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Free community festival set to fill Warwick with music, activities and food and drink

Stratford Pursuits Festival

A new free community festival that proved a hit in Stratford-upon-Avon is to come to Warwick – bringing live music, food, drinks, workshops, demonstrations, and more.

Warwick Pursuits festival is a two-day event celebrating music, art and culture, with an array of activities for families to enjoy for free. 

Organised by Slate Events – the same people behind Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park – the event will take place in St Nicholas Park in Warwick on June 22nd and 23rd. 

Stratford Pursuits Festival

Its arrival in Warwick comes after a Stratford version of the event held in May proved a huge success, attracting thousands of people across two days. 

Festival director Kate Livingston, from Slate Events, said the secret to success was that the events champion the local community and have been tailored to the town they are held in, with opportunities for local businesses and organisations to get involved.

Warwick Pursuits Festival will focus on History & Literature, Music & Dance, Theatre & Art, and Sports & Wellbeing, with free activities showcasing much of Warwick history, culture and community. Alongside family-friendly activities, there will be art installations, interactive experiences, workshops, live music from local acts and great food and drink. 

Warwick businesses involved in the festival will include: Dough and Brew, The Craftsman and That Gin Company, as well as other local organisations.

Stratford Pursuits Festival

Kate, who previously promised to create ‘one of the most exciting festivals of the year’, said she was blown away by the success of the Stratford festival and was convinced her home town event in Warwick would be even more spectacular. 

She said: “This festival is for the community of Warwick – local businesses, community groups, charities, and people who live and work here. It’s more than another identikit festival and will offer plenty of unique elements.

“The success of the Stratford event stemmed from its clear links to the town itself and its community, and we can’t wait to do the same in Warwick with its own unique festival that really champions the town and provides a platform for the local community to engage with and explore what makes their town special  – not to mention bringing people from far and wide to get a taste of the great place Warwick is to live, work and visit.

“The feedback we had from Stratford was that people didn’t only come to town to enjoy the festival, but took the advantage to explore the local area – creating a real buzz through the whole town and the businesses in it, which we can’t wait to see happen in Warwick too.”

Warwick Pursuits Festival is supported by the Henry the VIII Trust, Live & Local and CJ’s Events. Entry is free, and more information can be found at https://www.pursuitsfestival.co.uk/warwick-pursuits-festival.