What's On in Ashby - the return of the Moira Canal Festival and the Big Tidy Up
By Graham Hill
19th May 2022 | Local News
The 20th Anniversary of the Moira Canal Festival is one of the highlights of the events taking place in the Ashby area this weekend.
Moira Furnace and Country Park is the venue for the festival which makes a return after a break of two years due to the pandemic.
Britain's Got Talent finalists from 2018 - the D-Day Darlings - will be making an appearance.
And there is something for all ages at the event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The Festival is a family event usually held every year on the restored section of the Ashby Canal.
It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.
Whether it is a Battle of Britain Memorial Fight flypast, Morris dancing, children's crafts, local bands and singers, historical re-enactment or something more unusual, there is always something to entertain the whole family.
You can find out more, and a programme of events, HERE.
The event season is coming back to life in Ashby.
And Saturday also see Ashby's Big Tidy Up - in locations across the town.
In association with North West Leicestershire District Council and Ashby de la Zouch Town Council the seventh litter pick is being organised throughout Ashby by the Ashby Hastings Rotary Club and the Love Ashby Litter Picking Heroes group.
Anyone can volunteer to help. No experience is necessary but experienced Litter Pickers are encouraged to act as Team Leaders (Lead Litter Pickers) for less experienced volunteers. Young people under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Volunteers who have their own equipment and who wish to be independent can start litter picking from home and work their way to the Leisure Centre in Hood Park. Volunteers needing equipment and some guidance can choose their starting place from one of ten locations around Ashby. The starting locations have been chosen to ensure that every part of the town is covered and to avoid too many pickers at any one place.
Litter pickers and safety vests can be borrowed but are the property of the District Council and must be returned at the end of the event.
You can find out more details HERE.
There is live music in Market Street as usual with the White Hart playing host to rock covers band Dark Horses on Saturday night.
You can find out more about the gig and the band HERE.
Brew has its regular Lazy Sunday afternoon session this weekend.
Sunday sees Charlotte Bettson playing live and you can find out more HERE.
Brew is also hosting more pop up street food, this week featuring the Cluck Brothers on Saturday afternoon.
You can find out more about what's going on HERE.
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