New family festival to make its way to Burnham-on-Sea this year

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 February 2017

The new festival will happen on September 9.

The new festival will happen on September 9.

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Burnham is set to welcome a ‘really exciting’ festival to the town this year which will provide entertainment for all the family, according to its organisers.

Over the past 10 years the town has hosted a FolkFest but due to the effort it took to organise, it is not returning this year.

However, Ade Bowen, from Weston, has decided something should be done in the town to replace it and has launched Burnham Fest in its place.

The hope is that this event will now grow and become just as popular, with a host of children’s entertainment and live music planned for September 9 this year. Mr Bowen told the Mercury the event will take place in and around The Princess Theatre, in Princess Road, with outside entertainment to be introduced – albeit weather permitting.

He said: “People loved the FolkFest but we are planning to make this a little bit different.

“This will have more of a music theme and I am in charge of bringing comedy and storytelling to the event.

“There are a number of talented authors in the area and I am still on the lookout for more to get involved.

“We already have a number of comedians booked in but I do want more authors and storytellers to come forward as I know there is a lot out there.”

Mr Bowen’s aim is to have an array of different activities so that the whole family can head along for the day and listen to some fascinating stories, enjoy some live music and grow the event over the next few years.

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