Oakham Festival celebrates a funky weekend

Photo: SM230612-012ow'Oakham Festival event at Oakham Castle. Melanie Garner, left, and Lesley Stone selling handmade soft furnishings.
Photo: SM230612-012ow'Oakham Festival event at Oakham Castle. Melanie Garner, left, and Lesley Stone selling handmade soft furnishings.
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THE Funky Tent weekend at the Oakham Castle was a great success in spite of the wind and rain on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Oakham Festival events during the day on Saturday for Fun, Frolics and Fair were extremely varied and kept the audience spell bound.

Many people stayed all day to browse stall and watch various performers take to the stage.

The Paper Wizard kept young children enthralled with balloon sculptures and magic and there were circus workshops for children.

The performers ranged from sword swallowing to the D’Ukes of Rutland and from The Tin Pigeons to Nota Bene a chamber choir.

The Rutland Dance Academy performed many routines and many local musicians delighted the crowds.

The Sileby Slappers finished the performances before the VW cabriolet Beetles arrived.

The castle itself was full of craft stalls and Open studios had their exhibition in No 1 court.

In the evening everyone danced under their umbrellas to the fantastic Houndogs and Govannen.

There was a good turn out of people who braved the weather and partied the night away.

On Sunday Forrester’s Brass 2000 and Caroline Trutz gave a fantastic Last Night of the Proms style performance to finish the weekend.

A hawk from Rutland Falconry flew in during the first half to a red baton used to conduct a specially commissioned piece of music for Olympiad Pass the Baton which is taking place across the country.