Small is beautiful. How closing a village pub has lead to locals starting their own music festival.

This Saturday (12th August) sees the return of WrabFest, a magical community-managed and volunteer-run festival. It is a community event put on by a team of local volunteers that already runs the village community shop and community bar. Wrabness’s last pub closed its doors on New Year’s Day 2000 but this didn't stop the local community which has rallied to run a village bar and organise Wrabfest.

Now in its third year, WrabFest combines two stages of great live music showcasing local acts covering genres from rock ‘n’ roll to traditional sea shanties, gentle folk to barnstorming blues. The festival is great for all the family and there will be a large beer tent, and plenty of f local stalls. The hay-bale arena will host a falconry display, equine acrobatics and more exciting acts! There will also be free activities for kids including a crafts area and puppet shows.

WrabFest takes place in the North Essex village of Wrabness and runs from 11am to 11pm this Saturday. Even if there is rain forecast, the fabulous village-owned canvas tents will provide the perfect cover for the days activities.

Children under 6 go free. Child tickets (6 - 17) cost £5, Adult tickets (ID may be asked) cost £12.50. Family tickets (valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children over 6) cost £30.

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