Georgian festival will celebrate Stamford’s rich heritage

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The rich heritage of Stamford will be celebrated during a Georgian festival in the town which will run from September 27 to 29.

South Kesteven District Council is well underway with preparations for the festival, which will celebrate the Georgian era between 1714 and 1830.

It will be the first Georgian festival the town has hosted and is designed to celebrate the town’s colourful heritage and architecture.

During the weekend, there will be a costumed performance of the town’s infamous bull run, a 700-year tradition where a bull was chased and slaughtered, a tradition which came to an end in 1839.

Art historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank is one of the speakers lined up for the event and BBC food historian Annie Grey will open the festival with a talk on the food and dining habits of the Georgian period, which will include food tastings.

On Friday, September 27, there will be an evening church recital to open the festival.

The following day a Georgian street fair will combine craft and farmers markets, rural crafts, period street performers, food demonstrations and tastings, old fashioned children’s games, a Punch and Judy show, a flea circus, arts and face painting.

There will be storytelling, exotic animals which were popular in the Georgian period, a town crier and live period music and dance.

There will be talks on Georgian architecture, garden design, fashion, natural philosophy, literature and poetry, artists of the period and the alchemy of brewing, involving Stamford’s own Melbourne Brothers brewery.

Popular children’s favourite Horrible Histories is staging two shows at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre to portray its own popular brand of Georgian blood, battles, gore and glory.

And Stamford Arts Centre will screen films shot in Stamford, including Middlemarch, and there will be a production of Pride and Prejudice booked.

District council leader Linda Neal (Con) said: “Stamford is a town with a rich heritage to celebrate and a strong community spirit and there is huge enthusiasm to make the most of both.

“It deserves a festival that can conjure up the wonderful Georgian age of aristocracy and elegance and its heritage of literature, arts, music, food and fashion.”

Mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner added: “After last summer’s Jubilee events and Olympic torch relay, we are thrilled to have another big event in Stamford and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the district council.

“Our traders are keen to be involved and Stamford’s legendary community involvement will ensure that it’s a brilliant event.”