The village of Tarporley will host a food, drink and arts festival – themed around World War 1 – on the weekend of June 22-24th

Tarp Fest, which will be hosted by The Swan and other Tarporley venues, is collaborating with ‘Tarporley Remembers 2018’, the village-wide community project, marking 100 years since the World War 1 Armistice.

Acclaimed singing duo Belle Voci, fresh from success on The Voice, will perform during the weekend, alongside professional theatre from The Flying Bridge Theatre Company. Local actors will take to the High Street in period dress to tell the village’s World War 1 story and a host of musicians will perform at the Swan and other village venues, together with vintage afternoon teas, dinners, summer BBQs, gin tasting, WW1-themed beer and a pop-up WW1 museum – the Tarporley Memorial Walk. Local MP, Antoinette Sandbach, will officially open the Memorial Walk at 3pm on Friday 22nd June, as Tarp Fest begins.

Hosted by Tarporley’s historic 16th century coaching inn, The Swan, together with other village venues (including Little Tap, the Rising Sun, Piste, The Crown, St Helen’s Church and Tarporley Chapel), Tarp Fest will see the entire village coming together for a WW1-themed weekend.

Co-organiser, Victoria Williams, said: “We are hugely excited about the first ever Tarp Fest, which will be another way to highlight this amazing village and our wonderful community. We want Tarporley residents and visitors to have a ball this weekend. There are lots of free events, including live entertainment at the back of the Swan all weekend. You can also buy tickets for other events, including a professional theatre production at The Swan and ‘One Night Stand’, an evening of local bands at Tarporley Community Centre on Friday 22nd June, which is raising money for our War Memorial Hospital.

“The theme of this year’s Tarp Fest is ‘Tarporley Remembers 2018’, our successful community project to commemorate the 61 men and boys who are listed on the World War 1 section of our war memorial.

“Our ‘There But Not There’ procession in March attracted the attention of national TV news and we’re delighted to be involved in another major event that will show off our community at its best.”

Extra parking has been laid on for the Tarp Fest weekend and those wishing to attend ticketed events are advised to buy in advance.

Tarp Fest is part of Tarporley Remembers 2018, a project is supported by Tarporley Parish Council, St Helen’s Parish Church, Tarporley Royal British Legion and Tarporley War Memorial Hospital, together with many other local organisations.

For more information, you can find Tarp Fest on facebook/tarpfest

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