Three days of music and fun
The area is gearing up for the fifth annual KnotFest charity music festival, and organisers have pulled out the stops to welcome star of TV and film Warwick Davies to it. Tom Herbert finds out more about the three day festival which raises thousands of po
FOR three days Knotty Green will be taken over by a riotous mix of music and entertainment. Along with face painting, tombola and various other stalls, revellers can enjoy a plethora of amazing activities for both young and old alike.
And, in a nod to perhaps some of the more whacky (and definitely not in tune with modern health and safety standards) TV game shows – which somehow don’t get made anymore – organisers have not only arranged for a five-a-side human foosball table to be built, but have booked some of the Wycombe Wanderers coaching staff to come down and ‘manage’ any potential players and teams – who knows, they might even have a go themselves?
In keeping with the festival’s traditions of having celebrities open the event – previous stars have been TV pop star Suzanne Shaw, 90s singing sensation Beverley Craven and TV presenter Gabby Logan and her husband, ex Scottish international rugby player Kenny Logan – Warwick Davis has agreed to perform the official opening and will be joined by his wife, Loose Women star Sammy and their two children, Annabelle and Harrison.
Warwick, who hosts Celebrity Squares on ITV, said: “We’re all really looking forward to it and meeting everyone. We might even join in with the music.”
Warwick Davis has appeared in the Harry Potter films as charms master Professor Flitwick, in the Ricky Gervais written Life’s Too Short, and in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as the Ewok Wicket.
The family will be at The Red Lion in Knotty Green, near Beaconsfield, from around 2pm on Saturday.
KnotFest is now its fourth year and will be held at The Red Lion pub in Knotty Green over the whole weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September.
More than one hundred local musicians perform for free to help raise thousands for The Thames Valley Adventure Playground for children and young adults with special needs and other charities, including Little People UK, which is run by Sammy Davis. Landlady of the Red Lion, Tina Massie, who said it’s ‘amazing’ how the community rallies around for this massive event, is a recent recipient of a Great British Pub Award for the best community pub in London and the South East.
She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Warwick, Sammy, Annabelle and Harrison have so kindly agreed to open the festival. When I heard the news I shrieked down the ‘phone I was so happy”.
Sainsburys have also donated all the burgers and the sausages for the hot dogs meaning 100 percent of the food profits will go to charity.
The organisers have also received donations from Booker Cash and Carry in High Wycombe.
Warwick Davis, his wife Sammy, daughter Annabelle and son Harrison on the set of Celebrity Squares. Below, Gary Roman performs at last year’s Knotfest
Landlord of the The Red Lion Tina Massie