FORGET budget cuts and the recent bout of cold and snowy weather – the Queen of the Moorlands is about to experience some good news at last.
With just days to go until Leek Arts Festival gets under way for the 37th year in succession, organisers have confirmed that this year’s programme features a record number of events – a total of 53 – making it the biggest offering of culture the town has ever seen.
With events ranging from big name bands to guided walks, and from films to dance workshops, this year’s Festival is crammed with opportunities for people to get out and enjoy themselves.
Key dates in the early part of the programme include The Roving Crows on Friday (April 19), Halle Orchestra soloists on May 3, Demon on May 4, Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes on May 8, the Steve Gibbons Band on May 10 and Art in the Park on May 11/12.
Festival spokesman Phil Edmeades said: "We didn’t set out to make 2013 the biggest and best Leek Arts Festival ever, it just worked out that way.
"Leek and the surrounding area has so much talent to offer and so many people wanted to be part of this year’s programme that it seemed unfair to turn anyone away.
"By the time we had added all their events to the festival committee’s own plans we found we had a programme that was much bigger than we had expected "It has been a bit of a nightmare fitting everything in to the six or seven weeks that the festival now spans, but we have managed it and I think we can safely say that people are going to be spoilt for choice."
Full details of the 2013 Festival programme are available at www.leekartsfestival.org from where tickets for many major events can be purchased online.
Tickets are also available from Leek Tourist Information Centre, at the top of Market Place.