South Kesteven District Council is proud to present its fourth Stamford Georgian Festival – an exciting, colourful and fascinating festival encompassing performance, events and spectacle.
This year we are celebrating the ‘Age of Wonder and Invention’ bringing to life Georgian England’s remarkable period of discovery and innovation.
The 2019 festival programme is inspired by some truly captivating stories of Stamford’s past, including one particular pioneering flight from the celebrated English balloonist Mr Green from Stamford gas works in 1825 and a visit from the period’s greatest tragedienne, Sarah Siddons, with her appearance at Stamford Theatre in 1779. This year’s festival will also celebrate the massive legacy of Georgian arts and architecture, exploring the role the town and its residents played in shaping local history. Entertainment on the town’s picturesque Meadows will combine with fascinating talks and events in venues across town and at the Arts Centre. Street markets, re-enactors, a costumed ball and for the first time a costumed Sunday ‘Promenade’ promise a festival to remember. There’s also a free Saturday evening event where you’ll find crowds filling the streets for a town centre spectacular featuring community participation and street performers creating a wonderful outdoor arts experience for all the family to enjoy.
We are particularly delighted to welcome Audi Peterborough as our main festival sponsor. We thank them and all our partner venues and contributors for their enthusiastic support and involvement. Our last Georgian Festival in 2017 attracted over 56,000 visitors to Stamford to enjoy the delights of a varied and engaging four days of arts and heritage events. Stamford’s Georgian Festival is a key part of South Kesteven's cultural offer and a vital part of making the district a great place to live, work and visit. It will, once again, highlight the importance of Stamford as England’s ‘finest stone town’. We look forward to welcoming both residents and visitors, inviting them to share in the town’s wonderful history, hospitality and creativity.
Book tickets in person at Stamford Arts Centre.