Free to enter Exmouth Festival launches this Friday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 May 2018

Exmouth Festival 2017. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth Festival 2017. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Exmouth Festival - filled with a mix of music, arts and crafts - begins on Friday, May 25.

Exmouth Festival 2017. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth Festival 2017. Picture: Paul Strange.

The first four days of the event focus on music, with headliners The Blockheads performing on Saturday (May 26) from 8.45pm at the Imperial Recreation Ground. A number of other bands and groups will also be taking to the stage across the bank holiday weekend.

Exmouth Festival is one of the only free events of its kind left and organisers are hoping that generous donations by members of the public can keep it that way.

Speaking to the Journal earlier this year, Carla Hiley, Exmouth’s arts manager, said: “We can’t do the festival on a 10p donation.

“Please pay what you can afford and what you think it was worth.

“If your family has been entertained all day, think how much it would cost you somewhere else.

“The more money we have, the more money we can spend next year on bigger names, paying more to local artists to do more activities and more workshops.”

The festivities will kick off on Friday with choirs and instrumental groups from various primary schools around Exmouth performing at the Imperial Recreation Ground.

Friday’s festivities will be headlined by the Bare Foot Bandits.

Saturday night’s line-up will be topped with the festival headline attraction – The Blockheads – who have been going since 1977, when they were formed to back up legendary punk rocker Ian Dury for his album New Boots and Panties.

There will be more live acts to follow over Sunday and into Monday, including Souled, The Embezzlers, The Funkatronics and The Shelly Beach Boys.

Alongside these musical performances there will be a series of children’s activities and workshops in the ‘big top’ on the Imperial Recreation Ground from Friday to Monday.

East Devon District Council’s Countryside team will also be at the recreation ground from Saturday to Monday with wildflower planting activities and mud walks on Sunday and Monday.

There will also be a series of events at Exmouth Library on Saturday and an exhibition held by the town’s ceramic group in Meeting Street.

For more information, visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk

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