A packed programmer of music and entertainment at Oakham Festival

Following a highly-successful opening week Oakham Festival continues its programme of music and entertainment until Sunday.

Tomorrow is singer/songwriter night from 7pm in the Funky Tent at Oakham Castle. This event features Jon Allen, Lisbee Stainton and Abi Moore, plus local signer/songwriters including Clive Hale.

Oakfest! starts at midday tomorrow in the grounds of Oakham Castle. There will be workshops, music, food, performances and fun for all the family. Children can create and make crafty things with the professional artists, while parents canrelax and watch groups including Front Porch Preachers, Magoo and Donut Panic.

Between 10am and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday the Open Studio artists will host an exhibition in the castle.

The Funky Tent in the castle grounds opens at 5pm tomorrow (tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the door) with live music from The New Forbidden, Strike up the Colours, Locked Out and Battle of the bands winners.

Toploader headline the show and Rutland Lions Club is providing a barbecue and the Grainstore Brewery is providing a bar.

A rural craft fair will be held in the Castle grounds from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, when visitors will see shire horses, willow sculpture, a farrier, weaving, stone masonry, dying and cooking, plus entertaining music and dancing. Free entry.

The festival closes with A Celebration of Early English Music from 7.30pm in Oakham Castle. Leicester Recorders will be playing a selection of music arranged Steve Marshall. The concert will close with a celebration of folk songs. Tickets £5.

Weekend tickets are £20 in advance for tomorrow and Saturday evening performances.

Tickets available from Music and More, Melton Road, Oakham. Visit www.oakhamfestival.co.uk