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Earlsdon Festival – Monday 6th May

The popular street festival takes place on May Day from 10am to 4pm. Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the heart of the popular suburb to enjoy the celebrations. Over 70 stalls will be selling all kinds of everything and promoting charities, community groups and good causes.  A wide variety of ‘street food’ vendors will also complement the fabulous Earlsdon Street eateries, pubs and clubs that will also be open for business. Most of the stalls will be on Earlsdon Street with others located in Earlsdon Primary School playground, which will also have activities for children and a face painter.

There will be plenty of entertainment to wow the crowds. The City Arms Performance stage (Clock end of Earlsdon Street) will see the Coventry Morris Men open the festivities at 10.30am. They will be followed by a diverse range of musicians which include Kirsty Clarke, Just Rena, Wilde, Forte Gospel Choir, Whizzy, Alchemista, The Session & Brass Hip Flask. The line-up for the Dance, Drama & Fitness stage, located a little further up Earlsdon Street, includes Spotlight & Y6 Crew from Hearsall Academy, OUTcast Theatre, The Crew Girls, Jill Purser Theatre School, Earlsdon Running Club and Coventry Rugby Club, who will also have a stall at the event for the 2nd year running. Also, on Earlsdon Street, Payne Associates will have a very special competition to raise funds for Earlsdon Library, so make sure you look out for them.

Activities and events will also be taking place at Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library (second hand book sales and activities for youngsters), Earlsdon Methodist Church (refreshments, free craft activities for children, performances by Dayspring Steel Band and various displays including an exhibition of photographs), The Criterion Theatre (entertainment and refreshments including their famous pork & stuffing batches), Albany Club Car Park (bouncy castle, flower sales, Coventry United stall) and St Barbara’s Church (stalls raising money for good causes, cakes and wide range of hot and cold refreshments).

Earlsdon Open Gardens is taking place too and a number of fantastic gardens will be open to the public across Earlsdon, Styvechale and Cheylesmore. Tickets can be purchased on the day at any participating garden or from St Barbara’s Church.

Please visit: www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/17928 for more information.

Earlsdon Street will be completely closed to road traffic and roads that feed into it will also be closed to non-residents from 6am to 6pm, so organisers advise people travelling from outside the area to use public transport (Nos. 5 & 11 buses) as on-street parking will be very difficult.

Volunteer stewards are urgently needed by the festival to staff the road closure barriers. If you are aged 16 or over and can spare a couple of hours to help between 6am and 6pm on May Day please email: earlsdonfest@gmail.com (no experience needed just a friendly disposition).com