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Britain's Lost Cricket Festivals - Chris Arnot


Cricket festivals are becoming less and less numerous and this book by Chris Arnot charts the history of festival cricket in England and Wales.

Now, just the odd festival, notably Yorkshire heading to Scarborough and Gloucestershire playing at Cheltenham College remain.

But it wasn't always the case.

For example, more than 16,000 once turned up in Southend to watch Sir Don Bradman' touring Australians bowled out by Essex.

Glenn McGrath played at the Walker Ground, Southgate and Sir Ian Botham hammered sixes for fun at Northamptonshire's Wellingborough School.

This book is a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Britain's Lost Cricket Grounds and Arnot toured festival grounds from Bournemouth to Abergavenny and beyond, talking to those who played, those who prepared the pitches, and those who came along to watch.


Chris Arnot is a national freelance feature writer who has written on specialist subjects including arts and education, property, pubs, food and travel.

Once a regular contributor to the Guardian, he has also written for the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and the Observer.

He co-­wrote The Archers Archives for BBC Books and his book, Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds, was shortlisted for the British Sports Book of the Year awards and long-­listed for the MCC’s Cricket Book of the Year in 2011.

He is also the author of Britain's Lost Breweries and Beers and Britain’s Lost Mines, published by Aurum.


Aurum Press
Published: 15th May
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