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Yarlington Fringe music and arts festival returns this weekend

Tuesday 30 April 2019, 14:37
By Val Russell

A previous Yarlington Fringe festival

The family-friendly Yarlington Fringe, a free festival of music, arts and crafts, is back again on the first bank holiday in May, Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th.

Yarlington Fringe founder Dave Braybon enjoyed attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for many years and thought, “If Edinburgh can put on such a brilliant event, why not have one in Yarlington?”. So the first Yarlington Fringe took place in 2003 and it was such a roaring success that it has been held every other year since. This will be the ninth event.

The weekend opens at the Village Hall at 6pm on Friday evening with an exhibition of works by established local artists. The exhibition will run all weekend and most exhibits are for sale at very reasonable prices.

Then just come down to the field next to the Church in the centre of the village with all the family and enjoy The Lime Blues Trio on Friday, old friends Kangaroo Moon, who start Saturday evening with a barn dance, and soak up the eclectic mix of the West Camel Acoustic experience through Saturday and Sunday daytime.

Other events include drumming, a digital workshop, handbell and stained glass workshops and you can learn ballroom dancing. The Langport Mummers will perform a traditional play with contemporary twists (not always suitable for those with a nervous disposition!). Not to be missed is the beer and cider festival and the world-famous Duck Race which takes place in the River Cam.

Anyone aged 7 upwards should join up for the community opera, ‘The Magic Flute’, directed by musical magician Karen Gillingham who grew up in Yarlington, and be part of its creation, evolution and eventual presentation (in substantially reduced form!). The opera will be performed in the Church at 5pm on Sunday.

Delicious food and drink will be on offer throughout the weekend. This is the best value you can get, in or out of the EU, because all events are FREE, but please note that the Fringe is entirely funded by our sales of food and drink - and they're a bargain!

Organisers: David and Jane Braybon, Ben Critchley, Rose Adams, Andy Keeley.

01963 440660


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