Woohoo we’re back again!
Ashington Festival 20th August 2022
Yes we’re back again this year, hopefully even bigger and better!
The Festival kicks off with the Carnival which starts at 1.30pm, travelling through the village and arrives at the Recreation Ground around 2pm. This year we are hoping to get more streets and families involved in the procession, as well as village businesses.
Don’t forget the overall winners of the two groups the best Float or Walking Group win £100.00 1st prize money, 2nd place £75.00 and 3rd place £50.00.
On the Recreation Ground there will be plenty to do and see. Many, many stalls selling cakes, crafts, plants etc. A car boot sale, a fun dog show kindly sponsored by Stuart & Jose Harrison, a classic car show, funfair rides, animals to pet, food vans and a licenced bar and Pimm’s tent. There will be a large raffle and a separate raffle to win the wheelbarrow of booze.
In the Arena we welcome back from the Isle of Wight the Medina Band marching and playing popular music, The Dog and Duck Show, Dangerous Steve has an act full of sensational stunts, dancers and a Tug of War competition.
As evening draws on, we welcome back our old favourites, Creative Covers playing music through the decades and Matthew Goodgame singing popular songs from the musicals followed by a fantastic firework display at 10pm and after that a Disco to keep everyone dancing the night away!
So, mark the date 20th August in your diaries and calendars and we’ll see you there!
Ashington Festival first appeared in 1997. It was decided that instead of having the Fun Day and the Flower Show on two different days it would be better to have one large day instead. All the businesses around the village were asked if they would sponsor some money for the day. I remember we got nearly £3,000 in sponsorship which was excellent at that time. The clubs and groups of the village were asked if they would have some kind of stall to raise money for themselves and the Festival.
It was a great success and now in our 24th year it has got so big we are running out of space on the Recreation Ground. We now have a large Carnival, Arena / Stage Acts running through the afternoon and evening, lots of craft and charity stalls, sideshows and Harris Funfair which is our own village fair. We have a Flower Show, fun Dog Show and a Classic Car Show with vintage vehicles, a Car Boot Sale and lots more. In the evening we have live bands playing outside and a fantastic Firework display.
The Carnival is one of the largest in our area we have a lot of carnival floats and walking groups from the village and families all wanting to join in. We have marching bands, majorette troupes and clowns making a fantastic atmosphere. People come from miles around for the day and they line the streets to watch the Carnival.
Because the Festival has got so big we have to raise something like £10,000 to pay for the day. This is done through sponsorship and fundraising through many hard working people but we need more help so if anyone reading this can help please contact me.
Also on Festival day over the years it has been a reunion day, people who were born in the village or used to live here, come back to meet old friends and family which I think gives it a real community spirit atmosphere. We have heard some very moving stories over the years where people have not seen each other in a lot of years. So if you were born in the village or used to live in Ashington, come to the Festival and catch up for old times. It is always held on the third Saturday in August.
Margaret Alford, Chairperson