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Whittlesey Festival

A fun packed community led event on Sunday 9th September 2018, with many free attractions

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 What's on

The Whittlesey Festival is a one day event taking place on Sunday 9th September 2018 in the centre of the town. Now in its 11th year the Festival has gone from strength to strength and regularly attracts 5,000 visitors from far and wide. Starting at 10am with a spectacular parade and finishing at 4pm the day is filled with an exciting programme of music and entertainment together with numerous activities, rides and stalls for all age groups. Further attractions confirmed already for this year include:

  • Over 100 classic vehicles
  • Marching Bands
  • Schools Art Exhibition
  • Craft Fair
  • Children's rides

There is no admission fee and many of the children's rides are free or heavily subsidised, helping to make it a truly stress-free family event. Free Festival programmes are available in advance from shops and public places providing you with all the information you need to plan your day, along with details of the ample places to eat.


If you would like to book a stall at the 2018 event you contact If you have already made a booking to be part of the Festival you will receive full joining instructions including via which road you should arrive 10 days in advance, please contact the Council if you do not receive this information.

Plan your journey

If you are travelling by car to Whittlesey, car parking is available at Parkinson Lane, Queen Street and Eastgate. Please bear in mind that there will be no access to the town centre as roads will be closed. Diversion routes will be in place.

The event is within walking distance to Whittlesea train station, which has connections with Peterborough and Cambridge.  Whittlesey bus station is located within walking distance.  Please visit Cambridgeshire County Council website for full bus timetables.

Many people choose to walk or cycle to the event. Please note that once your arrive, cycling is not permitted within the event area.

Who makes it happen

The Festival is organised and delivered by Fenland District Council (FDC) together with the Whittlesey Festival Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers that meet regularly to plan, organise and deliver the programme of events and activities. The Committee also help raise funds to provide free or heavily subsidised children's rides as well as co-ordinating and producing publicity for the event. Our special thanks go to the organisations that support the Festival including the Whittlesey Town Council, FDC and the Whittlesey Christian Church, together with the many local businesses and residents who together help to make the Festival an event to be proud of.

If you enjoy the event and would like to contribute in some way be it through volunteering or finding out more about the advertising and sponsorship packages available then please contact the Festival Chairman, Brian Smithyman on 07976 957793 or 01733 752093.