is the Shackerstone Family Festivals 23rd anniversary. 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 the 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 the Battle of Britain Flight joining
us in 2011!
This event is run by the villagers of Shackerstone,
members of the Ashby Canal Associationand other enthusiastic volunteers! 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
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
of varying sizes can be seen
...and of course there is also the
opportunity to ride on canal and visit the village during the day.
There is truly something to appeal to
THE SHACKERSTONE FESTIVAL
A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
SEE YOU THERE!
Festival Company Limited
07470 134881 (Answerphone
Registered Company Number 6733909