BAMfest Weekend Is Almost Here

The town of Bedale is getting ready to welcome hundreds of visitors to the town as the second BAMfest starts this week (Fri May 30).

BAMfest - Bedale Acoustic Music Festival - is a three-day acoustic music event featuring more than 60 acts in concerts, pubs, cafes and on the streets of the North Yorkshire market town.

Shops in the town have already started to dress their windows as they get ready for the biggest influx of visitors in the last 12 months.

Visitors will be staying at two campsites - at the main Festival site at Big Sheep Little Cow Farm and at Dobson's Field, the home of Bedale Junior Football Club.

Several marquees will be erected at Big Sheep Little Cow - a main 300-seat marquee will house main concerts across the weekend featuring acts such as The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Blues Band, Jez Lowe and The Young'uns.

Other marquees will host children's activities and a craft fair, with more than 20 stalls.

The children's activities will be taking place on Saturday May 31 between 10am and 4pm and feature drama, drumming, ukulele and song-writing workshops

A special BAMfest Town Trail Challenge has also been devised to show visitors some of the hidden delights of the town. Trail leaflets are available around the town and from the Festival Office at Big Sheep Little Cow.

Carol Clark, chairman of BAMfest, said: "The BAMfest Committee has worked extremely hard over the past 12 months to ensure the second Festival embraces the community and is a huge success. We have lots of local volunteers who are helping us this year for which we are truly grateful."

"The town will come alive with music and dance and we are all very excited. Last year's BAMfest gave a significant boost to the local economy and we are sure the same is going to happen this year."

A new Festival bar has been created from an area that until last week housed more than 60 bottle-fed lambs. It will serve beers supplied by BAMfest's main sponsor, the Masham-based brewer T&R Theakston.

This year as part of BAMfest there will be music happening down at Bedale's historic harbour and ensuring that all runs smoothly will be the town's newly-appointed Honorary Harbourmaster - Dave Frakes from Bedale.

Dave, who has lived in Bedale for more than 23 years, was appointed after a competition run by Bedale Town Council and BAMfest.

"I am honoured to been appointed for this position," said Dave. "And I am really looking forward to the Festival.

"I used to be a volunteer in the Bedale Community Bakery, and through playing music in a local pub I bumped into a Bamfest Committee member - and here I am."

Tickets for BAMfest concerts will be available from venues and from the Festival Office at Big Sheep Little Cow, subject to availability. Ticket hotline is 07925 817116. Website is www.bamfest.co.uk.

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