A FAMOUS farmer and former rock star visited pupils to launch a creative festival competition.

Cheesemaker Alex James, best known for being Blur's bassist, encouraged children to get arty at Bledington Primary School near Chipping Norton on Wednesday.

He is inviting local children to submit a fun, colourful, festival-inspired design, and the winning entry will be displayed at the Big Feastival festival in August.

It will be used as the backdrop for the Big Top stage in the Little Dudes' Den tent, and the winner will also receive a free family weekend ticket.

Oxford Mail:

The Big Feastival returns to Mr James' farm in Kingham on August Bank Holiday weekend, with huge music acts including Jess Glynne and Lewis Capaldi, plus celebrity chefs such as Prue Leith and Raymond Blanc.

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Jill Kewley, headteacher at Bledington Primary School, said: "We were thrilled to have the Big Feastival and Alex James at our school to launch the Big Top Design Competition.

"Our students were really excited to design their festival-inspired images and possibly be part of this year’s Big Feastival.

"I’m sure the children meeting Alex James will be at the envy of many of their parents!"

Oxford Mail:

Mr James said: "I’m really excited to be launching The Big Top Design Competition and can’t wait to see all of the entries.

"Kids are right at the heart of The Big Feastival so this year we wanted to give them the chance to truly play a part in this year's festival preparations."



for details of how to enter.