Fortnight of fun ahead for Bungay’s special festival

Rumburgh Morris performing in front of the castle at a previous Bungay Festival. Picture: James Bass

Rumburgh Morris performing in front of the castle at a previous Bungay Festival. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Two weeks of celebrations will begin in Bungay tomorrow as its annual two-week Summer Festival is launched with the raising of the Bigod Flag at the Castle at noon.

Between then and the closing ceremony on July 24 there will be 23 events for townspeople and visitors to take part in.

Children will enjoy the Kids Fun Day and the Teddy Bears picnic, cultural entertainment will include Shakespeare at the Castle and the Good Read Group guest speaker, author Linda Davies.

There is plenty of family entertainment with the Great Bungay Duck Race on Sunday, the Black Dog Arts garden trail, the St Mary’s Tower Tours as well as the activity weekend and fun day at the River Waveney Trust Centre.

And all musical tastes will be catered for – with the Mozart Orchestra concert, the Windborne Singers workshop and concert, and an evening on the life and music of Ivor Novello at the Fisher Theatre, set to attract the crowds.

Details of the first week of events:

Tomorrow: Bungay Country Market at the Butter Cross, 8am to noon.

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Bungay Festival opening ceremony, with the Bigod Flag raised at the Castle by the Town Reeve, Eamon Gaffney, and the Town Mayor, John Groom, noon.

Bungay Rotary Kids Fun Day, Castle Meadow, with fun races, bouncy castle, face painting stalls, from noon.

Sunday: The Bungay Duck Race Falcon Meadow, from 11am, contact Tony Dawes on 01986 894345.

We’ll Gather Lilacs – the life and Music of Ivor Novello, by William Drew-Batty, Fisher Theatre cellar bar, 7pm.

Monday: Meet the Author – Linda Davies, Bungay Goods Read Group, Bungay Community Library, 7.30pm, tickets £5 before the day from the library, £6 at the door.

Tuesday: Mystery Ale Trail, visiting pubs and inns in Bungay’s surrounding villages, coach from the Butter Cross 6.45pm, £10 including food, contact Tony Dawes on 01986 894345.

Wednesday: Quiz Night and Nibbles, St Edmund’s parish hall, in aid of Waveney Food Bank, 7.30pm – teams of four to six, tickets £5 from Crocks in Earsham Street, contact Carol Hunt on 01986 894656.

Thursday: Bungay Means Business and Bungay Camera Club exhibition, Fisher Theatre, 4pm to 8pm, contact Didy Ward:

Friday: Three Rivers Talking Newspaper – listen in as volunteers record the news for the blind, Bungay Community Centre, 3pm to 5pm, contact Martin Evans 01986 893563.

The Town Reeve’s Ball in a marquee at the Old Grammar School Field, three course meal, cabaret, live band. There are 20 tickets left at £45 from John Groom at 28, Wingfield Street, 07798723605.