Eclectic mix of acts brings festival fever

Official launch event - formal opening ceremony of skate park
Official launch event - formal opening ceremony of skate park

FESTIVAL fever well and truly hit mid Suffolk at the weekend with the launch of the annual Stowmarket Festival.

The 10-day event got started with a big launch party last Friday, showcasing what this year’s festival programme has to offer.

Stowmarket: Roman living history as part of Stow Festival''Pictured: Alan Redhead, Leon Loveday and Andrew Redhead dressing up like Romans during their visit

Stowmarket: Roman living history as part of Stow Festival''Pictured: Alan Redhead, Leon Loveday and Andrew Redhead dressing up like Romans during their visit

Children enjoyed learning to drum during percussion workshops, accompanied by live music from a number of local bands and a parkour demonstration.

On Saturday, a quiet community was invaded by Romans, as a living history group took over Cedars Park. During the evening, hundreds turned out to relax listening to blues acts, such as Mark Flanagan, for StowBlues at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

On Tuesday, the new skate park at the recreation ground celebrated its official opening with a launch event.

Visitors could also enjoy art exhibitions, a fun fair, comedy, parkour, sports and even fishing during the first seven days of the festival.

Blues fest as part of Stowmarket Festival. Took place at the Museum of East Anglian Life''Pictured: Mark Flanagan

Blues fest as part of Stowmarket Festival. Took place at the Museum of East Anglian Life''Pictured: Mark Flanagan

Festival coordinator, Daniel Harvey, said: “It’s not an arts festival, it’s a festival including anything that we think people will enjoy.”

Launch of the Stowmarket festival - musical activites in the town.l

Launch of the Stowmarket festival - musical activites in the town.l