MP to open nine days of celebration at Saltford Festival

June 10 2015
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After a year in the planning, Saltford Festival is just days away. Here, organisers tell us what’s in store

After a year in the planning, Saltford Festival is just days away. Here, organisers tell us what’s in store

Saltford Community Association has been working hard for the last year to again organise a fantastic range of over 80 events for the nine days of the festival, which runs from June 13 to 21.

MP Jacob Rees Mogg will open the festival at the Open Morning on June 13 at Saltford Hall, which showcases many of the organisations affiliated to the charity.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the photo, poetry and poster competitions. Various items will be on sale, including the long-awaited book of Saltford

Memories, a 2016 calendar and Christmas cards.  There will also be a wonderful café offering Newton Farm bacon rolls, the Saltford Slow Cycle challenge and the opportunity to try tennis, football and cricket.  There will also be a ticket office for all the events over the nine days.

The festival programme brings together, in a unique way, local talent as well as talent from outside the village.  Throughout the nine days there is a huge range of free taster sessions available, coffee mornings, walks, lunchtime talks and gardens to visit, plus a scarecrow trail.

On the initial weekend there is an open afternoon at Saltford Golf Club culminating in balloon flights, a hog roast and entertainment.  Then on Sunday the High Street is closed for the traditional Old Village Day, which features a street market, dancers, musicians, barbecue, afternoon teas, vintage car show, jazz at The Bird, tours at the brass mill and much more. Sunday evening sees a cider festival and the Mangel Wurzels at The Crown.

Other big events during the week are an It's A Knockout competition at Saltford School on Monday night or you can enjoy a special menu at The Bird.  On Tuesday night we have local group Decade Dolls performing at A Flavour of the 40s night.  On Wednesday evening we have a great quiz, before some wonderful jazz on Thursday night from Chris Pearce and the Frenchman Street Jazz band. The entertainment continues Friday with a wonderful night of local magic. 

Saltford Environment Group, in partnership with B&NES Council and the Roman Baths exhibition team, will also be providing an exhibition in Saltford Hall on both Saturday mornings, all about the Saltford Carthaginian coin, one of the oldest coins found in Britain. 

The final weekend sees our ever-popular indoor Country Market and café followed by the Saltford School Fair, finishing off Saturday with a Gala Dinner featuring three courses of food, a flautist, dancers and comedian Bob Webb. The festival finishes off on Sunday with an enthralling programme of races based at the new rowing club facilities and in children’s games in the adjoining field. The final evening wraps up with a hog roast and live music from Saltford band Nosy Parker, at The Riverside pub.

Full details on all the events can be seen at www.saltford festival.org.uk. All of the main evening events include food and tickets and can be obtained from Saltford Post Office, Saltford Hall on 01225 874081 or via events@saltfordhall.co.uk