Ready, set, go! Here comes the Stockton Heath Festival 2018!

After months of careful planning, the 11th Stockton Heath Festival is about to begin.

The beginning of spring means looking forward to warmer weather and longer nights. And along with those comes the Stockton Heath Festival, Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July. The 11th event will have something for everyone from children’s theatre to classical music, craft and of course … the ever-popular scarecrow competition!

As well as great music, theatre and dancing the Festival is delighted to announce that the scarecrow competition theme is Disney Characters. This was chosen to give huge scope for creativity and imagination.

The Walt Disney Studios have created many much-loved characters from Mickey Mouse and Snow White, to unforgettable classics like The Jungle Book, Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Beauty and the Beast, right up to Frozen and Moana.

And that’s not even counting cartoon characters such as Goofy, and Donald Duck that we all know and love!

To give you some idea of the high standard, last year’s scarecrow competition was Harry Potter with the public vote going to a large and characterful Hagrid, created by the Mind charity shop.

The Stockton Heath Festival scarecrow competition will bring the village to life with a colourful Disney-theme. And as the weather warms there’s plenty of time to prepare. Which character will be your favourite?

Stockton Heath Festival information

Throughout the Festival the community comes together to celebrate art, music, drama, local culture and more.

As a visitor to the event, what can you expect from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July this year?

Taking a trip around the Festival during the day, beginning on the Festival Field you will find plenty of vibrant colour including face painting, balloons and bubbles, and stitching and sewing workshops for older children and adults in the Arts Tent. Visit the vibrant arts, crafts and farmer’s market where you’ll find beautiful glass ware, artisan products and homewares. Stroll across to the Mini Farm or Dog Show to meet the animals, or enjoy Pinxton Puppets and the Climbing Wall. Why not pop into the Kid’s Zone to find Diddi Dance, Crafts, Mini Professors and more? Or children can enjoy the ever popular Treasure Island show from M&M Theatrical Productions.

Around the village, in the library you can hear stories about World War 1 soldiers expertly told, and children will be able to join in with storytelling and craft sessions. The Scouts Centre will be a hive of activity where adults can try a Festival Workout and children can enjoy a fun French class. The canal is open for boat trips and the allotment for delicious fresh produce. Art lovers can appreciate work in St Thomas’ Church from Wednesday and lovers of technology can enter 3D worlds showcasing local talent through a virtual reality experience at Priestley College.

By night, the local venues shake off their daytime activities and invite visitors to enjoy a different Festival experience. Big draws for this year are the Comedy Night at the Slug and Lettuce, The Merchant of Venice open air theatre, rock at the Festival Marquee and David Live, a Bowie tribute band.

While the Festival Marquee welcomes Viva la Coldplay tribute band, other local venues offer competitions, films, sporting activities and music ranging from swing, to musicals and the popular children’s gospel choirs.

How to get tickets

Most of the Festival activities are free, and for events requiring tickets, they are on sale from Friday 8th June online or from the Festival Box Office at the Forge in Stockton Heath.

The 11th Stockton Heath Festival is set to be a feast for the senses, to be explored and enjoyed. Pick up a programme to see what you can discover.

Stockton Heath Festival information

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Website – www.stocktonheathfestival.co.uk
Get involved – volunteers@stocktonheathfestival.co.uk
General enquiries – hello@stocktonheathfestival.co.uk
Photography competition – photography@stocktonheathfestival.co.uk

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