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Welcome to Ware Festival July 2012
The 12th Ware Festival approaches, the town's fantastic month-long extravaganza which involves many local organisations. With the Jubilee Celebrations just over, the town welcomes the arrival of the Olympic Torch on Carnival Day. Some adjustment to the timings of the normal Carnival Day have been made to allow for the Torch Relay.
|The Olympic Torch relay on Canival Day|
The theme for 2012 is 'Sport for All' so this will be a truly active Ware Festival.
We are delighted that Ware Torch Bearer Sally Glossop has agreed to judge the Parade.
As normal the Ware Festival begins with the carnival weekend and ends with The now famous Rock in the Priory.
Saturday 7th July is Carnival Day, but with a difference... The Olympic Torch Relay will arrive via Amwell End at approximately 10.30am & will travel through the town en route to Bishop's Stortford.
The Torch Relay Convoy meets the Ware torchbearers' outside Hertford Regional College at just after 10.30am. It will travel over the railway crossing onto Amwell End, the High Street, Baldock Street and onto Watton Road until its junction with Wengeo Lane. See Map of Route.
The roads will begin to close from 10.00am for torch parade. As The Torch leaves the town, the Carnival Parade will begin at the earlier time of 11am, followed by the spectacular Boat Parade at 11.45am.
The Town Fair will open at Noon. There will be fantastic arena entertainment all afternoon along with all your favourite stalls. The Academy will play on the Priory Island. Loads to do and see. Entrance only £1 under 12s free.
The Purcell School of Music Impulse Outreach Group will play a fanfare for The Torch & musicians from Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings will perform in the arena at the Town Fair.
Herts Water Walkerz at the Priory Priory Grounds 11am-4.30pm and the Ware Lido will be open as normal.
Carnival Weekend - 6th 7th 8th July
Friday 6th July The Boaters arrive in Ware!
The weekend of July 6th to 8th sees the river in Ware playing host to the Inland Waterway Associations annual Ware Boat Festival.
This year we expect to see over 60 boats enjoying the river, with lots to see including a Parade Of Decorated Boats on Saturday 7th July at 11.45am, demonstrations of the craft of rope fender making, (Saturday), boat trips from The Priory (Saturday and Sunday), and Boat Handling Competition (Saturday at 3:00).
Feel free to come and see us in our IWA Marquee (on the towpath, at the end of the footbridge from the Library Car Park) where not only will you be able to buy those little waterway books, gifts and trinkets, but we hope we can answer all of your questions about the IWA, the River Lee, or waterways in general.
Saturday 7th July; Free Art Exhibition at Age Concern Hall by the Monday Art Group. Saturday 7th July 10am- 5pm. Refreshments available.
Canalability (formerly the Canal Boat Project) will run their popular Boat Trips on the Dawn Treader from the Priory 1pm-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. (subject to river & weather conditions). The Dawn Treader is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Opera Please presents an evening of scenes from Verdi's Macbeth & Puccini's Tosca, Madam Butterfly & from Verdi's La Forza del Destino. St. Mary's Church, 8pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance (£15 on the door) from email@example.com or by telephone 01920 438021
Carnival BBQ at The Roebuck Hotel 5.30pm till late
Keep the party going with a sumptuous BBQ, FREE jug of sangria & some great music on the Roof Terrace at the Roebuck Hotel.
Tickets £10 adult, £5 children from the Roebuck Reception or on the door, subject to availability.
Sunday 8th July Boaters Christian Fellowship Open Air Service on the Town Quay at 10.30am. All welcome.
Ware Brass on the Priory Island, 3pm-5pm. Free
Wednesday 11th July
Chadwell After Eights
Present London 2012 - My 10th Olympic Games a talk by Stuart Storey.
Roebuck Hotel, 8pm. Tickets £5, all proceeds to Isabel Hospice & Help for Heroes. Tel: 01920 463608
Thursday 12th July
The Bus Pass Party 7pm-9pm in Fletcher’s Lea at Ware Priory.
Music by Ware Brass, refreshments & Bingo.
Tickets £1 from Ware Priory 01920 460316
Performance Weekend - 14th, 15th July
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th
July Wareside Entertainers Present ‘Under Milkwood’ by Dylan Thomas. 8pm at Wareside Village Hall. For tickets call Lyn Penny on 01920 484505
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th
July— Ware Operatic
Presents a Summer Concert; music from around the world to celebrate The Games
7.30pm, Drill Hall, Amwell End.
For tickets call the box office on 0772 483 9709 www.wareoperatic.org.uk
Saturday 14th July
Teddy Bears Picnic In the Priory Play Park, 2.30pm. Bring your teddy and your picnic. Enjoy music from Day O Drums and afterwards join in the ‘Pirates Olympic Games.’ Free. Prize for best loved Teddy.
Hertford & Ware Rock Choir will perform on the Priory Island, 5-5.30pm Free
Sabihah Stars & Sammerah Belly Dance Troup will perform on the Priory Island immediately after Rock Choir. www.sabihahstars.com
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July
Simon Balle School Presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on the Priory Island, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July, 2pm
Sunday 15th July
DRAMA WORKSHOP for children aged 7-12 years.
Drama & Dance with a Sports theme. Fletcher’s Lea at Ware Priory, 10am-3pm with a performance for parents at 3pm. Book a place by calling Ware Priory on 01920 460316.
£3 per child which will be donated to the Festival charity pot. A packed lunch will be required.
Action Weekend - 21st 22nd July
Saturday, 21st July
Pavement Artists Competition
July, 10am in St. Mary’s Churchyard. Prizes for different age groups. Bring your own chalk!!. Entry forms from Ware Priory. In Fletcher’s Lea if wet.
St. Mary’s Church Fete
Saturday, 21st July. 10am-12.30pm. Stalls and refreshments
Ware Festival Family Putting Competition
at Ware Putting Green (Priory Grounds) 12pm-3pm. Teams of 3. Adults £3, under 12s £1.
All proceeds to Ware Festival Charities. Entry forms from Ware Priory.
Open Raft Race 11am-1pm
An open entry raft race with crews of between 4-6 persons will take place from the library car park to the Saracens Head and back to the Town Quay behind the library.
Competitors can deposit materials for raft construction in the Library car park at 11am. Strictly no rafts to arrive fully assembled. The race will start at 12.30pm.
Entry forms available from: Ware Priory, Tel 01920 460316 email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPrize for the winner and adult winning team 12
Chadwell After Eights
Summer Supper Celebration, Wodson Park, 7.30pm for 8pm. Dancing to Opus One.
Tickets £25 from 01920 467194. Summer Finery; Carriages Midnight. Proceeds to Isabel Hospice & Help for Heroes.
Sunday 22nd July
2.30pm-5pm at Leaside Church. In aid of Leaside Church Restoration Fun
Join one of our experienced guides for a tour of Ware.
Meet 2.30pm outside Ware Museum. Cream Teas on sale at Place House 2.30pm-5pm
29th Ware Festival Great Duck Race
Rotary Club of Amwell will present the 29th Annual Duck Race at Ware Lock, 3.30pm-5pm.
The Race will start at 4pm. Tickets will be on sale during Ware Festival.
All proceeds to local charities.
Thursday, 26th July
Fletcher’s Lea at Ware Priory, 7.30pm.
Presentations to winners of the Allotment Holders competition & Best Dressed Window competition.
Thursday, 26th July Ware Kingshill WI Open Evening,
7.30pm at Riverside Hall, Priory Street. Vivien Ellen will be demonstrating 'Flower Arrangements'.
30p entrance to cover the cost of refreshments. All welcome.
Rock in the Priory
This years Rock in the Priory is on Sunday July 29th 11.30am until 8.00pm.
This popular music festival is held on the Island in the grounds of the Ware Priory.
View the full details for Rock in the Priory.
Ware Festival & Carnival relies on the core of volunteers who form the committee and give their time to plan and organise the town fair and procession and the events. Thanks to all of my committee and to all of the Town council staff who have helped plan the Festival Events.
Please make the hard work and effort worth while by attending one or more of the events - there is something for all tastes and age ranges! The Ware Festival Committee look forward to meeting many of you during the Ware Festival Events in July.