Horncastle goes national with Regency Festival

Lincolnshire Regency Festival EMN-140905-162342001
Lincolnshire Regency Festival EMN-140905-162342001

Visitors from across the country descended on Horncastle as the Lincolnshire Regency Society held its annual May Festival.

Participants came from as far afield as Surrey and Sunderland to take part in four-days of festivities, which started with an evening of regency dancing at Horncastle’s Bull Hotel and a performance of a play written by JH Noble entitled ‘Deception and Discovery’.

The festival-goers then assembled in their finest regency costumes at Woodhall Spa’s Petwod Hotel before progressing through the woods to promenade along the Broadway.

This was followed by an evening soiree at Sausthorpe Old Hall.

The main event took place on Sunday as regency dance was practiced in the Top Deck Suite of the Admiral Rodney Hotel in preparation for the evening’s Grand Ball and dinner which featured typical regency dishes.

More than 600 visitors flocked to Gunby Hall to see members of the Lincolnshire Regency Society dance on the oval lawn and promenade through its precincts.

The event was opened by Sir Mostyn-Mainwearing-Malhuish who gave an introductory speech.

Regency games were made available to members of the public so they could take part in the special day.

The final evening was held at the White Hart pub in Tetford, once patronised by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Planning for next year’s festival are already well underway with organisers hoping it will be a similar success, attracting more visitors to Horncastle and the surrounding area in 2015.