Festivals & Events
Droitwich Spa boasts an exciting annual programme of events which are popular with people of all ages from the local community and beyond.
St Richard's Canal Festival
Saturday 29th April ~ Monday 1st May 2017
"St Richard's Canal Festival" takes place over the May Day Bank holiday weekend and celebrates Droitwich past and present.
Regular features include medieval entertainment, re-enactors, Continental and Farmers’ Markets, crafts and arts exhibitions, a duck race, a gathering of canal boats, live music and a real ale bar. A special element is an extensive collection of visiting classic and vintage cars on display at the Lido all day Saturday.
For further information visit www.strichardsfestival.co.uk
Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 17th June 2017
“Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival” takes place in June and is a great showcase for local and regional producers. The weekend long event features over 100 food and drink producers, cookery demonstrations, live music, entertainment and a kids zone.
This event has grown by the year and is firmly established in the regional summer time diary and now attracts thousands of visitors.
TV Chef Brian Turner CBE
to Headline the Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival this June.
Brian Turner CBE will run a cookery demonstration for visitors to this year’s Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 17th June and will officially open the festival together with Nigel Huddleston MP on the Saturday morning along with meeting and greeting festival goers.
The Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival has become one of the main events in the town during the summer and is fast building a reputation as one of the leading foodie festivals in the Midlands.
Festival organiser Patrick Davis said; “We are thrilled to have secured Brian Turner to join us for the day on Saturday 17th June. Brian is the President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts which he has combined with a successful career as a TV personality. Having been on the first ever Ready Steady Cook Show Turner served 14 years on the very successful programme as well as many appearances on This Morning, Saturday Kitchen etc and more recently his own show ‘A Taste of Britain’ on the BBC. In 2015 Turner recorded a new show also with the BBC, ‘My Life on a Plate.’
The Droitwich Festival was first set up in 2013 and after only 3 years has become a leading foodie festival in the Midlands with some 130 exhibitors and an estimated 18,000 visitors. Here is what some of last year’s exhibitors said about the festival:
- Nigel Craig Pie Creator “The best food festival of the year for us”
- Dave Checketts Checketts Fine Foods Ombersley “ Droitwich was one of the first festivals we attended 3 years ago and it is one of our favourites and most successful and on our door step”
- Gillian Kerton Churchfields Farm Ice Cream “ Great event for us and so good to see local producers supported and promoted in this way”
Some key facts about the festival:
- The festival this year will be a one day event taking place in the Lido Park Droitwich on Saturday 17th June.
- Completely free to enter festival – bit of a rarity these days!
- A quality Food & Drink festival with a strong emphasis on “local” food & drink produce
- Around 100 exhibitors with a wide range of food & drink and related products
- A demonstration kitchen featuring Brian Turner and local chefs and food & drink producers
- Live entertainment throughout the day
- A “Kids Zone” with free access to activities
The Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival is run by a committee of volunteer representatives and is supported by Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council and Local Businesses. If you would like to find out more please contact the organisers or visit the website www.droitwichspafestival.co.uk or email@example.com.
Sat 15th July - 5th August 2017
With the aim of encouraging the public to view and enjoy a wide range of art forms at mostly free events, many in the open air. More information is available at www.droitwichartsfest.org This arts festival has grown out of a number of arts events held in previous years, and promises to be the largest festival of its type ever held in the area.
Saturday 9th September ~ Sunday 10th September
“Salt Fest” takes place in mid-September and celebrates the Town’s Salt Heritage.
The weekend festival also provides a showcase opportunity for the local community and businesses. Attractions include a “Salt Alley” with Heritage displays, Roman Soldiers and re-enactors, live music and entertainment, street markets and community stalls, a dog show, a duck race on the River Salwarpe, puppet shows and a canal tow path fun run.
For further information visit www.saltfest.co.uk
Christmas Lights switch-on
The year draws to an end with the annual “Christmas Lights switch-on” held on the last Saturday in November. The programme includes Santa's Grotto, children’s competitions, fairground rides and festive market stalls. Live entertainment features performances by local choirs, the Salvation Army Brass Band and a live countdown ceremony by the Town Mayor to switch on the festive lighting displays.
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