Looking for some family friendly fun this weekend? Heading to Devon or Cumbria? Then why not visit one of these two festivals celebrating our unique heritage?
Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration
When: 11th – 19th June 2016
Where: Ilfracombe, Devon
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
Fancy a grand day out at a Victorian and Steampunk inspired festival? Then the Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration might be just the thing for you. The north Devon event takes place from 11th to 19th June with Victorian bathing ladies, ‘Queen Victoria’, Pearly Kings and Queens, re-enactment groups, and Suffragettes.
The event will begin on the Saturday with a Magic Lace Workshop and a Grand Parade. Highlights of the day will include Notourious, an enlightening walking tour with tales of enterprising working girls, and crimes, ghosts and murders. This will be followed by the Grand Opening Ceremony featuring the Mayor and ‘Charles Dickens’.
The festival continues until the 19th with a Grand Promenade, a re-enactment of the OK Corral gunfight, Bathing Belles and Beaus, a Pearly Kings and Queens night, Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show, Morris dancing, Grymm Toom’s Travelling Museum, a magic lantern show, and Victorian shows with a Steampunk flavour.
More info: www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.co.uk
Grange Over Sands Edwardian Festival
When: 11th June 2016, 10am – 4pm
Where: Grange Over Sands, Cumbria
£: Admission costs £2.50 for adults and accompanied children go free.
What is it?
Fancy donning your best Edwardian attire and hanging out with some colourful characters this weekend? The annual Edwardian Festival in Grange Over Sands will take place on Saturday 11th June 2016. In honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, this year’s theme is ‘Red, White and Blue’.
From 10am until 11am ‘The Queen’ will be welcoming visitors on the gate, and the Mayoress will be officially opening the festival at 11am. There will be entertainment at the Bandstand all day, kicking off at 10am with Blowjangles. There will also be entertainment outside AgeUk from 11am and at The Commodore from 1.30pm.
The Best Dressed Edwardian Competition will take place at 1.30pm with prizes for the best dressed lady, gent, couple and child. There will be various stalls with crafts and food. There will be plenty of family entertainment including Punch and Judy, magic shows, face painting, and golf and tennis games.
There will be a free bus running from the railway station to Park Road Gardens all day, and free parking will be available at Berners Car Park.