Shrewsbury’s street music festival returns this Easter - with an extra day of fun for all the family.
For the first time, the Big Busk will take place over two days – on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th of April.
And while the Saturday will follow the successful formula of previous years, Sunday will be a little bit different, while still keeping the welcome and inclusiveness that is at the very heart of the Big Busk philosophy.
Easter Sunday events will kick off at midday at St Chad’s Church, with the fun continuing until 4pm – and there will be something for everyone, whether they are young or just young at heart.
Events will include the first Great Shrewsbury Easter Egg Hunt, organised by award-winning Shrewsbury chocolatier Julia Wenlock of Toot Sweets, and an Easter Bonnet Competition for Under-11s to design their own seasonal headwear, with the winning design being donned by Shrewsbury Mayor Councillor Beverley Baker.
Activities will include making music from junk with 'Whack It Smack It'; 'Bambino Bazaar' pottery workshops; chocolate making workshops from Julia at Toot Sweets and ukulele and dance workshops for all ages, as well as traditional family favourites like face painting.
But, of course, no Big Busk event would be complete without music, and musicians of all kinds will fill the beautiful St Chad’s Church with everything from acoustic duos to haunting harmonies, impressive pianists and a sneak preview of Get Your Wigle On's Phantom of the Opera.
Juliet Young, who is overseeing Sunday’s activities, said: “There will be lots to do, to see, to listen to and to eat! It’s all about getting involved.
“The Big Busk is all about celebrating the fantastic community we live in, encouraging visitors to spend a weekend in our fabulous town and enjoying the sights and sounds, brought together by a team of generous musicians and volunteers helping raise awareness of and money for the Shrewsbury Ark.
“It is open to everyone and will always be a free, we simply ask people to donate what they can if they can.”
For more information on The Big Busk, go to www.thebigbusk.co.uk
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