Godiva festival started in 1998, and for the last two decades it has been famous for being the Midlands biggest three-day free festival.
In 2018, Coventry City Council spent three times more than the original allocated budget! So, this year they introduced ticket charges for the first time. These additional funds are supposed to help manage some of the rising festival costs.
Now that Godiva is no longer the Midlands biggest three-day free festival, do we still need it? Is it still a good event for the City of Coventry?
5 Reasons why Godiva Festival is still great for Coventry!
1. Family-friendly fun
This year’s Godiva Festival provided plenty of entertainment and activities for families:
- Fairground rides for all ages.
- A mini-petting farm with rabbits, goats, etc.
- A Community Circus where attendees could learn to could stilt-walk and hula-hoop, etc
- An Experi-Tent which had a marble run, a VR experience, and lots of other digital technology.
- A wide variety of live musical Entertainment.
2. Amazing Artists
Over the last two decades there have been some amazing artists at Godiva, and this year did not disappoint with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Dodgy, Reef, The Levellers, Busted, and Feeder.
3. Godiva Supports Emerging local Artists
Every year Godiva runs a competition called ‘Godiva Calling’. This gives local bands and artists the chance to be selected to play at the festival.
4. Cultural experience
People came together at Godiva Festival to listen to a variety of great music, laugh at comedy, get active with GoCV sports, chill out in the well being zone, learn new circus skills, dress up in silly outfits and have a generally wonderful time.
This year, Coventry2021 brought the best Desi Music from across the Country to Godiva Festival.
What is Desi Music?
It’s a celebration of the music created, inspired or influenced by British Asian communities. Imagine artists performing a mixture of Bollywood, Bhangra, Qawwali, Reggae, Grime, Hip Hop and Folk-Electronica.
Godiva takes place in Coventry’s War Memorial Park, which is a great location!
If you have ever had to traipse across numerous farm fields or catch a shuttle bus just to get to a festival site due to limited onsite parking, then you will appreciate how easily accessible Godiva is.
A good location encourages more people from inside and outside of the city to attend.
Travel by Train: The Memorial park is only a 15-20 min walk from Coventry railway station, which is on the Main West Coast line.
Travel by Road: The Memorial park just off the A45, which also makes it pretty easy to access by road.