bookings
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The ultimate chilli experience

Turn up the heat at our annual Chilli festival taking place in the Manor gardens set against the backdrop of the North Front of the Manor. With handpicked exhibitors, all passionate about chilli, the festival guarantees to bring you the best of local artisan producers as well as some of the nation’s best loved independent traders from across the country.

Throughout the weekend you can also enjoy live music, family fun and children’s activities as well as the opportunity to walk around the gardens.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy Chilli Fest for longer than ever with our late opening on Saturday. Make the most of the late summer evening and continue the festival fun as dusk falls.

Applications to trade at the 2024 Chilli Fest are now open.

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Enjoy a real party atmosphere with live music and dancing. All the family can share a great experience with kids’ activities and the opportunity to kick back and listen to local performers.

Fri 30 Aug

Nathan Swift – MC & DJ
The Stray Horns – A four piece roaming party band
Bluey – Appearances from family favourite throughout the day

Sat 31 Aug

Nathan Swift – MC & DJ
Tuba Libres – Infectious funk brass band
Andy Robbins – Local singer/songwriter
Haze Band – Local young three-piece band

Sun 1 Sep

Nathan Swift – MC & DJ
Beatto Burrito – Crazy Mariachi band
Lewis Branch – Local singer/songwriter
Stereotypes – Local acoustic duo


Chilli eating competition

Do you have an iron stomach? Tastebuds with a tolerance? If so, why not put them to the test by entering our chilli eating competition held at 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

Clifton Chilli Club is a collective of experienced and knowledgeable people dedicated to the almighty chilli. Our backgrounds include catering, food production, adult education, chilli farming, entertainment, food writing and more. Since 2009 we have been involved in hundreds of festivals and events, providing services such as chilli eating contests, educational talks on a variety of chilli-based topics, cooking demonstrations and more.

To enter, visit the folks at Clifton Chilli Club at the main stage but, be quick, spaces are limited and fill up fast!

Check out past Clifton Chilli Club competitions at Chilli Fest

Food & Drink

Food Market

With handpicked exhibitors, all passionate about chilli, the food market brings you the best local artisan producers as well as some of the nation’s best loved independent traders from across the country.

Judge a selection of sauces, oils and pickles in the Taste Tent and vote for your favourite mild, medium or hot sauce. The winning traders will be announced on Sunday on the main stage.

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Family Fun

Included in the ticket price are the following family activities sure to keep the kids entertained!

Bluey website


Fri 30 Aug

Bluey will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Angie Mack

Angie Mack Hula Hoop

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

Armed with a large stack of hoops and some funky tunes.  She will wow everyone with her impromptu hula hooping displays.

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The Junkyard Orchestra - Festival sound garden

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

A circular collection of tuned instruments made from recycled materials are set up at different heights for all ages and abilities to rock out on.

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The Bubble Wizard

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

With his incredible ability to bring the magic out of bubbles, The Bubble Wizard will wow, thrill and amaze you!

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Face Painting

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

It wouldn’t be a festival without having your face painted! Additional charges apply.

Carousel, Chilli Fest 2022 (c) Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Garden. Photo Chris Lacey

Carousel ride

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

Enjoy the magic of a vintage fairground ride in front of the manor. Additional charges apply.