Everton Garden Centre must be the latest and most original venue for this year’s Everton Village Festival.
The Festival, June 17-19th, is now in its third year, and its resourceful use of the Nurseries is allowing it to shape up like no other Festival in the locality. Being offered the use of this covered facility on Sunday the 19th, has really delighted the Organisers. Cheryl Fillmore, Festival Co-ordinator said recently that, "When Simon Collyer came on board this year it gave the Festival a huge lift, it’s really boosted us all and allowed us to expand and develop in a really unexpected way. I mean, where else could you sit and relax amongst banks of flowers and plants in a Garden Centre on a Sunday evening in June and get in the mood with big Band ‘Swing Unlimited?"
The use of this indoor venue has taken away the uncertainty of the weather and allowed the planning on Sunday of a wide variety of free entertainment. Music will start at 10.30 on Sunday morning and go on all afternoon until 5pm. Music ranges from brass to comedic songs from Polly Morris to piano recitals, puppet theatre ‘Hand to Mouth’ are giving two performances and the popular choir, Crescendi will be singing their hearts out.
The Nurseries are also hosting the Festival Finale during the evening at which the popular big band, ‘Swing Unlimited’ will be playing. There is an entry charge of £5 for this Finale. Tickets can be booked from Cheryl 01590 644865.
Steve Adams, the Festival’s ‘Music Man’ is equally delighted about the way the Festival is developing. Steve, a local musician has played at many of the larger Festival over the years and points out that during the weekend, ‘This Festival offers a huge range of music…from Folk to Rock and Roll to Big Band, and it’s all happening in the tiny village of Everton over 3 days!’ Steve adds that in his opinion, ‘ Everton is unique in that it may be a small Village… not only does it have a fabulously friendly atmosphere but it has masses of free parking and is very easy to find.’
During the weekend most of the events are free. Besides Garden parties, craft workshops and an Arts Trail, there is a Post celebratory Birthday Tea Dance for the Queen. There’s also a Folk evening planned and on Saturday a ‘Picnic in the Park’ with live music from Mudeford Crabs, Riverside Blues. During the Picnic on the Recreation Ground, Vintage cars will provide a stunning backdrop to a display of Birds of Prey. Thanks to the baking skills of the ladies of Everton, there will be plenty of home-made goodies and drink on offer. This will be followed by an evening gig with Empty Frets in the Everton & Lymore Social Club.
Everton Village Festival