The Chesterton Festival returns later this month with a range of events happening at venues all over the Chesterton area. This community festival, now in its 10th year, runs from 23 – 30 June.
I met with Rachel Clarke, Hall Manager at St. Andrew’s Church, to find out more. The Festival is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers from the three Chesterton churches with local residents and it’s supported by a grant from Cambridge City Council. This year, they’ve put together a programme that includes jazz and choral concerts, stunning flower displays in St Andrew’s Church and free circus skills workshops with Cambridge Community Circus.
The Community Fun Day happens on Saturday 23 June from 1 – 5pm at Pye’s Recreation Ground. “It has a lovely relaxed village fete atmosphere,” Rachel tells me, “and it’s a really fun event for all ages.” There’ll be plenty of stalls to browse … think crafts and handmade goodies, local groups and charities, cakes, ice cream, face painting and more. Cambridge City Council will be running a free Athletics Area with table tennis, football and an Activity Pod alongside a Golden Mile Family Challenge walk or run. There’ll be a Children’s Fun Zone and lots going on in the Arena, with a variety of acts from samba and jazz bands to Polish dancers and performances from local schools.
If you’re artistically minded, you’ll enjoy the CreativeSpace at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 27 June. Just turn up any time between 11am and 7pm. You’ll find a selection of art materials … let yourself be inspired by the beauty around you and see what you create! This is a free event, all ages are welcome and they’ll be serving light refreshments too.
Wild West comes to Brown’s Field on Green End Road on Friday 29 June from 6 – 10pm with live music, children’s activities and performances, Rodeo bull and food stalls. There’s free entry to this event which is brought to the Festival by ChYpPs at Cambridge City Council.
If you’d like to join in and celebrate community life in Chesterton, just check online for full details of all these events and more in the Festival schedule.
This event takes place at multiple venues around Chesterton.