Leatherat and Rufus to headline at Bloxfest

The crowd enjoying live music at last year's Bloxfest at The Elephant and Castle stage. ENGNNL00120130513112414

The crowd enjoying live music at last year's Bloxfest at The Elephant and Castle stage. ENGNNL00120130513112414

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Bloxham May Festival is back this year for the fifth time, with more than 30 acts set to perform on Saturday, May 10.

The village festival – known as Bloxfest – is held every May with local artists performing at various locations across the village as well as a host of other activities for all ages.

Folk-rockers Leatherat will headline at the Elephant and Castle at 9. 40pm and the Blue Meanies at the Joiners Arms at 9.20pm.

The free events kicks off at 11am with a pirate pantomime at the Red Lion.

This year the annual children’s street party will have a pirate theme and there will be plenty of food on offer for little ones.

Children’s arts and crafts sessions, a Punch and Judy show and a bouncy castle will also form part of the festival.

There will be music from 11am-5.30pm at new venue Sunnyside and folk music at Randalls Cottage with the Pete Watkins Originals playing at 2.50pm.

Singer/songwriter Erin Tiger Lilley, 14, will also be performing at Randalls Cottage.

Other bands such as Transmission, Momojo, Rufus and Next Hot Thing will all play at the festival.

Bloxfest chairman Andy Wales said: “Everyone has a defining moment at Bloxfest, it’s a real community event.

“There is something for everyone which hopefully makes them come back the following year.”

Along with all the free music there will be 40 stalls offering crafts, jewellery and food.

There will also be live craft demonstrations at the Pig Pen Pottery including a Blacksmith, pottery making and chainshaw carving.

Mr Wales said: “It’s fascinating watching the craftsmen creating their pieces.”

The children’s street party costs £4 including a meal and starts at noon.

There will be a prize for the best pirate or princess outfit.

There will also be a raffle held during the festival and Mr Wales encourages everyone to buy a ticket.

The first prize is return flights for two to a choice of destinations including Paris, Amsterdam and Monte Carlo.

All prizes have been donated by members of the local community.

For more information, visit www.bloxfest.org.uk

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