Morris dancing, live music and a parade will all form part of the fun as Eastbourne Lammas Festival gets underway next weekend (July 26/27).
The annual event, now in its 13th year, will include carnival giants, children’s entertainment and people have the chance to dress up and take part in Saturday’s Carnival Parade. The fun will unfold at 10am on the Saturday with Morris Dancing at Bankers’ Corner in Terminus Road and at 10.45am outside Debenhams. The procession gets underway at around midday and Eastbourne Giants Herne and Andred will once again lead dancers, drummers and festival-goers in performances at the pier before making their way along the promenade and returning to the main festival site at the Western Lawns.
If people would like to join the parade they must come along to the pier entrance at midday. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The festival, which will help raise funds for the RNLI, will also feature clothes, jewellery, craft stalls and demonstrations, as well as Punch and Judy and a bouncy castle.
Crowds can enjoy live music from traditional and folk-rock to modern jazz and there’s the chance for little ones to have their face painted and enjoy story telling sessions.
Belly dancing, tarot reading, and performances from Carol George, Sea Gypsies and Ragati String Band will all form part of the fun, with many other groups providing entertainment over the two days.
On the Sunday from 11am Morris Dancing with Hunters Moon Morris and Spirimawgus takes place with more activities throughout the day.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I’m absolutely delighted we’ve got the Lammas Festival coming to town next weekend.
“It’s been going now in Eastbourne for more than 10 years, it’s enormous fun and the many groups that take part really bring a fantastic spirit of enthusiasm to the wonderfully eclectic festival.”
A programme of events can be found at www.lammasfest.org