Stamford Georgian Festival 2015

The Georgian stone town of Stamford in Lincolnshire will host its third Stamford Georgian Festival from 21st to 24th September next year.

Stamford was reportedly the first town in England to be declared a conservation area in 1967, and much of its historical architectural heritage has remained intact.

The festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its urban conservation status, and will feature markets, military re-enactments, horse drawn carriage rides, and a Georgian costume ball.

A costumed performance of the town’s infamous Bull Run, a 700-year tradition where a single bull was chased through the town’s streets then slaughtered, will also take place.

The Georgian Costume Ball will be a recreated period ball in a Georgian ballroom. Attendees can enjoy dancing, music and period card games. Dances will be called by a dance mistress and a buffet supper is included in the ticket price.

Specific details have not yet been released for all the 2017 activities, but visitors can expect similar activity to the previous festivals that ran in 2013 and 2015.

Previous events have celebrated the Georgian era spanning the period between 1714 and 1830.

There have been staged talks on Georgian architecture, floral design, fashion, natural philosophy, literature and poetry, artists of the period and the alchemy of brewing.

Town hall tours, live theatre, a street market, vintage fairground rides, ghost walks and antique book fairs are other features that might be repeated next year.

More about Stamford

Proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as “the finest stone town in England”, Stamford has over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone in the town centre including five Medieval churches.

The town has also formed the backdrop for television dramas such as Middlemarch and the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. 

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(Photo credit: South Kesteven District Council).