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Haverhill Town Council has announced a full line-up of music, performances and activities for its three-day family festival, Haverhill in the Park.

The festival takes place on the Recreation Ground on Friday, August 19, 5.30pm to 10pm, Saturday, noon to 10pm and noon to 6.30pm on Sunday. More details are on Haverhill In the Park’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts – @haverinthepark.

Steve Marsh, from the town council, who has led the organisation of the programme, said: “The intention was to have something for everyone and I think we’ve pretty much hit the brief.

Haverhill band Stereojack will headline the Friday evening entertainment at Haverhill in the Park. Contributed picture
Haverhill band Stereojack will headline the Friday evening entertainment at Haverhill in the Park. Contributed picture

“This should be a brilliant community event for Haverhill and I hope it is just the first of many such events.

“Please like or follow us on social media. There will be additional information of the activities and updates to the programme.”

Friday is headlined by the band Stereojack, supported by Iona Griffey playing covers and her self-penned tunes. Cambridge-based Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison also appear.

Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison are playing at the Haverhill in the Park. Contributed picture
Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison are playing at the Haverhill in the Park. Contributed picture

From midday Saturday, community groups will be there to tell everyone about their services and how to get involved.

There will be bouncy castles and face painting and other fun activities to try out including getting involved in a community graffiti wall and making a dreamcatcher with Snobby Eddy Crafts and The Centre Stage Company, The Lisa Mason School of Dance and Haverhill Arts Centre’s Open Mic alumni will be there.

Headlining the music offering from Saturday is Britpop Live recreating the sounds of Blur, Oasis and other 1990s groups, plus Reno and Rome, Kickin’Up Dust, Blue Mean Eyes and Umbrella Assassins.

Singer songwriter Iona Griffey will also be playing at the festival on Friday evening. Picture: Alison Mckenny Photography
Singer songwriter Iona Griffey will also be playing at the festival on Friday evening. Picture: Alison Mckenny Photography

There’s a relaxed musical vibe on Sunday, Herringbone Cocktail Club are the headliners for the night and will treat the crowds to their own brand of chilled out covers – with a twist. Support will be found in the shape of Hunter Kerr, Haverhill Silver Band and Will Ginno and Be Unique Performing Arts. There will be a pottery workshop and the return of the graffiti wall.

There will also be food trucks and a bar and drinks and snacks available from the Splashpad Café. Picnics are permitted but barbecues are not. Dogs are not allowed on the site.

Festival goers are asked to park in town centre car parks rather than the roads around the Recreation Ground.