DESFORD HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2022
This July there will be an incredible celebration in Desford which will see the village divided up into multi-period time zones.
From Roman to C20th and everything in between. The weekend will be filled with encampments, re-enactors, musicians, street actors, entertainers, singers and of course there will be plenty of fabulous food and drink too.
Dozens of local community groups and businesses are involved from sponsorship to hosting and organising. It's also the official launch of the new Desford Heritage Trail, when 16 new heritage boards will be unveiled, showcasing and memorialising aspects of Desford's history
Festival Programmes will be available to purchase at a cost of £5. The programme outlines all the attractions and timed events on offer throughout the weekend and will gain you entry to workshops, encampments, and concerts.
• Funfair Through Time
• Themed local pubs, 1940s café
• Spitfire Flypast | Tiger Moth Aerobatics
• Local food vendors
• WW1 and WW2 barracks
• Green spaces with Medieval encampments
• Military re-enactment groups
• Desford Colliery Band
• Tudor sports and costumed entertainers
• Evening event ‘Hits of the Blitz’
• Victorian school life experience
• Maypole and Morris dancing
• Victorian tea rooms + period actors
• Desford’s 'Pop-up' Museum + vintage vehicles
• Heraldry and Genealogy workshops
.....and so much more
PARKING + BUSES
Car parks: 1] Caterpillar (Gate 1 ), Peckleton Ln, Leicester LE9 9JT 2] Bosworth Academy, Leicester Lane, Desford LE9 9JL Buses will run approx every 10 mins throughout the festival. There are 5 stops on the bus circuit: Caterpillar | Manor Rd (Library side) | The Lancaster Arms | Bosworth Academy | Manor Rd (Opp Library) Programmes can be purchased at the 2 carparks and give you access to the shuttle buses.
WHO WILL YOU MEET?
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CAN YOU ADD TO THE ARCHIVE?
In the lead up to Desford Heritage Festival we have received many fabulous comments from people sharing memories of Desford days of old. Some mention relatives working locally at the Aerodrome during the war, working down the coal mine, village traditions, events, shops and Desford personalities. These connections are very exciting and the Desford History Society would like to add your stories to their collective archive of the village. Over the festival weekend (2-3 July) there will be a Big Red Post box situated at the Desford Museum (in the Village Hall on Lindridge Lne) to do just this. We invite members of the public with past connections to Desford to contribute to Desford.Stories. Do you have any family photos that show Desford from another era you would like to share with us? Please come and chat to society members over the festival weekend. Maybe you have a relative or someone in your neighbourhood who might like to share some memories of Desford days of old?