Checkatrade | Teddy Rocks Festival

Checkatrade | Teddy Rocks Festival

Rock fans in and around Dorset are in for a treat this May Bank Holiday weekend as Teddy Rocks, the three-day music festival sponsored by Checkatrade, hits the county.

Held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April, and this year sponsored by consumer champion, Checkatrade, the music-fest is located at Charisworth Farm, Blandford, its largest venue to date. Growing year on year, the new venue is able to accommodate the increasing number of campers, four stages and guest parking.

Headlining the event on Sunday is rock-pop band, Scouting for Girls who have enjoyed chart success with hits including, She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead.

Joining Scouting for Girls is dozens of other fantastic live acts offering music fans a wide choice of great music from rock to ska, punk to drum & bass.

The weekender was founded in 2011 by Tom Newton who tragically lost his 10-year-old brother, Ted, to Ewings Sarcoma, a very rare form of bone cancer. From humble beginnings, (a gig performed to family and friends at The Greyhound Pub in Blandford), the event has grown and in 2015 the festival raised more than £42,000 for Teddy20, a charity supporting children affected by cancer.

Sponsoring the main stage, known as the Ted Newton Stage, Checkatrade offer free access to a directory of approved and vetted local tradespeople across the UK and is a keen supporter of a wide range of charities.

“Here at Checkatrade we are committed to supporting local communities, something we primarily do by tackling the rogue trader problem which blights many local towns and cities,” said Kevin Byrne, Checkatrade Founder and CEO. “Also, through the Checkatrade Foundation, we support many great causes, including events such as Teddy Rocks which is a fantastic way to bring people together and raise money for this worthwhile cause.”

In 2015 monies raised helped the charity buy a luxury static caravan in Weymouth. The caravan provides an opportunity for those living with cancer and their families to have some much-needed respite and a chance to have fun.

Along with enjoying great live music, festival goers can also have fun enjoying the many activities on offer which include a dodgeball arena, climbing wall, silent disco and music workshops.

Tickets for this fantastic event are on sale now and hopes are high this year’s festival will be better than ever and raise thousands for this great cause. Book your tickets now at

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