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Theddlethorpe’s Answer to the ‘Big Society’


The “Spirit of the Marsh Weekend”. 

The Spirit of the Marsh is providing a whole Weekend Celebrating the Talents, Knowledge and Energy of the Lincolnshire region at Arklow House Farm, in the village of Theddlethorpe. 20th, 21st and & 22nd July 2012. 

Here, ordinary people have freely given up their time and energy to present a whole weekend of fun.
The Committee are grateful for the support & expertise they have are received from so many private individuals & organisations from all corners of the community and from all sectors too, private, public and voluntary, who have come together to make this a spectacular weekend. There is something here for everyone, families, the young, pensioners and disabled people to enjoy.

This project has been continued from last year, when Spirit of the Marsh received no direct government funding, a deliberate move to show the sense of community pride, that has created a support network and allowed the events team to put on this wonderful spectacle that celebrates the talents, knowledge and energy that is available along this part of the East Coast, One that is often overlooked, yet full of hidden Gems!

The Spirit of the Marsh Festival has been fortunate enough to win Funding via. Village S.O.S. and the Big Lottery Fund this year, which will, in turn, also provide Theddlethorpe with much needed funds to supply further opportunities to support and facilitate activities in their surrounding community, on a sustainable basis, that compliments the achievements being strived for by its nearest town, Mablethorpe, a place for entertainment, culture, sports and community activities. As well as instilling a sense of pride into a hub of the east coast, which is often neglected, compared to its neighbouring regions, the other side of the Humber and south of Skegness.

Below is just a taster of what expect at Arklow House Farm-Theddlethorpe, Centre of the Spirit of the Marsh Festival 2012.

A veritable feast of entertainment can be found here,  music & vocalists, supported by 22 bands and singers including Merlins Keep, Streaming Lights, Whiskey before Breakfast, Rhythm & Grooves, Deviant Amps, Tweety & Co. Side Valves, Black Dolphins, Voodoo Children, Andrea Ferguson, Belle Blue, The Dave Simpson Trio and Black Dolphins-more bands/performers to be confirmed.
Authors & Poets will be hosting reading from their works that will make the listener smile, yearn and even think.
The main craft fair with 50+ stall holders & workshops for all ages features a combination of Hand Crafted Stalls, therapies and goods, including  homemade preserves using home grown and locally sourced ingredients, confectionery and drinks stalls.
Sarah Goodley & Dawn Marriot-Dodington are some of the healers on site providing Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy; Local card readers will be providing divination to visitors who want it; herbalists will be there with various alternative remedies, Spiritual Church/Healers, and we will also be show-casing Art in it’s myriad of forms under the guidance of Peter Wood.
In addition there will be Belly Dancers, Morris Dancers, Martial Arts Specialists, drumming & circus skill workshops for all ages, and a guest appearance from Susi Mulligan from Basket Case who will be providing a willow weaving workshop.
Arklow House Farm, Theddlethorpe, also provides a stunning backdrop for a delicious array of refreshments including a Beer Tent, among other food vending stalls onsite offering a True Taste of Lincolnshire.
In addition there will be prize giving by the V.I.P.s for the various competitions and recognition awards on Sunday 11am - 12 noon.
The Winner of “Battle of the Bands” from the Kings Head Music competition will open the Music at 2pm on Friday 20th July.
WEEKEND (advanced bookings only) with a
Weekend Pass – See booking form for details.
Day Ticket Prices
Adult - £6.00
Teen (13-17yrs) - £4.00
Child (5-12yrs) – £2.00
Under 4’s – Free
(Please note spaces are limited so weekend ticket holders will be given priority)
Onsite parking will be available for Campers, entertainers, stallholders and Blue badge holders with day visitors parking at Theddlethorpe Village Hall. (short walk to festival site, via. walk through)
A FREE SHUTTLE BUS from the Ferryboat, North End, Mablethorpe  through to Spirit of the Marsh at Arklow House Farm and The Kings Head 17th Century Thatched Pub on Mill Road Theddlethorpe, where locally sourced food and beers will be served, the bus will then go back to the Ferryboat in Mablethorpe as a round trip.
More information can be found on the official website
Have some spare time that weekend? Want to participate in the Celebrations, and be part of the whole crew experience.  Volunteers are needed who can spare 1 shift per day of 3 hours over one or both days to be part of the site crew and task force at the festival. This comes with free Weekend Passes to all sites and free meal between duties, free camping for those who want to stay and join in the entertainment that has been especially provided for our all our crew and participants at this event on the Friday - Sunday nights of the that weekend. This would be an ideal opportunity for older members and youth group’s to become involved. Interested? Please phone Sarah on 01507 479137
A request to local businesses and charities and stall holders along the East Coast of Lincolnshire
To fulfill the Spirit of the Marsh objectives of equal representation of the community of our region, we would warmly welcome the involvement, of local businesses, charities or voluntary groups to have a platform to promote products, services or even run a workshop,
A few outdoor spaces are available,  come for the day or the weekend & camp for free and get free passes to all sites.
Equipment needed;
Donations of any small marquees, gazebos and exhibition boards for the weekend, gratefully received.
Interested in any of the above? or can help in anyway please email
Need More information?
Go to the official new website which is continually being updated. Or join in the Facebook group

Skills Workshops will be available on a strictly limited basis on Thursday 19th July, at Arklow House Farm in the Viking Village and also with Geofest who were so entertaining last year with their Fire Breathing, Poi displays and stilt walking featuring Life-Size Puppeteering among other things all this for £5.00 per half day and £8.00 for a full day of fun-filled activities.
Please phone Julie on 01507 338597 to check availability. the website and also the facebook community which will be  updated with information as the workshops become booked up.
Finally-watch out for VIP’s attending, who will be announced nearer the time.


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