Stamford Georgian Festival to return in 2015

Georgian Festival, Stamford.  The Bull Run. The bull being set on fire at Stamford Meadows.'Photo: MSMP280913-050ow ENGEMN00120130929112933

Georgian Festival, Stamford. The Bull Run. The bull being set on fire at Stamford Meadows.'Photo: MSMP280913-050ow ENGEMN00120130929112933

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A festival celebrating Stamford’s heritage that attracted 22,000 visitors at its peak will return for a second year.

South Kesteven District Council revealed this week that it would bring Stamford Georgian Festival back to the town in 2015.

The event took place in September last year and brought tens of thousands of visitors to three days of activities.

The council’s portfolio holder for grow the economy Coun Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “Last year’s event was hugely successful and showed Stamford at its very best to an enormous number of visitors who clearly decided to spend, spend, spend as many traders reported that they had to dash to their wholesalers on Saturday night after record sales which meant they needed to restock so they could trade again on Sunday.”

The features of last year’s three day event were talks, recitals, shows, tours, rides, a tea dance, a Georgian style cricket match and a re-run of the colourful and famous Stamford Bull Run.

Coun Cartwright added: “The feedback from local people and visitors has been excellent and that is why we have decided to do it again. We haven’t arrived at a date yet as we want to talk to other groups and try to find the best fit in the local calendar.”

A date for next year’s Georgian Festival has not yet been set, but the council hopes to introduce even more events to cover the period so crucial in shaping Stamford from 1714 to 1837.