Wellingborough group putting on music festival during Waendel Walk weekend

The Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo are putting on a music festival next week

The Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo are putting on a music festival next week

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A community group is hoping to showcase talented performers from across Wellingborough when it puts on its first music festival.

The Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo in Wellingborough have organised a music festival during the weekend of the annual Waendel Walk.

Volunteers helping out at Croyland Gardens in 2014

Volunteers helping out at Croyland Gardens in 2014

They want to showcase performers from the town as well as let people know about the gardens.

Sarah Hadfield from the group said: “It is completely free of charge, it is a goodwill thing to highlight the Waendel Walk weekend in Wellingborough and highlight the gardens.

“We have got all sorts of music and they are all local performers.

“This is the first time that we have done something on the same weekend as the Waendel Walk, but we are hoping it’s repeatable.

“We have got food and refreshments, and we have got our picnic benches and hay bales to sit on.”

The group was formed in 2013 in response to a plea on the Wellingborough Now and Then Facebook page.

Comments saying Croyland Gardens and Swanspool Brook had become overgrown and inaccessible as well as dangerous and anti-social in some areas inspired the group to do something about it.

Since then, they have been keeping the area clean and tidy for people to enjoy.

The music festival is taking place from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, May 13, and from midday until 7pm on Saturday, May 14.

Croyland Gardens is included on several routes for the Waendel Walk so it is hoped this will encourage people to visit and enjoy the entertainment while they are there.

Refreshments will be provided by Wellingborough businesses Jodie’s Jamrock Food and The Little Ale House.

And there will be a duck race at 5pm on the Saturday.

Ducks will be sold for £1 on Friday and Saturday before being floated down the stream for the big race.

Prizes donated by local firms are up for grabs for the winners.

For more information about the music festival or the group, search for Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo on Facebook.