The countdown is on for Kenilworth’s very first new-look festival as volunteers hope to take the town by storm with a weekend of fun for all ages.
The newly redesigned ‘people’s festival’ will run for three days from September 12 and include a jazz night, food and craft market and the return of the popular Party in the Park.
Formerly all held in May, the volunteer committee hopes the new date will set them apart from other summer events and draw out crowds over the weekend.
Events will start on the Friday night with a jazz night at the Wardens Cricket Club from 8pm, featuring The Top Hats.
Tickets £10 and available from Town and Country Furniture or Kenilworth Library.
On Saturday, food and crafts will be on sale at a market through the day in Abbey End. As well as street performers there will be a live music stage and entertainment for all ages from 10am. The event will round off on Sunday with the popular Party in the Park in Abbey Fields which starts at 10.30am and will include performances by Danny Ansel, Tom Barnwell, The Session, Damn Good Thieves, Phat Cat and The Big Easy.
Mike Lewis, deputy chair of the not-for-profit festival committee, said the origins of the event stretch back years, but it was time to secure it with a new brand and cement it in the town’s calendar.
He said it is all about continuing the tradition of a festival in the town which has existed in its current form since the Rotary Club backed a three-night music event at the castle eight years ago.
“There has been a festival in the town for many years, but the exact origins of the Kenilworth Festival are unclear,” he said.
“Since then the festival has been incorporated as a social enterprise not for profit company and has organised literary events, art shows, live music concerts and a free Party in the Park.
“This year we have taken the daring step of moving the festival from May to September, when we hope for some better weather and less event congestion.”
As well as providing free fun for families across town, the weekend works with charity groups including the Lions, Rotary Club and Soroptimists to strengthen fundraising links and support charities.
The committee has already held a host of events in the run up to the big weekend, including a literary programme with talks by writers such as Andrew Davies. The Kenilworth Festival of Talent and annual Phab barn dance also helped contribute to the main weekend. Visit www.kenilworthfestival.co.uk for event details.