Creative talents of Nether Edge residents are to be ‘showcased’ in a colourful nine-day event - the community’s first ever festival.
Residents came together to organise the celebration - which focuses on arts but includes activities as diverse as yoga tasters and literary evenings, many of them free - after the success of the popular Nether Edge Farmers’ Market.
They are now preparing for the launch on Saturday, September 5.
Anne Barr, one of the organising committee members, said: “The festival came about due to the success of the farmers’ market, really I think the aim is to show off the diverse talents of people living and around Nether Edge and bring the community together.
“It is a very creative community, the festival includes everything from arts and photography exhibitions to history walks and wine tasting, so there is a variety of activities to suit everybody.
“We hope it is going to be the first of many.”
The festival begins with a series of workshops on upcycling -where unwanted items are turned into practical goods -on the Saturday at Common Ground on Machon Bank, from 1.30pm. There is also a lively night of folk music at a ceilidh, with bring your own drinks, at St Andrew’s Hall,St Andrew’s Road, at 7.30pm.
Over the following week there will also be a teddy bear’s picnic in Brincliffe Edge Woods, a treasure hunt, art exhibition and wildlife photography talks.
Businesses have got on board, opening their doors for special offers, wine or beer tastings, pop up suppers and ‘garden to table’ socials.
Some events will take in the scenery of leafy Nether Edge, such as a continental evening with street food, live music and late night shopping at Nether Edge Road shops on Wednesday September 9 and a cultural walk on Friday September 11.
The fun will culminate with a day of open studios and a family party in Chelsea Park on Saturday September 12, followed by the event that starter it all, a bumper Nether Edge Farmers’ Market on Sunday 13.
Brochures have been delivered to 8,000 homes and are available in shops. Funding was provided by the market and Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group while local businesses are sponsors.
Visit www.netheredgefestival.co.uk for more details.