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Creative crafters make costumes for Stamford Georgian Festival

Georgian Costume making workshop at the Arts centre, Stamford. Event organisers Dee Sowden, Sue Rowland and Michelle Simpson EMN-150823-150152009
Georgian Costume making workshop at the Arts centre, Stamford. Event organisers Dee Sowden, Sue Rowland and Michelle Simpson EMN-150823-150152009

Lace cuffs for dresses, fans and lace jabots were among some amazing items fashioned during three successful Georgian Festival creative workshops held at Stamford Arts Centre.

Families and people of all ages were intent on kitting themselves out to participate in September’s festival Bull Run parade and mix and mingle in the two day Georgian market by refashioning clothing and fabric remnants into Georgian costumes.

Others went away with ideas for skirts, dresses and hats and materials were provided to create a fan, Georgian stomachers as ornate bodice centres and lace jabots.

The festival runs from September 25 to 27.

The sight of an historic horse drawn carriage will be a sheer spectacle and will offer a chance to get the cameras clicking.

There will be an eye-catching four-horse mail coach running from the Cattle Market car park up to and through Burghley Park.

This authentic coach offers a once in a life-time experience and there are currently very few tickets remaining. Both rides run from 10am to 4.30pm.

Passengers are warned that if they are on the top seats you they will need to be able to climb up and down, and could get wet if it rains. No unaccompanied children under 16 can ride on top.

Horses and carriages are again supplied from The Ostler Company, whose uniformed coachmen are fully qualified and certificated by The British Horse Society and The Draught Horse Training Committee.

Their horses, including Lippizaners, Irish Draft and Shires have featured in countless promotional shoots, programmes such as The Only Way is Essex and events like London’s annual New Year’s Day Parade.

And fresh from London’s West End, the Horrible Histories live shows at Stamford Corn Exchange are likely to reach the sell-out proportions of Stamford’s last Georgian Festival in 2013.

Barmy Britain Part Three is based on the premise that everyone wants to meet people from history. The trouble is that everyone is dead, hence this brand new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past in a festival coup for Stamford.

Horrible Histories will be at the theatre on both Saturday and Sunday. To find out more and for tickets, call the theatre on 01780 766455 or call the festival box office on 01780 763203.


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