Tarporley and our surrounding villages are a joy to be in. Even more so when we come together as a community on days such as carnival and the relatively new weekend called TarpFest, held on mid-summer weekend.
TarpFest, is a weekend of music, activities, food and drink. Venues along the High Street will play host to a variety of local acts as well as offering fabulous food and drink. You can enjoy performances on the street and in venues, browse Tarporley’s gorgeous independent shops and follow the amazing art trail through the village. You can take part in a Zumbathon, enjoy watching The Clay Collective in their pop-up ceramics studio, relax through a jazz afternoon tea or even join an historic ghost walk. For the young ones, we have TarpFest tots, a morning of activities in the community centre which culminates in a Teddy Bear’s picnic. For the older ones it all starts with an evening of music, dancing and fun with the Raise the Roof night in the community centre. There really is something for everyone.
Raise the Roof
There’s just over a week to go to the ‘kick-off’ event on the Friday night at the Tarporley Community Centre. One night, one stage with four live bands will see party-goers ‘raising the roof’ to raise money for the much needed new roof to go over our heads in the village hall. An evening of drinking, dancing and merriment is planned. Tickets for this are only £5 and are available from the Chocolate Shop.
More singing and dancing
Saturday morning, Nikki is running a 2-hour zumbathon to dance off any fuzzy heads. £10 entry for 2-hours of exercise, sorry fun, with all money, once again, going towards a shiny new roof!
During the day there will be singing and playing and some dancing in the street with some performances in the Baptist Church and along the high street from invited buskers and choirs.
Arts & Crafts
For those that prefer the quieter life, slip into the community centre between 1 and 5pm and watch The Cheshire Clay Collective perform their magic with a lump of clay and their potters wheels in their pop-up ceramics studio.
Stroll, discover, be inspired! Come and wander down Tarporley’s Georgian High Street, soaking up the atmosphere, browsing and shopping. The TarpFest Art trail starts on Monday 17th June and runs until the end of TarpFest weekend. View the gorgeous work of 26 local artists in 39 of our shops and businesses. 21 “young” Craft Room Artists are involved too. There’s also a word search competition for families to enter with a prize of art materials donated by Northwich Art Shop . All the details are available on the Art Trail Map. All proceeds are for Tarporley Community Centre Roof Appeal.
Every wondered who the previous residents of Tarporley were? Then during TarpFest weekend you can visit historical locations along Tarporley High Street with tour guides from Tarporley Amateur Dramatic Society and meet some of Tarporley’s more ethereal residents! Luckily, most of them seem to frequent our public houses! Tours take 1 hour and begin and end at The Swan, 50 High Street, Tarporley. Tickets are £3 per person and £10 for a family of up to 4 and available from The Chocolate Shop. Tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoon – SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED SO BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!
Tarporley’s Got Talent
Saturday afternoon children in primary years 5 & 6 are invited to Tarporley High School for ‘Tarporley’s Got Talent’ on the High School stage from 3 – 5pm. Is there a rising star in our midst?
New for Sunday morning is a session called TarpFest Tots. The community centre will play host to a few music, movement and sports session for the under and over 5’s. Have a look at the TarpFest facebook page for more details. The morning culminates in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the park of the community centre (or in the Craven Room if it is raining)!
Sunday Jazz Session
Sunday afternoon you are invited to a jazz session at Tarporley Primary School. Afternoon tea, cake and a relaxing time listening to some Jazz classics. Tickets £5 from The Chocolate Shop.
Sunday night seems to be a popular night for a quiz in the pubs of Tarporley, so I’m sure many of us will be trying to get the brain cells working after a weekend of relaxation and fun. For those who prefer not to think too much, there will be music and food on offer across all of our fabulous hostelries and inns, with no need to answer more than, ‘would you like desert or coffee now?’