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A Fair, Banquet, and Ghostly Goings on
Burford Festival
Burford Festival 2007

It may only be a small Medieval town, but Burford has more shops and businesses than some towns twice its size. It attracts thousands of visitors a year, and every year the locals celebrate their uplifting joie de vivre with a festival, opened by the mayor.

The festival began in 2001 as a way to promote Cotswold Children's Choir. It only lasted two days, but the success of the event led to another festival in 2003, which included a garden opening, crafts fair, concerts, and poetry reading. Ten years on, it has become a ten day event, and brings fun and laughter to residents and visitors alike.

This year, the festival will be between 7th-16th June, and will start with the Mayor's reception at 6pm. The next day will bring an eclectic mix of local enterprise and entertainment at the Cotswold Heritage Fair. Watch the Morris Dancers, browse the stalls, eat roast pig, and listen out for announcements by the Town Crier.

If you book tickets, in the evening you can attend the Festival Banquet at St. John's Baptist Church for £45. Sunday will see a boules tournament and coronation concerts, and on Monday go for a historic tour of the town. This will be followed by a more spooky evening on Tuesday, when you can go on a ghost trail.

There will be lots of family activities on Burford Recreation Grounds on the 15th June: rock bands, a dog show, kite flying, a balloon race, wall climbing, tug-of-war, barbecue, and a ride in a a tethered hot air balloon. Other things to look forward to during the festival include creative writing workshops, orchestras, a quiz night, and Elvis.

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Why? Fun for families
When: 7th - 16th June
Where: All around Burford
Cost: Free-£45
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