About the 2017 Stow Cotswold Festival
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Stow Cotswold Festival is going back to its roots and sheep are, once again, set to strut their stuff in Stow-on-the-Wold Square – evoking the heyday of the town’s famous markets.
“We’re going back to basics to celebrate traditional Cotswold life, crafts and heritage,” said Festival chairman, Dave Wiblin. “Our aim is to extol the virtues of Stow by giving visitors and residents an insight into what has made the town unique through its history and age-old rural skills.”
From 11am to 11pm on Saturday, July 15th, the biennial event will celebrate traditional Cotswold life, crafts and heritage. Focus returns to the once-flourishing wool trade which brought Stow its wealth and reputation. Traditional Cotswold Sheep – often known as Lions because of their distinctive ‘dreadlocks’ - will be on display alongside woolly alpacas to give a modern twist.
Cotswold Lion Sheep, from Conygree Farm, Aldsworth, will be in Stow Square. Visitors can pet the animals and examine one of their distinctive fleeces, before discovering the stages it goes through to become a finished product. Look out for displays of weaving, carding and spinning as well as knitting, crocheting, felting and crewel work. Enthusiasts can also add their own stitches to help create a unique community embroidery.
Dry-stone wallers will be hands-on in the Square, organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board who run rural skills courses and co-ordinate the voluntary wardens. Magnificent birds of prey are set for Stocks Green. An eagle, owl, falcon and hawk, from the Cotswold Falconry Centre, can all be handled. North Cotswold Beekeepers’ Association should also create a buzz with an observation hive and honey products on sale.
St. Edward’s Hall will display artefacts relating to the town’s greatest claim to fame - the 1646 Battle of Stow. Armour, arms and paintings from the Captain Christie Crawfurd collection will join special items from last year’s popular ‘Pop-up Museum’.
Market stalls, featuring food, gifts and charity items will cater for avid shoppers. A giant tombola where every entry wins a prize will also be available. Children can enjoy games, a treasure hunt, face painting and a Punch and Judy show. Entertainers will perform throughout the day including circus entertainer John Hayns, Cotswold School Band, a salsa demonstration, steel band, Zumba classes and a gospel choir. From 7pm revellers can dance to more live music as the sun sets. “We hope everyone will enjoy the day, which is supporting local charities” said Mr Wiblin.
The Festival is fundraising for three local causes: Kate’s Home Nursing, Great Western Air Ambulance and Stow Primary School. The Sam Pilcher Trust will man the Festival car park.