Local Summer Shows
Looking for a local show to head to this summer? A few of the many in the local area are listed below. If you have one of your own to promote then please add in the comments section below to let people know.
Pocklington Summer Event
Local music acts are revving up for the second annual Pocklington Summer Event, which promises to be the perfect showcase for their talents.
Held on West Green, the event will again be raising money for the chosen charities of the Pocklington Town Mayor – it’s the turn of Councillor Paul West, who was elected in May – which this year are The Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre and Young People Count, which recently opened a new youth bar in the town.
Organisers will hope for a repeat of last year’s fine weather, when families flocked into town to enjoy dance performances, children’s sport races, gladiator jousting, a bouncy castle and pony rides.
It will be more of the same again this year, with a cracking soundtrack to boot. Among those taking to the stage between 14:00 and 19:00 are the Pocklington-based teenage singer songwriter Livvy Rooks, and Ten-79, a four-piece indie rock band from York who are regulars on the gig circuit in East Yorkshire.
Both played last year’s inaugural festival, and Ten-79’s bassist Jim Cadwallender, who lives in Pocklington, explained they had ‘loved every minute of it’.
“The band heard by word of mouth that the event was being planned, so I contacted one of the organisers, and after they had sampled some of our songs we were booked to headline the music stage,” added Jim.
“We only had a few gigs in York and Hull under our belts so the chance to play at a local festival was very exciting.”
Among this year’s highlights is likely to be a display by the acclaimed Mountgrace Gundogs of Northallerton.
Name: Pocklington Summer Event
Date: Saturday 26 July
The traditional opening drum march will once again mark the start of Barmby Feast, which in its various guises has been a fixture in the village for the best part of two centuries now.
Led by local boy Henry Lucas, the Thursday night march will give way to the now traditional fair on the green, which will last right through until the Saturday evening.
“It’s been running for so long now that Barmby Feast is an event in the village calendar that is close to many residents’ hearts,” comments organiser Sue Frow.
Friday night sees the local town crier Geoff Sheasby (interviewed last issue) herald the start of the traditional Victorian Fun Run, which starts at 19:00, from the playing fields to The Boot and Slipper pub. Those who are participating in the run receive a tasty pie and pea supper when they finish. As for the runner that crosses the finish line first, well, a yard of ale awaits.
Saturday is the Feast Day itself, and a movie-themed parade of floats will carry this year’s Feast Queen and Guest of Honour to the playing fields, where the official opening will take place at 13:30.
“We’ve got some fantastic entertainment, including Acorn Ladies Morris Dancers, tug of war teams, a roving jazz band, a birds of prey display and craft demonstrations,” adds Sue. “People can also have a try on the gliding simulator, while the junior football club will be holding matches all day, with the final being held in the main arena.”
With a great selection of local food and drink on top of all the activities on offer, a feast of fun truly awaits.
Date: 17-19 July
Always a big pull, the two day fayre includes a family disco and boasts all the usual events, including archery, inflatables, coconut shy and balloon modeling. A charity family ‘chill out’ afternoon at The Marquee features music from Tom Silcox, Lisa B and Taz Barnes, and funds raised will go towards research into brain tumours in children. It is in memory of Dunnington youngster Oscar Hughes, who died recently as the result of a brain tumour, so please show your support.
Date: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 July
Market Weighton Giant Community Day
This is held in celebration of William ‘Giant’ Bradley, England’s tallest man. Born in the town in 1787, he measured 7ft 9 inches, and died in 1820. The event, organised by the Market Weighton Town Team Partnership, takes place in and around High Street and features a host of family entertainments.