Gearing up for fun time at Oakham Festival and Uppingham Feast Day

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THE festival season has started and crowds of people are set to turn out for two big events in Rutland.

Festival goers are in for a treat as an array of music, theatre, poetry and art will be on show for Oakham Festival, which begins on Friday, June 15, and runs for two weeks.

Craft stalls, fair rides and beer stands will line the streets of Uppingham when the town’s feast day takes place on June 17.

Oakham Festival launches with an open studios festival exhibition in Oakham Castle, which will be the location for many of the shows and main events.

Pubs and schools are also set to get involved and for the first time this year Rutland County Museum’s Live@ The Museum will be joining in the fun, with theatre production of Oliver Twist and two film showings.

Oakham Festival committee has also teamed up with A Lost Weekend festival which will be held at Rutland Water on July 20 to 22 and the winner of this year’s battle of the bands competition at The Grainstore Brewery on June 20 will win a slot on the osprey stage.

The funky tent weekend also takes place in the castle grounds from June 22 to 24, with tickets costing £20 for all three nights.

During the day at the castle there will be live music, circus skills, and performances, as well as a classic car event with a range of Volkswagen’s on display.

Committee chairman Joy Everitt said: “There is a really good mix this year and we’re hoping it will be just as good as last year’s festival.”

To find out more and to enter a draw for free tickets to the funky tent weekend visit www.oakhamfestival.co.uk

Market Place and High Street East will be packed with market stalls, beer stands and a host of entertainment for Uppingham Feast Day on June 17.

Local children’s author Michaela Morgan will be at the event to launch her new book Kitty Kool’s Beauty School, Nicola Denbigh from Little Cakes will be holding cake and biscuit decorating classes, and there will also be face painting and a big brass band performing.

Paula Donaldson, of the festival committee, said: “We’ve got a lot of things going on this year and we’re trying to keep the theme local and get as many people involved as possible.”

The event runs from midday to 12pm and entry is free.