The Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
of the
 Wilts & Berks Canal Trust


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2017 Food & River
Festival Preparations Simmering Away Nicely

Preparations for the third Melksham Food & River Festival on the first weekend of September 2017: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd are now well underway.

The first ever combined Food and River Festival was held on King George V Playing Field in 2015; it was an immediate success, showcasing local food and drink providers, providing free entertainment with local bands, and offering boat trips and other events on the River Avon.
Last year the event attracted over 6,000 visitors, who enjoyed more than 70 stalls, adventures on the river, local charities, and numerous children’s activities and entertainments.
Organisers are now aiming to build on the success of the past two years, and even surpass them, by providing even more attractions, particularly on Saturday.

Adrienne Westbrook, Chair of the Festival Committee said: “After our first two years of success, we are looking forward to an even bigger and better festival in 2017, and we would like to invite local producers and outlets to book a pitch for the main food and drink day: Sunday 3rd September. Last year we had over 70 different stalls and more than 6,000 people visited the event, making it a fantastic marketing opportunity. There are plenty of spaces available at the moment, but we know from past years that interest will increase once the weather starts to improve. Also, we do have reduced rates for those who book before 31st March, so the sooner you book, the better!

“This free entry and very popular festival is reliant on stall holder fees and sponsorship, and we would love more sponsors, either in cash or kind. Companies or individuals could receive publicity for supporting the music, the programme, the main gazebo, or even the toilets.
“We would also love to welcome anyone who would like to help with tasks such as committee work, site organisation, and practical tasks including setting up and/or dismantling on the festival days.

“Don’t miss the chance of being involved in one of the premier events in Melksham community’s busy calendar!”

If you would like more information, please contact
Adrienne Westbrook
on 01225 704187,
or via email:

A newly designed website will be up and running by the end of February, so please keep an eye open for it.

The aim of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is to restore the waterway from the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade and the River Thames near Abingdon, connecting Chippenham, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.


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