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Family Fun at the Feast

by Roy Payne – 10th September 2019
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Families are at the heart of the Haddenham Feast Festival (13th-23rd September). With activity catering for the very youngest children, to teenagers, to events that bring the generations together.

Storytelling & Song is a completely new initiative, from a suggestion by residents of the new housing estate at Chilworth Gate. Each night, the storyteller will set up tent in a different part of the village, and local children will be invited along for a pre-bedtime adventure on their doorstep.

Rock in the Village Hall creates an opportunity for local teenage bands (of any musical genre) to share a stage and perform before a live audience. We already have Haddenham-based aspiring band 'Night Jar' booked for the evening, and they will be joined by a talented young group of 15-year olds, 'Silversmith'.

The Rock concert offers everyone, but especially our teenagers, something different to do on a Friday night in Haddenham, as 'Bad Solution' play the village on the eve of their European tour. Just £5 for the under-18s when you book online.

The Big Draw allows everyone in the family, from three to three score and more, to join in together. Drop into the open workshop at the Village Hall whenever you want, stay as long as you want. All materials provided.

There's also the Feast Feet Competition, being run in conjunction with the local schools, with the chance to win the latest instamatic camera, courtesy of our sponsor, 3KB. For more details about the competition, visit the Feast Festival Facebook page.

Not to mention the children's singing workshop with West End star Alice Fearn, where the children will learn a song to sing with Alice and local string quartet Masquerade at the Beyond the Greatest Shows family concert in St Mary's Church.

And while pre-school children leave their teddy bears for a sleepover in the Library, children over-15 can join in the fun of the interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show screening. Who will have the wildest night – the teddy bears or the Rocky Horror revellers?

There'll be a workshop for children on Sunday 14th where they can make their own carnival bear mask – which they can wear at the following weekend's carnival procession from the Church Green to the Village Hall. The procession starts after the free Witchert Chorale family concert in St Mary's Church.

Or how about a Friday-evening family picnic to the village orchard and relax to the sounds of mellow acoustic jazz. And don't miss the Thame Children's Choir performance, at an open rehearsal on Thursday to which everyone is invited.

The final Saturday is set to be a family-centric day, with a carnival procession, community meal and village ceilidh. And so much more on the day, like a demonstration by children from the Buckingham School of Disco Dancing.

The Feast Festival ends with church services on the Sunday, to which everyone is welcome, and the Haddenham Travelling Fair on Monday 23rd.

There's something for everyone in the family, and for the family to enjoy together.

For details of all the events, and to see what else is going on, please visit and follow the Feast Festival's Facebook page. Some events have limited spaces. To reserve your free place, please visit the online booking page.

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