Preparations all set for Bodfest festival

Pictured is singer Matt Varney from Small Time Hero as they entertain on the main stage at The Horse and Jockey at Bodfest in 2013. ENGNNL00120130714203111
Pictured is singer Matt Varney from Small Time Hero as they entertain on the main stage at The Horse and Jockey at Bodfest in 2013. ENGNNL00120130714203111
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All eyes will be on Bodicote on Saturday as its village festival bursts into life with live music, entertainment and a bustling street market.

Now in its 13th year, Bodfest will cover every part of the village with the Plough providing acoustic music from noon and The Horse and Jockey kicking off their music from 1pm. And for those who prefers something a bit different there will be a family barn dance on the village green, starting from 7pm until 10pm.

John Washburn is chairman of the organising committee team and said everything is going well to make this year’s event another roaring success.

He said: “All preparations are going well and we all pray for good weather! We have been very fortunate in the last couple of years and people have turned up in their hundreds to attend so we are all looking forward to that and hope everyone comes along and enjoys themselves.

“We have extended the entertainment to the village green, with the family barn dance event for those who wish to get away from the other music stages. Bodfest is a highlight of the summer, it brings the whole of the village together and has been a massive success over the years.”

Bands playing at the Horse and Jockey include No Tools Required at 1pm followed by the Nonchalent Brothers at 2pm. Other acts include Tess of the Circle, Shooter, J.E.E.P, Crookshanks and The Big Baloosh headling at 10pm.

For something a bit lighter, music lovers can head over to the Plough to listen to artists such as Ace and Sky, Leigh Chambers, Pete Watkins and Co and Stevie Matt Cooper.

Aside from the music, more than 50 stalls have been confirmed on the day as part of its street market along Church Street.

People on the day can try different foods from across the globe, including Thai Foods and fresh wood fired pizzas. There will be various activities such as face painting and a mosaic maker. Various charities and village groups will be also be part of the market, including Bishop Loveday CoE Primary School, the village cubs and guides and an Air Ambulance charity stall.

There will also be a schedule of activities on the village green starting from 11am with a parade of the scouting and guiding groups. Other demonstrations throughout the day will come from Morris Men dancers, Sharon Green Dance Academy and a dog show from 4.30pm.

Entry is free but any donations made on the day will go back into the committee to be used for village projects.