Free parking in town on Fordingbridge Festival day

Fordingbridge Events Group today has announced that there will be free parking in the town car parks for the Fordingbridge Festival, which will run from 10.30-5pm at the Fordingbridge Recreation Ground on the 20th July 2019.

Nicky Jenkins, Chair of the Fordingbridge Events Group, says: “We spoke to Fordingbridge Town Council about applying for free parking in Fordingbridge on the day of the festival and it has worked its magic again this year.

“Both town car parks will be free all day, so as well as having a day packed full of activities on the recreation ground, visitors will be able to visit the town, which is full of independent shops and boutiques.”

Fordingbridge Festival activities

Festival goers will be treated to a variety of entertainment. On the music stage, there will be performances from local musicians Alis Eaton, Tom Gwyther, Kez Hinton, Harry Budd and a number of Burgate school performers along with a new band to the area, The Homing.

A dog display area, which is being organised by Colfords of Fordingbridge will feature several prizes for different categories including waggiest tail and best puppy.

A children’s area will include a climbing wall, circus skills workshop, tea cup rides, bungee trampolines, play zone inflatables, football skills, face painting, and children’s entertainer Krazy Kev.

Plus, there will be a countryside area, over 60 stalls and entertainment on the perimeter of the event, including a procession of vintage vehicles.

Main arena acts include a display by Fordingbridge Fire and Rescue, a tug of war, a birds of prey display, a tractor pull, rugby skills demonstration and heavy horse obstacle racing, which is part of a British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club event, comprising obstacle courses and a timed 5 kilometre drive around Fordingbridge taking place over the weekend.

People in Fordingbridge can see the teams of Heavy Horses on their way to the main ring at the Fordingbridge Festival when they travel up the High Street at approximately 12.00 midday on the 20th July. They will return via the same route at about 2.30 to 3.00pm.

Pricing and tickets

On the gate, adult tickets for the festival are priced at £6, ages 6-16 are £1 and under 6 are free.

Family tickets (2 x adults and 2 x children) are available at £12.

Discounted advance tickets are on sale now from the following shops:

  • Adrian Dowding
  • Bridges
  • Caxton’s
  • Fordingbridge information office
  • Fordingbridge Service Station
  • Jessica
  • The Cottage Loaf
  • The Crown
  • The Fordingbridge Bookshop
  • The George
  • The Gourmet Grocer

Sunday 21st July 2019

The British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club event continues on Sunday 21st July, when the teams of heavy horses will travel through the town at 9.30am to The George Inn in Bridge Street. From here, they will take part in a 5 kilometre drive through Fordingbridge, up Marl Lane, down Whitsbury Road and Salisbury Street over the bridge to finish at the recreation ground. This section of the event starts at 10 am and competitors leave The George Inn Car Park at 5 minute intervals. All teams will congregate at the recreation ground and travel back through Fordingbridge at approximately 11.30am.

Nicky continues: “This year we are again thrilled with the support we have received from Fordingbridge Town Council, the local businesses and the wider community. With the festival on the Saturday and The British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club event on the Sunday morning, Fordingbridge is the place to be on the 20th and 21st of July. What better way to kick off the school holidays!”

Huge sponsor support

Corporate sponsors who have come on board for the festival this year are:

  • Pennyfarthing Homes
  • PDQ Airspares
  • Elliotts
  • RNC Fabrications
  • Girlings
  • Alfa Display & Design
  • County EPOS Systems
  • Dan Walters Motor Mechanic
  • Fordingbridge Tyre & Battery
  • Versatiles
  • Forest Pet Supplies
  • Hearts at Homecare
  • Dibben Joinery
  • Fordingbridge Service Station
  • Ringwood and Fordingbridge Skip Hire
  • The Gourmet Grocer
  • Padua Communications

Nicky adds: “Having such generosity from corporate sponsors is a massive help to our volunteer committee. As well as enabling us to put on a great event, it means we can take the proceeds from the festival and put on more events for the community. We literally could not do the festival without the help of sponsors and we are extremely grateful for their assistance.”

Anyone who is looking to get involved with the festival can contact us.