Fen Edge Festival 2019 | Let the Carnival begin!

The Fen Edge Festival is nearly here and this year’s Carnival theme promises a great programme for everyone to enjoy from 21st to 23rd June on Cottenham Village Green, the Village College and Community Centre.

This is the eighth Festival and every time it is held it brings out the best in people. The Festival committee who have worked for nearly a year to pull the event together. The volunteer stewards who give their time to ensure that others can enjoy the event safely. The organisations and businesses that donate generously in recognition of their role in the community.

The best way to show your support for their contributions and hard work is to get involved yourself as a volunteer (volunteer@fenedgefestival.co.uk). If you can’t volunteer then please make sure you come along and support the event as you will be supporting charities and good causes in the five Fen Edge villages.

The Festival starts on Friday morning with Cottenham Toy Library’s Play Zone. In the afternoon the focus switches to the older members of the community with Tea on the Green organised by Cottenham Day Centre. And on Friday evening the ever-popular Cottenham Primary School PTCA Dance takes centre- stage with local band Swagger, who gave an energetic and memorable performance at the last Festival. Tickets for the Dance are now only available from Les Ward Greengrocers.

Over the weekend we invite you to bring your friends and family, chairs and rugs to enjoy the free entertainment on the Village Green. There will be a great choice of food on offer from over a dozen food vans and stalls, a wonderful mix of market stalls and activities and live demonstrations from local village groups who will entertain you alongside sporting and dancing demonstrations.

There’s free music in the evenings. On Saturday you can party with The Hares a fantastic 4-piece band who perform classic, modern and current covers to ensure the dance floor is rocking. On Sunday evening Sandy Ukulele Group promise fun – in bucket loads. Their gigs are more like a Karaoke concert as they encourage and expect their audiences to sing along! There’s also another fantastic programme of free live music during the day at The Venue with talented local bands and musical performances to entertain you alongside our afternoon bar.

There will be lots of fun things for children to enjoy with favourites old and new including fairground rides, Total Wipeout (will you be the last person standing), games, entertainers, a fantastic Kids Disco and Retro Gaming. There will also be the ever-popular sculpture competition.

At the Community Centre enjoy coffee, lunches and cream teas whilst listening to a variety of live, light music on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment for children will include Toy Library Soft Play and Little Humbugs amongst other family activities.

Over at the Village College Sports Centre there’s a Fitness Suite Open Day with a special induction fee of £2 for use of the gym over the weekend. If games are your thing there’s a chance to play Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis and Football.

The full Festival programme will be delivered to homes at the start of June so look out for it and keep it to hand for the Festival weekend. For the latest news and information follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the fenedge.co.uk website.

So let the Carnival begin – we look forward to seeing you for an amazing weekend.

The Fen Edge Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Malary Ltd, Cottenham Parish Council, Aviva Community Fund, Clear Glass (Cambridge) Ltd, Curry Palace, Lynx Autocare, S R Harradine Haulage Ltd, Giuseppe Piran, Gas Monster, Excelcare, haart, Cambridge Glassblowing Ltd, Bellway, BV Services, Voland Roofing, Dentons Carpets, Polarglaze, Screens & Graphics, Cottenham Sawmills, Travis Perkins, Speckled Frog Web Design and Amey.