Last year’s Festival, due to be held on the 27th and 28th June 2020, sadly had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
But the exciting news is that the Alternative Chatteris Midsummer Festival will take place this year and will feature the first ever Family Colour Fun Run in Chatteris on Sunday 27th June 2021 at Furrowfields Recreation Ground.
Organisers of the Festival have been determined to put on some form of event this year and have been planning long and hard with a series of ideas put forward based on different levels of lockdown measures or the lifting of all restrictions.
At the March meeting of the group a decision was taken on which plan to pursue and it was agreed to follow the scheme which means there will be no festival events on the Saturday but there will be family orientated events on the Sunday. In addition to the fun run, there will be a dog show, live music and food vans.
Guided by advice from Fenland District Council, it was agreed that it would be best not to rely on all restrictions being lifted on the 21st June as this could lead to disappointment and extra costs if planned attractions had to be cancelled at the last moment. So plans were made which follow the guidelines due to be introduced on the 17th May.
There will be no charge for the event, as the site will not be fenced, and in order to keep the temporary infrastructure to a minimum there will be no marquee or gazebos. Visitors will be warned that there will be no shade or cover but toilets and first aid cover will be provided. There will also be no parade, community stalls or bar.
It is hoped the Colour Fun Run, which is being sponsored by Jacks, will prove to be very popular and will become an annual attraction. Participants will have to book to take part in the run in advance,
It is also hoped that families will bring along their own picnic blankets and set up a space on the field to enjoy the food and music whilst socially distancing from others if needed.
Chatteris Town Council, Fenland District Council and the steering group are aiming for a low key day of fun which abides by any restrictions still in place.
Any offers to help on that day would be greatly appreciated. To contact the steering group please either email firstname.lastname@example.org , go the Festival website of Facebook page or ring 01354 695166.
Ten years of the Festival
2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Festival in its current form and Chairman Sharon Selman has written a short piece about the Festival over the 10 years. Please follow this link to read about the 10 year history: Chatteris 10th Anniversary
Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2018
The 2018 Chatteris Midsummer Festival held on Saturday 30th June 2018 and Sunday 1st July 2018 at Furrowfields Recreation Ground was another great success.
The theme this year was Musicals and there was a record turnout for the parade. Over the weekend the attractions included a magic and illusion show with Jezo, arena acts by local groups, the very popular Party in the Park with a foam cannon which went down a storm and pyrotechnics, inflatables and fairground fun, circus workshops, an It’s a Knockout competition and cream teas.
The Friday evening event A Night at the Musicals was great fun and two new features – a pamper evening and a horse show proved to be very popular.
Unfortunately the dog show had to be cancelled due to the very hot weather.
2017 Midsummer Festival
2016 Midsummer Festival
Competition was high on the agenda at this year’s Chatteris Midsummer Festival which was once again a great success attracting thousands over the weekend.
From zorb ball battles, tug of war, It’s a Knockout and cycling contests to children’s sports and boxing demonstrations the theme of “The Rio Olympics come to Chatteris” was reflected in the activities over the June weekend.
The parade was once again colourful and noisy with two samba bands, a drumming groups and two majorette troupes joining many local groups in the Rio style procession. Over 2,000 people joined in the fun at Furrowfields Recreation Ground with fairground rides, inflatables, an acoustics session and arena demonstrations running alongside the sporting competitions.
Unfortunately numbers dropped off later in the afternoon due to a short spell of wet weather and football on the television and did not pick up, as the organisers had hoped, for the Party in the Park in the evening due to the cool damp conditions but those who did turn out enjoyed music from local bands.
Sunday was, however, the best to date with over 1,000 people returning to watch dog agility demonstrations, enter their pooches in the dog show, enjoy the cream teas and then to watch, or in many cases take part in the Krashball, It’s a Knockout and Tug of War competitions which were all great fun.
Scenes from the 2015 Festival
The 2015 festival was bigger and better than ever; it certainly was the most colourful to date because the theme was Mardi Gras.
Hundreds of people took part in the parade and hundreds more lined the streets to cheer it on.
Thousands visited the Festival on the Saturday and enjoyed a host of activities and hundreds returned in the evening for the Party in the Park. Rain on the Sunday morning did not deter those who took part in the dog show and as the weather cheered up the crowds came out again to enjoy the tug of war, cream teas and childrens’ sports in addition to performances in the arena and the marquee.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Festival such a success, in particular the volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend. Thanks also to Chatteris Town Council and Fenland District Council for the administration and funding the event.
To see some of the highlights of this year’s Festival visit Youtube and type in Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2015.