Sadly we have taken the decision to cancel the Festivals for 2021. This is a matter of great regret .
In recent weeks a number of teams have , understandably, withdrawn from the Festival and it has also become clear that teams from overseas will be unable to attend.
In addition we have taken some advice from a Minister in the UK Government which includes the offer to provide Coronavirus test kits for everyone to use on arrival at the Festival and after two nights in residence.
However if anyone tested positive, we would need to isolate teams and the viability of that at the Festivals would be impossible.
West Cricket Festivals:
The first "West of England" festival was held at Truro Cricket Club in Cornwall in July 1983. The teams taking part were the Under 14 county sides from Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The first game between Cornwall and Devon proved very exciting ending in a tie with Cornwall 186 for 9! In the following years inter-county festivals were organised at Taunton School (for Under 12 and Under 14 teams), Plymouth College (for Under 13 teams) and Treliske Preparatory School (for Under 11 and Under 13 teams). Eventually all these festivals moved to Kings College at Taunton, helped by phenomenal work by the then Head Groundsman, Dennis Breakwell.
2021 will mark 37 years of these festivals, interrupted only by the pandemic in 2020! Thousands of young cricketers have played at Kings, including many who currently play in the full England team and lots playing First Class cricket. We have even had young players who are now in the national teams for the Barbados, Trinidad, South Africa and the Netherlands. Altogether this summer there will be 80 teams aged from Under 10 up to Under 14 teams playing this, the greatest of games, in a total of 9 different Festivals.
Please complete the dog permit and keep your dog on a lead if you are attending the Festivals! Please refer to the Dogs - Information page.
A warm welcome awaits parents and supporters on the first day of every Kings Festival.