Victorian Festival 
2017
21st to 27th August 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Daytime Events in the Gardens and Elsewhere

Historic Cycle Cavalcade

With appreciation to the National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells,

Around Temple Gardens - Tuesday at 11.00am

An opportunity to see and find out more about the wonderful old bicycles from the National Cycle Museum.  The Junior Town Criers will lead the parade to the bandstand and meet at the Cycle Museum at 10.50am.

Welcome to La Modiste Mercantile!

Here you will find a wide selection of historical attire; from costumes and millinery to accessories and undergarments as well as on on-site alterations service during the festival. Ladies are invited to browse in comfort, enjoy a complimentary beverage and feel free to ask for any costume advice and guidance.

Our in-house dressmaker will be happy to discuss bespoke commissions for both costumes and undergarments.

We are also happy to sell your unwanted period attire and accessories on you behalf, 30% commissions to the festival; and donation of such items is especially welcome.

For queries and further information please contact Marina at:

To see what is available please use the following link to the Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/La-Modiste-Mercantile-190949504745584/?fref=ts


VICTORIAN FESTIVAL EXHIBITION

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

AFRICAN EXPLORERS

19th to 27th August, Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm Marvel at the mad heroics of the men and women who forged an empire.

Plus: Floral displays, live music, children’s activities

and, of course, our

Famous Café.
Find us close to the bandstand on the way to the Pavilion


THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY - TEMPLE GARDENS

“The Past Time Strollers set up an authentic Victorian military encampment giving talks on the weaponry and the living conditions of the soldiers encamped during campaigns in Victorian times. The encampment is based around the style of camping quarters that officers of the regiment would enjoy during either large scale exercises or genuine campaigns in the far flung British Empire. The reason that the encampment has to be based around the Officers Mess is simply because conditions for the ordinary soldier were usually basic in the extreme. Private soldiers usually had to make do with a blanket on the ground and their rations being cooked, if they were that fortunate, on an open fire. The encampment has been very popularly received in and around East Anglia and was specially recruited by the Parachute Regiment for its open day at the Woodbridge Camp in Suffolk last summer.”

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

AN EXHIBITION BY POWYS RADNOR FEDERATION OF WI's

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

AT THE HOTEL METROPOLE

Sunday 20th August - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Monday - Saturday 21st to 26th August - 11.00am - 4.30pm

Do come and visit - a warm welcome awaits

Craft Sales              Free Admission

A VICTORIAN PARLOUR

Pop in for photographs and admire the fantastic furniture for sale at Butterfills.

CHILDREN'S FANCY DRESS

Monday @ 1.45pm

Scottish, Highland, Jacobean theme

Wednesday @ 3.00pm

Characters from Victorian Novels

Thursday @ 3.00pm

Characters from Alice in Wonderland during the Friends production of "Allices Adventures in Llandrindod Wells"

Friday @12.30pm

Circus performers

ADULT COSTUMED COMPETITIONS

Monday at  @ 2.15pm - Bandstand

Mr & Mrs Llandrindod Wells, sponsored by the Friends & Strollers

Wednesday @ 2.00pm - Bandstand

Victorian Era - Costumes original or copied from 1840 to 1901

Thursday @ 12.00 (noon) - Bandstand

Costumes from the Victorian Empire


A TALK BY MR DAVID LITTLER 

CATHERINE 'SKITTLES' WALTERS

Catherine ‘Skittles’ Walters (1839-1920) was the last of the great Victorian courtesans. Her benefactors included Emperors, Prime Ministers, Dukes and several members of the British royal family including the future King Edward VII and Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh: Henry Poole & Co men both. Skittles – so named because she briefly worked in a bowling alley near Chesterfield Street in Mayfair – possessed classical beauty that was matched only by her proficiency as one of her era’s most elegant horsewomen leading to many bon mots about Skittles astride.

Tuesday at 11pm Glen Usk Hotel

£3.00 at the door

A TALK BY MARTIN HIGHWAY

1917: Mud, Mutiny, Revolution, Tanks  and Death
In another of his series of talks paralleling the centenary of the First World War, Martin Heighway moves into 1917.

**************
Mired in static trench warfare, Britain was obliged, in April 1917, to launch the Battle of Arras to support a massive French offensive that failed and ultimately led to the mutiny of the French Army. Not one of the more familiar battles of the war, Arras outstripped the Somme and Ypres in its ferocity. For a short while, Arras was the most dangerous place on Earth a British soldier could be.
Left alone on the battlefield as the French adopted a defensive strategy and awaited the USA to enter the fray, the British Army attempted to reinvigorate the conflict by launching another offensive, an action that has become a byword for the futility of Trench Warfare: the Third Battle of Ypres, or as it is commonly known… Passchendaele.

11.00am, Friday - Glen Usk Hotel

£3.00 at the door


CATHERINE O’ROURKE – FLAUTIST ENTERTAINMENT TENT 

Friday at 3.30PM 

Followed at 4.30pm by a Gilbert & Sullivan recital

Catherine loves and is enthusiastic about all genre and styles of music (and is not too old to embrace new ideas into her repertoire). She plays piano, flute and alto saxophone and is also MD of 2 choirs. As a music teacher she has organised and performed in many concerts, musicals and festivals.
Donations

'RIBBONS TO ROSES'

ENTERTAINMENT TENT, WEDNESDAY AT 11.00AM to 12 (Noon)

Make a Victorian Inspired Ribbon Rose
The Victorians are great lovers of fake flowers for their bonnets, corsages, hair adornments or nosegays.
Taking a length of ribbon you will be guided through this art form, taking your Ribbon Rose away with you.
Suitable for Adults and accompanied junior school or older children.
All materials provided for this FREE workshop by ' the Friends of the Festival '.

Donations

GILBERT & SULLIVAN & OTHER VICTORIAN SONGS

Entertainment Tent - 4.30pm, Friday

Come along and listen to great local  singers 

performing some of Gilbert & Sullivans songs.

Arranged by Marie Henderson-Cleland

To see the programme for this please click on the photo above of G & S

A FRIEND OF THE FESTIVAL PRODUCTION

ALICES ADVENTURES IN LLANDRINDOD WELLS

Thursday - Entertainment Tent - 1.30pm to 4.30pm

FUN....GAMES....ENTERTAINMENT

for children and adults.

There will be prizes for the best dressed Alice in Wonderland character.

Jenny-Any-Dots who was extremely popular with the children in 2016 will be back in 2017. On Monday between 12 (noon) and 2.00pm at the children's "Fun Time" and at the same time on Thursday at the Welsh Picnic Lunch

Suffragette Demonstration 3.00pm

The ‘Sisters’ will join the Guest Speakers, ‘The Unsinkable’ Miss Molly Brown and Lady Madeline Astor, heroines of the ‘Titanic’ disaster and ardent Suffragette Activists, some activists will be chained to the stanchions of the entertainment tents of which the ladies do not approve.

The demonstration will proceed from the entertainment tent on Temple Garden to Dickens where Miss Brown and Lady Astor will board their vintage car and proceed to the left along Temple Street, then onto Station Crescent, along Middleton Street to the Bandstand on Temple Gardens

LAUREL & HARDY CINEMA SHOW - ALSO A SPECIAL FAMILY FILM

3.00pm  - New Life Church - Five Ways Tuesday and Thursday

No charge for the show or refreshments (Donations)

Please click on there above poster to download an application form and for contact details.

MARDI GRAS PARADE

Middleton Street at 3.00pm

Prizes for the ‘Most Humourous’ and ‘Best Costume,’

Belly Dancers and Naughty Ladies, but all in the 

‘Best Possible Taste.’

The Carnival Parade will be along Middleton Street 

to the Bandstand,

Led as always by our great Mardi Gras Drummers