25th Oct, 2016

Nick is at the centre of Lunar Festival

Solihull Editorial 29th May, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THERE are just eight days to go until the eagerly-anticpated Lunar Festival at Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth in Arden.

The festival – in the home village of iconic folk singer Nick Drake – has just been voted in the Guardian’s top 25 festivals for arts and crafts lovers.

So, what can visitors to the three-day event from Friday (June 6) to Sunday (June 8) expect to see on top of the fabulous musical acts including British Sea Power, Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and Donovan.

Well – there will be something for everyone to enjoy – for young and old, adventurous and those not so adventurous.

CircusMASH will be running a variety of circus arts workshops, there will be mask making and children’s storytelling, hat making, willow workshops, yoga, Jamaican storytelling, soap making workshops, Indian dancing, wall climbing, weaving workshops and a film tent to name just a few – with many of the people and companies running the events sourced from the local area.

The film tent will feature a documentary – A Skin Too few, The Days of Nick Drake – to pay homage to the singer-songwriter who has inspired the festival.

A select group of Nick Drake fans will also get the chance to be whisked off to a secret location to listen to Drake’s own version of his album Pink Moon on a 1965 Pye Archiphon Stereo Gramophone Player formerly owned by the Drake family in their Tanworth-In-Arden sitting room.

The event will take place at 11.30pm on Saturday (June 7) in a secret location at Lunar Festival.

Admittance is only available by booking by email and placing a £5 per-person refundable deposit at the information office at the festival on the Saturday by 3pm.

This deposit can be swapped for limited Nick Drake 7 inch vinyl at the event, or returned.

Commenting on the Guardian top 25 award and the line-up of talent the organisers said: “We’re chuffed to bits at this recognition and are proud to announce several new family-friendly, foody, arty and crafty activities to do at the festival.

“We’ve handpicked some excellent local talent to get your creative juices flowing over the weekend.”

Visit: www.lunarfestival.co.uk for tickets and more information.

Soapmaking workshops courtesy of Stratford’s Katie Beswick and her Little Bird Soaps company. (s)