Bridlington Old Town festival begins

Roger and Liz Wilkinson visiting one of last year's Secret Gardens of Old Town.
Roger and Liz Wilkinson visiting one of last year's Secret Gardens of Old Town.

Bridlington is about to reveal some of its prettiest secrets this weekend, as the 2013 Old Town Summer Festival gets underway.

The first event is the ever-popular Secret Gardens, when members of the public are invited into private gardens for a look around - and the occasional cup of tea and a bun, too. Some of the gardens will also have artists working in them, so it will be a cultural as well as a curiosity-satisfying event.

Penelope Weston of Priory 900 explained: “We’ve got 17 ‘secret gardens’ this year, including several new ones and an allotment! Sarah Hutchinson at Hartendale in South Back Lane puts on a charity fete in her garden as part of the event, with a giant plant swap. If the weather just obliges it should be a really good event with plenty of variety.”

On the Sunday, Bridlington Town Crier David Hinde will be leading visitors to the Secret Gardens - including those on South Back Lane - and will be accompanying the Mayor Councillor Terry Dixon who will be at The Secret Gardens Event, and will be carrying out the competition draw for Order of Shouts for all the Town Criers taking part in next weekend’s Town Criers competition.

Diane Davison, Chair of the Old Town Association, said: “Our Summer Festival is the highlight of our year in The Old Town, attracting locals, regular visitors and tourists. Secret Gardens is always a delight and Old Town Day sees the area bursting with people. This year The Town Criers Competition will be a blaze of colour, heritage and pageantry - a new event to add to a day which has a food and craft fair, a traditional village show, dog show, greyhound parade, children’s rides and live music.”

The Secret Gardens are open from 11am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30. There are clues to collect in each garden, with the winners receiving £25 Eastfield vouchers.

Tickets, which cover entry to all the gardens, are £3.50, with children under 16 free.

Other events in the Summer Festival include a ‘scratch’ performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers at the Priory Church next Thursday (July 2) at 7.30pm (tickets £3 for singers, free for the audience); a Flower Festival in the Priory from Thursday July 4 to Sunday July 7, 10am to 4pm (free admission, programmes £1 each); a Festival Feast in the Marquee, Church Green, at 7pm on Friday July 5 (tickets £15); the EYMS Brass Band in concert at the Priory at 7.30pm on Saturday July 6 (tickets £7.50). Old Town Day is on Sunday July 7 from 11am to 5pm, with a multitude of events including a food and craft fair and a village show including produce displays, flowers, and handicrafts. There will also be the special Town Criers competition, with Criers in full regalia coming to compete from far and wide. More details of all the events can be found on the website: www.bridlingtonoldtown.org; tickets and information from the Old Town Gallery at 45 High Street or the Georgian Rooms, 56 High Street. Concert tickets for the Priory can also be bought in the Church shop or on the door.