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September 2013 - Stamford Georgian Festival

Susan was delighted to accept an invitation this year to talk, demonstrate and facilitate a workshop experience at Stamford's first ever Georgian Festival.

The event took place over the weekend of Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September 2013 and was a celebration of the Georgian age of aristocracy between 1714 -1830 with it's legacy of literature, arts, music, food and fashion.

Stamford Georgian Festival Street EntertainersThe fine Georgian houses built by prosperous professional men attracted to the town were the perfect architectural backdrop, along with the glorious sunny weather enjoyed throughout the entire weekend, and thousands of people were in attendance to participate in the experience.

Over forty talks, shows, tours, workshops, rides and a re-enactment of the famous bull-running festival to which Stamford was host for some 700 years were held over the three days.

The festival's busiest day was Saturday when thousands followed the wooden bull through the town to a spectacular ceremonial burning on the Meadows. Street entertainers included a Coldstream Guards military re-enactment, colourful stilt walkers, a mime artist, juggler, Punch & Judy show, Morris dancers, a flea circus, living statue and character performers.

Stamford Georgian Festival Exotic Animal ShowBroad Street in the town was lined with a street fayre and craft market which included many attractions for public participation. Susan's pyrography talk, demonstration and workshop was amongst these, alongside an exotic animal show where people were encouraged to face their fears and handle creatures which included snakes, spiders, frogs and lizards.

On Friday evening there were talks by Dan Cruickshank, author and BBC presenter specialising in the Georgian period, and Annie Gray, one of England's top food historians.

Attractions on Sunday included a Georgian style cricket match, a Horrible Histories "Gorgeous Georgians" stage show especially written for Stamford and a Georgian Tea Dance.

The event was a huge success and a tribute to all the hard work of the organisers South Kesteven District Council in partnership with Stamford Town Council and Burghley House. For further details please visit www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk.

 

 

 

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