Earlsdon Festival Set To Shine Again

The 23rd Earlsdon Festival is back on track for 2016 and will be taking place on Monday 2nd May, with a great selection of stalls and a packed programme of events.

This year’s festival almost didn’t happen as the organisers (all volunteers working in their own time) were forced to announce that the festival would not take place in 2016. Following the departure of several key committee members, and the lack of new volunteers coming forward, there was no choice but to take the decision to skip 2016. But within weeks the festival was saved by an offer of help from the Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix, who meet in Earlsdon, with a welcome intervention that meant that the festival could take place in 2016.

Earlsdon Street will be closed once again to allow the annual festival to take place on the May Day Bank Holiday (Monday 2nd May) from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Stalls will be located all the way along the street, providing a wide range of different goods to buy and representing many local groups and charities. New for this year are some exciting new food concessions including gluten free products, Caribbean, Indian, American, German and French food stalls.

The performance area, relocated to the bottom of the street near the roundabout, has a great selection of acts. Returning from an amazing spot last year are unique drumming act UVBEATZ and joining us for the first time is Coventry band ‘Wilde’, making up part of the full day’s programme. This year’s sponsor for the performance area is The City Arms public house.

Further up Earlsdon Street is the exercise area with a variety of demonstrations including Mudless Bootcamp, JD Gyms and Elizabeth Lamb Dance Academy.

Visitors will find more stalls and fun happening on the playground at Earlsdon Primary School including games and activities specifically for children. Some Fringe events have been confirmed; after last year’s success the popular poetry evening will take place at the Royal Oak on Thursday 28th April and the festival headline concert, The Subterraneans, will take place at the Albany Club on Sunday 1st May.

Nigel Lee, chair of the Earlsdon Festival and vice-chair of Coventry Phoenix said, “The festival almost didn’t happen this year, but thanks to the help from the Rotary Club of the Coventry Phoenix, it has been saved. I would like to thank all the people involved who have managed to organise the festival in record time.

“As always the festival could not take place without the generosity of our sponsors and the commitment of the many volunteer stewards to help keep the day safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

And finally thanks to all of these local businesses for their generosity in sponsoring this year’s festival:

  • The Albany Club
  • Brian Holt Estate Agents
  • Builders Supply Stores
  • The City Arms
  • Concentric Lettings
  • Criterion Theatre
  • Deliveroo
  • Exclusively Earlsdon
  • FarGo Village
  • Godiva Plumbing, Heating and Electrical
  • Hammons Solicitors
  • King Henry VIII School
  • Millsy’s Cafe Bar and the Royal Oak
  • Payne Associates
  • Subway
  • Sytner Mini

If you would like to find out more about the Earlsdon Festival check out our website at www.earlsdonfestival.co.uk and visit www.coventryphoenixrotary.org/ for information about the Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix.

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