2017 is the 23rd Shackerstone Family Festival. For the last 22 years the Festival has taken over the village of Shackerstone in Leicestershire for the first weekend of September. 

It brings together a large number of different family attractions that are centered around the village. The Ashby Canal runs through Shackerstone and the village is also home to a heritage railway. However for one weekend in September this sleepy Leicestershire village comes alive to the sounds of vintage vehicles, fairground rides, aircraft and no end of other unusual noises. This is the weekend of the Shackerstone Family Festival.

What's it look like?

Well here is a selection of pictures and video from previous Shackerstone Festivals and yes that is the RAF Red Arrows. They displayed for us in 2009, 2010 and 2013. With various elements of the Battle of Britain Flight regularly joining us over the years!

This event is run by the villagers of Shackerstone, members of the Ashby Canal Association, Leicestershire & Rutland 4x4 Response and other enthusiastic Friends of the Festival. The monies raised by the show are donation toward usually two charities, one national and one local. The organising groups have also received donations in previous years.

The village has benefited with a children's play area, restoration of the church and the installation of litter bins. Attractions in the village include St Peters Church, which in previous years has been the venue for a flower festival, a children's playground and village history.

The main event field is located close to both the village and Ashby Canal. Here the arenas, craft tent, beer tent, trade stands, fairground rides and the majority of the vehicle, machinery and other displays can be found.

Over past years the arena has been home to many different displays throughout the weekend. Marching bands, historical battle re-enactments, stuntmen, vehicle parades, parachutists, Roman charioteers, TA heavy equipment demonstrations and even a cow-pat lottery (surreal, but true!).

There is one of the largest gatherings of vintage narrowboats in the Midlands on display on the Ashby Canal and traction engines can be seen in steam with the occasional trip to the local pubs to 'refuel the drivers'.

...and of course there is also the opportunity to ride on the canal and visit the village during the day.

There is truly something to appeal to everyone.

THE SHACKERSTONE FESTIVAL
A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
SEE YOU THERE!

Red Arrows arrive at Shackerstone  for their 2010 display

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The Shackerstone Festival Company Limited
Tel:
07470 134881 (Answerphone in Operation)
Email: info@shackerstonefestival.co.uk
Registered Company Number
6733909

 

 

 

 

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