Bridlington Arts Festival was big success

The bank holiday event with a craft fayre and deckchairs provided in the Spa Gardens
The bank holiday event with a craft fayre and deckchairs provided in the Spa Gardens

The 2013 Bridlington Arts Festival was another success for the town, with a wide range of entertainment enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

The festival started with a wonderful performance of ‘Robin in the Hood’ by the Remarkable Kids in the Spa Theatre, which was a modern twist on the old Sherwood Forest tale.

This was followed by Spotlight Showcase, with over 100 players from local drama groups performing over the course of four days.

The participants - from local nursery, primary and secondary schools, and day centres for adults with learning difficulties - attended workshops and performed in a real theatre. This was a great opportunity both for those taking part and for everyone watching.

The weekend also brought a murder mystery evening at the Spotlight, and on the Sunday afternoon Swansea City Opera performed Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ in the Spa Theatre.

The festival continued in the Spa Theatre with the Schools Showcase on the Wednesday, and Stage Door Academy of Performing Arts’ show entitled ‘A Night at the Movies’ on the following Sunday evening.

A well-attended outdoor event took place in the Spa Gardens on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, when the glorious weather added to everyone’s enjoyment.

More than 30 stalls displayed their wares at the craft fayre, and hundreds of people relaxed in deckchairs that were provided free of charge whilst they watched the 15 concert performers.

Janet Padwick, one of the Festival organisers, said: “The festival concluded with a fitting performance by seven local acts in our grand finale concert in the Spa Theatre.

“The festival could not take place without the hard work of the committee, who give their time freely, and the help of our sponsors and grants.

“The grants allowed us to keep ticket prices low to enable as many people as possible to enjoy quality entertainment at affordable prices and some events were free.”

If anyone has any suggestions for next year’s festival or would like to join the committee please contact committee chairman Dave Grange on 01262 670493.