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Summer of wide-ranging entertainment in prospect

Thursday, 5th July 2012.

A grand summer of entertainment to suit all tastes is promised in the town council's latest programme of Summer In Haverhill, released today.

There is everything from music to vintage vehicles and family fun days to outdoor theatre.

Things get off to a vintage start with the Haverhill Historic Transport Rally and Road Run. This will include a road run through the surrounding villages and bus rides.

You can get up close to a whole range of vehicles including buses, coaches, tanks, vans and vintage cars at the free event which takes place on the car park behind the Arts Centre, between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, July 15.

On Saturday, July 21, the popular Cambridge Touring Theatre make a return visit to East Town Park for a rambunctious and rollicking version of an Olde English legend.

Bring a picnic blanket, some eats and all the family for The Sword In The Stone at 5pm. There is also a children’s workshop that takes place at 3.15pm.

Further outdoor theatre is provided by Haverhill’s own Outspoken Theatre. Their version of Shakespeare’s most outdoor comedy, As You Like It, will be performed at East Town Park on Tuesday, July 24, at 7.30pm. Again, bring a chair or blanket and a picnic if you want.

This year the Big Day Out, on Wednesday, July 25, will boast a massive Olympic inflatable obstacle course and a gigantic zipwire, in addition to workshops, advice and information for young people and their families.

The event takes place on the Recreation Ground between 10am and 4pm. Go to the bandstand for a wristband to enable you to take part in activities.

The Big Bash on Sunday, July 29, is a day when local groups and charities provide information about what they do. There will also be music from Haverhill Youth and Community Band and Centre Stage theatre company will give a preview of the their up-and-coming show, The Sound Of Music at the Arts Centre in October.

Other entertainment will be provided by the hilarious street theatre company, Le Navet Bete and a Sumo Race to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. A car boot sale tops off the action at the Recreation Ground. The fun starts at 11am and continues to 5pm.

If you are a Cliff Richard or Elvis fan then there’s a treat in store on Saturday, August 4, when the market square will see a tribute to the two perennial favourites at 8pm.

Two weeks later, on Saturday, August 18, it will be the turn of The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute and Boutiques homage to Madonna, Kylie, Girls Aloud and Jessie J. Both the pop concerts on the market square are free.

If you fancy a free day out with the children you can go along to the town council’s Family Fun Days. With assistance from Abbeycroft Leisure and One Haverhill the days, on Wednesdays in August, provide a range of activities aimed at getting the kids away from the TV.

On Wednesday, August 1, there will be Spider Mountain and bouncy castle at New Croft (Haverhill Rovers) in Chalkstone Way. The day on the August 8 will have monkey-do nets laced between the avenue of lime trees in East Town Park, trampolines and a bouncy castle. Bring a picnic to this one.

The activities on the August 15 at Castle Playing Fields will feature a magic show with El Rico, a bouncy castle and Spider Mountain. The last day, on August 22, will focus on summer ice-skating with a walk-about magician at Jubilee Plaza. All free Family Fun Days take place between 11am and 3pm.

To celebrate the Olympics, Urban Canvas is asking for your help to create a giant pavement mural outside the Arts Centre. It will be free and open to all ages and take place on Friday, July 27, between 12pm and 4pm.

Later on that day, from 8pm onward, the Olympic Opening Ceremony will be shown, for free, on the big screen at the Arts Centre.

The Arts Centre also has, as always, a great range of family theatre and films including a theatre performance of The Selfish Crocodile and the Ice Age: Continental Drift. For further information go to www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

Street Jam has been organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council with Haverhill Town Council and One Haverhill as an afternoon and evening of events especially for ages 12–18.

On Thursday, August 16, on the market square, there will be cage football, beat boers and live DJs, breakdancing, workshops and more. Street Jam is another free event.

For a diary which includes all the activities that are taking place in Haverhill this summer, including the wide variety of events at the Leisure Centre and the library, call the Arts Centre on 01440 714140 and ask to be sent the Summer In Haverhill brochure.

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