Chipping Sodbury Festival returns
RESIDENTS of Chipping Sodbury and beyond will experience carnival in the town’s streets again as part of this year’s three-month summer festival.
Many of the festival's usual events are due to go ahead as lockdown restrictions are eased, including the Lions Street Fayre and Carnival on June 26.
Organisers who had to cancel last year's events because of the covid pandemic have announced a line-up of activities they hope will make this year's festival one of the best yet.
Throughout May, June and July, some events familiar from previous years and other new ones will be staged, including 'Spot the Error', a quiz night, bike rides and wine tasting, although some will go online and others, including musical events, cannot go ahead under current restrictions.
This year’s carnival theme is ‘Heroes’, which could mean Spiderman or Wonder Woman – or something a little different.
Chipping Sodbury Festival Society chair Kate Cox said: “We challenge you to don your cape or crown and join in all the festivities.
"We all know that some superheroes don’t wear capes and during the last twelve months a different kind of hero has emerged, nationally and also from within our own communities.
"This could be an opportunity for you to highlight the contribution they have made to lives during the past year.”
Festival Princess Molly Woods and her attendants Cerys Baldock and Luke Hayward (pictured above), who were selected but never had a chance to shine last year, will be invited to take part.
The role is to act as ambassadors for the festival, welcoming people, leading the Lions Club Carnival parade, and helping to judge the best float.
During the week of June 14 there will be flower arranging demonstrations, treasure hunts, and a ‘play bridge’ taster session.
The festival's window displays competition will be running again, and new events include a yoga workshop, an online talent show and an online art display.
Evening musical events with large audiences and ‘Music in the Street’ will not be able to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the committee hope to organise some musical events later in the summer.
Kate said: “We're pleased to be back and looking forward to a grand time.”
Anyone who wants to take part in the carnival procession should contact the Lions Club of Chipping Sodbury via the group's Facebook page for an application form.
For more information about events and activities go towww.chippingsodburyfestival.comor the Chipping Sodbury Festival Facebook page.