Jam packed line up for Salt Fest

After a busy summer of events in Droitwich Spa, organisers are gearing for a bumper finale when the town’s Salt Fest takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. The event, which started in 2006, has grown rapidly and offers a packed weekend of activities and entertainment to celebrate the town’s salt history and its community.

The main programme on Saturday gets underway at 11am when the event is opened by Councillor Gerry O’Donnell, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, and Droitwich Spa Mayor, Councillor Tom Noyes.  This will be followed a parade through town led by the Droitwich Air Cadets band.

Visitors will have opportunity to learn about the town’s salt history in ‘Salt Alley’ which hosts displays and activities such as salt making demonstrations and salt carving. The event will also see the first ever performance of ‘A Flavour of a Salt Maker’s Celebration’ which depicts the life of the salt maker and his family in the 1600s. The Roman’s will be making their annual visit to the spa town and this year will setting up camp in Vines Park for the whole weekend. They will be joined by Worcester Re-enactors who be depicting living history through the ages.

New for this year will be the Community Services Zone in Victoria Square on Saturday giving residents the chance to find out more about the emergency services and other organisations who help the community.  Displays include fire engine and rescue boats, West Mercia Crimestoppers, Droitwich Carers Group, Festival Housing and Droitwich Private Hospital.

As ever live music will be a feature of the event. The Youth Music showcase in Vines Park on Saturday will followed by a great line up in the evening featuring headline band HannCoxx, Droitwich Community Choir, Terry Walls and Tina V.  On Sunday visitors will be spoilt for choice with a jazz and blues afternoon in Vines Park and music showcase in the St. Andrews Square Shopping Centre.

Salt Fest also serves to showcases what the town has to offer, in particular local businesses and community groups. Droitwich Arts Network will be hosting an art exhibition by local artists and there is a local business showcase by Best of Droitwich and Droitwich Business Forum.

Sunday sees the return of the dog show, organised by local vets MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs, features classes, agility area and vets corner with trophies for best dogs in the show. Money raised will be donated to Danmere Animal Rescue. The dog show will be joined by Droitwich Canal Fun Run, organised by Droitwich Athletics Club and the Gardeners Arms. It leaves Vines Park at 10.30am and follows a 9 mile route along the canal to Hanbury and back.  For those who prefer more gentle exercise, there are two Cream Tea Saunters starting from the park at 1pm and 1.30pm. Walkers on the earlier walk will be joined by miniature horses. All profits from the run and walk will be donated to Murrays Muscles, a charity that supports people affected by Muscular Dystrophy in the West Midlands.

Other attractions over the weekend include a real ale bar, markets, community stalls, farm animal corner, children’s entertainment and activities, model boat display, canoeing, duck race and canal boat trips.

“Salt Fest is the town’s main event and it’s great to see so many community groups and businesses getting involved to showcase what we have to offer” commented Janet Yates, Droitwich Spa Area Partnership Manager for Wychavon “The addition of the Salt history play and community services zone add to new dimensions to what promises to be a very busy weekend”

For further information about Salt Fest visit http://www.saltfest.co.uk/ or follow us on twitter @Droitwichfest or facebook ‘Droitwich Spa Festivals.

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