You can take the whole family to the Glossop Victorian and Heritage Weekend on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May in and around Norfolk Square.
The event is free to attend and is run by unpaid volunteers from Glossop, including the Round Table, community groups and residents. The aim is to put smiles back onto people’s faces after Covid and to support the beautiful town and High Street by using local and shopping local whenever we can.
The food in Norfolk Square will be from local High Street providers with tempting treats such as a BBQ from Roy Green, Napoli Italian street food, posh finger food from Hyssops and Ayobowan Sri Lankan street food. The Round Table is running a beer tent with local craft real ales, including local Distant Hills, and the Bottle Store in Glossop is providing gin tasting and tips in the beer tent too.
If it’s a hot day why not find the Stop Me and Buy One ice cream bike, and tell your grandkids about how ice cream used to be!
On Saturday and Sunday on Market Street and Cross Street, there will be artisan market stalls selling crafts and local produce.
On Market Street, there will be a kiddies’ corner, where Bay Tree Books will read children’s stories and there will be games and a Punch and Judy.
On the programme are: brass bands, international singers, tribute acts, rock and roll, dancers, clog dancers, musicians, a short play from a local theatre group and much more.
On Sunday, there will be a brief all faith service at 10am followed by a bagpiper to start Sunday’s afternoon of entertainment.
But it’s not all on the stage. The parade is from 11am on Saturday. It will come down Glossop Brook Road before turning onto High Street West and down through Glossop, before turning up Railway Street and finishing on Henry Street at 11.30am.
Why not watch the parade led by a pipe band, then browse the market and watch the entertainment on stage?
There is an old-style fairground in front of the Railway Station and Norfolk Arms, and small rides on Norfolk Square for little ‘uns, a kiddies’ corner on Market Street and static displays on Henry Street to see.
On the streets will be street entertainers and re-enactment actors too!
There will be shire horses, traction engines and vintage vehicles to see and you can take cart rides behind the Warwickshire Shire Horse - all on Henry Street.
The event is for everyone and is free to attend. If you are on a budget you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it all for free. The fair rides have a happy hour 11am-noon at a discount, and there will be codes to download from the website for savings on rides.
If you are a senior citizen, the committee is offering a free brew and piece of cake with cafe companions to chat to you about the weekend and help you to the parade roadside for a ring side show, if you wish.
Please book a place at Bradbury House in advance, and drop in for a free brew and cake at 10am on Saturday at Bradbury House. Just quote Glossop Victorian and Heritage weekend cafe companions.
While the committee volunteer for free the event costs thousands to run. The committee would like to thank those local businesses who have kindly sponsored the event or an entertainer, or offered use of car parks, provided prizes etc such as Davis Blank Furniss, B&M, M&S, One Bay, David Wood, Northern Rail and many, many more. Without them they could not run the event. They would like to support the local councillors who have helped with grant applications and navigate the maize of red tape!
They were also lucky enough to receive Lottery and Heritage grants to kickstart this year’s event from zero to what it is hoped will be the return of the Victorian and Heritage weekend every other year!
The Friday beer festival event starts at 6.30pm and runs to 10.30pm.
Saturday starts with a parade at 11am to 10.30pm on stage; while Sunday will see the multi-faith service at 10am with entertainment starting at 11am and the afternoon closing at 5pm.
We really need help over the weekend from local people.
Please can you spare a few hours?
We really need volunteer marshals for the weekend, even if you can only spare few hours. We are especially in need of help from 9.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 28 May.
Are you a first aider?
We need additional volunteer first aiders too. Please email email@example.com