Town arts festival set for grand return

THREE weeks of artistic entertainment will be coming to town this summer after it was confirmed that the Daventry Arts Festival will return for a second year.

The Daventry Business Partnership (DBP) has set up the event after last year’s success, and it’s now looking for members of the public and business community to get involved to make it bigger and better.

A range of activities are planned for the festival which will run from Friday, July 6 until Sunday, July 22.

There will be an art trail set up for the duration of the festival and local artists are currently looking for businesses to host their work.

A programme of street entertainment is also planned and businesses with suitable space inside or outside are invited to host some entertainers for a day.

Pubs and bars are also being asked to come forward and set up events such as comedy and music nights, pub quizzes, beer festivals and wine tasting.

And the business partnership is also keen to hear from restaurants who would like to get involved with things like festival menus, taster events, cooking demonstrations and promotional offers.

DBP manager Sally Halson said: “If you are planning an event during the festival let us know and we can help promote it through the free festival guide. Alternatively you may be working on an existing activity that could coincide with it. We are very excited about the festival and see it as a great opportunity to further raise the profile of Daventry and get more people into the town centre.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for local individuals and groups to perform or showcase their work.

“Already several people are on board including Daventry Museum and Daventry Choral Society but we are keen to get as many people involved as possible.”

For more information, call Mel Baylis on 07925 504636 or email