Festival fun will bring the town to life

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RUGBY’S first ever Festival of Culture is due to begin next week with a programme of entertainment aimed at the whole family.

The Festival of Culture is a new pilot event, backed by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, will take place at a variety of town centre locations and venues, from Thursday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 12.

Organisers say the festival is packed full of quality entertainment and offers something for everyone including an art trail, promenade theatre performance, street entertainment, cider and beer festival, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, story-telling, poetry, open air readings, walks and much more. Several restaurants will also be getting in on the act by serving up special menus throughout the festival period.

Some of the highlights of the festival including the Streets Are Alive...With The Sound OF Music on Friday, July 1 and 8 and Saturday, July 2 and 9.

The town centre will echo to the sounds of a dazzling array of street entertainment, including folk, jazz, classical and much more.

On Sunday, July 3 will be Story in the Park. Let the storyteller lead you on a fantastical journey around the park as you meet wizards, trolls, giants and a host of other weird and wonderful characters. This interactive fairytale adventure story is perfect for all kids, big and small.

Booking is essential so call (01788) 533217.

On Friday, July 8 John James will perform at Lawrence Sheriff School, followed by a Picnic in the Park event on Sunday, July 10.

Visitors will be able to enjoy an afternoon in Caldecott Park with Rugby FM.

Bring your family, a picnic and sit back and relax and listen to fabulous music performed by local bands.

The show will include winners from Rugby’s Got Talent 2010 and 2011 with Dukes Jetty as the headlining act. Entry is free.

A free festival guide is now available from Rugby Visitor Centre, by calling (01788) 533217 or emailing visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk.

More information on the festival can also be found at www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk, including a downloadable guide.