HARBOROUGH HAPPENINGS Market Harborough News & Events
Arts Fresco 2017
RTS Fresco, one of the largest free street theatre festivals in the UK, celebrates its 15th anniversary when it returns to Market Harborough on Sunday 10 September 2017. This year’s event takes place across town and features a host of performances from professional street artists from both the UK and abroad. Artists appearing at the festival include Garagthy and Thom (a street comedy act and winners of last year’s Audience Award), Deaf Men Dancing (a quirky mix of aerial circus, Tango and British Sign Language interpretation), Mimbre (a blend of physical and acrobatic theatre), the Strong Lady from Australia and
Le Navet Bete (described as “clowning around and downright silliness”). A children’s village, supported by the Market Harborough Building Society, will feature circus workshops, entertainment and more. Nina Thomas, from the Arts Fresco Organising Committee, said: “We’re delighted to reach our 15th anniversary this year and with over 10,000 visitors expected in the town during the day, we hope that they will all be able to join in our celebrations.” Arts Fresco is entirely funded by local sponsorship and donations, and is organised by a dedicated team of local volunteers who are passionate about Market Harborough. Why not go and enjoy the festival with them? • Arts Fresco 2017 takes place on Sunday 10 September from 11am to 4pm in Market Harborough. For more information on events, visit www.artsfresco.com.
Vintage Festival at Foxton Locks
OXTON Locks is hosting the Foxton Vintage Festival on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, from 10am–7pm on both days. This new event is being run by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of canal and rivers in England and Wales. The family-friendly festival, which is a ticket-only affair (for details on how to purchase tickets, see below), will bring to life the stories of what it was like to live and work along the canals during the Industrial Revolution. It will include a wide variety of heritage and vintage working boats, steam engines, a vintage fun fair, craft stalls, local food and drink stalls, characters in costume and boat trips through the locks. Built in 1815 Foxton Locks is home to a staircase of ten locks, which enables about 4,000 boats each year to navigate up and down the hill at Foxton. The site is home to a boat lift that was designed to speed up travel by bypassing the locks, although the lift fell into disuse in 1911. Vicky Martin, waterway manager from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our waterways are as much alive today as they were when they were used to transport cargo around the country and are a great place to visit as a family. “This festival will give people the chance to get up close to our canal heritage and discover how important our waterways were in helping to shape modern-day Britain. Nowadays our canals are places where you can enjoy a much slower pace of life and, as a charity, we’re really keen to showcase all they have to offer to a new generation of enthusiasts.” • Foxton Locks, Gumley Road, Foxton LE16 7RA. Tickets (£12/£15 in advance/on the day – price per car, including parking and festival entrance for the car’s occupants) at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/ enjoy-the-waterways/events/2017-09-16-foxton-vintage-festival.
Great Bowden Bale Push & Family Fun Day
OLL your sleeves up and get ready to push… Great Bowden’s first-ever Bale Push & Family Fun Day is taking place at Bowden Cricket Club on Sunday 17 September. Starting at 1.30pm, this delightful-sounding event involves the bale push itself plus a barbeque, bar, face painting, lots of fun stalls and a ceilidh – so get your dancing shoes at the ready too. It’s planned to be a great afternoon out for the whole family, and hopefully it’ll be the first of many! • Admission is free, with just a £1 donation requested if you want to take part in the bale push. For more details visit www.facebook.com/GreatBowdenEvents/. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017
Published on Aug 18, 2017