A real spectacle as Stamford Georgian Festival returns

Georgian Festival, Stamford.  The Bull Run. The bull being set on fire at Stamford Meadows.'Photo: MSMP280913-050ow ENGEMN00120130929112933
Georgian Festival, Stamford. The Bull Run. The bull being set on fire at Stamford Meadows.'Photo: MSMP280913-050ow ENGEMN00120130929112933
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The ever popular Stamford Georgian Festival will return to the town’s ancient and picturesque stone streets from Thursday, next week, with an exciting programme of events for all.

South Kesteven District Council is proud to have drawn top names to deliver talks, entertainment and sheer spectacle across the weekend.

Starting on Thursday, the colourful event will kick off with an opening concert at St John’s Church in Red Lion Square at 7.30pm, given by the Burghley Voices in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson. Or for those who enjoy theatre, Stamford Arts Centre will be screening George Farquhar’s wild comedy.

On Friday, the Arts Centre will recreate a period ball in the Georgian ballroom at 7.30pm, for guests to enjoy a costume dance.

Throughout the day, Stamford Town Hall will be offering tours to visit the Mayor’s parlour and all its treasures.

Television’s Dr Lucy Worsley will also be in Stamford on the Friday, to deliver a fascinating talk of her favourite queen, Caroline. The talk will be at the Arts Centre theatre at 8pm.

Across the weekend, will be the popular street market held on Broad Street from 10am to 4.30pm, featuring free street entertainment. On the Meadows there will be ‘Georgian traders’, traditional fairground rides, a Punch and Judy show and donkey rides. The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards 1815 will also be ‘camping’ on the Meadows.

Carriage and coach rides will be available around the town throughout the weekend. From riding in a horse-drawn omnibus to travelling in an authentic mail coach.

Children’s favourite, Horrible Histories will appear at the Stamford Corn Exchange at the weekend, straight from the West End with live performances of ‘Barmy Britain’. Tickets on sale at the box office.

Not to forget, the main highlight of the event, the legendary bull run, which will once again weave its way through the town centre on Saturday from 6pm. Finishing at the Meadows around 8pm for a spectacular evening finale.

For a full programme of all of the events taking place at this year’s Stamford Georgian Festival, please visit the website at www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk

To find out more information about bookings and ticket prices for each of the events please call the festival box office on 01780 763203.