Following on from the success of the first ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ event in September 2017, back by popular demand this event will return to Bishop Auckland on the weekend of 28th and 29th September.
The weekend all kicks off on Friday 28th September with the Full Moon Street Food Market.
In conjunction with Durham Markets Company and The Asian Project people can enjoy the very best street food along with some live music from 4pm till 9pm.
From 10am on Saturday there will be a variety of singers and performers on the main stage including Ami Leigh Boorman, Bradley Thompson, Jenna Highfield, Steven Berry, Sandra Welsh School of Dance and Runaway Samba performed by Jack Drum Arts.
For the children there’s a grassed play area with giant toys and games, FREE face painting, children rides and visit from The Gaunless Gateway Big Purple PlayBus! Plus, the Town Team mascot ‘Bishop The Boar’ will be making guest appearances.
There will be a section market and food traders in attendance offering everything from pizzas to fish & chips, donuts to ice-creams.
Bishop Auckland’s Annual Horticulture and Produce Show
The annual Bishop Auckland Horticulture and Produce Show will take place inside the Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
Organised by the Bishop Auckland Town Council this event never fails to deliver a wonderful display of locally grown flowers, produce, arts and crafts.
The show will take place on Saturday (29th September) from 12pm till 3pm with the help of local growers and in partnership with The Auckland Project and St Anne’s Church, the show offers over 40 classes for adults and children to get involved in.
These range from classes for leeks, onions, chrysanthemum and dahlias for serious competition growers to cress heads, painted pebbles, WW1 remembrance poems and poppy pictures for the younger exhibitors.
There is also a home produce category featuring jams, scones, pies, corsages, flower arrangements – and a favourite of the judges, chocolate cake!
Taking Root, a Day of Floral Art and Music
In addition the The Auckland Project will open the doors to the new Auckland Tower where they will have an exhibition of work by school children created in celebration of the town’s horticultural and garden heritage.
There will also be music from Vaughan Williams, Cecil Sharp and Cream Tees, a youth folk band, formed in 2012 as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project. Local Celtic harpist, Louise Bradley will give you an opportunity to try your hand at playing harp!
As part of the ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ weekend, St Anne’s Church will open it’s doors with two exciting offers…
Faith in our Future: Blooming in Unexpected Places’ is a photographic art event taking place inside St Anne’s Church on Friday 28th September from 5pm till 8pm and again on Saturday 29th September from 9.30am till 4:00pm.
Hope Simpson, a Bishop Auckland disabled teenager has won a National Award (the ‘Grow Wild’ award) from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to create an exhibition by young people – she will do this with photography students from St John’s School and Bishop Auckland College.
There’s also a photographic competition featuring submissions from primary school age children on the theme and at 11:00am the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr David Fleming, will judge the entries together with Vicar of Bishop Auckland Rev’d Matt Keddilty and Hope Simpson.
‘Faith in our Future: Blooming Together’ brings together several inspirational volunteer groups and individuals to create outstanding flower arrangements that our professionals, students and children will paint in response.
This will take place inside No.42 and St Anne’s Church with teams representative of Bishop and Coundon in Bloom, The Auckland Project, and the Bishop Auckland Fellowship of Christian Churches.
Beginning at 9.30am, the public are invited to watch them create their arrangements, and from 12:30pm until 4pm the public can enjoy watching the artists painting the floral creations.
A highlight is local young professional artist Jayne Johnson whose commissioned painting will be put on sale to raise funds for the Mayor of Bishop Auckland’s chosen charity.
Local Botanic Artist Gillian Arnold is offering her time to assist our children and young artists as they paint the floral arrangement.
Fifteas Vintage Tearoom and The Merry Monk
Once the entertainment finishes in the Market Place, vintage vocalist Yvonne Slater will be performing inside the Fifteas Vintage Tearoom from 4pm then to finish the night off there will be a 1980s and 1990s party in The Merry Monk.
The weekend is all about celebrating everything about the town with music, entertainment, food, activities and fun!
There will be a variety of market and food traders for people to enjoy while they watch the performers on the main stage.
It’s a fun packed weekend and everyone is invited to celebrate together!