THERE will be plenty of traditional fun at the St Richard’s Boat and Car Festival in Droitwich next weekend.
The four-day event is being held over the May Bank Holiday and kicks off next Friday evening (May 1) with live music and real ales in Vines Park from 5pm.
Live music continues throughout the weekend with a variety of different acts. Among them will be The Chuck Harriet Trio, Shady band, Chicago Bytes, Strip the Blues, Worcester Ukulele Band, Appalachian Dancers, Blackwell Concert Band, Hollywood Hobo and local choirs.
Next Saturday (May 2), there will be a display by the Plantagenets Medieval Society in Vines Park, featuring squire training, musicians, dancing and an armour demonstration.
There will also be a re-enactment of the blessing of Upwich Pit, the WW1 and WW2 travelling museum will be there and the new Droitwich mural will be unveiled at the Netherwich Basin by Droitwich Spa Town Mayor Bob Brookes.
Visitors will also be able to view vintage vehicles as classic cars will be parked and displayed throughout the town centre.
There will be plenty of produce on offer with several markets in the town opening at 9am each day – among them will be an Italian one, selling a range of tasty treats, along with craft, vintage and farmers’ markets. They will be in Victoria Square, as will some traditional Morris dancers.
Droitwich Arts Network will hold an exhibition in St Andrew’s Church until 4pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It will feature paintings, drawings and photographs from local artists and from Droitwich’s twin town of Voiron.
St Augustine’s Church will be open over the weekend so visitors can enjoy spectacular birds-eye views from the tower.
Art activities, stilt walkers, balloon modelling and puppet shows will take place at St Andrew’s Square Shopping Centre.
And on the Sunday (May 3) in Vines Park, there will be an activity zone. Those who check it out will be able to fiund out more about local clubs, see judo demonstrations and having a go at playing golf or the ukelele.
There will also be free health checks and vintage cars on display in Ricketts Lane Car Park.
The fun continues on Monday when Vines Park will host a variety of children’s activities, including an arts workshop, display of model boats and a duck race – that will be at 3.30pm.
There will also be an animal rescue zone where there will be a variety of creatures featured and this year, for the first time, there will be a dog show organised by MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs. There will be seven show classes and proceeds will go to Danemere Animal Rescue.
In keeping with tradition, there will also be the decking of the brine pitt in greenery and tapestry to celebrate St Richard.
The event, which starts at 10am each day, has been organised by Wychavon District Council, Droitwich Spa Classic and Vintage Car Rally group and the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich canal Society with support from local businesses and organisations.
Janet Yates, Droitwich Spa Business Partnerships manager, said: “St Richard’s Boat and Car Festival has become a popular event and major attraction for the town.
“There is plenty on offer for local residents and visitors and makes an ideal day out over the Bank Holiday weekend.”
Visit www.strichardsfestival.co.uk for the full festival schedule.
For more information e-mail Janet Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01386 565355.
Anyone wanting to display a classic car or motorbike should contact Anne Taft on 07487 720074.