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Bourne Festival 2018
Bourne Festival 2018

Having started with a flatbed lorry and a few barrels of beer in 2002, the Bourne Festival has grown into one of the major, must attend events on the local calendar.

The festival, now in its 16th year, is due to take place from June 1 to 3 at Wellhead Field in Bourne.

Ian Collins of the Bourne and District Round Table said the live music event attracted more than 10,000 visitors over the weekend and this year's show promised to deliver even more fun and entertainment.

"Bourne Festival 2018 will have 80 real ales and 25 ciders, live music across all three days, a craft fair, various food concessions and the ever popular funfair," he said.

"The festival may have grown over the years but our core values have remained the same - to provide a low-cost family event that brings the town together with the profits donated back to the local community.

"We are not a commercial organisation, but a group of guys with a passion for our community and music."

Gates open at 6pm next Friday and will close at 11pm; from 12pm to 11pm on Saturday; and from 12pm to 10pm on Sunday.

"There are 17 live acts across the weekend playing some incredible music," said Ian.

On Friday, Halo and The Brays will take to the stage while Saturday will feature performances from eight bands including The Origins, Pennyles, Dirty Rumours and Clutching at Straws.

Another seven bands will perform on Sunday including Crossfire, The Spirit and Afterlife.

"Bourne Round Table have been part of life in the town for more than 50 years raising and donating thousands of pounds to charities, individuals and good causes," said Ian.

"The festival was originally a collaboration in 2002 between The Queen's Golden Jubilee Committee and The Round Table, reviving the '999 Galas' which were an annual event from decades ago."

He said they still had places for sponsors or volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved could e-mail info@bournefestival.com

Organisers have cautioned festival goers that bag checks will be conducted at the gate.

Entry for anyone aged 11 and over is £3 per day, or £5 for a weekend pass. Under 11's are free.

For more information visit www.bournefestival.com

Ian said they were on the lookout for new members to join the Bourne Round Table. To learn more visit bourne-district.roundtable.co.uk

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