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Music festival set to kick off Active Fakenham Week

PUBLISHED: 17:45 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 09 August 2017

Andy McBride and Linds Hall, from Picaroon, who will be performing at the festival.

Andy McBride and Linds Hall, from Picaroon, who will be performing at the festival.

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A new music festival will be held in Fakenham to open the town’s Active week later this month.

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The free festival will see a range of artists make the town’s streets their stage on Saturday, August 19.

Acts on show for the day’s festivities include the Fakenham Ukelele group, who will kick off the day’s events in the town square, followed by singers and bands including Alastair Robinson, and country-folk artists The Tildens.

A beer tent, cream teas, and Norfolk strawberries will be on offer, alongside fairground rides and attractions.

In the evening, from 5pm West Norfolk radio station KLFM will host a ‘Piazza Party’ in the marketplace, featuring soul singer Zoe Able and the Rock Choir, while Fakenham’s invitation band, a group of semi-professional musicians, will finish the evening.

Residents will be able to take part in the popular Fakenham 50 cycle event on Sunday, August 27. Photo: Active Fakenham Residents will be able to take part in the popular Fakenham 50 cycle event on Sunday, August 27. Photo: Active Fakenham

Acts including Sub Zero, True Scape and the Accoustic/Folk Club will be playing around the town throughout the day.

The family-friendly event is the first in a nine-day long series of “fun, sport, music, arts, and well-being” activities.

Active Fakenham Week will run from August 19 - 27, and offer tasters in everything from table tennis and aquafit to Balkan dancing and photography walks.

Wellbeing options on offer range from ‘Assertiveness for Women’, to an evening exploring the world of mediumship with Chris Jacobs.

The family friendly events and taster sessions on offer have something for everyone: from yoga to martial arts to photography. Photo: Active Fakenham The family friendly events and taster sessions on offer have something for everyone: from yoga to martial arts to photography. Photo: Active Fakenham

Organiser Richard Crook said that the events were “coming together very well”, and added that they are still keen to recruit volunteers to help out.

He added that the aim of Active Fakenham was simply “about wellbeing and promoting the town”, and reminded residents that the activities provided during the week are mainly taster sessions of activities that are on offer all year round.

He especially recommended the free and low cost events provided in Fakenham, including the free coach trips to the coast, guided walks, and First Aid course run by the Red Cross.

Active Fakenham is a volunteer-run group which has hosted several events in the town, including the popular Shopkeeper’s Olympics and Showcase Day. Mr Crook said the music festival had been “lots of work” to put on, and that he and other organisers hoped people enjoyed the day.

They have planned it as: “a folk and chilled day up to about 5pm, and after that some more ilvely bands in the evening”.

He added that town councillor Tony Edwards will even take to the stage in the evening.

Take your pick from our list of highlights:

Fakenham Festival

The week kicks off on Saturday, August 19, with a day of music, fairground rides, and food and drink including beer tents and afternoon tea in Fakenham marketplace.

Sport

Free gym passes and table tennis are on offer during the week, as well as low-cost dancing and aquafit sessions. And don’t forget the Fakenham 50 cycle ride on Sunday, August 27.

Art

Creative workshops are running on Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, and there will be a guided photography walk taking place on Thursday, August 24.

Wellbeing

From an assertiveness and confidence workshop, to first aid and yoga, there are plenty of opportunities to try out a new wellbeing experience.

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