Georgian Festival programme unveiled
12 April 2017
September’s Stamford Georgian Festival programme has been unveiled, promising an unmissable event as the highlight in a very special year for England’s finest stone town.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Stamford’s award as the UK’s first conservation town, recognising its unspoilt Georgian streets and ancient architecture.
This year’s festival has more events then ever over a packed three-day programme, with a major focus on activities on the town’s historic riverside Meadows on Saturday and Sunday.
A special performance area will host galloping acrobats, celebrating the birth of circus in the Georgian period, militiamen drills and a skirmish with some dreaded Frenchies, a Punch and Judy Show and a Regency dance demo.
Stamford’s ancient streets will again buzz with themed markets and street entertainment and Saturday evening sees a glittering illuminati event with the ancient Stamford Bull Run being recreated through the streets.
Celebrated historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank makes a welcome return to launch the festival on Thursday (21 September), and there is a high profile finale on Sunday with ‘An Evening with Austen’.
The Arts Centre ballroom event features top actors Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy and Judge John Deed) and Adrian Lukis (ITV’s Downton), helping to conclude a colourful programme of talks, music, drama and sheer fun.
Our South Kesteven District Council funded celebration of the town’s Georgian heritage sees the return of popular highlights from 2015.
Back by public demand is our sell-out Georgian Costume Ball and historic venues such as the Town Hall will once again open their doors.
Horses and a vintage carriage will again deliver unforgettable rides through the town’s ancient streets and the historic Meadows area will host military encampments and period stallholders.
The last festival in 2015 was a superb event, attracting huge crowds, an estimated £1m boost for local businesses and accommodation providers, a boost to civic pride and an ever higher profile for Stamford as England’s finest stone town.
Tickets now available online or via the Box Office on 01780 763203.
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