Festival fun in Bridlington’s Old Town

Andrew, Molly and Andrea Cockerill visit one of Old Town's secret gardens.
Andrew, Molly and Andrea Cockerill visit one of Old Town's secret gardens.

BRIDLINGTON’S Old Town will be abuzz with activity this weekend as its much loved summer festival reaches its climax.

The Old Town Festival, which is now into its eighth year, got off to a blooming great start last weekend with the Secret Gardens event which this year featured a ‘plant swap’ and a free plant giveaway for all children who visited one of the gardens.

Pictured are some of those who opened their garden gates to the public for the popular event, out of which the Old Town Festival was born back in 2004, as well as some of the many visitors who turned out to take in the stunning horticultural displays.

The festival is organised by the Old Town Association, a voluntary community group of business owners and residents who are passionate about the area’s history and heritage as well as its new life as a cultural and hospitality quarter.

The event runs over two weekends, with entertainment running all this week including a performance by the EYMS Brass Band on Saturday July 7, culminating in the Old Town Day Show on Sunday July 8.

Traffic-free Market Place and High Street will be full of food and craft stalls, as well as performers, while the Church Green will host the ever popular fun dog show.

Participants in the show, which runs from 11am to 4.30pm, will compete in a wide range of classes from cakes to beer, flowers to photos, and crochet to stitch-making.

Budding chefs will have the chance to put their baking skills to the test in the Great Brid Jubilee Bake Off Challenge for both adults and children.

There will also be lots of other entertainment, displays and activities including a bouncy castle, fencing, wood turning, Honda Goldwing bikes, as well as ferrets, pigeons and Yorkshire rats.