Netherfield to host first-ever arts festival next month

More than 30 events have been planned and will take place at a number of venues across the town during NetherFest

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Netherfield artists, writers and musicians will have the chance to showcase their talents next month at the town’s first arts festival.

More than 30 events have been planned and will take place at a number of venues across the town during NetherFest – which will run between July 14-17.

The festival has been organised by a group of local creatives and is being supported by local businesses and the Netherfield Seventh Day Adventist Church as well as the borough and county councillors for the area.

Netherfest will be launched on the Wednesday evening (July 13) with a pop-up gig at the Connect Café on Victoria Road and close on Sunday, 17 with local upcoming musicians performing at the Crossing Social Club on Station Road.

People will be able to try their hand at a range of crafts in workshops, from yarn spinning to dancing, as well as enjoying live music every night during the festival and grabbing a unique gift at the craft market on Saturday 16th – where the fire brigade will also be visiting to show people the fire engine.

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There will also be historical walking tours of Netherfield throughout the week. Saturday will also see a quiet area in the yard of St George’s church.

There will also be lots to see and find elsewhere in the town throughout the week, local Brownies have hidden messages on pieces of wood and visitors will also be able to spot the yarn-bombing and the knitted nursery rhyme trail.

All events are free, with donations being encouraged to support the work of the Netherfield foodbank. Artists, tutors and musicians have donated their time and venues have allowed the space to be used for free. A number of local businesses have provided sponsorship for the event which has made it as open and accessible as possible. Local Councillors have also made donations through their community funds.

Russell Whiting, chair of the NetherFest Organising Committee, said “We can’t wait for NetherFest to showcase our great town and some of the talented people who live here. Everyone knows the past few years have been hard, but we hope that everyone will come along to something during the week, meet new people, try something new and most of all have fun. It’s been great to see how the community has come together to make this event happen and we look forward to welcoming everyone once we get underway!”

You can find more details at the event website: https://www.netherfestng4.org/

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