THE Royal Agricultural University has joined forces with Blur bassist turned Cotswold farmer Alex James, telly chef Jamie Oliver and schools to create a giant allotment in time for one of the North Cotswolds’ biggest festivals.

The Big Feastival takes place at the end of August at Kingham near Stow.

RAU students have been helping local schools plant potatoes, garlic, onions and herbs which will all be ready in time for The Big Feastival first ever allotment.

The university students will also be on hand throughout the event on August 29-31 teaching festival – foodies about growing their own vegetables and help them to dig the produce ready to be transformed into culinarydelights under the guidance of Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project.

In addition to ‘The Potato Patch’, The Big Feastival has loads of family fun for the weekend – top artists, chefs and children’s entertainers will be appearing over the three days.

This year’s line-up includes Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum, Kelis, Gizzi Erskine, Monica Galetti, Nathan Outlaw, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park and CBeebies Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom.

Tickets for The Big Feastival 2014 are on sale now at or on 0844 995 9673. More information and the latest updates are also available on the website.