Shaftesbury Fringe will offer free entertainment for the entire family this year. Organisers of the West Country’s fastest growing performance art festival are planning a devoted children’s hub, for the first time.
“We’re finalising the details of some really exciting entertainment for both parents and youngsters,” says Fringe Committee Member Georgie Kirby.
“Some of the children’s hub highlights will include a singsong with a choir, children’s theatre and interactive workshops. The kind support of our local sponsors will allow us to host a day-long programme of children’s activities at no charge,” Georgie says.
Fringe Co-Chair Natalie Evans says that the volunteers arranging the third annual Fringe were keen to add events specifically for younger residents and visitors.
“Fringe should be a celebration that our entire community can look forward to and enjoy,” says Natalie. “That’s why we’re planning six hours of non-stop family entertainment in the beautiful Abbey Gardens from 10am on Saturday 1st July.”
“As Shaftesbury’s foremost heritage site, the Abbey welcomes the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic community event for the benefit of the townspeople,” says Annabel Turner, Administrator at Shaftesbury Abbey. “The beautiful gardens are a safe green space, perfect for children’s activities and performances. We hope visitors will enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and learn about the Abbey’s story while they are here,” Annabel adds.
The Fringe team is now encouraging children, parents and guardians to share their ideas and suggestions for activities for the Children’s Hub by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.