Lessons in everything from Scandanavian dance to traditional American clogging is on offer at the 48th Towersey Festival, which gets underway on Thursday this week.
This year there are more than 200 events on 12 stages and a four day children’s festival.
Work is is already underway on site, because it takes more than a week to get everything ready. All the major venues are undercover to stop the British weather dampening spirits.
On Thursday there will be a headline performance by The South, formerly known as The Beautiful South.
The official opening by Towersey resident and BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce takes place on Friday – organisers joke ‘just like the Olympics, we open a day after the first events’.
Festival-goers can try a wide range of workshops from morris dancing to playing the fiddle, guitar or accordian.
There is also a poetry breakfast session, where visitors can try writing and performing.
Children can take part in science and circus workshops, enjoy puppet shows and face painting or make lanterns which will lead the parade to one of the festival’s two finales – there is one for familes with children and a celidh for adults which finishes at a later time.
Shoppers can browse the large selection of stalls and drinkers can sample more than 20 brews during the real ale festival.
Pupils from Lord Williams’s School will also unveil their much anticipated creative arts project, which has been funded by the festival.
The pupils will also take part in flashmob-style performances.
For more details visit www.towerseyfestival.com