Some of the space parade puppets
Some of the space parade puppets

The 2019 Lichfield Festival has blasted off with a packed programme of family-friendly events on offer.

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing will be marked with a Space Parade of giant puppet structures winding its way through the city’s streets tomorrow (6th July), accompanied by music from local performers.

Some of the space parade puppets

The puppets have been created by community groups and schools working with professional artists.

The parade follows the family fun at the Festival Market in Cathedral Close, which features stalls from local crafters and food producers, as well as day-long free live entertainment.

Other lunar-themed events across the festival include Moonwalk, a musical account of the Apollo 11 mission written – fittingly – by composer Duncan Moon, and a Cosmos Planetarium with shows about space. 

Away from the space theme, there is also musical theatre with Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventures, while older children will be able to enjoy Ballet Cymru’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Composition 2 is a free exhibition of diverse artwork put together by the Sculpture and Art Foundation CIC and created by artists from across the UK.

On the closing day, the festival teams up with FUSE for Steampunk Ceilidh in the Momentum Marquee as a live band play adaptations of traditional and original dance tunes with their own caller.

The 2019 Lichfield Festival runs from 5th to 13th July. For full details visit visit


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