Giant animals on parade

Festival chairman Christine Aubrey prepares for the wheelbarrow race
Festival chairman Christine Aubrey prepares for the wheelbarrow race
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GIANT animals will be paraded around the town to launch the Steyning Festival.

The children’s parade on Saturday, May 24, kicks off the 2014 festival with a colourful procession of giant carnival animals.

Festival chairman Christine Aubrey said the theme, Steyning Welcomes the World, was designed to link up with Steyning Grammar School and the international nature of its boarding house.

“There will be five big animals to represent the five continents,” she explained.

Samba band Barulho will lead the parade, which starts at 11am in School Lane and processes through streets around the town for around 45 minutes.

Children from seven primary and nursery schools in the area have been busy making costumes, and prizes will be awarded for the most inventive. All children are welcome to join in. Email to get involved.

The Enviro Picnic will follow at St Cuthman’s Field, from 1pm to 3pm. Eco activities will be available, organised by The Woodcraft Folk.

On Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, a community fun day and picnic will be held on the Memorial Playing Field.

Called The Fête Within the Festival, the event is designed to revive the spirit of the street party, held in 2012 for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Ms Aubrey said: “There will be all sorts of things going on there, from 11am to 4pm.

“Sports clubs are involved, there will be music and lots of different activities for all the family.”

One of the highlights will be Wacky Sports, recreating the ancient tradition of the Cuthman Wheelbarrow Race, with wheelbarrows provided by Travis Perkins in Shoreham.

Ms Aubrey said: “There are more than 120 events in the Steyning Festival, entirely organised by volunteers.

“We do find we get people coming into Steyning specifically for the festival.

“A lot of people say they like it because it is more manageable than the big ones, like the Brighton Festival.”

Full festival programmes will be available soon and more information is available on the website (