‘Bourne Festival of fun’ kicks off tonight

Bourne Festival preparations at the Wellhead Field. Volunteers from Bourne and District Round Table, from left, event co-ordinator Neil Bothwell, Ian Collins and David Southwood.'Photo: MSMP290513-002ow
Bourne Festival preparations at the Wellhead Field. Volunteers from Bourne and District Round Table, from left, event co-ordinator Neil Bothwell, Ian Collins and David Southwood.'Photo: MSMP290513-002ow
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Thousands of people are expected to turn out to Bourne Festival this weekend which is set to be the biggest event in the town this year.

It promises to be a weekend of fun for all ages at the festival on the Wellhead with live music, a beer festival and children’s funfair just some of the many attractions on offer from today.

The festival, which is now in its 11th year, is organised by Bourne and District Round Table and raises thousands of pounds for good causes in the area. Despite battling through the rain to transform the Wellhead organisers are hoping an expected bout of good weather will make this a festival to remember.

Bourne and District Round Table media and public relations officer Ian Collins said: “It is going to be a really excellent weekend for the town.”

Organisers are hoping this weekend’s event will even top last year’s festival which extended to four days as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebration.

Ian said: “Every year we try to grow the event in some way. This year there is going to be more going on in the arena. We are looking for even more people to come along than last year. The more the merrier.”

Alongside the music and drinks there will be a craft fair, children’s games and Roger Tuby Funfair, running over three days until Sunday night. This year organisers Bourne Round Table have extended the range of arena events including a circus tent where children and the young at heart, can learn how to juggle, stilt walk, spin plates and much more.

Music lovers will be able to watch 21 acts performing at this year’s festival.

The Forever Test will kick off the live music at 7.15pm tonight and Revolver will play, with Maxwell, Hammer and Smith headlining.

The High Rollers will be headlining tomorrow’s bill from 9.45pm until 11pm. Starting off the music tomorrow are The Fleeting Minds, who will take to the stage at 12.15pm.

Also playing tomorrow will be: Motor City Vipers, Miscellaneous, Little Red Kinga, Rocket Jump, Richard Cejer, Saturday Night Special and The Conspiracy Club.

Nine bands will be taking to the stage on Sunday with Mullered at the Mill kicking off the action at 12.15pm followed by Tourdion, 5 Second Warning, Retrolux, Full Circle, Black Hawk Down Forty Fiver, Coast! and Bon Giovi, who will close the festival this year.

Tickets are £2 per day and £5 for a weekend pass and under 11s get in free.

The weekend passes are available on the gate and also from the Nag’s Head in Abbey Road, Bourne.

The festival gates will open at 6pm on Friday and be open until 11pm. Gates open again at midday on Saturday and Sunday until 11pm.

Beer, ale and cider lovers will not be disappointed with the range of drinks on offer at Bourne Festival festival this year with more than 100 different brands available.

There will be ales available from a range of local breweries, including: Bluebell Brewery, Hop Shackle Brewery, Pheasentry Brewey, 8 Soul Brewery, Oakham Ales, Brewsters Brewery, Newby Wyke Brewery, OlderShaw Brewery, Sleaford Brewery and Dukeries Brewery.

The local ciders are from Sleaford Brewery and Scrumpy Wasp Cider and the local pilsner lager is from Pheasentry Brewery.

Festival organisers will be enforcing the Think 21 policy so anyone who looks under the age of 21 may be asked for proof of age so are advised to bring a photo ID with them to avoid disappointment.

Bag searches will also be in place on the gate.

As well as music and beer, there will be fun for all the family. Cut out the vouchers on this page for money off rides at Roger Tuby’s funfair over the weekend.

For more information about the festival including times for the live music visit www.bournefestival.com

Buy this week’s The Local to get vouchers for money off the funfair rides.