One of the best family festivals happens every year – on their very doorstep. And this year is no exception. On the third weekend of June scores of volunteers will see months of hard work come to fruition when they stage “The Midsummer Festival”.
“This is a real community event” says organiser Duncan Bray, who, with his wife Paddy have been the mainstay of the festival for years. “We plan it months ahead and people of all ages are involved.”
The weekend offered something for everyone, kicking off in St Maurice Guildhall when the Joshua Reynolds choir put on a fantastic night of music starting at 7.30 pm.
Saturday brings in families from far and wide. A cavalcade of beautiful old cars heralds the start of the “Lamb Feast” at noon, led by the Stannator and Plympton's Youth Ambassador on the Castle Green, St Maurice.
Hungry bods enjoy the succulent lamb baps. Others might want their face painted, try their hand at fun games and activities or put their pooch in the dog show – it’s all there.
There were plenty of stalls to mooch round or could just listen to one of the bands, drink tea, and enjoy the many arena entertainments.
On Sunday “The Hidden Gardens of St Maurice” visitors are able to peek at the beautiful gardens that hide behind the ancient facades of the village. Visitors enjoy the interesting layouts and glorious flowers, have a cream tea in the church and enjoy the entertainment in the streets.
Lovers of art enjoyed the exhibition of fine paintings held at the Guildhall over the weekend. The weekend was packed with things to do.