Stockfest 2016, now in its 4th year, is a community festival celebrating local talent, arts, music and culture. This year we are looking forward to 20+ events over 9 days.
Events include live music, dance classes, art & craft workshops, talks, walks, church and garden opening, Film night, fun dog Show, classic car and craft fair.
It all takes place in the village of Stockcross and is being hosted by all the surrounding venues - St John's Church, Stockcross Post Office, The Rising Sun, Stockcross House, The Sutton Hall, The Red House and Benham Estates.
Our main feature this year is our Retro Weekend full of nostalgia 19th - 21st August
- It starts Friday evening with a Pop Up 1950's Rock n Roll Night. There is a free jive dance class at 6pm followed by the main event. Dancing to music from authentic 50s band Johnny Gunner & The Raiders supported by local DJ West End Pete. A chance to dust off the blue suede shoes and take to the dance floor!
- On Saturday night we are recreating the 1920s cinema with a Buster Keaton double bill and piano! Two silent movies (cops & The General) with piano accompaniment from James Harpham. You're invited to dress up in period costume and experience the Golden Age of cinema when silent movies and movie stars ruled the world and live music accompaniment was an essential part of the movie going experience. (James has written and conducted many scores for film and TV including Tenko)
- On Sunday we have a packed day that includes a rare breeds classic car tour, a classic car show, five live bands, beer tent and hogroast on our Glebe Field. We want to include local classics - and are inviting members of the public to bring theirs along to show (must arrive at 11am). At the village hall there will be a vintage fair with stalls and teas. Children can watch one of the marionette performances that will be going on throughout the afternoon at Stockcross House. St John's Church will also be open featuring an exhibition of arts & crafts and village history. Phew!
Other highlights include :
Saturday 20th August 10.30am at Stockcross Post Office Our unique spoken word & poetry workshop with Ken Rich will have you laughing out loud. Bring your own poem along or just come along to listen.
Friday 19th August 11am at The Red House Corvid Dawn Wild Bird Rescue was founded by Aimee Wallace. Come and listen to Aimee talk about her passion for British wildlife over a brunch of pulled pork rolls tea and coffee Tuesday 23rd August 7.30pm at The Sutton Hall Knitting workshop with Purlescence. Always popular this year Purlescence are going to help us master 'knitting in the round' and get us started on a stylish hat.
Wednesday 24th August at The Sutton hall 2pm Meet the Author Sarah Jamson and enjoy a cream tea. Sarah will be talking about her debut novel The Summer of Secrets.