WITH its glittering line-up of bands and first-class food, The Big Feastival is always a highlight of Oxfordshire's summer.

This year, the festival, which would have been held on the farm of rock star Alex James, in Kingham, near Chipping Norton on the August Bank Holiday weekend, has been cancelled as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus - like every other large social event.

But disappointed revellers can at least enjoy a flavour of Big Feastival fun, with Alex – bassist for the band Blur and a celebrity cheesemaker – announcing a 'virtual' event available to enjoy for free at home.

Feastival from the Farm, on Saturday, August 29, will feature a morning of programming streamed from Alex's Cotswold farm and available to enjoy on the Feastival's website and Facebook page.

Alex and BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley will host the show, starting at 10am, with special guest appearances also promised. Highlights will include a look back at the best moments from Feastival’s past, including a classic performance by The Cuban Brothers; a beach barbecue session, a masterclass in focaccia baking from TV presenter Juliet Sear using produce found on the farm; a children’s sing-a-long; family cooking session; and a contest to find the Feastival’s biggest fan.

Details from thebigfeastival.com