Shipston Midsummer Festival - Programme of Events

10.55 Town Crier - Marion Ladd will ‘cry in’ the Festival in the High Street

11.00 Philip Vial will introduce Sophie Grigson

11.05 Official opening by Sophie Grigson. Sophie is a passionate supporter of healthy eating and living and has written a number of books encouraging us all to live healthier lives! We are delighted that she has agreed to open our first ‘Green and Local’ Festival in Shipston

11.10 Silver Bough Band - Well-known local folk band who play at ceilidhs and other events. They will be playing for various other events during the day so you’ll get a flavour of their versatility!

12.15 Shuvani - Gypsy style Belly Dancers. Some of you might have seen this local dance troupe at the Wool Fair and even joined in. The dancers will perform a colourful and exciting mix of dances.

12.45 Lunch - Enjoy a delicious Pig Roast meal from Taylor’s; an unbeatable cottage pie from Righton’s stall or a meal at one of the other local eateries in town (See map overleaf)

1.15 ‘Judge the Poet’ (aka Dave Raeburn) has written a performance piece especially for this occasion. To be performed by Lee Figures

1.30 Caramba - What do you know about Shipston’s local history? Find out some more in a fun and interactive way with this well-known semi-professional drama group, with help from Mike Ashley, Shipston’s museum curator.

2.00 Shipston High School students will be entertaining us with live music and a recycled fashion show.

3.00 Traditional celebratory circle dancing led by Tracy Lean with live music from the Silver Bough Band. Join in with the circle –all dances taught by this experienced teacher. No experience or partner required!

3.30 Clog Dancing - This local group of dancers will entertain us with their energy and enthusiasm for this traditional style of dancing.

3.45 Raffle Prize Draw

4.00 Laurence Jones Band - Laurence is a versatile musician who plays in various bands. Today he will be performing rock hits with bass player and drummer

5.00 RockPool - Our final event of the day will be a rousing rock band. Great sounds for all age groups.

Additional Activities all day Transition Towns and Climate Change Films at The White Bear – see board outside pub;

Pottery demonstration & interaction in the Yurt;

‘Eat a Rainbow’ workshop for children in the Gazebo next to the yurt;

Pavement Art in various places around the town.

Face Painting in the Yurt.

St Edmunds Church where there is an Art Exhibition as part of ‘Artmix’