July’s wet weather left Castle Hill in ‘worst condition for 26 years’

The future of Somersault festival could be in doubt.

July’s festival at Castle Hill in Filleigh was dogged by wet weather, which left the estate in ‘the worst condition for 26 years’, according to owner Lady Arran.

“The estate looks simply terrible,” she said. “It is the worst I have ever seen it.

“So much resowing needs to be done and because the weather has been so bad we’ve not been able to do it.

“It rather takes the gilt off the gingerbread to see a beautiful estate looking trashed.”

The festival was again held at Castle Hill, following a very successful – and dry – first running.

Although this year’s event was also hailed a huge success by organisers, with more than 15,000 people attending, Lady Arran admitted that a wet weather plan would be needed should the festival go ahead next year.

“We will have a discussion in the autumn as to a way forward,” she said.

“Last year was absolutely perfect and this year was quite the opposite.”

A spokesperson for the festival said: “Somersault Festival and the Castle Hill Estate are working closely together to ensure the agreed reparation works to the land following this year’s wet weather are on track.

“Plans for next year’s festival will be announced in early autumn.”