Ashby events calendar is confirmed by council - with preparations under way for King Charles' Coronation Party in May
By Graham Hill
13th Mar 2023 | Local News
Ashby's line up of events for 2023 has been confirmed by the Town Council at Monday's Events and Tourism committee meeting - with the King's Coronation Party coming up in May.
Although some dates have still to be fine-tuned, the line up is similar to last year.
Ashby Town Centre Manager, Stuart Benson, told councillors: "The King's Coronation Party will be taking place on the Bath Grounds on May 7.
"Everything's in place, we'll have a stage coming in, there'll be musical acts coming on throughout the day, there'll be magicians, Punch & Judy, plus a lot of public participation.
"Also, there'll be a Volunteer Village for those organisations who need volunteers - so there'll be an area of the Bath Grounds given to them free of charge.
"It should prove to be a very successful event for the town and the whole community is invited to come down, enjoy the day and celebrate.
"Blackfordby will also have a similar, lower key event, they will have a small stage with entertainment throughout the day."
But he said details of the Christmas market in December had still to be finalised.
The Town Centre Manager added: "With Food Gusto telling us they will no longer be going ahead with the event, we decided we needed to take a look at options.
"How can we pull off a Christmas event without the market element?
"I've done the maths, but it wouldn't work just to do a one-day event on the Saturday, it'd have to be a two-day event with the stalls.
"We could bring it in house, but we'd probably reach a break-even point.
"But there may be other proposals on the table going forwards."
Sunday, March 26: Ashby 20 road race, finish on the Bath Grounds
Sunday, April 16: Mayor's Civic Service, St Helen's Church
Saturday, April 22: Mayor's, Civic Dinner, Lyric Rooms, Ashby
Sunday, May 7: King's Coronation Party, Bath Grounds
Sunday, May 7: King's, Coronation Party, Blackfordby
Saturday, May 20: Ashby Big Tidy Up - linked to Keep Britain Tidy
Saturday, May 27-Monday, 29: Ashby Arts Festival - outdoor Gallery
Saturday, June 10: Fake Festival - Bath Grounds
Thursday, June 15-Tuesday, June 20: Pithiviers TA twinning visit, in France
June (Date to be decided): Blackfordby Open Gardens
Saturday, June 24: Ashby Sport Fun Day - Bath grounds.
Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25: Ashby Steam, Scamhazel Farm, Boundary
Saturday, July 1-Sunday, July 2: Ashby Open Gardens
Sunday, July 9: Ashby Show - Cattow's Farm Heather
Sunday, July 30: Jim's Tractor Run and Family Fun Day - Bath Grounds
Saturday, August 26-Sunday 27: Ashby Big Weekend - Bath grounds
Friday, September 8: National, Forest Way Trek, Market Street
Friday 15-Tuesday, 19 September: Ashby Statutes, Market Street/Brook Street
September (date to be decided): Blackfordby Car Show - football field Blackfordby
Saturday, October 7: Ashby FABulous - Ashby town centre
Saturday, November 11: Armistice Day - Market Street War Memorial
Sunday, November 12: Remembrance Sunday, Market Street, War Memorial
Saturday, December 2-Sunday 3: Ashby Christmas Fair and Market - Market Street/Brook Street.
Sunday: December 3: Santa Fun Run & Walk - Bath Grounds
Sunday, December 24: Carols Around The Tree - Market Street