Summer highlights 2014 – May to September

After last year’s sunshine, which made Whaley Bridge’s main summer events such a success, organisers are hoping for a rerun of the weather and public support.  The main dates for 2014 are:

FURNESS VALE COGS ANNUAL FIELD DAY – Saturday May 17  – further details to follow. Contact: Susanne Lomas, 01663 744 764 if you wish to book a stall.

WATER WEEKEND – Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June round the canal basin.  There will be a focus on music on the Friday evening, with the free boat trips, and all the fun of the fair on Saturday and Sunday. Craft stalls a feature.

Contacts:  Barry Rudd, chair, 01663 733 003.  Stalls, Chris Tetley 07767 652775 or

WELLDRESSINGMonday 23 June. preparations begin in marquee at Canal Basin. The Blessing  at Tom Brad’s Croft, is on Sunday 29 June.  The boards stay on display for a further week.

Contacts: Pat Lloyd, chair, 01663 733 768 or Rosemary Kellock, secretary, 01663 733 393.

ROSE QUEEN FESTIVAL – Carnival day is Saturday 28 June, with the procession start at 1pm (brought forward from the previous 2pm). On Sunday 9 March, there will be the selection of Whaley Bridge royalty.  Watch for local information about nominating young people as royalty, available at schools and other outlets.

Contact: chairman Tim Mourne, 01663 734 930.

WHALEY BRIDGE ARTS EXHIBITION,  Saturday 28 June, Uniting Church, 10am-5pm.  Paintings on sale.  Refreshments.

Contact:  Rosemary Wignall, 01663 733 220.

VILLAGE GAMES, Sunday 13 July at the Whaley Bridge Sports Centre. A spin-off from the Rose Queen Festival, launched last year by committee members and other volunteers.

Contact:  Tim Mourne, 01663  734 930.

WHALEY BRIDGE GARDEN SHOW, Saturday 6 September in the Bowling Club.  This most colourful event celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014.

Contact:  Loraine Coverley, 01663  733 127

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