St Richards Festival, Droitwich
Having arrived in Droitwich on Thursday we have seen the festival site in Vines Park being built and then the event get into full swing as part of the Worcester Birmingham 200th anniversary celebrations.
Saturday is generally that main day of this town event, with a farmers market, an Italian market, a craft market, over 200 classic cars plus the canalside events in Vines Park. In the past the weather has favoured this event, with long hot days encouraging the visitors out in droves. Sadly the run of luck ran out this year for the Saturday with temperatures way down in the single figures which kept the numbers well down.
Sunday dawned much warmer but there was always a threat of a downpour, but with the sun shining on the site the general mood rose and people thronged the beer tent all day, listening to the various acts performing and drinking some very acceptable Ma Pardoes real ale.
Of course, its not all about visitor numbers. Its the season's kick off event where we meet up with old friends, chew the cud and make plans for the forthcoming boating season.
Sunday was boosted by a visit from Dan who was with us for most of the afternoon and there was plenty of scope for Dad and son time, including a pint of Entire as we sampled the contrasting delights of a heavy metal thrash band and the Worcestershire Ukulele Band!
And so we move into the third and final day of the festival, and one which promises the best weather. After that the boats will be laid up in Droitwich Spa Marina for 10 days before the Alvechurch Beer and Boat Festival, also run by the Worcerster Birmingham and Droitwich Canal Society.