The 2018 Festival will be in
West End Park March
from 8th to 10th JUNE

March Summer Festival is a major community event which has been running alongside the March Lions Club Gala, in its present format since the year 2000. Originally the Festival also formed part of the Fenland Colourscape Music Festival.  Now, an open-air stage is set up in West End Park for a weekend and the programme encompasses music and activities to appeal to all ages and tastes. The aim is to bring the community together to celebrate and enjoy local musical and dance talent.


Welcome to the nineteenth March Summer Festival.  Once again I believe that there is something for everyone at this year’s Festival.


Friday night is, of course, young bands night organised again by Tom Harlock. 


On Saturday we have the parade with classic cars, walkers and floats. This year we have a slightly different parade route but the colour and spectacle will, I am assured, be as good as ever.


After the parade there will be presentations on the stage for the parade and fancy dress and after this there are dance acts and a variety of musical styles culminating in the ska sound of Scooted n Booted.


For the Parade and the Fancy Dress we have a Disney Characters theme this year so please break out those Tigger costumes which have been lying at the back of the wardrobe waiting for this opportunity.


Sunday’s “Picnic in the Park” is its usual laid back self with some diverse musical acts including, for the first time at the festival, a ukulele band.


Your compere for the weekend will again be the ever popular Gary Tustin.


Away from the stage Saturday will also have the Lions Gala in the Park as well as fairground rides over the weekend and, on Sunday, children’s entertainment and once again a dog show. This year we also have a couple of new entries with a Dance Tent on Saturday and Wrestling on Sunday so I hope you enjoy these.


From all the Committee, I would like to thank everyone involved with the festival and wish all of you a fantastic weekend.


Marcus Phillips


(Chairman March Summer Festival)

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Why is there a little pink pig hanging below the March Summer Festival banner above the stage?

The little pig was left in West End Park and handed in as lost property a number of years ago. It was not claimed and as it seemed to sum up the achievement of the festival – turning the empty park into the busy festival site sometimes feels a bit like managing to get “pigs to fly!” For a while the little pig was suspended in the control caravan and then it was decided to 'fly' it from the rigging above the stage.