Stamford’s second Georgian Festival built on a solid reputation from 2013 to again present a great weekend spectacle - a triumph of colourful entertainment with costume, markets, top speakers, carriage rides and fun amidst the ancient streets of this historic stone town.
Organiser South Kesteven District Council worked hard to ensure that the entire community was involved, helped by a Big Lottery grant to festival partner Stamford Town Council which enabled work with local schools.
The result was a superb event; bigger crowds, an estimated £1m boost for local businesses and accommodation providers, a boost to civic pride and an ever higher profile for Stamford.
Analysis showed more than 50,000 people visited the town over the weekend, spending an average of £55 per person. 60% of visitors were from outside Stamford and 76% of businesses surveyed had increased turnover or new customers.
The festival drew the crowds, attracted bumper markets, celebrated sell out shows and prompted Visit England Chief Executive James Berresford to comment:
“To my mind Stamford offers a quintessential English heritage experience and it’s festivals like this that help put any district on the map. You are in danger of making Stamford my very favourite tourism town. “
South Kesteven’s classic market town of Stamford, the UK’s finest example of unspoilt Georgian stone architecture, hosted its first Georgian Festival in September 2013 to conjure up the town’s colourful heritage.
Billed as a celebration of Stamford’s history and culture, the weekend festival ran from September 27–29, celebrating the Georgian era spanning the period between 1714 and 1830.
Organisers South Kesteven District Council and partners developed a programme of speakers and events including a costumed performance of the town’s infamous Bull Run, a 700-year tradition where a single bull was chased through the town’s streets then slaughtered.
Historic venues were enlisted as partners, from the Town Hall to Browne’s Hospital, Burghley House, St Martin’s Church, All Saints Brewery and the Corn Exchange
The weekend staged talks on Georgian architecture, floral design, fashion, natural philosophy, literature and poetry, artists of the period and the alchemy of brewing.
Stamford Georgian Festvial
Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DL
The Stamford Georgian Festival is core funded and organised by South Kesteven District Council