Northampton Town Festival is still on schedule this weekend after travellers cause disruption

Organisers are reassuring visitors that Northampton Town Festival is going ahead as planned after travellers pitched up their caravans on the Racecourse.

Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 10:19 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:05 pm
Thousands of people enjoyed the rides and entertainment Northampton Town Festival had to offer last year. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds.

When Northampton Town Festival organisers arrived to set up the fences at the Racecourse last week they found travellers had moved in overnight.

Showtime Events Group worked quickly with local authorities to get them moved on and the group of travellers were later evicted from the Racecourse.

Bosses have confirmed to the Chronicle & Echo that the funfair and show infrastructure is currently being set up ready for 'Funfair Madness' to take place this Friday (July 6), as planned.

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Pictures show the rides heading to the festival on the Racecourse this weekend. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds.

'Funfair Madness' is the opening night for the event.

The public, on this night, can expect to see the price of the rides reduced.

Events on Saturday and Sunday (July 7 and 8) will go ahead as scheduled too.

David Bailey, Showtime Events Group said: "We are thrilled with the excited comments and support for the festival that we are receiving this year.

Picture: Kirsty Edmonds.

"We have nearly 70 local traders exhibiting, approximately 25 hot air balloons (weather permitting), a larger funfair and more entertainment in kids zone and the other areas that we have ever booked before.

"We cannot wait to show everyone our biggest event on the Racecourse yet."

Last year about 65,000 people headed to the free-of-charge event to watch live music, mooch around traders, try out local produce and enjoy the giant funfair.

Events scheduled for this Saturday.
Events scheduled for this Sunday.