WinterFest's big weekend is a big success

A fabulous weekend of arts and crafts, music and spoken word has helped to make this year's Brightlingsea WinterFest the best ever.

The weekend kicked off on Friday February 21st with The Motley Crew at Ye Olde Swan which was packed with an enthusiastic audience who relished the sea shanties and showed great appreciation after a special appearance by the SWAGS (Shanty Wives and Girlfriends.)

On Saturday the Music in the Library event, featuring pupils of piano teacher Melanie Bridle plus special guests, proved very popular. In the evening the British Legion was rocking with the revered punk band, The Vibrators.

An acoustic and spoken word event at The Railway Tavern on Sunday was a massive hit and more than 500 people of all ages came along to Brightlingsea Sailing Club for the hugely successful WinterFest arts and crafts weekend, organised by local artist Julie Taylor-Lange.

Fiona Brown, President of Brightlingsea Sailing Club said: “This is the second year Brightlingsea Sailing Club has hosted the WinterFest arts and crafts weekend and we’ve been delighted to see so many people coming together to bring a little ray of warmth and sunshine to the long dark winter months.

“The range of artists and crafters taking part this year was impressive and to have so many people join in, each creating something truly unique, was genuinely heart-warming. All credit must go to the incredible WinterFest volunteer team who work so hard to make it all possible and who do such a terrific job of raising money for the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, which provides grants to help improve the lives of people in the town year round.”

The weekend's events were such a success that so far more than £4,000 has already been raised for WinterFest's causes.

Alix Sheppard, who founded WinterFest with Dave Griffiths said: “This weekend was brilliant and this is definitely the best year ever. We have had more people, more volunteers and great support from the community and local businesses. This year's events have been so well supported and the whole crew are overwhelmed by how much WinterFest has become part of the Brightlingsea community.”

The WinterFest finale will be a Comedy Night at The Rosebud pub on Saturday February 29, starting at 6.30pm featuring the Wivenhoe Comedy Club.


Artist Julie Taylor-Lange running her painting and drawing workshop at WinterFest's arts and crafts weekend. Photo courtesy of Brightlingsea Sailing Club.

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