Frampton Festival 2018

posted 1 Jul 2018, 04:04 by Phil Handy   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 04:06 ]
This year’s Frampton Festival promises, once again, to be a fun-filled family day out with preparations almost complete for this popular local community event, now in its sixth year. Last year’s festival was once again well attended as local residents enjoyed the numerous attractions and live music in Centenary Field, and we hope to repeat this success in 2018.


The Festival committee have been working hard since November to ensure that popular attractions from previous festivals have been booked as well as securing some new crowd-pleasers. The ever-popular Professor Panic’s Circus returns, along with Rogers’ fairground rides, Frampton Cotterell Air Training Corp’s flight simulator, face painting, coconut shy, and steam engine rides.

The festival opens with the Winterbourne Woodwind Band, with a variety of events taking place throughout the day including; line dancing with Laughter in Line, and Winterbourne & Brimsham Vet’s fun dog show for canines of all shapes and sizes – the Best In Show final being held in front of the main stage.

Live musical entertainment during the latter part of the day will be provided by Jodie Mellor, Trip for Biscuits, Underground Frets, and Jazz Band, the winners of the recent Winterbourne Academy talent show competition. Headlining the festival this year will be Bristol band The 19Sixties.

Once again there will be a selection of stalls at the festival – a combination of local organizations and local businesses, who have once again supported the festival and many will be in attendance on the day. Stalls include; Frampton Cotterell WI, Pint Size People, Avon Wildlife Trust, Frampton Cotterell Community Association, Pocket Money Toys, Slimming World, Studio Wise Photography, Parody Portraits, Happy Handbags and Little Frampton Bakery.
 
Refreshments will be available on the day, with “Brambles Bar” providing an on-site bar selling a range of beers, ciders, wine, and lager.

Discussions with Frampton Cotterell Parish Council regarding the continuation of the festival in July and in Centenary Field continue as they have concerns about the decrease in biodiversity in Centenary Field, and their proposal is not to cut the meadow grass in July prior to the festival, which would have an impact on the area that the festival could utilize. However, the venue and date IS secured for this year and 2019. We are hopeful that the festival will remain in its current location and on its established date.

The committee would welcome a few additional helpers on the day to ensure that the festival runs smoothly and safely. If anyone feels that they could spare an hour (or two) on the Saturday of the festival, please contact the festival committee at info@framptonfestival.co.uk

The free festival takes place on Saturday 14th July in Centenary Field, Mill Lane, Frampton Cotterell, commencing at 2.00pm and finishing at 10.00 with the lighting of the parish beacon followed by a spectacular firework display, sponsored by ETS Mechanical & Electrical. 

Well behaved dogs are welcome at the festival, but owner’s need to be aware that the firework display is rather noisy for our four-legged friends. Unfortunately BBQs are not permitted at the festival.

The Frampton Festival celebrations continue on Sunday morning in Centenary Field as the Churches of this area always join together after the festival to give thanks for a time of great community celebrations. This is a service to which all are very warmly welcome. Stephen Newell, Minister of Zion, “We kick off with some music and reflections at 10.30am and should be done before noon. Please come and join us. The service is always very informal and is a good way to meet and share with friends and families from our area. In the event of rain…we retreat into St. Peter’s church!”

An exciting new feature this year will be the livestreaming of festival by Frampton Cotterell Projects, a new community organisation set up with the aim of bringing new creative activities to the village.

Booklets giving full details of the day’s attractions and events have been kindly distributed by Village Action to all homes in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath, and information and photographs about the festival can be found on the Festival’s Facebook page