Bloomfest back with free fun for all ages

Grimsby Bloomfest 2014 EMN-140808-103708001
Grimsby Bloomfest 2014 EMN-140808-103708001
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A colourful mix of horticulture and the arts will celebrate the work of volunteers and the communities involved with Grimsby in Bloom.

The second ‘Bloomfest’ takes place at Grimsby Minster on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, from 10am to 6pm.

And this year, the Grimsby in Bloom committee has been successful in gaining an Awards for All grant of £9,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to assist their efforts throughout 2014/2015.

Bloomfest is a free event for all ages and will be bountiful with colour through various horticultural, wildlife, environmental, healthy living and craft exhibitions and stalls.

Budding and seasoned local musicians including Sunny and Boo-Boo, Merlin’s Keep, Moll Amour and Amy Naylor will be keeping the crowds entertained throughout the day.

The Earthbound Misfits will be bringing gardening characters to life, poet in residence Maria Garner will be delighting audiences with her take on Grimsby in Bloom and Moonfruit Stories will be watching the children grow with excitement with ‘The Great Nut Hunt’ an ecological tale.

Arts and crafts sessions will include graffiti artist Lyns, who will be bringing her own garden to life in the form of a public participation mural.

And headlining the event day and on hand for tip top horticultural advice will be the leading garden expert Nick Hamilton, son of the late Geoff Hamilton who presented BBC’s Gardeners’ World for many years. Nick will take you on a personal and amusing journey through the story of the Barnsdale garden and will be sharing his extensive knowledge of gardening and horticulture with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

“We want this event to really showcase the social, economic, environmental and transformational impact that ‘In Bloom’ brings to the region,” said Elaine Atkinson, Chair of Grimsby in Bloom.

Running order for the event:-

10am Event opened by special guest - to be confirmed

10am - 4pm Nick Hamilton giving talks throughout the day.

Inside the Minster

All day – arts and crafts

10.30am – 11am and 12.45pm – 1.15pm Moonfruit Stories: The Great Nut Hunt appropriate for children aged 3-7yrs

11am – 11.45am Richard Papps and Roger Beard Outstanding acoustic guitar and piano folk-rock duo

12noon – 12.45pm Moll Amour Jazz and Ukulele from a fine songstress

1.15pm – 2pm Deuce Manouche Guitar wizards in the Django Reinhardt tradition

2.15pm – 3pm Amy Naylor Indie folk-rock from one of the area’s leading up and coming young artists

3.15pm – 4pm Ben Stacey outstanding young virtuoso pianist

Outside Minster

10am - 4pm Maria Garner Poet in Residence for Bloom Fest 2014

10am - 4pm Lyns garden Graffiti mural

11am -11.45am Carlson and Baillie: Rock covers duo

12 noon -12.45pm and 4pm Sambalada High energy community salsa band.

1pm - 1.45pm Eulogy to Decency Young runners up in national Battle of the Bands Competition

2pm -2.45pm Merlin’s Keep, Grimsby’s favourite five piece folk rock band

3pm 3.45pm Sunny and Boo-Boo Unique and thoughtful Indie music from prolific and highly regarded local duo