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Castle Bytham set for midsummer festival

Preparations are complete for this year’s Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival which is just two weeks away.

Entry to all events and parking during the two-day festival is free.

The music festival starts on Saturday, June 18, with music on two stages from 1pm until 11pm.

Bands include Lexie Green and The Indigo Blue, The Fedz and Bianca and The Top Cats on the main stage, and Irene Rae, Robert King, Lil’ Ian Goodsman and Guitarmanjan on the acoustic stage.

There will be a bar and festival food, plus children’s activities, and, mid-afternoon, a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire.

Sunday, June 19, is the main fair day, running from 9am until 5pm.

You’ll find a street market with more than 60 stalls, from antiques to crafts and food, and new this year, on-the-spot valuations from Stamford Auction Rooms’ Jessica Wall.

The fair will welcome back the Dad’s Army Home Guard re-enactors group, who will be demonstrating their skills all day throughout the village.

There will also be chaos created by the two Morris Dance groups, the Bourne Borderers and Pig Dyke Molly.

On the main events field there will be children’s entertainment, including bouncy slide, and a distinctly medieval atmosphere, provided by The Red Fox Historical Archery team and Fixter’s Falcons birds of prey demonstrations.

Live music on two stages will continue throughout the day, featuring the Rutland Big Band, The Tin Pigeons, Pennyless, Pembroke Tenneson and Frankie C.

Other activities include tombola, open dog show, duck race, classic car display.

The village hall will provide bacon butties and hot dogs from 9am, then light lunches, teas and home-made cakes all day. The events field in St Martin’s will also host a bar and barbecue marquee from 10am, with a hog roast from 11.30am.


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