THERE will be plenty of fun for all the family at this year’s Droitwich Salt Fest, which takes place next Saturday and Sunday (September 13 and 14).
The event, celebrating the Spa’s heritage, will be officially opened at 10.30am on the Saturday by Coun Lynne Duffy, the chairman of Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Spa Mayor, Coun Bob Brookes.
After that, there will be a parade through the town, led by the Droitwich Air Cadets band.
There will be entertainment in the form of salt songs, story-telling and a performance of ‘A Flavour of a Salt Maker’s Celebration’ which shows a late 17th century Michaelmas feast.
There will also be Salt Alley which encompasses many displays and activities, including as salt-making demonstrations, salt carving and even model cars powered by salt.
Roman re-enactors will be setting up their camp in Vines Park, giving people the chance to find out about how they lived, the clothes they wore, the food they ate and what life was like as a Roman soldier.
Droitwich Arts Network will host an exhibition of work by local artists and the Community Service Zone features advice and information on community safety, health and other services. Among the exhibitors will be the fire service, West Mercia Crimestoppers, Fortis Living and representatives from the new Droitwich Food Bank, who will be collecting food donations on their stall.
Farmers’ and craft markets will be set up in St Andrew’s Street, there will be a street market in the High Street and there will be a youth music showcase in Vines Park on Saturday, followed by a line-up of local artists performing in the evening.
On Sunday, there will be a blues and jazz afternoon, real ale and cider bars and a variety of food on offer.
Youngsters will be able to get closer to nature with the farm animal corner, show off their creative sides with art activities and take part in circus skills, canoeing, canal boat trips and a duck race.
Also on Sunday, there will be a dog show rub by local vets MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs.
Cash raised at the event, which will feature nine classes from agility tests to ‘best in show’, will go towards the Danemere Animal Rescue and Bishops Wood Swan Rescue.
Visit http://www.mbgvet.co.uk/home.html for more on that.
Those who are feeling energetic can take part in a nine-mile run along the Droitwich Canal and surrounding countryside.
That, organised by Droitwich Athletics Club, leaves Vines Park at 10.30am and profits raised will be donated to Murrays Muscles.
Go to http://www.droitwichac.co.uk/ to find out more.
Janet Yates, the Droitwich Spa Area Partnership manager for Wychavon said: “Salt Fest is a well established event for the town and it’s great to see so many community groups and businesses getting involved to organise activities and showcase what we have to offer.”
The Salt Fest will conclude at 3.30pm on the Sunday when the Women’s Institute Centenary Baton comes to Vines Park. It started touring the country in January and will finish up at the Royal Albert Hall in June next year.
“The visit by the WI baton, as it tours the country to celebrate their centenary, is definitely a good addition for this year’s event.” added Janet.
Visit www.saltfest.co.uk for more on Salt Fest.
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