Stamford Georgian Festival – Sunday 27th

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25 – 27 SEPT 2015

Coffee & Chocolate – the perfect Georgian combination!

The Georgian era saw the beginning of coffee shops which now grace virtually every high street. Treat your taste buds to coffee and chocolate tasting whilst gaining an insight into how this popular Georgian pastime has transformed the modern day high street.

Tickets: £10 from the café

Time: 10am

Location: Café au Chocolat, Ironmonger Street, Stamford

Street market and entertainment

STREET MARKET ON BROAD STREET 10am till 4.30pm with free street entertainment

…ON THE MEADOWS Members of the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards 1815 along with a selection of ‘Georgian’ traders. Visit the Georgian Magic Eye! And enjoy an interactive experience showing how the early camera obscurers worked. Entertaining and educational for all ages. Children’s traditional fairground rides, a Punch and Judy show (at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm) plus donkey rides will also be available.


Omnibus Carriage Rides

Ride in our delightful horse-drawn omnibus. Some seats are on top but are subject to being able to climb up and down. No unaccompanied children under 16 riding on top.

Tickets: £3.50

Time: 10am till 4.30pm

Location: Leaving from St Georges Square, Stamford

Mail Coach Rides

The mail coach returns to Stamford! Enjoy a ride on the authentic coach taking in the sights of Burghley park on this once in a lifetime experience. Be warned, if you are on the top seats, you will need to be able to climb up and down and you will get wet if it rains but it’s all part of this fantastic experience! No unaccompanied children under 16 riding on top.

Tickets: £8.50

Time: 10am till 4.30pm

Location: Leaving from Cattlemarket car-park, Stamford

Come walking!

We have two free walks on Sunday as part of the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

11am – The Bull Run. Walk the streets with us and re-live the infamous Stamford Bull Run.

For 700 years Stamford staged its Bull Run, inspired by a nobleman’s hunting instincts after chasing a runaway bull and prompting an annual event only banned in 1839. Walk streets that echoed to the chase, learn more about Stamford’s bull and how it inspires Stamford’s Georgian Festival carnival parade.

2.30pm – Just how ‘Horrible’ was Stamford’s history? A public flogging was the penalty for stealing a leg of lamb in 18th century Stamford.

Walk down streets little changed since Georgian times and reflect on a bygone age, celebrated the same weekend with Horrible Histories Georgian Festival stage shows, fresh from the West End. A gentle walk lasting just under an hour suitable for children.

For full details and to book, contact Rachael Smith or Debbie Nicholls at South Kesteven District Council on T:01476 40 60 80


Horrible Histories’ Barmy Britain returns to Stamford

Direct from London’s West End, Horrible Histories makes a welcome return to Stamford with the all new Barmy Britain Part 3. We all want to meet people from history, the trouble is they’re all dead! So Barmy Britain’s brand new show is full of crazy characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past!

Tickets: £15 children £12 family of 4 £46 (tickets are also available from the Corn Exchange Theatre on 01780 766455)

Time: 1pm & 3.30pm performances

Location: The Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford

Trials and Tribulations with the Galleries of Justice

Enjoy this interactive reconstruction of a real life trial from Stamford in 1749. Elizabeth Taylor stands accused of stealing but what will be her punishment? A family experience where the audience become involved with proceedings.

Tickets: £6

Time: 11am and 3pm

Location: The old courtroom, Stamford Town Hall

Stamford Town Hall Tours

Visit the Mayor’s parlour and all its treasures along with the other historical rooms in this Georgian building before visiting the original prison cells.

Tickets: Free but must be obtained from the box office 01780 763203

Time: Every hour between 10am and 4pm

Location: Stamford Town Hall

Walking tours with Blue Badge guide, Jill Collinge

Join Jill as she points out historical facts and figures whilst enjoying a gentle walk around Stamford’s stunning streets.

Tickets: £4.50

Time: 11:30am

Location: Leaving from the Stamford Arts Centre


Patchwork & Quilting Workshop to create the Georgian Festival Patchwork

Come along and create your own little piece of the patchwork which will make up the ‘Georgian Festival’ legacy patchwork piece. All materials supplied along with help from patchwork artist Jane Schofield so you can also spend time learning how to create your own piece of work to take home.
Suitable for ages 5+ upwards.

Tickets: £3.50

Time: 10am – 1pm (drop in session)

Location: Stamford Arts Centre, Art Room

The Gruesome Side of Crime and Punishment

Gruesome tales of hanging and floggings (and everything in between!) as Thomas Turlis, the Hangman at Tyburn being equipped with gallows, ropes, and all the ‘tools’ of his gruesome trade, recounts the nature of crime and punishment in the Georgian and Regency period; the time of the ‘Bloody Code’, a body of law that set death as the sentence for well in excess of 200 offences!

Tickets: £4.50

Time: 11.30am

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Theatre

Shoestring Theatre performs…a Comedy of Folly

Join Shoestring Theatre for 30 minutes of the best of Regency prose and poetry about love, life, marriage, smoking and even toothache from a variety of authors, including the incomparable mistress of the comedy of folly, Miss Jane Austen.

Tickets: £2.50

Time: 11.30am & 1.30pm

Location: Browne’s hospital grounds, Stamford

Waterloo – A Pedlar’s Tale

Mathew Chapman, a Pedlar, was present at the great Battle of Waterloo where, having followed Wellington’s army, he saw all the major events of that long and bloody day. Now, returned to England, he is eager to share his eye-witness account of the great victory and, if possible, sell you some of his wares!

Tickets: £2.50

Time: 4.00pm

Location: Browne’s hospital grounds, Stamford

The Historic Gardener

For centuries England has had its gardens,  and gardening is still one of our greatest pastimes. However, the lives and working methods of the gardeners who toiled to maintain the pleasure gardens of the wealthy in times past or the peasants who had to grow their own food have been largely forgotten. Join Michael Brown, the historic gardener as he takes you on a horticultural journey through the years.

Tickets: £4.50

Time: 2.30pm

Location: Browne’s hospital grounds

Georgian Fashions – the shape of things to come

Discover the secrets of creating the fashionable Georgian shape. Costumier Lindsey Holmes demonstrates step by step, the layers that go into making an 18th century lady fit to be presented at court.

Tickets: £4.50

Time: 1pm

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom

Georgian Fashion Show – from the outrageous to the simple, a visual encounter of period fashions

Discover the fashions that encompassed this long period in British fashion history. From the periwigs and white painted faces of the early Georgian period through to the simplicity of Jane Austen’s era, the outfits modelled are from the rich to the poor, civilian and military.

Tickets: £8.00 to include tea and cake afterwards

Time: 2pm

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom

Pride and Prejudice with Dr Jane

Enjoy tea and a talk with Dr Jane and explore Jane Austen’s hugely popular novel Pride and Prejudice. You’ll discover what it really is that makes this novel. Surely the romance and Mr Darcy on TV would not account for its importance alone?

Tickets: £8.00 to include tea and cake beforehand at 3.00pm

Time: Talk at 3.30pm

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Theatre

Sedan Chair Racing

Supported by Stamford Rotary Club.

Local teams battle it out around a timed course to see who can become Stamford’s fastest Georgian taxi! Sedan chairs will be provided. Entries accepted on the day or complete an entry form online. Prizes to the fastest teams in both classes. All proceeds to Rotary charities.

£10 entry for teams of 4 or £5 for teams of 2

Time: From 1pm

Location: The Meadows, Stamford

Chameleon presents Haydn in London

Janet Forbes, soprano with Douglas Hollick, 1809 Broadwood grand pianoforte.

Haydn visited London twice in the 1790s and his English Canzonets were written specially for these visits. Several of these Haydn settings will be performed alongside songs by contemporary English composers such as Storace, Pinto and Linley. The 1809 piano is very similar to those used by Haydn in London and the programme will include solos by Haydn and Dussek, whose 1793 piano he lent to Haydn in London.

Tickets: £10

Time: 6.00pm

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom


Evensong Service

With music from the Georgian period. All welcome.

Time: 6.30pm

All Saints Church, Red Lion Square, Stamford

The Enraged Musician – Cultural Contrasts in Hogarth’s London

By Jeremy Barlow and members of the Broadside Band.

William Hogarth loved theatre, dance and music ‘My picture was my stage, and men and women my actors’ he wrote, yet the tastes of high society often exasperated him.

Hogarth’s satirical prints and paintings contrast elite Italian opera, popular pantomime and the street entertainment of ballad singers, solo fiddlers and bagpipers; these contrasts embellish and reinforce his humour.

An entertaining musical evening  presented by Jeremy Barlow (harpsichord) with members of the Broadside Band: Sara Stowe (soprano, percussion) and Sharon Lindo (violin, bagpipes).

Tickets: £14 (£12)

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Stamford Arts Centre Theatre


Past Event

Stamford Georgian Festival – Sunday 27th

Sun 27 September 2015


Ends: Sun 27 September

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