The Lady Bay Summer Festival is a great day for all the family featuring live music, stalls, lovely food and drink, and excellent real ales from Castle Rock Brewery. And all of this with FREE admission!
The festival, now in its eighth year, will take place on Saturday 31st August at the Poppy and Pint pub, Lady Bay, Nottingham, from 12 noon until late.
The Lady Bay Festival is run by just two volunteers – a husband and wife team who have lived in Lady Bay over ten years. The team, Mike and Kate Earl, say that local support is essential to making the day a success: “The festival has been a real community event for us over the last 8 years, we have 3 young children. Our eldest Charlotte is about to start in Lady Bay Primary, and our twins Martha and Nancy are at Alphabet House nursery and it’s great to see all their friends enjoying the day. The support from the team at the Poppy, alongside a wealth of local music talent and creative small businesses, continues to make Lady Bay Festival a huge success”
This year, we have a rainbow theme to the festival artwork – in fact, it was our eldest daughter Charlotte who came up with the design! Following some initial sketches at home, Charlotte asked if Lady Bay Festival could include her rainbow design. We were thrilled with her enthusiasm and arranged a meeting with our festival designer, Bingham-based artist Joe Bright.
Joe worked with Charlotte to design the LBF19 theme: “Charlotte was a pleasure to work with, she knew exactly what she wanted and was really happy with the final design. The idea to have beermats which could be coloured in on one side was fantastic and this was a great design to put together.
Lady Bay Festival’s latest recruit, Charlotte Earl, aged 4, has followed the design brief from initial concept to meeting with the designer to the final design and we are all very proud to see the published version
James Halfpenny, manager at the Poppy and Pint, was thrilled with the new festival design: “The rainbow theme is fantastic and the idea to have beer mats to colour in will go down really well on the day. The Poppy and Pint will launch a Lady Bay Festival competition for the best coloured in beermat, and the winner, judged by Charlotte, will receive a family meal for up to 5 at the pub.”
BIG-NAME MUSIC HEADLINER
Last year, Lady Bay Festival saw a record turn out as we welcomed The Bluetones front man Mark Morriss. For 2019, we’ve secured another big-name headliner – Tom Hingley, former frontman from iconic 90s act The Inspiral Carpets. Tom will be joined by a packed line up of local bands, covering a plethora of genres, so there’ll be something for everyone over this wonderful day of live music, unique shopping and family fun. The stalls from local businesses include handmade prints and artwork, jewellery, crafts, baked goods, home decor, foodie treats and much more.
FREE FAMILY FUN
For families and children there’s lots to do, including face painting, bouncy castles and fun activities from Alphabet House Day Nursery. And all this with a great selection of food and drink available for parents in the pub! The full list of stalls and live music line up can be found at //ladybayfestival.com/programme/.
OUR VERY OWN BREW FROM CASTLE ROCK
The festival couldn’t take place without the support of the Poppy and Pint – a pub at the heart of the Lady Bay community with the festival as the flagship event in their broad programme of exciting events. In addition to being the generous main funders of the festival, Castle Rock Brewery are once again brewing up a special beer for the event: Lady Bay FestivALE! In previous years this new brew proved extremely popular, selling out within hours.
The FestivALE beer mat was last year spotted by the British Beermat Collector’s Society from the Brewery Museum and now resides in their collection. The beermat is part of the wonderful festival artwork produced by local artist Joe Bright (//www.joebright.co.uk).