A Festival Dedicated To Cats Is Returning To London In 2019

Good news for lovers of our feline friends - a whole festival dedicated to cats is to return to the UK later this year.

Sure, you'd have to love cats an awful lot to actually turn up to a whole festival devoted to them, but we all know one person for whom this would be a dream come true, right?

The event is - rather unimaginatively - called CatFest 2019 and it is going to take place on Saturday 29th June 2019 in Beckenham Place Park in South London.

To be fair, the venue itself sounds like a pretty impressive one. The park has a lovely Palladian style mansion house situated in the grounds and for one day only it will be full of cats and all things cat-related.

There will be live music, plenty of booze, food, and - obviously - absolutely loads of cats.

CatFest 2019, a must for the cat-lover in your life. Credit: PA
CatFest 2019, a must for the cat-lover in your life. Credit: PA

Of course, everything will be cat themed. Cocktails, vegan food, face painting, arts and crafts, films, basically anything that you can imagine related to cats.

Oh, and some of the stars of the online cat world - because this is 2019 and that is a thing now - will be making an a-purr-ance (I can't promise that will be the last awful cat pun).

The list of 'celebrity' Insta-famous cats has not been announced, but who could fail to be excited by the prospect of any of them arriving at the festival?

Perhaps the most bizarre part of the whole thing - and, let's face it, they're up against some weird stuff - will be the 'CatLit' section of the festival.

Cat lovers will be licking their lips at the prospect. Credit: PA
Cat lovers will be licking their lips at the prospect. Credit: PA

Festival attendees will be able to gather around to hear specially tailored versions of literary classics such as Homer's Odyssey given a feline twist.

One can only imagine what you'll get. Cat-cher in the Rye?

Well, don't say I didn't warn you.

In all seriousness, one of them is definitely going to be Close Encounters of the Fur Kind, which is better than anything I've got, if we're being honest.

Of course, it is all for a good cause. The proceeds from the event will be put towards the Erham Rescue centre and Freshfields Animal Rescue. In case you hadn't guessed, they are charities that help out cats and kittens.

Tickets for the event will cost £22.15 (including a booking fee) and can be bought from the official CatFest website.

You'd better be quick if you want to get your paws on one. The early bird tickets (slightly cheaper at £15 a pop) have already sold out.

The purr-fect gift for the cat lover in your life, wouldn't you agree?

Featured Image Credit: CatFest 2019

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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