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Bidford Bash – September 2016

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Bidford Bash is an annual event held in Bidford-on-Avon which is a large village in Warwickshire.
Bidford-on-Avon is a wonderfully quiet village right on the river Avon. Everyone in the village is friendly and the atmosphere of the village is just lovely. This is the reason that we decided to buy a house here back in 2015 – we love it! There are so many places to explore. Walk for 5 minutes in any direction and you are in the country side 🙂

Just to give you a little bit of background – Bidford Bash was born in 2015 as a way to get business through to the village. The reason for this was that the main bridge that connects the village to other villages such as Barton and Honeybourne etc was closed because a large tractor type thing drove into the side and took the bridge out.

The bridge was out for the best part of the year and this meant that local businesses were suffering as the through traffic that usually drove through the high street was no more 🙁 Business was suffering so the Bidford-on-Avon chamber of commerce got together with the businesses on the high street and suggested a street party to boost business and get the foot traffic back through. Everyone was in great agreement and so plans began and the first Bidford Bash was held on the 20th September 2015.

 Bidford Bridge Out

Unfortunately we were away when the bash was held but from what we have been told it was brilliant. The whole high street was closed and there were things going on from the top of the high street all the way to the bottom which involved most of the businesses. There were live bands, food stalls, face painting, games, tea and cakes. You name it, it would seem that it was there. The figures that were shared told us that there were over 3000 people that attended. Now that’s quite a few!

They thought it such a success that they decided to make it an annual event and as the bridge would be open again they thought that they would move it over to the big meadow so that there was more space to accommodate more people and more stalls.

So, how did we get involved? Well, we were supplying some of our hippy festival clothes for a hippy inspired party and one of the ladies that contacted us to enquire about some clothing, it turns out was part of the chamber of commerce and said that we should get involved and have a stall there. Wow, we thought, what a great idea, bring the stall to our home village so that is exactly what we did.. Read on for how it went…………..

Bidford Bash – 17th September 2016 held on the Big Meadow, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

As this little Bidford-on-Avon festival was so close to home (like literally 3 minutes) we did not have to leave the house until 7.45 – wohoo! So, we arrived, the sun was shining and we found out that we had a great pitch right by the beer tent,Mystical Mayhem Hippy Stall food stalls and the main stage.
We had our stall up in record time and even bought a new sign for our hippy stall. I have to say, it looked rather good 🙂

We were set up by 11.00 and ready to go. The doors didn’t open until midday so it gave us a change to have rest before thousands of people arrived.

Now you have to remember that this was the first real outing for the Bidford Bash as a festival so there were going to be a few issues.  All of the stalls were set our very sporadically and everything was so spread out and far apart, this gave the festival a very unorganised feel. We were separate from all of the other stalls as we were staying later than them (they all left by 18.00) and had a nice pitch near the action although other stall holders had mentioned to me they also would have benefited from being where we were. Stall holders and the public had mentioned to us that they felt things could have been streamed lined to bring things closer to the street festival feel of 2015.

Bidford Bash Crowd

To be honest, although the day didn’t really pan out for us, we still had a lovely day and met some really lovely people.
All the people helping organise the event (those yellow high viz tops you saw floating around) were very helpful and friendly and were quick to sort out any issues.  We know how hard you all worked to bring this little festival together.
The WI supplying tea and cakes (these ladies were great and I became known as the purple guy with the big beard), the tombola, the Italian market, bands, face painting and games for kids. There was even a bucking bronco. There were also some amazing food stalls – The Lazy Pig and an awesome noodle stall next to us.

MMC and Food Stalls

For those that attended, it seems as though a great day was had by all. Both adults and kids loved it – especially when we got our glow sticks out in the evening.  For £1 entrance, who can argue with practically free music and entertainment?

We are now on the chamber of commerce so we can attend any committee meeting relating to next year’s Bash and voice our opinions. Most of the stalls had the same opinion as us with regards to the set up so let’s hope that we can help to make next year bigger and better!

We love Bidford on Avon and have high hopes for the future of this event as it has amazing potential.  With live music, great food and local businesses taking an interest things should move in the right direction.  Well done guys for a stepping into the unknown and bringing the great British festival to Bidford on Avon. We are looking forward to hearing the plans for next year.