Festival welcomes spring

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20 April 2017 3:45PM

HEXHAM is all set to welcome spring – and visitors aplenty – as the town plays host to the annual Spring Festival tomorrow.

The Abbey grounds will be filled with fun for all the family, with a main arena providing a focal point and a base for a falconry flying display and a dog agility demonstration.

Throughout the day visitors are also welcome to bring along their four-legged friends so they can join in the fun with ‘have a go dog agility’.

While the dogs and birds take centre stage, families can also pay a visit to see farm animals on the day, with sheep, lambs and calves getting in on the action.

The livestock will form part of a stand where visitors will have the opportunity to speak to local farmers, find out more about how to “Back British Farming” and the Red Tractor assurance scheme, which exists as a mark of quality for consumers.

A big red tractor is expected on site for the day and is sure to be a hit with youngsters.

Forty traders will line the Abbey grounds and the area around the bandstand, showcasing their arts, crafts, gifts and local food, including products and a stand promoting the new Produced in Northumberland brand.

A licensed bar and dining area will allow for al fresco dining if spring is in the air. Visitors will be able to choose from a selection of local catering stalls and the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or local beer.

The popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which promises to be a hit with the children once again, runs from 11am until 2pm, with activities including story-telling.

Families are encouraged to bring a rug and picnic – and don’t forget to pack teddy!

Throughout the day, live music will be performed at the bandstand with local groups, bands and choirs including, Hexham Village Band, EnCore, Rock Choir and Hexham’s very own Samba band, A Batida Da Rua, who will be giving visitors the opportunity to play alongside them.

For something a bit more energetic, The Calvert Trust is bringing along its climbing wall and velcro Olympics for anyone who is up for the challenge.

A parade of over 300 Scouts, who are due in Hexham to celebrate St George’s day on Sunday, will make its way along Beaumont Street from 1.15pm.

Visitors are being encouraged to line the streets to give them a cheer and a warm welcome.

The Spring Festival, organised by Hexham Community Partnership, runs from 9am until 4.30pm.

A full programme and timings can be found online at www.visithexham.net

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