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Country capers at Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival

A treat awaits visitors to Castle Bytham on June 23 and 24 thanks to a full list of attractions at this year’s two-day village festival.

The fun starts on Saturday with a 5K Chase, an off road trail run suitable for the whole family.

Those who like to take things at a more leisurely pace can follow the historic village walk and enjoy the parade of decorated wheelbarrows to the events field, where live music on two stages starts at 1.30pm.

Headline acts include The Band from County Hell, Don’t Forget Rupert, Centre Excuse, The Ruby Doos and Chloe Lorentzen.

The music continues until 11pm, so there’s plenty of time to sample the range of food on offer or the 24 real ales, ciders and lagers at the beer festival.

Sunday is the main festival day with proceedings starting from 9am.

There will be more than 60 stalls in the village street market, including many new craft and local produce stalls.

Street entertainers will include a juggling fire-eater, costumed stilt walkers, a wobbly bodger and the Bourne Borderers and Pig Dyke Molly Morris dancers.

Children can try out the coracle on the village pond while there will be a “tractors through the ages” exhibition and a falconry display.

The dog show is always a favourite and the duck race at 3pm is said to be “unmissable”.

More children’s activities will be available on St Martin’s field.

Sunday’s live music line up includes Brotherhood’s Roundabout, Vikki Clayton, The Tin Pigeons, Pennyless, Inferno and Ian Goodsman.

The two village pubs will also be serving food and drink on both days.

Subject to the weather, there will be a Dakota and Red Arrows flyover.

Free entry and parking is on offer.

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