Dates and ticket prices for the Godiva Festival announced


Coventry’s flagship Godiva Festival will return to the War Memorial Park on 3-5 July this year.

Dates and ticket prices for the Godiva Festival announced

The popular event has been running for over 20 years and will once again feature top-name acts and local talent, with live music, comedy and entertainment across five stages.

Following last year, the festival will continue to be a ticketed event. The safety of those attending Godiva Festival remains the number one priority and ticketing the event helps organisers manage visitor numbers safety.

In order to encourage early adoption of the tickets, the price of tickets will scale as we get closer to the festival. Early Bird ticket prices are available until 30 April. After this day you can get an Advanced ticket, which will be more expensive than the Early Bird ticket. If you wish to pay on the day, you can still do so. However, the price on the day will be higher than both the Early Bird and Advance tickets and may not be available if tickets sell-out.

To ensure the sustainability, safety and high quality of the Godiva Festival, particularly in a time of reducing local authority budgets, tickets charges will slightly increase this year.

Early Bird tickets for an adult for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday are £5, £6 and £4 respectively, with a 3-day festival ticket having the discounted price of £12.50. For example, an adult looking to attend the festival over all three days, can save £17.50 by buying a 3-day pass in advance.

Family and concession tickets are also available and represent great savings, especially if purchased in advance.  Infants and Carers will still get in for free.

The full range of ticket prices is in this table.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events said:

 “We’re really proud of the fact the Godiva Festival is massively popular with residents and visitors alike to the city. That’s why I’m so pleased we’re announcing this year’s dates.

“Importantly, we also know how much of a boost it gives the local economy, generating an estimated £1.7m in direct economic activity for the area, which is fantastic for local businesses and traders.

“Over the last ten years, Coventry City Council has seen its funding from the Government drastically reduced by more than £110 million. This has caused some well documented financial pressures meaning we cannot allow the festival to run at a significant loss as we have done in prior years. So, while we remain committed to the Godiva Festival, we must make changes that allow us to ensure its sustainability.

 “We want to make sure that Godiva Festival is the safe, high quality event that everyone expects it to be. To make sure we deliver on this and cope with the financial pressures associated with running this fantastic festival, we’ll be charging more for tickets this year.

“The Godiva Festival is a jewel in the city’s crown and whilst we acknowledge there will be an increase cost in attending, we are committed to delivering a great weekend that people will come out and support in big numbers. I’m looking forward to another fantastic festival that will once again have something for everyone.”

Organisers are currently hard at work programming artists and attractions for the festival, which last year featured more than 70 artists, including big names such as Busted, Levellers, The Selecter and Feeder.

This summer, as with previous years, the festival will provide a great stage to celebrate the huge and diverse variety of creative talent that exists in Coventry and Warwickshire.