The annual Cropredy extravaganza will be started officially by the ringing of the Fairport Convention Festival Bell at 3pm today (Thursday).
The bell will be rung as part of the festival launch activities at the village church of St Mary the Virgin.
From noon-3pm, campers will be invited to enjoy ploughman’s lunches and a host of musical treats including The Moonrakers Celtic songs and tunes, the Blue Coyotes, the Old Mettle Dance Band, One Night Stand – ‘unruly’ folk and country blues – and there is a possible appearance by Caroline the Musical Saw Lady.
Vicar Rev Hilary Campbell said: “I’ve been coming along to Fairport with St John Ambulance for eight years now. This year will be my first time as vicar and as a resident of Cropredy.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to experiencing the festival in a different way: enjoying the music, hospitality and friendship both on the festival fields and in and around the village.
“I’m glad of the range of ways the church is very much part of the weekend, including the musical opportunities of the concert on Thursday lunchtime and the special Fairport Sunday service.”
The Grade 1 listed medieval church of St Mary the Virgin will be welcoming visitors throughout the festival period with stunning floral displays and information about this historic building.
And organisers of the celebrations promise they will be dancing in the aisles again at the popular Fairport Festival Service at 9.30am on Sunday.
Regulars are reassured that the church will once again be serving ‘breakfasts in a bun’ at the barns on the Williamscot Road.