Stafford will be awash with colour and sounds this weekend as thousands of people descend on the town centre for its fifth annual arts festival.
The event features a variety of musicians, dancers and artists performing at venues across the town throughout the day.
It will run from 10am - 4pm on Saturday (5 September) with Dappa Dance starting off the live performances at 10.30am in the Market Square.
The festival is a collaboration between Stafford Town Centre Partnership and the Borough Council and this year more local traders are getting involved with the day’s activities.
Popular performers from last year Art Brasil will be returning, along with a host of other acts including All Woman - one of the largest independent female choirs in the UK.
There will be arts and crafts stalls in the Guildhall Shopping Centre and free workshops will be available in the Market Square for visitors to get involved. Stafford Indoor Market will be offering free children’s art and craft activities and balloon modelling workshops as part of the festival.
A mini art and craft market with a variety of stalls will be running along Greengate Street. And street theatre performers will be entertaining crowds throughout the day.
The Ancient High House, the country’s largest remaining timber framed town house from the Tudor period, will be holding exhibitions and offering tours of historic local buildings.
Chris Lewis, Chair of the Partnership said: “The festival gets bigger and better each year and it has proved a really popular draw for people to come in to town and enjoy great free entertainment.
“It is good to see so many local businesses getting on board and taking part in the event this year as it adds to the day and demonstrates how well we all work together to promote our fantastic town.”
Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “It is great to be part of such a wonderful event that puts a smile on the faces of residents and visitors and attracts a lot of people in to our town centre.
“It really shows off Stafford at its very best.”
She added: “I am pleased some old favourites will be back to entertain crowds but am also looking forward to seeing some of the new artists and stalls that will be making an appearance this year.”
For more information and a full list of what’s taking place during the day visit www.staffordartsfestival.co.uk