Go chill on the hill...

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There’s three days of music, history, food and fun on offer this weekend with the return of the Edlesborough Festival.

Held at the historic Church on the Hill from Friday to Sunday (June 20-22), there is an exciting musical line-up as well as traditional craft making, Heritage Sunday activities and ChoirFest.

Vale MP John Bercow will officially open the festival for the second year running, with all proceeds going to improve the facilities at the church.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday is a day of art and flower arranging, with the music starting at 7pm. The first musicians to play traditional Irish music at Buckingham Palace, the Devine family and friends will bring their tin whistles and saxophones to entertain the crowd.

The festival has something for everyone, with cream teas available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as the bar open all weekend for anyone that prefers something a bit stronger.

On the bill for Saturday are the RAF Halton Pipes and Drums band, who have appeared on the Jools Holland show. Also Alex Miles, previous resident pianist at the Ritz, London will be bringing her vast experience with a tailor-made programme to suit the occasion.

Leighton Buzzard’s own ukulele band The 38’s will also be performing an array of material, from the Pogues to Cole Porter. Then make the most of the longest day of the year on Saturday with a sparkling drink at the ‘Sparkling sunset party’. Songs of Praise will close the evening, led by Rev Coralie McClusky.

Organisers, Friends of the Church on Hill, want everyone to enjoy the music in a magnificent and medieval setting.

There will also be a children’s fancy dress and U16s photo competition.

Tickets are available now from Janes of Edlesborough. Music events are £8 per adult and £5 for child/concessions. It’s £10 on the door, capacity allowing. More details from Alan on 07828 398371.