Stamford Georgian Festival will return this year after a hugely successful debut in 2013, and tickets are already selling fast.
Organiser South Kesteven District Council has already sold more than 1,000 tickets for the various events taking place in the town from September 25 to 27.
The first Georgian Festival two years ago was a triumph, bringing 22,000 people to Stamford on the Saturday alone.
Officially launching the festival in the High Street on Friday last week, council leader Bob Adams (Con) said; “The programme we have got her is absolutely fantastic.
“The support it will get will be brilliant. We are expecting probably twice the amount of visitors this year.
“There is something here for everyone, for all ages. We’ve got a lot of good people coming down to support the festival.”
One of the highlights of the previous Stamford Georgian Festival was the running of the bull. An old town tradition was resurrected thanks to carnival specialists Shademakers, making quite the spectacle as the wooden bull was led through the streets of Stamford before being burned on the Meadows.
The bull run will return this year. Schools and community groups will be involved, with workshops preparing people of all ages to participate both in the parade and the fiery finale.
Another special attraction this year will be a talk from TV historian Lucy Worsley at Stamford Arts Centre. Her first date on the Friday has already sold out, so a second date has been added for those who didn’t get tickets the first time round.
Lucy is chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces and has presented several BBC series on topics including Georgian England.
Her evening talk will be followed by a Georgian costume ball in the Arts Centre ballroom with dancing, music and card games.
More highlights include the return of the popular Horrible Histories show, with a new Barmy Britain performance at Stamford Corn Exchange.
New for this year are mail coach and horse rides, which will take passengers through the grounds of Burghley House.
On both Saturday and Sunday the streets of Stamford will be alive with about 50 market traders. There will also be encampments and Georgian traders on the Meadows.
Stamford Town Council will play a part once more, opening the town hall and its collection of civic memorabilia to visitors. And mock trials will be held in the town hall to revisit the harsh Georgian legal system. The 1749 trial of Elizabeth Taylor, flogged for stealing clothes, will be a particular highlight.
Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg said: “We look forward to the festival coming to the town again.
“It was a huge attraction last time and we envisage it to be the same this year.
“The town hall will be open through the weekend and there will be many attractions around.
“The town council, the mayor and the district council’s support for this event is huge and we welcome everyone to visit Stamford.”
A melodic prelude to the festival will take place in St John’s Church on Thursday, September 24, commemorating Admiral Nelson and the Battle of the Nile.
Visit www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk for more.