Nine-day SO Festival to draw crowds

Crowds enjoy the Festival last year in Horncastle Market Place
Crowds enjoy the Festival last year in Horncastle Market Place

Massive crowds are again expected to descend on Horncastle in June for the launch of the East Lindsey 2014 SO Festival.

Organisers have confirmed the market town will open the nine-day festival on Saturday June 28.

More than 3,000 people attended last year’s opening in Horncastle, providing a much needed boost for the town’s economy.

Final details of what will be on the agenda in Horncastle have still to be released but organisers are promising the event - now in its sixth year - will build on an already winning formula.

It will run from June 28 to July 6 and will feature nine days of a art, culture and sport at various locations, culminating in a fireworks finale at Skegness.

In a statement, organisers said: “Inspired by transport, journeys and travel, this year’s extravaganza will revive the centuries-old tradition 
of travelling entertainment, curiosities and wonderment.”

After Horncastle, the Festival will visit Tattershall Castle, Woodhall Spa, Alford, Louth, Mablethorpe and Spilsby before arriving in Skegness for the finale on Saturday 5 and Sunday July 6.

Organised by East Lindsey District Council - with support from Arts Council England - SO Festival has become a staple part of East Lindsey’s annual events calendar.

Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at ELDC, said: “SO Festival has put East Lindsey on the cultural map for the past five years, enabling us to attract internationally renowned artists, as well as talented local performers.

“This year’s event will be even more innovative and accessible, appealing to art lovers, as well as those seeking great summertime entertainment.

“Last year, SO Festival attracted an audience of over 90,000, and we anticipate that it will once again provide a huge boost to our local economy by encouraging new people to visit our district and enjoy our hotels, restaurants, shops and cultural sites.

“We look forward to partnering with local businesses throughout this year’s event to promote the festival and all that East Lindsey has to be proud of.”

As always, SO Festival offers something for everyone including Echo Funnel (Lizi Patch) – a beautiful copper funnel sprouting from a tree that listens to visitors’ questions and whispers its thoughts back to the audience.

There’s also the Sprite Symphony (Kristin & Davy McGuire), a magical installation commissioned by and developed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which uses projections and sound to create an enchanting display of fairies trying to escape from the jam jar they are trapped in.

Another main attraction will be the magnificent Insect Circus – an incomparable show, menagerie and museum featuring a myriad of wonders, including a seven-foot tall Oriental performing snail renowned for its immense size and its gentle docility.

Hereford dance company, 2Faced Dance, will tour 
East Lindsey for nine days, bringing their all-male contemporary urban dance style to the festivals’ performance ring.

Performing their acrobatic and humorous piece titled ‘Two Old Men’, 2Faced Dance will be one of several travelling acts touring the region throughout the event.

The Festival’s new Director, Lorna Fulton, said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of taking SO Festival to the next level.

“Our goal this year is to bring art, people and places together while providing the opportunity to not only see great works of art, but also to be part of the show.”

“The travelling entertainment theme will help us achieve this, as events and festivities move across the district.’’

*For more information about this year’s programme, artists and performances, visit, or follow @SOFestival on Twitter.