Streets will be full of fun at Stamford Festival

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Stamford will be heaving with people this weekend as all the fun and events of Stamford Festival make their return.

Things will kick off with the festival market and parade of floats tomorrow.

The parade, organised by Stamford and District Kiwanis, is always loud and colourful and is sure to attract plenty of people this year with its cartoon characters theme.

More than 20 floats designed by schools, community groups and businesses will assemble at the Recreation Ground at 1pm and begin their journey through town.

They will travel along North Street, through Scotgate to Broad Street for judging at Browne’s Hospital between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

They will then make their way back to the Rec, which by that point will be buzzing with entertainment.

The market will also be held on the Rec, from 10am to 4.30pm.

And history buffs will be in for a treat as Stamford town hall throws its doors open to the public. Visitors will be able to see the civic regalia and even delve down into the dungeon.

The festivities carry on through Sunday with the Stamford and District Lions Club family fun day on the Rec.

Highlights include a climbing wall, five-a-side football and a display from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

And don’t forget to enter your youngster into the baby show by 12.45pm, ready for judging by mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner at 1pm.

There will be a car boot sale during the day and pitches are still available. Call Tom Riley on 01780 755219.

Card players can compete in a cribbage tournament at the Stamford AFC ground in Kettering Road. It is open to players of all ages so call Tony Lilley on 07547 128547 to book.

And the day will close with a flourish as the Red Arrows fly past at 5pm.

On Tuesday Batemans Yella Belly Gold Push Penny World Championship preliminary rounds take place at pubs around Stamford from 8pm. Details from Paul Hoskins on 01780 755318.

There is a senior citizens evening at Stamford United Reformed Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Raffle, wine and nibbles, fun and entertainment. Call Carol Harness on 01780 482513.

On Saturday, July 6, at 7.30pm there is a quiz night at Stamford Town Hall. Call Carol Harkness on 01780 482513.

The same night Stamford Brass play at Stamford Corn Exchange. Tickets £10 (£9) from 01780 766455.