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MarshFest returns to Marshfield on September 11, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. With a Covid-friendly reworked version called MarshFest Recut, six live bands will play on the day, including local favourites The Clones, Bottle of Dog and Midwife Crisis. The festival has previously raised over £6,000 for good causes.

Created by village dads and one mum, MarshFest Recut runs from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday 11 September at Broadleys, Marshfield’s Cricket Club ground. There’s fun for the whole family, with activities including a craft tent from award-winning Makery Kate, entertainment from Lolly Lollipop, a circus tent, Balthazar the Bubble Magician; face painting and a tug of war.

Food and drink is locally sourced and includes Pizza Folk’s stone-baked sourdough pizzas, one pots from Moo Stoo, Marshfield Ice Cream, a barbecue and hot drinks from Really Awesome Coffee. Completing the music line up are soulful favourites, Eden, featuring Richard Friend and Lou Ruddell, blues-inspired Antalya and Uke Can’t be Serious, with some toe-tapping classics.

All profits go to good causes, with Marshfield Primary PTA and Warmley Park School and College set to benefit, alongside hosts, Marshfield Cricket Club. There’s plenty of free parking on-site for those who travel by car.

This year festival goers are being encouraged to buy e-tickets before the day, to help make this the biggest, best possible event and to benefit from an early bird rate as prices increase on the door.

“We’re so excited to be back!” says Nigel Smith, one of MarshFest’s founders. “Everyone is pleased to get out and about again and we’re lucky to have a beautiful and large open-air venue in Marshfield Cricket Club ground, Broadleys. There are six live bands, plenty of entertainment and local refreshments on-hand to make it a brilliant day all-round. We can’t wait to get going so please join us and do buy ahead if possible!”

MarshFest attracted over 500 people on its last outing.