A PEAL of bells from the parish church will announce the 34th Chiddingly Festival taking place this Thursday, September 27 and running until October 7.
The tiny village has been punching above its weight for years to create an arts and entertainment extravaganza which will thrill crowds – thanks to a hardworking team of villagers.
Work of both international and national artists has been promised catering for a wide range of ages and tastes.
The Chiddingly Festival website calls the fest a ‘remarkable phenomenon’ adding: “It is a feast of the arts, run entirely by volunteers, yet attracting big name and quirky acts in a wide range of genres.
“Music, dance, beer, sculpture, comedy, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry for all ages all feature regularly.”
Thursday night (September 27) features a showing of the film “Charles Dickens and Great Expectations” shot mainly on location in and around Chiddingly.
It will be a chance to get into the Victorian atmosphere by dressing up as a favourite Dickensian character and enjoying a few Victorian libations.
Music, as always, is a central theme for the festival and this year, on Friday (September 28), the festival presents folk artists Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin in a rare joint performance on stage.
The Beer Festival Weekend (September 29 to 30) is considered a mini festival in itself providing lots more besides excellent ales and ciders with live music, a barbecue, belly dancing workshops, drumming and Acappella singing. A Mardi Brass children’s workshop, and the Art and Craft Exhibition has also been organised.
On Sunday evening (September 30) the classical concert will also be given by Mardi Brass, a versatile and dynamic brass quintet performing musical styles spanning six centuries, thrilling audiences with their blend of music and humour.
For full details of festival events, visit: www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk and to contact the box office phone 01825 872401 between 7pm and 9pm or book online.
For artists’ information visit: www.chiddinglyartists.co.uk
The eight bells at Chiddingly have no given names.
They are numbered from the tenor to the treble bell; tenor being the heaviest and treble, the lightest.