Update: you can now for this year’s Festival.
This Family Festival will soon be here again in Fordingbridge. Thousands of visitors from the locality along with many folks outside the area enjoyed last year, some arriving in their own classic car — a Triumph TR6 from Germany. So make sure you do not miss the 2016 event.
The Festival enjoys support from many local charities and groups being able to promote their interest, creating and generating growth for folks to enjoy a new interest in life, from footpaths, bowls, the camera club, church groups, WI and many other societies and groups.
Fordingbridge Flower and Horticulture Society displays create many interesting exhibits within their sections at the Festival. The ever expanding craft village includes pottery, hurdle, besom brooms, walking sticks, pole lathe, wood carving, basket making and many more working craft exhibits.
A new addition this year will see a collection of model steam engines puffing at the Festival.
Vintage and classic cars, vans. lorries and motor cycles portray many years of motoring. Tractors, stationary engines and farm implements, some still awaiting restoration, all creating the local scene of life from this farming area.
Arena attractions wil include a heavy horses display team, and a very entertaining gun dog demonstration.
Catering and trade Stands will offer a very wide varied range of products again this year.
You must visit the Hyde Cricket Club Tea Tent, with its wonderful English fare always a sight to enjoy and certainly digest.
Music is always if part of the Fordingbridge Summer Festival. “Panatical”, the Crestwood College Steel Band, youth creating their wonderful music sound across the Festival ground, along with our loyal Downton Band and well known guitarist Mike Ireland playing those well loved tunes of 60, 70, 80’s era.
To conclude the day the now famous Duck Races take place on our famous River Avon, so make sure you buy your ticket either online or from our ticket sales folks in the town.
Finally take a look at the photo gallery section of this web site where a collection of pictures portrays the story of this wonderful day.
Here are just few of many comments received after the 2015 event:
I just wanted to get in touch with the Rotary to say congrats for pulling together and making such an enjoyable afternoon at the festival – David Shering (see below) suggested I get in touch with you. I also bumped into David Sanders and some others of the ex Fordingbridge Show crew on the day and it was good to catch up and hear how it was all going.
Well done – we had a really great afternoon and the displays/demos were excellent – I overheard lots of positive comments, so I think it was generally pretty well appreciated all round. Knowing how much work goes into a one day event, I think you should all feel very pleased with the results – and hopefully raised some cash too.
I am so pleased the Fordingbridge Show was able to call it a day and allow the festival to establish – it came at the right time and the whole thing is so much better for Fordingbridge I think.
In summary, please pass on my thanks to you all for putting on such a great day.
With best wishes, Peter
Well, that went well. Thanks for the smooth running of everything today. Happy punters, too.
Regards, Tim, “Panatical” Crestwood College Steel Band
Just a note to say thank you for Saturday. We had a really good day.
Best wishes, Helen
Just a quick email to say how fantastic the Fordingbridge Festival was year. It seems to have grown in size from previous years. We look forward to attending again next year once you know the dates.
Regards, James Williams, New Forest & Solent Area Organiser Series 2 Club Ltd
Thank you. I hope it went well. Really want to be invited back next year though so will keep a look out for the application forms early next year.
Many thanks, Debbi (Animal canopy)
We will be sending across a donation of £80. If you are happy for us to attend next year just let us know the date so we can pencil you in. Thanks again for having us it was a very enjoyable day.
Kind regards, Corinna and Chris, Jumparoo
We would like to thank you for a wonderful day. I’m told by my staff that attended it was a huge success for us and seemed to be for the club also. I hope you liked the display my staff presented. They and I would like to say we are more than happy to do it again for you next year if you will have us back.
Many thanks again, Jason Miller, Reptiles Plus
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for a brilliant day on Saturday. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our tombola was a great success. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Best wishes, Carolyn Cooper (On behalf of the Friends of the Strays of Greece)
Here’s looking forward to 2016. The planning and reservations are underway to create another Fordingbridge Summer Festival, so now is the time to reserve the date: Saturday 16th July 2016.
Stanley Broomfield, Chair of the Festival 2016