Houghton Festival in Norfolk has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings.

The four-day event was due to open its gates yesterday (August 8), on the Houghton Hall estate.

The festival directors – Craig Richards, Tom Elkington, Tom Carpenter and Digby Neill – published a statement on Facebook at 10am, and on their website, confirming that the festival has been cancelled.

statement read: “Over night, weather conditions on site at Houghton Festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend.

“Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019.

“We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make.

“This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival. However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead.”