Georgian Festival will launch at pop-up shop

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People will be able to find out more about a Georgian Festival planned for Stamford when the council opens a pop-up shop.

South Kesteven District Council is organising the Georgian Festival, which will be an exciting weekend of events from September 27 to 29.

The council will launch the full programme of events at a pop-up shop in Red Lion Street, Stamford, on Friday next week.

The former Stamford Photo Express shop will be transformed for the one-day event with costume characters including George III among those attending.

A Georgian market stall will also be outside the shop with cupcakes and programmes for visitors to pick up.

The town is preparing to step back to the elegance of the Georgian era with a weekend of nostalgia, discovery, participation, theatre, colour, experience and fun.

There will be an invitation-only event for event partners in the morning but members of the public will be welcome after 12.30pm to pick up festival programmes and hear more about what promises to be a very special weekend.

On the same day, a ticket booking line will go live via Stamford Arts Centre, where many of the weekend’s events will be held.

The festival will launch on the evening of Friday, September 27, with a range of activities yet to be unveiled.

The main activities will be during Saturday’s packed timetable of events, which will include expert speakers on Georgian architecture, brewing, garden design, fashion, literature and poetry, as well as street fairs and a re-enactment of the town’s bull run.

Sunday’s highlights include a showing of children’s favourite Horrible Histories at the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre with a specially written stage show called Gorgeous Georgians.

Burghley House is a festival partner and the weekend also has the full backing of Stamford Town Council.

The district council’s portfolio holder for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con) urged people to attend the festival launch and said the programme would have something for everyone.

She said: “Many of the events are free, others are extremely reasonably priced and it’s a programme guaranteed to attract the maximum number of people to this lovely town to celebrate Stamford’s heritage and architecture.”

To find out more about the festival, go to the programme launch or call the booking office line on 01780 763203 after Friday next week.

The district council has also launched a website with more details of the fun weekend, which can be found by visiting www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk.