Come along and soak up the carnival atmosphere at the Festival of Fools, held on the Castle front lawn with something for all the family.

As well as lots of family fun over the three days, we also appoint the new Fool of Muncaster for 2019. Muncaster is the only historic property which still appoints an official Fool, as far as we know; the current incumbent is Frumpid Stumplestone

Fool of Muncaster

Buy tickets below for 15% discount or alternatively pay entry at the gate on the day. Entry tickets are £1 more (50p more for children) than our regular general entry charges with lots of free extra entertainment provided. Friends of Muncaster have free entry to the Festival of Fools every day! Not a Friend yet? Then here’s a great reason to join. Find out more about Friends membership.

What’s happening at the Festival of Fools 2019?

Fun for all, lots of activities to intrigue and entertain and three great days out with a packed itinerary and lots of general tomfoolery.  Please note that there will be a small charge for some activities. 2019’s lineup is still being finalised but so far, it looks like this:

Johnny Slap juggling fire

Sunday  “Jaardu” Eastern Indian Magic and one of our past Fools of Muncaster entertain you today,  plus walkabout entertainment

Monday – Eddy Eighty  and 2018 Fool of Muncaster Frumpid Stumplestone. Also walkabout entertainment.

Tuesday – The Grand Exhibition of  Contraptions and Curiosities stars today, plus retiring Fool Stumpy and walkabout entertainment from Gacko. We also appoint the new Fool of Muncaster today!

There will also be daily shows and circus workshops with Carnival Sensible.

Muncaster Festival well as …

Face painting
Archery with Independent Adventure
Bouncy Castles
Land Art for Kids workshops
Free Children’s Crafts 
Inflatable play zone
Ben Gates’ Sound Sculptures
Ancient Britain, where you can meet our ancestors from bygone centuries
Seed to Seat woodmanship demos from the Estate’s forestry team
Coconut Shy

Land Art for Kids

Also Food, drink and craft stalls – so far….:

New York New York – toffee apples and candy floss
Bowness Bay Brewery
Little Blue Pig – artisan hot drinks and pastries
Evie’s Crepes and Waffles
Go Ice
Big Pan Man Catering
Savin Hill Farm & Butchery
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The list of stalls attending is indicative only, as it is subject to last minute change given late additions, supplier problems and changes of plan.

professor pumpernickel - festival of fools
frumpid stumplestone juggler
muncaster festival meet the ancestors

We will post the daily timetable here. Coming soon!

Timetables are subject to change without notice, please note.

Take a look at the Festival of Fools in previous years:

Buy tickets online here