Vikings at Spirit of the Marsh Festival at Theddlethorpe

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THEDDLETHORPE will open its doors this weekend to celebrate the wealth of ‘hidden gems’ from the worlds of arts, crafts and history at the second annual Spirit of the Marsh Festival.

The three-day festival celebrates the talents, knowledge and energies of the region and is packed with events, displays, free workshops and more.

Perhaps the highlight will once again be the ‘Viking invasion’. A fully armed group of 25 or more warriors will set up camp for the weekend, showcasing their history.

Anna Salter, of organisers Spirit of the Marsh Ltd, said: “See how a Viking village society existed with re-enactments of civilian life, including a procession and burning of a Viking Long ship on Saturday night and the Viking Olympics.

“Watch circus arts and fire performing artist as well as being entertained by a life-size puppeteers and stilt walkers provided by the Geofest Entertainment Collective.”

People can also look forward to a feast of entertainment on the main stage, with music and vocalists supported by 22 bands and singers, including the winners of the local battle of the bands competition.

Meanwhile Mablethorpe’s home grown Olympic Torch Runner Mick Edwards will be on site with his torch around 10.30am on Sunday.

The Spirit of the Marsh festival takes place this weekend July 20 to 22 at Arklow House Farm, in Theddlethorpe.

Advanced booking for the festival, including camping, is £37.50 for the weekend for adults, £20 for 13 to 17-year-olds; £10 for five to 12-year-olds and under fives go free. Standard weekend tickets, also including camping, are £45 for adults and other prices as above. Day tickets cost £6 for adults; £4 for 13 to 17-year-olds; £2 for five to 12 year olds; free for under 5s.

A free connecting bus will be operating from the Ferryboat, in North End, Mablethorpe, to Arklow House Farm and the King’s Head.

There is onsite parking and day visitors can park at Theddlethorpe Village Hall. Gates open on Friday at 11am and close on Sunday at 8pm. For more information call 01507 338597 or visit www.spiritofthemarsh.com.