OLD Town is gearing up for its annual summer festival which begins this weekend.
The eight-day festival opens this Saturday, July 2 and concludes with the Old Town Day and show on Sunday, July 10 which will see High Street and Church Green transformed into a traditional food and craft fair with dozens of stalls, produce displays and plenty of attractions.
Among the events opening this weekend is the Secrets of the Old Town Gardens and Galleries in which some Old Town residents will throw open their garden gates to give visitors a unique glimpse of their beautifully maintained private gardens.
Galleries and antique shops will also be open throughout the weekend to showcase their collections.
On Saturday, July 2 there will be a concert by the Harlequin Chamber Choir from Nottingham who will perform in the Priory from 7pm.
On the Sunday, July 3 at 8pm there will be another concert at the Priory, this time given by the Priory Choir, followed by several more Priory events throughout next week.
A highlight of the festival promises to be the Festival Ball on Friday July 8 which will take place inside a giant marquee on Church Green where there will be music, dancing, a bar and fine food on offer.
Penelope Weston, chair of the Old Town Association, said that this year’s festival is gearing up to be another huge success.
“I really do think that the festival is now in people’s bloodstream up here,” she said.
“Now that we have got a number of new and interesting businesses and shops opening in the High Street over the last six-months, people can not only enjoy all that the festival has to offer, but also enjoy the things that are here all the time but they may not have known about before.”
The festival is organised by the Old Town Association and the Priory Church and festival brochures are now available from many Old Town shops.
Schedules for Old Town Day on July 10 are available from Old Town Gallery, 45 High Street, or downloaded at www.bridlingtonoldtown.org
Tickets for all the events can be bought from the Old Town Gallery, 45 High Street or the Georgian Rooms, 56 High Street.
Admission charges for Priory concerts can be paid on the door.