Diverse festival has something for all

Oakham Festival
Photos: Alan Walters EMN-150629-164622001
Oakham Festival Photos: Alan Walters EMN-150629-164622001

Oakham Festival started on Wednesday and there is something for everyone.

Clarinet Charisma performs at All Saints’ Church, Oakham today (Friday, July 1), at 1.30pm. Admission is free.

One of the highlights of the festival will be this evening’s midsummer ballet with the London Ballerinas at Oakham Castle at 7.30pm with interludes from young soprano Katie Marshall. Tickets are £12 and it promises to be a magical evening in beautiful surroundings.

A ghost walk, starting at 9.30pm from All Saints ‘ Church, will conclude today’s activities.

At Oakham Studios on Saturday, July 2, there is a day of dance workshops running from 10am to 3.45pm, with 30 minute taster sessions accessible to all. The cost is £3 a class or £5 for two classes.

Cutts Close will be the place to be later on Saturday with a showcase by Rutland Youth Dance Academy at 4.30pm, followed by Proms in the Park, from 6pm. Both events are free but donations will be gratefully received for WaterAid.

The band Divinity will be performing at The Grainstore from 8.30pm on Saturday, July 2 - entry free.

A free T’ai Chi class will be running on Sunday, July 3, at Cutts Close in Oakham, at 10.30am - suitable for all ages from eight to 80.

Five-piece band Deeping Dixielanders will be performing at 2pm in Cutts Close and the closing performance of the festival will be a recital from Alan Thomas, guitar, and Eleanor Turner, harp, which takes place on Sunday, July 3, at the Oakham School Chapel at 4pm.

Tickets are £10 and it promises to be a dynamic finale to a wonderful festival.

Tickets for all the events are available from any of the festival box offices, which are Rutland Toys and Dance Boutique in High Street; Everlasting Now in Church Street or online at www.wegottickets.com