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Bassetlaw Museum’s Farm & Country Festival

One of the most popular summer events in Bassetlaw is the annual Farm and Country Festival. This is staged by Bassetlaw Museum in the grounds of its home, Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford. The 2011 Festival will be held over the last weekend in June, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th

 

Cllr Julie Leigh, portfolio holder for Environment and Leisure, said “Last year the Festival attracted well over 7,500 people. Visitors this year can again see vintage tractors and a steam driven traction engine as well as a variety of country crafts demonstrations.

 

“The Museum, which is owned and operated by the Bassetlaw District Council, aims to preserve and showcase the unique cultural heritage of the District. Its collections include items dating back to prehistoric times as well as local objects from Roman times to the present day. Above all, however, the Museum aims to be a place where things happen and the Farm and Country Festival has become something of a tradition, promoting the rural links that give Bassetlaw its distinctive character.”

 

Curator of the Museum, Sam Glasswell, says “Admission to the Festival, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm on both days, is free.

 

“Younger visitors can have fun with hands-on activities and everyone can try their hand at rope making. We’re also really pleased to be able to have stands from Notts Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation Trust and also a display of wildlife photographs. The Percy Laws Gallery also features an exhibition by the Retford and District Photographic Society.

 

“There will also be demonstrations by watercolour and stained glass artists, sugar crafters, a chance to see a gypsy caravan, performances by Retford Oaks School band and displays by Pauline's Line Dancers from Retford and the Retford Judo Club. Local produce will be available and there will be card and book stalls, refreshments and ice cream.”

 

For further details contact 01777 713 749 or email bassetlaw.museum@bassetlaw.gov.uk

 
Last Updated - 17/08/2011