FordFest coming to Shropshire's Fordhall Community Farm

A farm will soon be transformed by musicians, beer tents and circus tricks for a popular annual festival.

FordFest coming to Shropshire's Fordhall Community Farm

The seventh annual Fordfest will return to Fordhall Community Farm

Fordhall Community Farm, near Market Drayton, will host the seventh annual FordFest this week featuring local bands and performers. 

The event will be held on Friday and Saturday and will raise funds for the farm’s community land initiative and the education programme it puts on throughout the year. 

It will start on Friday night at 7pm with an acoustic sing-around and Saturday morning will kick off at 11am with live entertainment through until midnight.

The event began as a tag-on to the farm’s Summer Fair event, but after positive feedback, the events team decided to split the two up and create a beer and music festival in its own right. Seven years on, organisers say the event is going from strength to strength.

Becca Cartwright, events manager, said: “We can’t wait to get this event underway. The planning for it starts almost as soon as the last one is all packed up and we are now all raring to go.

“We have lots of wonderful musicians playing a mixture of folk, indie and acoustic rock music including Ed Conway and the Unlawful Men, Eleanor Nelly, The Beautiful Barley Boys and The Evacs to name just a few.

“We will be serving lovely local ales from breweries across Shropshire, a selection of cider from Shropshire and Herefordshire and some of the finest English wine, traditional soft drinks and even cups of tea. There will also be lots of children’s entertainment in the form of Dan and his human-powered cannons, Jester Jack and his circus team, as well as Jake’s Take telling stories on stage for all to hear.

“And of course, it wouldn’t be a Fordhall event without some sack racing, a hay pit and welly wanging.”

This year sees young Market Drayton band Social Confusion headline the event with artists from across Shropshire and the borders playing on either the main or the acoustic stage through the day.

In between music slots, Shropshire storyteller Jake’s Take, will perform stories for children and adults alike and Jester Jack and his circus troop will be teaching tricks. 

Tickets are £8 when bought in advance from 01630 638696 or from www.fordhallfarm.com

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