The heritage and architecture of Stamford will be celebrated during a £50,000 Georgian street festival being planned for September.
South Kesteven District Council agreed at a meeting on Friday last week to put aside at least £50,000 for the event.
The exact date has not been confirmed but the festival will take place during a weekend in September and could include a street market, period street performers and guided tours.
The district council is footing the bill but hopes local groups and organisations will get involved in the event.
It is hoped the event will draw visitors to the town and bring the Georgian era between 1714 and 1830 back to life.
District council leader Linda Neal (Con) said: “We have a lot of ideas that we would like to talk over with interested groups and organisations and we want their ideas as well.
“There is so much in the heritage of Stamford that, with help, we can build into a really stunning festival that will seriously raise the national profile of the town, share the town’s history with local people and educate us all.
“We believe the town deserves a festival that can conjure up that wonderful Georgian age of aristocracy and elegance and its heritage of literature, arts, music, food and fashion. We want ideas to make it really special.
“There are successful Georgian festivals elsewhere in England but I can think of nowhere better suited to stage such an event than Stamford.”
The festival will span the reigns of Britain’s first four Hanoverian kings of George I, George II, George III and George IV.
Early ideas for the festival include period food demonstrations and tastings.
There could also be old fashioned children’s games lke bowling alley, hopscotch, coconut shies and swing boats and even exhibitions of boxing and cricket, which sprang from the Georgian era.
Stamford Town Council discussed the festival in January but said there was not enough information available at the time to decide whether it would support it.
Anyone interested in being involved in the Georgian festival can contact Linzi Elliott on 01476 406365 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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