Salty festival is back again

Saltfest - Roman Centurian

Salty festival is back again

Droitwich Spa’s annual Salt Fest takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14September. This popular event celebrates the town’s unique salt heritage and offers a great day out for all the family.

The main programme on Saturday gets underway at 10.30am when the event is opened by Cllr. Lynne Duffy, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, and Droitwich Spa Mayor, Cllr. Bob Brookes. 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, salt carving and even model cars powered by salt. Entertainment includes salt songs, story telling and performance of “A Flavour of a Salt Maker’s Celebration” depicting a late 17th century Michaelmas feast.

The history theme continues with the Roman’s, who will be setting up their camp in Vines Park, where visitors will have chance to find out how they lived, learn about the life of the Roman soldier, the clothes they wore, what they ate and listen to storytelling.

Salt Fest also 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 the Community Service Zone features advice and information on community safety, health and other community services.  Exhibitors include the fire service, West Mercia Crimestoppers, Fortis Living and the new Droitwich Food Bank, who will be collecting donations of food at their stall.

There is plenty of opportunity for shopping with a farmers’ and craft market in St. Andrews Street and a street market in the High Street. Live music will be a feature of the event with the youth music showcase in Vines Park on Saturday followed by a line up of local artists in the evening. On Sunday, visitors will be able to enjoy a blues and jazz afternoon. There will also be real ale and cider bars and a good choice of event catering.

There are plenty of attractions for children including entertainment, farm animal corner, art activities, circus skills, canoeing, canal boat trips and a duck race.

A dog show takes place on Sunday, featuring nine classes, best in show and ‘have a go’ agility. It is run by local vets MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs and money raised will be donated to Danemere Animal Rescue and Bishops Wood Swan Rescue. For further details visit http://www.mbgvet.co.uk/home.html.

Sunday also sees the return of the Salt Fest 9 Race, a 9ish mile scenic run along the Droitwich Canal and surrounding countryside. The race, which has been organised by Droitwich Athletics Club, leaves Vines Park at 10.30am and profits raised will be donated to Murrays Muscles. For further details visit http://www.droitwichac.co.uk/

The finale of the Salt Fest weekend is the arrival of the Women’s Institute Centenary Baton to Vines Park at 3.30pm on Sunday. The baton started touring the country in January and will finish at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2015.

“Salt Fest is a well established event for the town and it’s great to see so many community groups and businesses getting involved to organise activities and showcase what we have to offer” commented Janet Yates, Droitwich Spa Area Partnership Manager for Wychavon “The visit by the WI baton, as it tours the country to celebrate their centenary, is definitely a good addition for the event.”

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